Events

CitySwitch hosts regular free information sessions, workshops and site tours across Australia for CitySwitch Signatories and their guests. Recent topics have ranged from funding sustainable office upgrades, lighting and data centre technology, through to the benefits of activity based working.

The Greenhouse Sessions

The Greenhouse Sessions

The Greenhouse Sessions are a monthly gathering of influential business leaders, passionate change-makers, experts and people curious to understand how we can leverage emerging technology to save the planet.

Total Facilities Show | 20-21 March 2019

Total Facilities Show | 20-21 March 2019

Today’s facilities are constantly evolving, so make sure you’re up to date with the latest management trends and regulations at Australia’s single most important facilities management event.

Targeting zero waste | Melbourne 2 April | Sydney 4 April

Targeting zero waste | Melbourne 2 April | Sydney 4 April

Targeting zero waste will examine waste management practices, initiatives and innovations and discuss how we can shift current models and adopt circular economy solutions to best manage our resources.

Past events

Green Cities

Colour without pigment, metals without mining and fresh air without filters.  Is this the future of the Blue Economy? As part of this year's Green Cities, entrepreneur, author and activist Gunter Pauli argues that while we set our sights on a ‘green economy’, many green solutions are a case of doing less bad, rather than doing good.

Pauli’s ‘blue economy’ is about tackling our great environmental problems in new ways, and finding solutions that are environmentally advantageous and have wider financial and social benefits. Pauli’s book, The Blue Economy, features 100 innovations such as how coffee waste can be converted into protein to farm tropical mushrooms, how glass can become a multifunctional construction material and how the tricks of light used by humming birds and peacocks may reduce our need for heavy metals in paints.  These 100 innovations, Pauli argues, can lead to 100 million jobs in 10 years.

The Blue Economy suggests we should be focusing on interconnected systems - and how finding synergies between the environment, economy and society can be good for us all.  The challenge is “to be inspired by nature,” Pauli says, “which does not know the concept of waste and has evolved to an amazingly well-structured system of life which is in permanent co-evolution.”

The great leap forward will be when industry “attempts not to just reduce its waste and minimise its adverse impacts, but to actively target the creation of more structure and value,” Pauli argues.

The creator and designer of Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (ZERI), Pauli is a keynote speaker at this year’s Green Cities conference and expo, which will be held from 6-7 March in Sydney. He’ll share his insights into how we can look beyond the green economy and why the new economy could be ‘blue’, allowing business people from around the world to develop, share and implement prosperous business models that improve natural ecosystems and quality of life for all. Register today for Green Cities 2013 >
 



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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.