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(Front Row) Climate Commissioner Professor Veena Sahajwalla, From the PTO, Christine Arthur, Janine Young, Elica Duczmal and Dani Zaric(Back Row) CitySwitch Manager Paul Whelan, Cr Stephen Mayne and from the PTO Craig Little.

Massive energy and carbon savings have been achieved by the Victorian CitySwitch Green Office signatories of the year who were announced at the CitySwitch Awards ceremony on 29 November. The Public Transport Ombudsman was named the small signatory of the year, while Wise Employment was named the large signatory of the year. 

Climate Commissioner, Professor Veena Sahajwalla (pictured above) attended the awards to announce the Victorian signatory of the year awards, and was impressed by the level of program commitment.

Victorian Signatory of the Year (under 2000m²) winner Public Transport Ombudsman (PTO) has been a strong advocate and active participant in CitySwitch since joining. The PTO won this award in 2011, and was a finalist in 2010. The PTO has increased it’s NABERS rating to 6 stars and has saved over 2600 kilowatt hours in the last year. Environmental management, staff engagement and education has been a key to the PTOs success.

WISE Employment, winner of the Victorian Signatory of the Year (Over 2000m²), has been working towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation. WISE has developed a detailed emissions inventory across their entire business progressively adding new scope three aspects. WISE incentivised its sites to achieve energy reductions by introducing the ‘WISE 5 Star Sustainability Award’ which rewarded the site with the best performance over time. WISE has investigated sustainable procurement and offset all of its fleet and travel emissions. WISE has a current NABERS rating of 5 stars and has saved 1655 tonnes in the last year (which is equal to the emissions associated with removing 390 cars from the road).

There were 14 finalists in total across the two award categories, indicating the high level of award submissions received. 2012 was the first year that submissions were made from all over Victoria, showcasing the level of commitment state-wide. The judging panel said “The level of commitment from business to taking action and completing their report was outstanding and showed in the awards submissions”. 

Victorian Signatory of the Year (under 2000m²) finalists:

- Ark Resources 

- Baenziger Coles

- CBRE

- Dixon Appointments

- Knight Frank

- Public Transport Ombudsman

- Savills

- TANK Branding

- Tract Consultants & GIW

- Victorian TAFE Association

Victorian Signatory of the Year (over 2000m2) finalists:

- Australian Institute of Management

- Department of Planning and Community Development

- Servier Australia

- Wise Employment



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