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Raising the bar

Raising the bar

Raising the bar to move the commerical office sector towards carbon positive.

Nominate a CitySwitch sustainability champion

Nominate a CitySwitch sustainability champion

We’re introducing a Hall of Fame for CitySwitch sustainability champions.

Stepping up the war on waste

Stepping up the war on waste

When China stopped taking most of our recyclable plastics and paper in January, Australians were presented with a new inconvenient truth. We are not always in fact recycling our commecial waste. We are collecting it. But hidden in this mountain of waste is a massive opportunity. We have a number of new resources to help your organisation to address waste. 

Achieving carbon positive together

Achieving carbon positive together

Did you know that 90 per cent of the world’s largest companies now see climate risk as a threat to their business?  But it is also a significant opportunity. This is why leading Australian companies are moving quickly and decisively towards a carbon positive future. To accelerate your great work, we have launched the CitySwitch Pathways to Net Zero Carbon Emissions Tool.

How can building controls reduce costs and complaints?

How can building controls reduce costs and complaints?

Did you know that low-cost actions – like cleaning air-conditioning filters – can reduce your energy costs and boost your NABERS rating by half a star?

CommBank’s energy efficiency strategy delivers dividends

CommBank’s energy efficiency strategy delivers dividends

CommBank’s energy efficiency strategy delivers dividends

How do you halve your carbon footprint and save $11.5 million dollars a year? We talk to Sanjeet Singh, energy and sustainability manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, to find out more.

Have your say on Sydney’s Sustainable Office Buildings Plan

Have your say on Sydney’s Sustainable Office Buildings Plan

Find out how you can give your feedback on Sydney's Sustainable Office Buildings Plan.

Farewell to Jeff Elliott, CitySwitch National

Farewell to Jeff Elliott, CitySwitch National

It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to Jeff Elliott, who, after some time away volunteering, will not be returning to the role of Regional Program Manager for CitySwitch in Victoria.

How coworking can help make sustainability sexy for tenants

How coworking can help make sustainability sexy for tenants

"Forget the free beer and ping pong tables. The real value for tenants will be found in sustainability as a service" says Esther Bailey

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Industry News

Victoria announce energy efficiency funding for commercial buildings

Source: The Fifth Estate  

The Victorian government has announced $3.59 million in funding to improve the energy efficiency of the state’s commercial office buildings. The Smarter Resources Smarter Business – Energy Efficient Office Buildings program will provide matched grant funding of between $20,000 and $150,000 to mid-tier commercial office building owners to deliver energy savings. Through the program the government hopes to ...

Baenziger Coles saving money and energy through CitySwitch

Source: The Fifth Estate 

Baenziger Coles, an architecture and interior design company, is making an annual financial saving of $2655, and an annual energy and CO2 saving of 18,400 kiloWatt hours/26,030 kilogram Co2 equivalent, after installing a solar panel system. The company, which joined tenant energy efficiency program CitySwitch in May 2012, was keen to further demonstrate a commitment to sustainable design, renewable energy and to lower operational costs to complement a recent office ...

Three new appointments to CitySwitch following federal grant

SOURCE: The Fifth Estate 

Following the award of $1 million through the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, the CitySwitch green offices program will go national and regional. The Net Balance Foundation won a $1 million grant this week from the Federal government of $1 million and will be partner in the work. The grant, over the next two years, is from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program. Three new staff have been ...

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Events

CitySwitch National Awards

CitySwitch National Awards
The annual CitySwitch Awards will be celebrated later this year. Get your sustainability efforts recognised - find out more...


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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.