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Waste management tips and tools

Waste management tips and tools

There is a lot that offices can do to reduce waste and recycle office supplies, plus many forms of assistance in all Australian states.

Undertaking a green office audit

Auditing helps identify potential energy savings and can be done internally or externally. While your capacity to efficiency assessments will depend on resources and skill sets, CitySwitch provides templates and guidance to get started.

Reporting on energy savings

Reporting helps recognise the organisation’s achievements and identify the next areas of activity.

Case Study: Stockland

Case Study: Stockland

A move to a new Sydney office provided Stockland with a renewed focus on achieving 'best practice' operations. Their efforts paid off with a 5 star NABERS Energy rating achieved and the satisfaction of generating 49 per cent less CO₂ emissions than an average tenancy.

Certificate schemes for energy efficiency

Victoria and NSW have certificate schemes in place that help fund and incentivise energy savings.

Green grants for office tenants

Grants are available from national, state and local governments for green office programs.

Overview of financing for office upgrades

Many innovative financing models are available for sustainable office upgrades from grants, loans, leases and certificate schemes

Latest Case Studies

Case Study: Herbert Geer

Case Study: Herbert Geer

Herbert Geer Lawyers have maximised sustainability across their Melbourne and Brisbane operations by switching to server virtualisation. This has resulted in reduced hardware and other resource needs, cut power demand and translated to savings of over $10,000 per annum.

Case Study: Australian Institute of Management

Case Study: Australian Institute of Management

The Australian Institute of Management implemented a comprehensive lighting upgrade in partnership with Phillips. Installing simple occupancy based sensors and upgrading to LEDs resulted in an energy saving of over 33,000kWh per year and reduced lighting load by 20 per cent.

Case Study: Ecovantage

A government rebate has helped Ecovantage roll out a lighting upgrade at their Collingwood office.



* Undertook a lighting upgrade project
* One year payback period
* Rebate covered half the total project cost
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