Why join the program?

Why join the program?

Together, CitySwitch signatories saved $22.9 million in 2018.

While the financial savings are impressive, there are many reasons why tenants sign up to CitySwitch. The benefits of CitySwitch include:

  •  A structured approach to environmental assessment and reporting with proven results
     
  • One-on-one support from an experienced program manager
     
  • Free online resources including practical toolkits, workbooks, case studies and engagement tools
     
  • Financial assistance towards the cost of energy ratings, as well as advice and insight into incentives and other finance options for energy investment
     
  • Demonstrate your sustainability leadership, with a growing group of Signatories proudly using the CitySwitch logo
     
  • Regular training, education and networking events
     
  • Annual awards that celebrate, inspire and reward leadership and achievement
     
  • Access to a network of active environmental leaders who share their successes, lessons and challenges
     
  • Promote your services to other members, creating a competitive advantage.

Is your business eligible?

 

 

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CitySwitch is here to connect you

CitySwitch is a connector that drives change – and this has never been more important than now. As we pull together to tackle Covid-19, we understand it’s not business as usual.

We’re proud of our strong network of CitySwitch signatories that shares information and supports each other to move faster and further together. Over the days, weeks and months ahead, we’ll be working hard to strengthen this network.


While there may be some changes as our states and cities respond in different ways, the CitySwitch program is here for you. Your program managers are already reaching out to signatories to check in. In the meantime, we’re ready to assist with your questions and connect you with the right support. As your priorities shift, let us know the resources you need and the gaps we may be able to fill.


The CitySwitch team will be experimenting with new channels to connect with you and share the stories of how you’re creating opportunities from obstacles. If you’ve got a story to share, please let us know.

As coronavirus changes the world, let’s use this time to start new conversations, test new thinking and connect with new communities.


Now may be the time to plan the next steps on your sustainability journey. This may mean working on a policy that’s been on the backburner, setting targets or devising a new strategy, or planning a new program that was impossible to implement in the busyness of 2019.

The Covid-19 crisis has shown us the power of people and the difference that communities can make when they collaborate. 


Together, we can build an even stronger vision for sustainability post Covid-19 and create a better future on the other side. Sustainability is inherently future focused, so let’s keep looking to the future.



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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.