Become a council partner

Become a council partner

CitySwitch helps councils around Australia to improve the energy and waste efficiency of office-based businesses in their municipalities.

Our established and trusted platform can help your council connect with this hard-to-reach audience.

More than 800 businesses have joined the CitySwitch program, driving down emissions and helping councils move towards a carbon positive future.

By partnering with us, you can:

  • Understand the emissions profiles of businesses within your municipality
     
  • Help people working in council offices and local businesses to identify, baseline, prioritise and implement reduction strategies
  • Access a highly-experienced program manager with NABERS qualifications to help local businesses to improve energy and waste efficiency
  • ​Communicate with businesses in the program through our dynamic website, marketing collateral and regular communications
  • ​Demonstrate your support of local businesses that move towards carbon positive
  • ​Work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Collaboration drives collective impact

 

By Kim Camrass, National CitySwitch Manager

Last week, we hosted an inspiring cross-sectoral event that brought together CitySwitch signatories and building owners with businesses creating new markets for what others call rubbish.

We heard about an office de-fit program that gives new life to furniture and office equipment, once destined for the dump, to Papua New Guinea’s most disadvantaged schools and hospitals.

We learnt about a zero-waste coffee company applying circular economy thinking to fertilise community gardens with waste coffee grounds.

We were inspired by Mates on the Move, a social enterprise that offers more than a removal and recycling service. By employing people leaving prison it also creates a lasting social impact.

Each of these projects, uncovered as part of our Beyond the Bin season program, encourages people to look at the materials leaving our orbit not as waste but as resources.

These projects also underscore the deeply interconnected social, environmental and economic value that we unlock when we rethink our approach to waste.

I’m passionate about the CitySwitch community and how collective action creates positive change.

The change we need will to tackle our trickiest problems – climate change and waste among them – will be led and delivered by people. We don’t need new technology to reimagine our resources. We already know how to turn soft plastics into road surfaces, bottle tops into eyewear, old suits into fresh opportunities. The solutions are out there –our challenge is to connect with them.

CitySwitch has developed a host of handy resources to help office tenants to think Beyond the Bin. In the coming weeks we will be sharing more inspiring solutions that expand recycling options beyond the obvious. Think coffee pods and batteries, e-waste and organics, soft plastics and furniture.

Change can seem slow at first, so start with one project or one material. Take the time to trial, test and tweak. Gain actionable insights, build replicable systems and, most importantly, create buy-in so you have the people power behind you as you scale your efforts.

We start an unstoppable ripple effect when we connect the right people together. This is why we are delighted that Esther Bailey will continue to drive change in her new role as NABERS’ national head of market development after nine years as the City of Sydney’s sustainability engagement manager.

My message is simple: you are not alone. Work with your building manager, reach out to your CitySwitch program manager, and share your challenges and learnings – because collaboration can and does drive collective impact.



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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.