Events

CitySwitch hosts regular free information sessions, workshops and site tours across Australia for CitySwitch Signatories and their guests. Recent topics have ranged from funding sustainable office upgrades, lighting and data centre technology, through to the benefits of activity based working.

Past events

CitySwitch Adelaide: Reducing operating costs through CitySwitch Green Office

8.45am for 9.00am – 10.30am (includes light breakfast)
Tuesday 8 April 2014
Wallmans Lawyers, Level 5, 400 King William Street, Adelaide

Energy efficient and high performing office spaces are often seen as a proxy for ‘good business’ – encouraging innovation, improving productivity, attracting and retaining the best employees, and fostering staff well-being.

Find out how the CitySwitch program can set your company on the path to organisational sustainability as well as hear about a proposed finance mechanism to help both building owners and tenants improve their energy efficiency and improve their bottom line.

This free breakfast event will show you how a collaborative approach between tenant, agent, building owner and industry partners can support your organisation in improving energy efficiency, achieve wider sustainable outcomes and define a new workplace standard.


Speakers:

Trevor Edmond – Managing Partner, Wallmans Lawyers

Wallmans is the current SA and National CitySwitch 'New Signatory of the Year' and is a member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance. Trevor will talk about Wallmans’ CitySwitch journey and the benefits of ‘going green’.

Michelle English - Manager Climate Change Unit, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Michelle will provide an overview of the Draft Legislation for Building Upgrade Finance.
(Note: Feedback to government closes on 11 April 2014 – find out more here).

Christina Hughes – CitySwitch National Program Manager, Net Balance Foundation
Christina will introduce the CitySwitch program for organisations who are located outside Adelaide City Council local government area, and talk about how high performing buildings can benefit your organisation in a multitude of ways.

Alison Cusack – CitySwitch Program Manager, Adelaide City Council

Alison will provide a Program update and brief highlights from the past year and overview of plans for 2014.


RSVP

RSVP is essential by Thursday 3 April 2014. Please RSVP to Christina Hughes by email christina@netbalance.com  or phone 0422 331 695.



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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.