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 Brisbane: Energy efficiency 101

Getting started on the journey to improving office performance

7.30am – 9am (morning tea will be provided)
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Room 11.1, Saxons Training Facilities,
Level 11, 300 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD


Improving energy efficiency is an effective way to reduce energy use and  make significant operational costs savings in your workplace. Initiatives to improve energy efficiency can include a range of actions from changing your energy supplier, upgrading lighting or equipment to staff engagement.

But how do you find out what options are available to your organisation? How do you determine whether your planned energy efficiency projects measure up and which ones will deliver both effective energy savings and the biggest bang for your buck? And where can you get financial assistance to help fund your initiatives?

With these questions in mind, this workshop will empower you to make informed decisions about energy management in your workplace and tap into the opportunities that exist within your organisations.

The workshop will cover:  

•    Identifying  opportunities to save energy and reduce operational costs
•    Prioritising  energy saving opportunities
•    Energy savings measurement and monitoring
•    Planning for energy efficiency measures
•    Developing your own energy action plan
•    Some simple and effective staff behaviour change initiatives.

This is also a great opportunity to engage with peers and share knowledge and experiences. All signatories and organisations interested in joining the CitySwitch program are welcome to attend.


Presenter: Alexander Stathakis
Alexander is the program manager for CitySwitch Green Office in Queensland and he also has more than five years’ experience in emissions and energy accounting and reporting. Alexander joined the Net Balance Foundation in 2013 as part of the national expansion of the City Switch program. Prior to joining Net Balance, he was a program analyst at Low Carbon Australia Limited, administering the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard Carbon Neutral Program. Alexander is also an approved verifier under the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme.

RSVP

The workshop is free, however places are limited to 30, so please RSVP early to avoid disappointment. RSVP by Monday, 29 September 2014 to Alexander Stathakis by email alex.stathakis@au.ey.com  or phone 07 3227 1474.



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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.