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 Perth: Sustainable procurement fundamentals with ECO-Buy

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Council House, 27-29 St. Georges Terrace, Perth

8:30am – 12:30pm (including a 45 min morning tea & networking session)




CitySwitch is delighted to offer a free interactive training workshop exclusively for signatories, to learn about sustainable procurement fundamentals. The session will be facilitated by experienced trainers from ECO-Buy and is an ideal opportunity for a procurement manager or office manager tasked with procurement.



The workshop will cover the following:



  • What makes a product or service environmentally or socially preferable;
  • Understanding the environmental and social impacts of goods and services throughout their life cycle;
  • Identifying the environmental and social risks associated with procuring goods and services;
  • Deciphering eco-labels and green wash;
  • Busting the ‘green products cost more’ myth;
  • 10 steps to integrating sustainability into purchasing systems;
  • Action planning and short, medium and long-term sustainable procurement goals.


ECO-Buy is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to building expertise and providing independent advice in sustainable procurement across Australia since 2002. ECO-Buy aims to embed sustainability considerations into all procurement decisions and increase the demand and use of sustainable products and services.



ECO-Buy enables organisations to implement sustainable procurement by:

  • Offering a membership program which provides access to peer networks as well as expertise and practical resources informed by leading practice worldwide;
  • Connecting purchasers of sustainable goods and services with suppliers;
  • Offering a systematic approach to embedding sustainable procurement through establishing high level buy-in, empowering staff, building standard processes, engaging suppliers and measuring results.


This workshop is being provided free of charge exclusively to CitySwitch signatories and places are limited. This is a great opportunity for signatories as professional training from ECO-Buy typically costs over $450 per participant.



RSVP

Please RSVP by 11 February to Ian Forbes via email ian.forbes@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Strictly limited to one RSVP per signatory (total of 20 spots available and will be allocated to the first 20 RSVPs received).

Proudly hosted by City of Perth.





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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.