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

HotHouse LAB events - Sydney



Wednesday 5th August - Buildings
Wednesday 12th August - Neighbourhood
6pm - 9pm
Powerhouse Museum, level 3 cafe, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo


In August 2015, HotHouse returns to the Powerhouse Museum with HotHouse LABs.

After a year of sell-out sessions in 2014, the series is back with a new workshop format designed to help organisations find their green advantage. HotHouse is offering these workshops with sister program of the Total Environment Centre, Smart Locale Ultimo-Pyrmont. Thanks to grant support from the City of Sydney, HotHouse LABs are free for organisations based or invested in the Ultimo-Pyrmont area.

HotHouse LABS mixes fast talks, group discussions and structured activities to help you explore challenges unique to your business. Whether you are a business owner, a building manager, a property owner, or you just work locally and are curious, these events are for you.

 

 

HotHouse LAB events

 

 

LAB #1 on Wednesday 5th August looks at the BUILDINGS we work in.


How can you make your building more energy efficient and reduce bills? What are the options for installing solar panels on your rooftop? What's a green lease and why might you want one? Need tips for affordable, sharp and sustainable office interior fit outs?

 

 

Speakers and topics include:

Green Leases: Esther Bailey, Better Buildings Partnership Manager and CitySwitch National Coordinator
Energy Efficiency: Ben Grimshaw, CitySwitch Program Manager, City of Sydney
Solar Rooftops for business: Luke Poliszcuk, Project Manager, GO Energy
Sustainable Fitouts: Andy Marlow, Associate Director at Envirotecture

 

 

 

More information and bookings
 

 

LAB #2 on Wednesday 12th August looks at the NEIGHBOURHOOD we work in.


How can you reduce the waste your organisation produces? How can you support staff to choose sustainable transport options? How can you create more green space in your area? Can your organisation influence new developments and public space activation?

 

Speakers and topics include:

Engaging Public Space Development: Cathy Levins-Byres, Project Manager, Activation, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Green space: Ben Peacock,Founder of the 202020 Vision
Sustainable Transport: Fiona Campbell, Manager Cycling Strategy, City of Sydney
Waste Reduction: Kathy Giunta, Manager Business and Recycling, NSW EPA

More information and bookings 


HotHouse LABs are invigorating, inspiring and grounded in real practical relevance to organisations. Gain the resources, ideas and contacts for making real, immediate changes to your organisation. Join us for one or both events – spaces are FREE and now open to all organisations based, operating or invested in the City of Sydney.

 

 

 

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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.