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.

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement and an annual event that provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste everyday. 

Built Environment Summit

Built Environment Summit

Melbourne and Sydney Events coming up.  Keen to get out meeting and greeting in real life!  The Built Environment Summit can be attended face to face or online through the live webcast. 

The Built Environment Summit in Melbourne is on 10th September, and the Sydney event is on 12th October.  
 

Past events

Melbourne: ECO-Buy contracts and tenders training

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
9am - 12:30pm
EY, 8 Exhibition St, Melbourne, VIC


This half day ECO-Buy course explores the critical role of contracts and tenders in making sustainable procurement ‘business as usual,’ and how and where you can effectively implement changes into your processes.

You’ll learn how to simply and effectively introduce environmental and social specifications at each stage of the procurement process and work towards best practice. The training content includes:

  • How to write specifications
  • Evaluating tender responses
  • Embedding into contract management
  • Engaging suppliers
  • Learning from best practice examples and standards
  • Action planning for medium to long term outcomes.

Who should attend?

This training benefits anyone who is planning to implement or has begun implementing sustainable procurement and would like more guidance on integrating environmental and social considerations into their procurement process.

Outcomes:

  • Leverage your organisation's procurement process to reduce environmental impacts and improve social outcomes
  • Build capacity and expertise in the area of sustainable procurement
  • Drive change through each stage of the procurement process


The training provides examples, case studies and exercises to put what you've learned into practice, as well as share experiences with other participants.


This course is recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia and provides 3 CPD points.

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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.