Environmentally friendly businesses are being encouraged to raise their profile by entering the CitySwitch Green Office national awards, which recognise sustainability leadership and carbon pollution savings.
The City of Sydney-led program works nationally with commercial tenants to make long-term environmental improvements. The program has more than 600 members representing over 12 per cent of all city centre office space in Australia.
CitySwitch national program manager Esther Bailey said it’s not too late to join the program and enter this year’s awards, to be announced on 27 November in Melbourne. The event will be hosted by CitySwitch member CircusOz in a 100-year old Spiegeltent.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for both small and large businesses to make a positive impact on the environment through simple changes to the way they manage their day-to-day waste and energy efficiency,” Ms Bailey said.
The CitySwitch program first launched in Sydney in 2005 and went national in 2008. New members signing up to the program before the cut-off date on 15 October will be in the running for one of the top accolades – the New Signatory of the Year award. Australia’s top performing offices will also be recognised across other award categories.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the annual awards gave businesses the chance to gain recognition for work reducing their contribution to climate change.
“Around 80 per cent of the emissions from cities come from commercial office buildings, but businesses participating in CitySwitch are reducing carbon and making savings at the same time,” the Lord Mayor said.
“CitySwitch has set a new standard for business leadership and these national awards are a great way to earn national recognition for environmental excellence.”
CitySwitch is a free service offering practical advice and support to commercial office tenants to help them achieve a 4 star or higher NABERS Energy rating.
The program has recently launched online member-to-member offers providing discounts and deals on energy efficiency products and services including sustainability audits and carbon offsets.
Find out more about the awards including eligibility and join the network of leading businesses sharing sustainability best practice via our LinkedIn group.