Yarra businesses win national energy efficiency program

City of Yarra businesses, Tract Consultants and GIW Environmental Solutions, are the collective winners of one out of only two National CitySwitch Green Office Awards, capturing the title of ‘2012 National New Signatory of the Year’. 

For Tract and GIW, this is recognition of their collaborative efforts to reduce energy use and enthusiastic participation in CitySwitch Green Office. Their efforts achieved a cut in energy use by 10 per cent at the end of the first quarter and are on track to reduce their annual energy consumption by 19MWh, saving $4,400 and achieving a 4 Star NABERS energy rating. 

The judges said, “If the definition of leadership is to inspire others to follow, Tract and GIW are the standout winner in this category. Their internal competition has all the hallmarks of best practice: creating competition to drive engagement, empowering teams to improve their environments, backing this up with budget and management support, and implementing ideas for continuous improvement.” 

Mayor Jackie Fristacky said “Yarra recently became Victoria’s first carbon neutral council and the national recognition of Yarra businesses, Tract Consultants and GIW Environmental Solutions, demonstrates that reducing carbon emissions is an achievable goal that any organisation can choose to make.” 

Director of GIW Environmental Solutions, Gary Wertheimer said, “The Tract and GIW office is located near one of Melbourne’s most popular shopping strips, Bridge Road. Together we are committed to sharing our knowledge and spreading the energy efficiency message. 

In so doing our ambitions are to make local businesses more competitive through operational efficiency and environmental awareness. We lead by example, providing local support to industry as Yarra Project Zero Ambassadors, NABERS Assessors and design professionals”.



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