UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations set 17 goals to transform our world. The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Australia is one of 193 countries that has committed to meet the SDGs by 2030.Together, governments, businesses and the community must work together to achieve the goals, and CitySwitch is playing its part.

Take a look at how CitySwitch can support your organisation’s contribution to the SDGs:

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CitySwitch is here to connect you

CitySwitch is a connector that drives change – and this has never been more important than now. As we pull together to tackle Covid-19, we understand it’s not business as usual.

We’re proud of our strong network of CitySwitch signatories that shares information and supports each other to move faster and further together. Over the days, weeks and months ahead, we’ll be working hard to strengthen this network.


While there may be some changes as our states and cities respond in different ways, the CitySwitch program is here for you. Your program managers are already reaching out to signatories to check in. In the meantime, we’re ready to assist with your questions and connect you with the right support. As your priorities shift, let us know the resources you need and the gaps we may be able to fill.


The CitySwitch team will be experimenting with new channels to connect with you and share the stories of how you’re creating opportunities from obstacles. If you’ve got a story to share, please let us know.

As coronavirus changes the world, let’s use this time to start new conversations, test new thinking and connect with new communities.


Now may be the time to plan the next steps on your sustainability journey. This may mean working on a policy that’s been on the backburner, setting targets or devising a new strategy, or planning a new program that was impossible to implement in the busyness of 2019.

The Covid-19 crisis has shown us the power of people and the difference that communities can make when they collaborate. 


Together, we can build an even stronger vision for sustainability post Covid-19 and create a better future on the other side. Sustainability is inherently future focused, so let’s keep looking to the future.



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Typically 80% of a city’s emissions come from its buildings. Half are generated by the use of base building services, the other half by tenant activity.

Esther Bailey, CitySwitch National Coordinator

The good news is that so many businesses are seeking the challenge and opportunity to become front runners in the shift to a low carbon economy.

Ross Gittins AM, SMH Economics Editor

Improving building energy efficiency by committing to targets and networking with other CitySwitch tenants and peers is the most effective and immediate way to achieve meaningful progress.

Norton Rose Australia, CitySwitch Signatory of the Year (NSW) 2011

The connections that we have made through our involvement in CitySwitch and the resources we have been able to utilise have made it possible to achieve what we have in sustainability.

Laim Henderson, Baptcare - CitySwitch Award winner in Victoria 2013

It has been an interesting, educational and commercial experience to be part of CitySwitch and we thank them for their dedication and constant support.

Baenziger Coles, CitySwitch Signatory, Victoria

CitySwitch Green Office is a tremendous sustainable energy initiative.

Peter Wyton, Managing Director AECOM NSW + ACT

Having a central contact point helps me keep up-to-date with the various local initiatives taking place around the country, so that I can follow up with our local people or attend events.

Dale O'Toole , National Sustainability Manager, Savills Australia

We are now building business opportunities using CitySwitch as a catalyst.

Amanda Steele, National Sustainability Manager CBRE

With the tools given to us by CitySwitch we were able to calculate the cost saving to our company by powering down and utilised this in our messages.

Priya Pathmanathan, Manager, Environmental, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd

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.