Hall of fame

Hall of fame

2018 Hall of Fame

This year we introduced a new category for standout colleagues whose efforts on sustainability action received recognition.  These are the winners for 2018 and why they are Sustainability Champions.

Congratulations to this year’s winners.






Michael Thompson


Sustainability Manager


Michael is a highly active CitySwitch advocate resulting in the addition of three key Federal Government Departments signing up and adding 288,077 m2 of office space to the Program. An active user of CitySwitch resources and contributor to events, he is a highly valued champion

Lee Stewart

Fujitsu Australia

Head of Sustainability Oceania


Lee is a passionate sustainability leader who inspires people from all across Fujitsu and beyond to achieve significant environmental outcomes. Lee is a true evangelist for technological innovation for sustainability, appearing as a keynote conference speaker at events throughout the region, and appearing on TV, print and digital media to encourage innovation and sustainable practices.

Court Williams

Designlogic Australia

Operations Manager


Court has driven and supported the changes at Designlogic from the start, making sure the organisation maintains achieved improvements, as well as identifies new opportunities. A reliable sustainability ally, Court exemplifies the CitySwitch spirit.

Genevieve Smith, Lucy Manuel, Collette Houlahan, Kelly Johnson and Laura Richards

Uniting Communities

World Environment Week Planning Team


A highly motivated, driven and enthusiastic team, committed to promoting carbon emissions reduction and sustainable practices through staff and client engagement.

Paul Davy, Deborah Davidson and Ken Long

dsquared Consulting



For dedication to the journey of embedding sustainable practices into their business, providing purposeful leadership and a roadmap for others to follow.

Dammika Weerakkody


National Sustainability Manager


For enthusiasm, passion and energetic advocacy for building energy efficiency and SA’s commercial property sector responding proactively to changing sustainability requirements.

Sue Coles

Baenzinger Coles



Since joining CitySwitch in 2011 Sue has worked tirelessly to obtain and maintain their 5.5 Star Accredited NABERS rating,  incorporates sustainability objectives in all client work and actively participates in the CitySwitch program, resource creation and goals for carbon neutrality.

Jo Riley and Marc Gillespie


Workplace Services Manager


This small team have met the challenge head on of merging two different offices and cultures into a new and highly efficient people focused workplace with efficiency, recycling and social responsibility at its core. 

Zoe Heath

First State Super

Sustainability Officer


Zoe has tirelessly led First State Super down the sustainability path, building an environmental consciousness into the corporate culture and making the most of its association with CitySwitch.

Pip Carew and the ANMF Sustainability Team

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation – Victorian Branch

Assistant Secretary


Under the leadership of Pip Carew, the ANMF Sustainability Team has constructed a new, Green Star rated headquarters in Melbourne from which it has embedded sustainability into the ongoing education of the nursing fraternity in Victoria through its annual Heath and Environmental Sustainability Conference and its training programs.

David Morton


Facilities & Sustainability Manager


David has continued to champion best practice sustainability initiatives in the work he undertakes at Hesta. 

Rebecca Jinks

Cushman & Wakefield

National Manager – Strategic Client Advisory


Rebecca has done an outstanding job project managing a range of work for NAB including the sustainability and facilities management teams at NAB, site landlords, solar panel suppliers and installers as well as energy retailers.

Vetty Duncan

Ethical Property

Operations Manager


Vetty Duncan spearheaded the Energy Reduction Revolution project at Ethical Property and she also educated the community at Donkey Wheel House around energy, waste and water saving measures.

Patrick Jeannerat

Colliers International

Sustainability Manager


Patrick is a driving force for sustainability, challenging the whole of Perth's commercial property sector to lead on healthy buildings, improve NABERS ratings and commit to CitySwitch.

Emmie Maunder

Formally of the Department of Housing – Communities

Sustainability Project Officer


Emmie has been an unstoppable force for change and an examplar for what one person can achieve in a large organisation with CitySwitch's support and resources.


























Latest news

Collaboration drives collective impact


By Kim Camrass, National CitySwitch Manager

Last week, we hosted an inspiring cross-sectoral event that brought together CitySwitch signatories and building owners with businesses creating new markets for what others call rubbish.

We heard about an office de-fit program that gives new life to furniture and office equipment, once destined for the dump, to Papua New Guinea’s most disadvantaged schools and hospitals.

We learnt about a zero-waste coffee company applying circular economy thinking to fertilise community gardens with waste coffee grounds.

We were inspired by Mates on the Move, a social enterprise that offers more than a removal and recycling service. By employing people leaving prison it also creates a lasting social impact.

Each of these projects, uncovered as part of our Beyond the Bin season program, encourages people to look at the materials leaving our orbit not as waste but as resources.

These projects also underscore the deeply interconnected social, environmental and economic value that we unlock when we rethink our approach to waste.

I’m passionate about the CitySwitch community and how collective action creates positive change.

The change we need will to tackle our trickiest problems – climate change and waste among them – will be led and delivered by people. We don’t need new technology to reimagine our resources. We already know how to turn soft plastics into road surfaces, bottle tops into eyewear, old suits into fresh opportunities. The solutions are out there –our challenge is to connect with them.

CitySwitch has developed a host of handy resources to help office tenants to think Beyond the Bin. In the coming weeks we will be sharing more inspiring solutions that expand recycling options beyond the obvious. Think coffee pods and batteries, e-waste and organics, soft plastics and furniture.

Change can seem slow at first, so start with one project or one material. Take the time to trial, test and tweak. Gain actionable insights, build replicable systems and, most importantly, create buy-in so you have the people power behind you as you scale your efforts.

We start an unstoppable ripple effect when we connect the right people together. This is why we are delighted that Esther Bailey will continue to drive change in her new role as NABERS’ national head of market development after nine years as the City of Sydney’s sustainability engagement manager.

My message is simple: you are not alone. Work with your building manager, reach out to your CitySwitch program manager, and share your challenges and learnings – because collaboration can and does drive collective impact.


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.