Governance

CitySwitch Green Office is a growing partnership between businesses along with local, state and federal governments working together to make a positive impact on climate change. The program fosters collaboration and leadership among the network of businesses across the country that have committed to environmental excellence.

CitySwitch was originally established by the City of Sydney, North Sydney Council, Parramatta City Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in 2005. Reflecting increasing demand within the tenant sector, most capital cities had joined in delivering the program within local government areas across Australia by 2008.

Temporary funding from the Department of Industry & Sciences until May 2015, as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, enabled CitySwitch to deliver program services to cities and regional areas outside of the contributing partner council areas. At the end of this funding period, CitySwitch continues to provide direct support to businesses in metro areas surrounding participating councils (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth). Businesses outside of these metro areas can still participate in the program if they have another office signed to the program within the metro area.

Businesses who are unable to officially join the program are still welcome to access the full suite of CitySwitch resources available on the website

The delivery of the national CitySwitch program is led through the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors and governed by a national steering committee. Local services are delivered through a network of local program managers servicing participating capital cities across the country.

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors is proud to govern the CitySwitch program and commends its unique role in delivery effective, coordinated, energy efficiency information services to office-based businesses across the country.

Lisa-M. Scaffidi, Lord Mayor of Perth

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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.