CitySwitch Awards

CitySwitch signatories are part of a vision to positively transform the tenancy sector in relation to office sustainability.

The CitySwitch Awards showcase signatories that have demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership, with recognition provided to those who have improved, maintained or achieved their NABERS Energy tenancy or whole building rating and have reported significant energy savings. Signatories are judged at a state level across a number of categories, with winners from each state going into the running for National awards.

2017 CitySwitch Awards

The NSW and National CitySwitch Awards will be held on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

The Victorian and Western Australian CitySwitch Awards will be held on Thursday 16 November 2017. The South Australian CitySwitch Awards will be held on Friday 17 November 2017.

The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to hear the collective program achievements and showcase signatories who are exceptional sustainability champions.

Award Judging will be based on signatories’ CitySwitch 2017 progress report submitted using the annual progress report section of the members' secure portal on our website. Reporting has now closed and submissions are being reviewed.

Find out more information here.

Congratulations to all our 2016 winners. Find out why they won here.

The CitySwitch National Awards recognise leading signatories that have demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership.

Award categories

  • State Signatory of the Year (under 2000sqm)
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  • State Signatory of the Year (over 2000sqm)
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  • State Partnership of the Year
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  • State New Signatory of the Year
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  • National New Signatory of the Year
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  • National Signatory of the Year
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  • National Partnership of the Year
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2017 CitySwitch Awards Judging Panel

> Shauna Coffey, Head of Projects,
   Energy Efficiency Council

> Francesca Muskovic, Policy Manager -
   Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs,
   Property Council of Australia
> Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation,
   Green Building Council of Australia

> Peter Nattrass, CitySwitch Steering Committee,
   Adelaide City Council

Eligibility and judging criteria

Signatories will be judged for the Awards based on information within their progress report, with points allocated based on the judging criteria. The eligibility criteria for each award category must also be met.

View the eligibility and judging criteria

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.