20 Nov, 2015

CitySwitch Award Winners Announced

The annual CitySwitch Green Office award winners for South Australia were celebrated at a ceremony in the Adelaide Town Hall’s Queen Adelaide Room yesterday with special guest speaker Richard Turner, Director of innovation and co-founder of ZEN Energy.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese and Minister for Climate Change, Ian Hunter co-presented the awards, which celebrate CitySwitch members who are driving business efficiency and leading sustainability practice in South Australia.

“This year there are fifty-six tenancies across the city that are part of the CitySwitch program, equating to 190,000 square metres of office space – we are very proud of this,” said Mr Haese.

“As we continue to work with the State Government on providing greater opportunities for business and residents to work towards becoming carbon neutral, we expect this number to grow,” he said.

State Government Climate Change Minister Ian Hunter said he was pleased to be working with the Lord Mayor and the Premier to combat climate change and to see how this important work is having an impact on the way South Australians run their businesses.

“As the world moves to a low-carbon future, there are significant economic benefits to be had by making Adelaide a showcase city for innovation and technology in this area,” said Minister Hunter.

“The winners announced yesterday are to be congratulated for being at the forefront of this change.”

CitySwitch Green Office provides a unique opportunity for office tenants to demonstrate environmental leadership, working with businesses and organisations to identify opportunities to improve their own office energy efficiency and help reduce greenhouse emissions.

Members of CitySwitch receive regular email information, are invited to attend information session and discussion forums around energy efficiency, and membership is free.

The 2015 South Australian winners for the two categories are:

  • Knight Frank (office size under 2000m2), who demonstrated their commitment to implementing environmental improvements and by using energy efficiency technologies in their office refurbishment , including upgrades to lighting, IT, printing practices and adjustment to server room temperatures. They increased their NABERS energy rating from to 4 to 5 stars.
  • Nunkuwarrin Yunti (office size over 2000m2), who updated their environmental policy and implemented a behaviour change campaign as well as upgrading heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, achieving a 5 star NABERS energy rating

Nationally there are 739 tenancies that are members of CitySwitch, including 97 who joined this year, covering more than 3-million square meters of office space equating to 12 per cent of total office space in Australia. To find out more go to www.cityswitch.net.au or contact City of Adelaide.

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Rebecca Draysey