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CitySwitch Green Office Program

Logo image of CitySwitchAre you an office-based business looking to reduce carbon emissions and improve business performance through sustainability practices and technologies? The CitySwitch Green Office program provides a network of support, practical resources, knowledge and recognition to assist your business to successfully implement sustainability initiatives.

Joining CitySwitch is the primary pathway for office-based businesses to actively contribute to our Carbon Neutral Adelaide ambition.

Through CitySwitch, together we're reducing our city's carbon emissions and facilitiating businesses to prosper from the transition to a low carbon economy.

About CitySwitch

CitySwitch Green Office program is a partnership of the Cities of Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and has been provided free of charge to office-based businesses in the city of Adelaide since 2008.

Continued delivery of CitySwitch in partnership with State Government is a specific commitment of the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021 (and Summary) launched in November 2016 and it is our goal to substantially grow the CitySwitch community in both Adelaide City and metropolitan Adelaide.

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February 2018 e-Newsletter

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Join CitySwitch

For businesses in the CBD and North Adelaide, joining the CitySwitch program and becoming a CitySwitch Signatory involves:

Using this template to write a Commitment Letter to the Lord Mayor.

Filling in the Signatory Overview Information Form and sending it together with your corporate logo to CitySwitch Adelaide Program Manager.

Upon receipt and processing of your letter, you will be acknowledged as a new signatory and receive a Commitment Certificate from the Lord Mayor.

To find out more about becoming a CitySwitch Signatory, see our Welcome to CitySwitch Guide.

Outside of the CBD and North Adelaide? Contact us, we may be able to help you too.

Interested? Further questions? Contact the CitySwitch Program Manager.

CitySwitch Beginner Guides

Whether you are just starting out or well on your journey to a more sustainable office, it can be good to go back to basics. We have created these simple beginner guides to provide you with tips to get you into action quickly, direct you to the most useful tools, resources and case studies, and highlight the incentives available to help you take action.

Beginner's Guide to Coffee Cups

Beginner's Guide to Energy Efficient Lighting

Beginner's Guide to Energy Efficient Office Equipment

Beginner's Guide to Healthy Buildings

Beginner's Guide to Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Beginner's Guide to Office Greening

Beginner's Guide to Office Waste Management

Beginner's Guide to Purchasing GreenPower

Beginner's Guide to Renewable Energy

Beginner's Guide to Staff Engagement for Behaviour Change

Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Procurement

Sustainability Incentives Scheme - CitySwitch NABERS Rebate

The City of Adelaide is offering a rebate on the cost of a NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) Energy rating as part of the CitySwitch Green Office program. The rebate is 50% of the cost of the assessment to a maximum value of $2,500.

All existing and new CitySwitch Signatories in the City of Adelaide local government area are eligible to apply for a rebate on an accredited NABERS rating completed no more than 12 months prior to Council receiving the CitySwitch NABERS Rebate application form.

NABERS Administration Fee Discount

A 50% discount on the NABERS administration fee (handled by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage) is also available to CitySwitch participants.

Sustainability Incentives Scheme

Adelaide City based businesses may also be interested in other Sustainability Incentives Scheme offers from the City of Adelaide including financial support for installing solar PV, energy storage, electric bicycle charging points, electric vehicle charging points, energy monitoring and hot water systems.

CitySwitch Annual Reporting & Awards Season

Each September/October is the annual CitySwitch Progress Reporting Period. This is a time when we support businesses to measure their performance over the previous 12 months.

In November we hold our Awards celebration where we acknowledge accomplishment and celebrate our achievements from the year, both at a state and national level.

Learn from South Australian Exemplars

The 2017 CitySwitch South Australian Awards were held in conjunction with the inaugural Carbon Neutral Adelaide Awards at the Adelaide Town Hall. Awards were presented by Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese and Minister for Climate Change, Ian Hunter MLC. The well attended evening was a celebration of innovation and leadership for those taking action to improve sustainability performance.

Winners and case studies of the 2017 South Australian CitySwitch Awards:

CitySwitch “South Australian Signatory of the Year 2017” (for a tenancy over 2000 square metres) - Commonwealth Bank of Australia 

CitySwitch “South Australian Signatory of the Year 2017” (for a tenancy under 2000 square metres) - AMP Adelaide

CitySwitch “South Australian Partnership of the Year 2017” - Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources AND Schiavello

CitySwitch “South Australian New Signatory 2017” - The City of Unley

Winners and case studies of the 2016 South Australian CitySwitch Awards 

CitySwitch “South Australian Signatory Signatory of the Year 2016” - Savills South Australia

CitySwitch “South Australian Partnership of the Year 2016” - dsquared Consulting and WAX Design

CitySwitch “South Australian New Signatory 2016” - WAX Design

Other Resources

BB Architects Office Greening Casestudy 

CitySwitch Green Office - International Award

The CitySwitch Green Office Program has been acknowledged internationally with a C40 City Award in the 'Building Energy Efficiency' category. The Award ceremony held in Mexico City in December 2016 was attended by representatives of the City of Sydney and City of Melbourne on behalf of the program partners nationally. 

The C40 Cities Awards provide global recognition for cities that are demontrating climate action leadership.

New CitySwitch Tool: Checklist for Selecting New or Refurbished Office Space

Launched at the South Australian CitySwitch Awards in November 2016, the Checklist for Selecting New or Refurbished Office Space is a valuable new tool. 

The negotiating of a lease presents a key window of opportunity for businesses wanting to reduce greenhouse emissions and operating costs whilst occupying office spaces that offer enhanced performance outcomes. 

Savills Australia has collaborated with CitySwitch Green Office program to develop this guide for selecting new or refurbished office space. 

For More Information

Sandy McCathie

CitySwitch Adelaide Program Manager

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 Phone (direct): 08 8203 7862

 Mobile: 0435 686 326

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