About the Program
CitySwitch is a free program that assists office-based businesses to reduce their environmental footprint.
City Switch is a national program with greening support for desk based offices, whether in owner/occupier or leased arrangements.
This free program provides tools, guidelines and incentives to assist businesses to improve their sustainability which can have multiple benefits for the environment, staff, marketing and bottom line. It also enables networking access to over 800 signatories nationwide.
What's Required of Businesses
To become a CitySwitch Green Office signatory, organisations are required to commit to:
Commence a benchmark indicative NABERS Energy tenancy rating of their office within 3 months
Develop and implement an Energy Action Plan to achieve and maintain a 4 stars or higher accredited NABERS Energy tenancy
Appoint an Energy Manager to monitor actual performance
Request a NABERS Energy base building rating from the building owner/manager
Promote energy efficiency to staff, customers and suppliers and share their experiences with other Signatories
Provide feedback on their success in an annual Progress Report
Each September/October is the annual CitySwitch Progress Reporting Period. This is a time when businesses measure their performance over the previous 12 months.
In November CitySwitch holds annual CitySwitch Awards to showcase signatories that have demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership. The awards give recognition 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.
Levels of involvement range from behaviour changes through to infrastructure changes. View this short video by the City of Adelaide to learn more about the program including examples from signatories.