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Adelaide eNews - February 2018

As we all settle into the working year, it's a good time to think about your sustainable office goals for 2018.


In this edition:

  • Invitations to two events
  • The opportunity to get your hands on some re-usable coffee cups (for free!) in conjunction with the very popular CitySwitch’s Choose:Reuse coffee cup toolkit
  • CitySwitch’s top tips for energy efficient offices
  • A Fifth Estate article on the major trends changing the facilities management industry.

Please help us by sharing relevant event invitations, offers, and articles with others in your organisation.


Highly recommended - free event for business

Climate Change: Managing the risks – 13 February

Must attend business event, presented by the Premier’s Climate Change Council and KPMG and moderated by SA business leader Bruce Carter, with a panel including Adrian King Partner in Charge, Climate Change and Sustainability from KPMG Australia and Sarah Barker Special Counsel from MinterEllison.

This highly recommended, free event will provide insight into the risk management and financial implications for South Australian businesses caused by climate change.

Hear about the latest national and international drivers, and become informed of strategies and tools that will help your business be prepared.

Register here.

Energy Efficiency Council - National Tour

Adelaide Breakfast - 20 February

Luke Menzel, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council will be in Adelaide on Tuesday 20 February and hosting an informal breakfast and networking event for Energy Efficiency Council members and interested others.

The Energy Efficiency Council is the peak body for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management in Australia. A not-for-profit membership association, the Council's goal is to make sensible, cost effective energy efficiency measures standard practice across the Australian economy.

Come along to hear a national perspective on how rising energy costs, upcoming state elections, policy processes and the looming federal election are impacting upon and contributing to the growth of the energy efficiency sector, and how the Energy Efficiency Council is engaging with these issues on behalf of its members in 2018.

Adelaide Event - Tuesday 20 February 2018, 7:30am – 9am.
EEC members are free, $55 for non-members. To register / purchase tickets.

Prize give away

Choose:Reuse Coffee Cup Toolkit

Choose:Reuse is a behaviour change toolkit to support better takeaway coffee practices in workplaces. A range of free resources are available for businesses from the CitySwitch Green Office website.

The CitySwitch Green Office program is giving away prize packs of Choose:Reuse branded ceramic coffee cups, coasters, posters and punchcards to businesses located in the City of Adelaide who want to encourage their staff to choose reuseable rather than disposable coffee cups for their take-away coffees.

To be allocated a Choose:Reuse gift pack - email the CitySwitch program, with the approximate number of staff in your organisation and the reason your workplace is keen to take action.

CitySwitch Top tips

Kick off the year with these quick, energy efficient tips

Embed “Switch-Off” into your culture
• Identify what should not be left on but often is
• Automate the switch-off process wherever viable
• Give staff a reason to switch-off – educate as to why it is important
• Ask us for CitySwitch branded 'switch-off' stickers to use on computers, light-switches, appliances.
See the CitySwitch Switch Off Campaign for resources to help you Switch Off

Adjust your set points and save $$$
• Suggested set-point temperatures are 20-22°C for winter and 24-26°C for summer
• Adjusting indoor temperature settings by 1 degree can result in a 5-10% energy saving
• Reducing heat loads from lighting and equipment will reduce heating and cooling needs.
See the CitySwitch website for more on efficient Heating and Cooling

The fifth estate

The Changing Face of Facilities Management

Sustainability, procurement and thermal comfort are three of the major trends changing the shape of the facilities management industry. To find out more, read this article by the Fifth Estate.