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Adelaide eNews - December 2017

Congratulations to SA's 2017 CitySwitch Award winners!

In this eNews, we celebrate the exceptional sustainability achievements of South Australian CitySwitch members.


The 2017 SA CitySwitch Green Office Awards were held in conjunction with the inaugural Carbon Neutral Adelaide Awards at the Adelaide Town Hall on Friday 17 November. Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese presented the awards at an evening that was a celebration of innovation and leadership for those taking action to improve sustainability performance.


SA CitySwitch End of Year Event - WEDNESDAY 6 December

The Depot Collective Cafe, 111 Franklin Street Adelaide

An opportunity for SA's CitySwitch signatories, and those who may be interested in finding out more about CitySwitch, to gather, network, share achievements and provide input to our program for 2018. 

Join us on Wednesday 6th December, from 7:45am, at the Depot Collective CafĂ©, 111 Franklin Street (just across from the new City of Adelaide electric vehicle charging hub).  

No RSVP required. Coffee and breakfast available for purchase.

I Choose SA for Renewable Energy

Industry Briefing

Brand SA is hosting a free industry briefing on SA's renewable energy industry on Thursday 7 December 2017, from 4:30 - 6:30pm.

To find out more and to RSVP click here.



CitySwitch signatories leading national change were fully evident at the 'Unleash your inner warrior' themed 2017 National CitySwitch Awards held at the Calyx in Sydney on 28 November. The event highlighted that "in 2017 sustainability is neither fringe, nor niche, or indeed even optional".

Fifth Estate published an depth article on the achievements of the CitySwitch program and its signatories.

An impressive read, you can't help but be proud and inspired to take action.


The City of Unley

The City of Unley have successfully implemented CitySwitch principles across the organisation with wide variety of innovative measures taken, such as mini-desk ecobins, LED lighting upgrades, the purchase of two electric assist bicycles, and the provision of KeepCups to all staff members. This positive impact has spread beyond the council, sending a fantastic message to stakeholders and industry peers.


Schiavello and DEWNR

When the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) relocated 900 staff, previously operating at seven different city locations, into the 35-year old former ATO building on Waymouth Street, they determined to not only achieve a 40% reduction in leased floor space but also to demonstrate sustainability best practice.

A collaborative and highly effective partnership for the retrofit of the building was achieved through an Early Contractor Engagement Process, involving the building owner, Schiavello as the fitout and base building upgrade contractor, and DEWNR as the tenant.

Through a comprehensive and cost effective methodology, a 6 star Green Star interiors rating from the Green Building Council of Australia was targeted and achieved. The building will also achieve a 5 star NABERS energy and water rating during occupancy.

Congratulations to Schiavello and the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources for being awarded both the SA CitySwitch 2017 Partnership of the Year and being acknowledged with a Highly Commended Award at the 2017 National CitySwitch Awards that were held in Sydney on 28 November 2017.

SA Signatory of the Year (over 2000sqm)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Congratulations to Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) who have been named National CitySwitch Signatory of the Year.

CBA's 96 King William Street tenancy successfully reduced energy consumption by over 45,000 kWh (8%) and CO2 emissions by 37 tonnes (12%) for the 2016/17 financial year through the implementation of smart technologies, LED lighting upgrades, HVAC timing reviews and optimisation, and occupancy consolidation.

Nationally, the bank has slashed its carbon footprint in half (80,000 tonnes) compared to a 2009 baseline, achieved NABERS tenancy ratings across 80 per cent of its commercial tenancies, added 15 new retail sites with NABERS ratings of 5 stars or higher and installed 544kW of solar across 38 CBA branches. The bank has saved more than $11.5 million annually from this work.

Ranked against their peers, CBA now have the lowest carbon intensity per full time equivalent (FTE) employee. Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions have been reduced from a peak of 5.04t CO2/FTE to 2.0t CO2/FTE.


AMP Adelaide

AMP have displayed a well planned and executed sustainability strategy, with an emphasis on energy reduction and strong focus on employee health and wellbeing. They utilised an office relocation as an opportunity to reduce their energy consumption, with LED light installation resulting in a 70% lighting energy reduction, IT transition resulting in a 46% IT energy reduction, and the adoption of active workplace design.

Congratulations AMP Adelaide!