Property management firm CBRE has won Signatory of the Year at the NSW/ACT CitySwitch awards for office space over 2000 square metres, following an energy efficiency program that cut use by 44 per cent and raised the NABERS energy tenancy rating from 4 stars to 5.5 at the firm’s George Street office.

Building services consultancy Steenson Varming won the Signatory of the Year under 2000 sq m category for reducing energy usage by 12 per cent at its six star NABERS Castlereagh Street tenancy with initiatives including management strategies and an upgrade to LED lighting.

Echo Entertainment Group won New Signatory of the Year for ambitious energy and waste reduction targets, with projects commenced in the past year resulting in a reduction of almost four per cent in energy and carbon emissions. The first major entertainment group to join the CitySwitch program, Echo has committed to both a national energy reduction target and a waste reduction target.

The National Association of Community Legal Centres was named highly commended in the New Signatory category for initiatives including organics recycling, installation of energy efficient computers and printers and new sustainable procurement processes for cleaning products and paper.

ActionAid and WWF-Australia were presented with the Partnership Award for their collaboration during ActionAid’s recent office relocation, with WWF-Australia sharing knowledge and skills gained during its own successful relocation in 2012 that helped minimise office fitout waste and ongoing energy consumption at the fellow-NGO’s new premises.

There are about 173 tenancies occupying more than 870,000 sq m of office space in NSW committed to the national CitySwitch program, which aims to assist commercial office tenants to reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions.

“It’s terrific that our CitySwitch members are leading the way by reducing emissions and showing real environmental leadership while saving money,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Tonight’s winners are an example to the rest of Australia’s business in how to improve the environmental performance of their businesses and buildings in order to save money and tackle climate change.”

The NSW winners are now in the running for the National CitySwitch Awards, which are being held in conjunction with the Victorian Awards on 27 November in Melbourne.

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