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Sustainability programs

The City of Sydney and its partners run a range of programs to help businesses become more sustainable. As you’ll see, there is a range of initiatives to suit all manner of small, medium and large organisations.

As you probably know, customers appreciate businesses that go the extra mile to be green. By joining a program that’s appropriate for your business, you’ll see results you can leverage.

Our Smart Green Business program designed to help small and medium enterprises save money and improve their environmental performance. Businesses can reduce their energy and water costs, improve waste management and get access to regular advice and support. To date, nearly 300 leading local businesses have saved an average of $4,700 in water, energy and waste bills by participating in Smart Green Business. The program was awarded a 2013 NSW Green Globe Award

The Sydney Better Buildings Partnership is an Australian-first alliance between the City and Sydney’s major landlords. The goal is to cut carbon emissions and save energy, water and waste across 50 per cent of commercial office space in the inner city. The Partnership also provides leadership for the rest of the industry and develops collaborative solutions and initiatives to improve the environmental performance of our buildings. Partners include fourteen of the city’s major property owners and developers such as Stockland, Mirvac and Lendlease, property management organisations along with key policy advocates and government departments.

The CitySwitch Green Office program is Australia’s flagship tenant energy efficiency program. So far over 400 organisations are signed up to the program nationally. Signatories receive free support and resources to help action energy efficiency projects and deliver operating cost savings. The program covers nearly 2 million square metres of office space nationally.

The City of Sydney’s Environmental Upgrade Finance scheme helps commercial property owners fund building upgrades that improve environmental performance. The scheme is part of NSW Government legislation and aims to help reduce the environmental impact of buildings and save on long-term operating costs.

Towards 2030, our sustainable business programs are:

  • helping small, medium and large organisations reduce emissions
  • saving business owners money on energy
  • making the City of Sydney sustainable

Sydney 2030: green, global and connected. Go to the 2030 strategic directions.