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 has helped small to medium sized Sydney businesses save more than 80 Olympic pools of water and over $800,000 in annual bills. In August 2011 it was expanded to show businesses with less than 200 staff how to audit and better manage energy, water and waste.
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 in 60 per cent of commercial office space in the inner city. Partners include Brookfield, Stockland, Mirvac, Lend Lease, the University of Technology and the University of Sydney.
The national CitySwitch program now comprises 77 commercial tenancies in Sydney, 126 across NSW and 362 across Australia – all of them working towards a minimum 4 out of 5 star energy rating. The program covers more than 1.6 million square metres of office space.
The City’s Green Apartment Buildings Program will assist apartment owners and building/strata managers to audit and better manage energy, water and waste, as well as working with them on sustainable transport, local biodiversity and communal gardens.
At a more grassroots level, the Watershed Business Program works with local businesses on community-based environmental initiatives, offering support and advice on becoming more sustainable. Examples of programs to date include BagBusters and No Butts in Newtown.
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.