WHAT IS IT

An initiative that works in partnership with business owners and operators, and landlords to identify and implement potential opportunities to: improve energy efficiency, access renewable energy, reduce water and waste.

The program will have two parts:

1. An intensive initiative to be piloted with a small group of showcase businesses that can then be used as inspiration for others to follow. These businesses will be selected to represent a range of industry types.

2. A broader behaviour change initiative to provide support, networking and advice across the municipality. This program will require preparation to develop relationships within the business sector so isn’t scheduled to commence until 2018/19.

WHY HAVE IT?

Forty eight per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Port Phillip are generated by the non-residential sector.


THE IMPACT

The numbers are in and they read very, very well. Having worked with with 10 Port Phillip businesses for 12 months and supported them on their quest to reduce operating costs and improve their sustainability outcomes we are delighted with outcomes.

The businesses saved over $55,000 and reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 350 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. Congratulations and thanks to all the businesses that took part.

If you want to find out how your business can reap the rewards, let us help you. Email enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au


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OUR FAB THIRTEEN

The Program has now launched! A successful recruitment phase resulted in 13 local businesses joining the Program. They come from across the City and vary in size and sector.

Sustainability audits are taking place, the results will create a path to becoming a smarter, greener, more sustainable business.

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CITYSWITCH CASE STUDY: BAENZIGER COLES ARCHITECTS

Architecture and sustainability have always been intertwined, but the trend has shifted as developers put more and more emphasis on profits. The industry, and indeed that planet, needs firms that buck that trend and Baenziger Coles is doing just that.

An architect firm based in South Melbourne they have a focus on sustainable design that has seen them scoop the CitySwitch Green Office Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018 – quite the hot streak.

Discover why sustainability is so important to them - read the full article. Explore how CitySwitch can help green your office.


PROGRAM CASE STUDY: GLOBE INTERNATIONAL

Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impacts. Wanting to address their organic waste Globe International, a Port Phillip based skateboard brand, installed a worm farm and veggie patch on a disused plot at their head office and made it available to staff. They planted a seed and it grew.

Check out the full article.


SOLAR CASE STUDY: FOX HAY TIMBER AND HARDWARE

In the last three and a half years Fox Hay Timber and Hardware in Port Melbourne installed a 12 kw solar system and upgraded to LED lights. These two decisions alone have halved their energy costs.

Read the full article.


6 FREE RESOURCES TO HELP GREEN YOUR BUSINESS

Find out how your business can cut costs and boost productivity by saving energy and materials, reducing and better managing waste or improving the energy efficiency of your building.

Explore the support available to businesses in Port Phillip to operate more sustainably;

Sustainability Victoria – Business Page

Explore business grants and funding opportunities, and with electricity, gas and waste efficiency resources.

Victorian Energy Compare

Make sure your business is getting the best deal on energy through this Independent Victorian Government Energy Price Comparison site for small businesses.

Victorian Energy Saver – Business Page

A comprehensive guide to energy use for businesses

Victorian Energy Upgrades – Business Page

A guide to accessing discount energy saving products for Victorian businesses

CitySwitch

A free program supporting office-based businesses to improve their energy and waste efficiency.

Business Recycling

Discover the most sustainable recycling options and products for your business


HOW TO REDUCE YOUR BUSINESS ENERGY COSTS

Here’s our simple guide to help local businesses reduce their energy costs and in doing so operate more sustainably.