The George Institute receives CitySwitch Award for Sustainability

The George Institute for Global Health has been awarded the “Highly Commended CitySwitch Signatory of the Year Award” in the over 2000sqm office building category, in recognition of demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership.

“We are really pleased to receive this award from the City of Sydney in recognition of our efforts to imbed sustainability into our business practices,” said COO Tim Regan.

“Our Greenies Committee in Australia have been working hard to implement initiatives that have a real impact on our carbon footprint - we implemented a carbon offsetting scheme for air travel, have been awarded a 5.5 (out of 6) NABERS rating (a measure of energy efficiency of a building) for our King Street offices, and also invested in a 100 percent carbon neutral energy supplier and use 50 percent renewable energy to power our building."

“We look forward to continuing this effort and working with our sector colleagues to investigate how Medical Research Institutes can become more sustainable.”

CitySwitch, run by the City of Sydney, helps office-based businesses to improve their energy and waste efficiency.

The program helps commercial office tenants around Australia to:

  • enhance energy efficiency and reduce costs;
  • manage energy price increases and mitigate business risks;
  • work towards a carbon positive future;
  • reduce waste, and
  • improve the health and productivity of employees.