Battle Creek is the latest municipality to implement eco-friendly practices in its infrastructure management operations.

The city has launched a $3.9 million energy conservation program that uses a one-two punch of renewable energy technology and infrastructure updates to reduce energy costs and consumption, improve its buildings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Looking ahead three to five years, we knew numerous maintenance issues could impact the viability of our buildings,” says mayor John Godfrey. “This energy performance contract helps improve our infrastructure; create more comfortable, efficient facilities; and surpass our renewable energy goals.”

The plan is expected to save the city nearly $200,000 each year. It includes installation of a boiler, heated by wood waste, that will cover up to 90% of the heating load for Battle Creek City Hall and the police department. Overall, 40% of energy consumed by the city-operated buildings will come from renewable sources. In addition, approximately 60 traffic and pedestrian lights will be outfitted with energy-efficient light-emitting diodes, which will lead to 85% energy savings.

The city partnered with Morristown, N.J.-based Honeywell International Inc. to craft and implement the plan. For more information, visit