Batavia Green Facts
Bio Diesel Vehicles
The City is using B20 Bio diesel in all diesel-powered vehicles, including fire trucks
Policy On Limitations On Engine Idling
Effective January 1, 2008 the City adopted a Policy on Limitations on Engine Idling.
Electronic Recycling Program
Residents in Batavia can recycle old electronic equipment locally and free of charge. The collection point is the Batavia Public Works Department located at 200 North Raddant Road. Hours of drop off are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. When arriving at the Public Works building, please enter the main entrance on Raddant Road and advise the receptionist that you have equipment to drop off.
Led Traffic Lights
The City will change over our traffic lights to LED in the near future. Some of the work is waiting on completion of the Wilson Street Bridge project.
The City has 5 Ford Escape Hybrids in its fleet.
The City has adopted the 2006 IECC building codes which guide both commercial and residential, new construction and rehab. The code focuses on sealing the building envelope by setting increased standards on R-values for ceilings, walls, and windows. This includes the insulation of floors and foundations, which is new to our codes. This also requires insulation of ductwork and sealing and caulking. The building code also allows for options. There is a software program that has a way to meet the energy efficiency requirements through system upgrades like better HVAC equipment.
Tree Commission & 10 Years of Tree City USA Recognition
Batavia has received the Tree City USA Growth Award for 6 of the past 10 years. Since 2001, Tree City has donated tree saplings to all the 4th graders in Batavia in recognition of Arbor Day. Batavia's Electric Utility has been recognized as a Tree Line USA Growth Award winner since 1999.
Investigating Wind Energy Projects
Batavia is working through the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency (NIMPA) to study several wind projects throughout Illinois and Iowa. NIMPA was formed in 2004 by 3 municipal utilities: Batavia, Geneva, and Rochelle. This group has jointly invested in the Prairie State Generating Plant currently being developed in Southern Illinois. The City believes that wind is a viable renewable power source that will 1 day be an integral part of the city's overall portfolio.
Lighting Upgrades Throughout City Offices
All of the offices at the Public Work Department have been converted to energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. We have also converted most, if not all, of our exit signs.
Call 2 Recycle
This is a program that the City has recently joined to provide an easy and free way of disposing of rechargeable batteries and broken or out of date cell phones. Boxes are located in the main lobby of City Hall near the Utility Billing collection window and by the front desk at the Public Works building.
The City Electric Utility will take nonworking CFL bulbs for recycling. Bring your nonworking bulbs to the City Hall and place in the white box in the vestibule outside the Utility Billing office.
Clean Air Counts
The City is a participating member of Clean Air Counts and has received the CAC Gold Communities Award for its efforts to help keep our environment safe.