Odawa Casino, Second Place Biggest Loser in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings

April 18, 2017

Odawa Casino was awarded second place in the entertainment category in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The buildings that demonstrated the greatest percentage-based reduction in EUI (energy use intensity) during the 2016 competition will be recognized as winners at the 2017 Energy Summit at the JW Marriott on April 19, 2017. This summit will consist of keynote speakers, panel discussions of participants, exhibit booths, and an awards banquet.

Throughout the competition Odawa Casino cut energy waste through energy-saving activities such as making improvements to the building, optimizing operations and maintenance, and encouraging Team Members to save. In 2016, Odawa Casino's efforts resulted in a 3.38 percent reduction, as well as reduced its cost of operations by over $540,000 per year.

"We are very excited to accept this award again in 2017," said Eric McLester, General Manager. "Our staff has done a great job to conserve energy and reduce costs related to energy throughout all buildings. A couple of our most recent projects included changing out 216, 50 watt bulbs with 2 watt LED bulbs throughout the Petoskey Casino. Additionally at the Odawa Hotel, 18 watt CFL flood lights were replaced with 8 watt LED floor lights."

Michigan Battle of the Buildings is made possible by strong community partners like the West Michigan Chapter of the US Green Building council, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy. The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an award and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all commercial buildings throughout the state.

Located in Petoskey, MI, Odawa Casino opened in 2007 and offers 1,000 slot machines, 17 table games, and a four table Poker Room. Visitors enjoy a variety of dining options, a nightclub, gift shop, and the 137-room Odawa Hotel. In 2016, Odawa Casino expanded with a new 5,000 square foot satellite location with 120 machines located near the ferry terminal in Mackinaw City. Odawa Casinos and Hotel are owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

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