Burbank Water and Power Eco-Campus

Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Project Facts

  • The 3.2-acre sustainable campus landscape for employees of Burbank Water and Power (BWP) sits within a functioning electric power station surrounded by industrial facilities.
  • In 2000, the company’s rates were among the top three highest in a group of local municipal and investor-owned utilities. Since the environmentally sustainable re-design, which reduced operating costs, BWP now boasts some of the lowest rates for utilities in the area.
  • Pieces of an electric substation were saved from the junkyard and transformed into a covered meeting area and giant trellis.
  • The campus features one of the longest green streets in Southern California, which showcases techniques for stormwater treatment within a public right-of-way, including permeable pavers, manufactured bio-filters, filtration planters, silva cells, and infiltration planters.
  • Three green roofs save the facility over $14,000 annually in energy costs.
  • An innovative recycled water treatment system reduced BWP's use of potable water by as much as 100,000 gallons a day.
  • It is the only power plant in the world to operate on 100 percent recycled water.
  • The new campus has three LEED Platinum buildings.