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Burbank Water and Power Awarded Platinum Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

BWP General Manager Ron Davis, Councilman Jess Talamantes and President of AHBE Landscape Architects Calvin Abe look over the new eco friendly Centennial Courtyard.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

BWP General Manager Ron Davis, Councilman Jess Talamantes and President of AHBE Landscape Architects Calvin Abe look over the new eco friendly Centennial Courtyard. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Water and Power  reports that their Service Center and Warehouse facility, located on BWP’s EcoCampus, has been awarded the Platinum level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council. Platinum is the highest level possible and BWP’s EcoCampus has three buildings either constructed or under construction to Platinum level standards. Of the 50 or so LEED Platinum buildings in California, three will exist on the BWP campus.

“Buildings have life spans that far exceed our careers. BWP is committed to ensuring that the structures we create today are built with environmental respect. The silver lining is that in doing so, we are also building in long-term cost-effectiveness,” says Ron Davis, BWP General Manager.

LEED projects receive credits for actions taken to mitigate the building’s environmental impact. The credit categories seek to encourage environmental building design and efficient performance throughout the life of the structure:

  • Sustainable sites credits encourage strategies that minimize the impact on ecosystems and water resources.
  • Water efficiency credits promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption.
  • Energy & atmosphere credits promote better building energy performance through innovative strategies.
  • Materials & resources credits encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste.
  • Indoor environmental quality credits promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.

If enough LEED credits are received, the project is awarded one of four LEED levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. BWP is thrilled to have been able to hit this high standard!

LEED, a voluntary program that provides third-party verification of green buildings, has been successfully established in 135 countries. The goal of the program is to transform the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated with the entire lifecycle of a building kept firmly in mind.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, participation in LEED “demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.”

Burbank Water & Power Unveils New EcoCampus

Burbank’s Water and Power opened it’s doors on Saturday for a dedication of their new EcoCampus.

Mayor Talamantes receives the highest award from MWD's Director for Burbank's water conservation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There were displays, tours, giveaways, food trucks and a ceremony on what was called The Green Street Center Stage, where Sarah Backhouse from Discovery Planet Green’s Plant 100 was Master of ceremonies.

Burbank Water & Power General Manager Ron Davis was joined by Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes, City Manager Mike Flad, and executives from the MWD (Metropolitan Water District) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Burbank received an award for being one of the cities that conserved a large amount of water.

Tours were given of the new Eco Friendly Campus that is 100 % sustainable, the only fresh water that is used is for the drinking fountains and every other drop of water is captured in several ways and reused. The plant is one of the only California Leed Platinum Warehouse and Service Centers.

Gardens on the campus are not only on ground level but now on the roofs to keep the building cooler and the rain water that is collected is recycled for other use. The money for the complete project came from grants and from The Department of Energy, and other sources and no local funds were used.