BWP Wins Sustainability Showcase Award!

The California Sustainability Alliance has awarded BWP the 2011 Sustainability Showcase Award for leadership by a water agency. Click here to see the BWP case study.

The EcoCampus vision started with the need to relocate, modify and replace existing facilities to achieve greater employee efficiency and safety, improve traffic circulation, provide off-street parking and increase security.

BWP further set out to demonstrate that an industrial site can incorporate sustainable elements, soften the exterior look of the site to appropriately blend into an urban setting, and maintain its industrial purpose to continue to add economic vitality to the community.

Click on any of the following topics for more information on Burbank Water and Power's EcoCampus.


Green Street

A streetscape renovation project turned Lake Street, between Magnolia Blvd. and Olive Ave., into a green street – a showcase of five new storm water management systems and energy efficient LED lighting.

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Centennial Courtyard

The courtyard is currently being recognized as a test site for The Sustainable Sites Project – a two-year pilot program of over 150 landscapes worldwide, led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the United States Botanic Garden to create guidelines for leadership in landscape sustainability.

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Renovation of the Historic Administration Building & Green Roofs

The renovation of the historic BWP Administration Building was designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating, the highest possible, from the US Green Building Council in recognition of an energy efficient facility that is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to work.

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Architecturally Integrated Solar

The steel solar panel supports stretching from the arches resemble airplane wings to pay tribute to Burbank's rich history in aviation.

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Underground Water Storage and Percolation

Two huge underground storage tanks are underground beneath the solar covered parking lot and captures storm water from the rooftop gardens and the solar canopy via rain chains and down spouts.


First LEED Platinum Warehouse in Southern California

The old warehouse was inefficient, unsafe, and required additional personnel to operate. Materials management operations is now responsible for over $20 million dollars of inventory and operational efficiencies allow a reduction from seven staff persons to five.

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Magnolia Power Plant

The Magnolia Power Plant was awarded the 2005 International Power Plant of the Year and is truly unique in the World. Two state of the art water treatment systems allow Magnolia to operate on 100% recycle water, over 1 million gallons per day, and prevents any water from being discharged into the storm drains and out to our oceans.

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Landscaping at Olive/Magnolia/Flood Channel

Successful blending of an industrial site in an urban setting through landscaping and art in public spaces allows the public to enjoy the lush vegetation and trees along public thoroughfares that previously had few appealing qualities.

Art in Public Places

The required Art in Public Places is founded on the belief that the visual environment plays an essential role in creating the atmosphere for an enterprise culture and civic confidence, vital to growth and improvement.


LEED Platinum Certified – Electrical Services Building

Burbank, CA (June 11, 2014) The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the Electrical Services Building located at Burbank Water and Power’s EcoCampus has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Platinum is the highest level attainable and is no easy feat to accomplish. Along with the Administration Building and the Service Center Building, there are now three buildings on the BWP campus that have achieved the highest certification possible from the USGBC.

“Investing in facilities that will last for decades and tread lightly on the environment, along with bringing about the most productivity from their occupants, makes good business and environmental sense” says BWP’s General Manager Ron Davis.

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EcoCampus Timeline

View a series on informative panels that provide a timeline of how the EcoCampus was developed over a ten year period.

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Building a Sustainable Future - Video

View a short EcoCampus presentation about a series of sustainable green infrastructure projects at BWP - including photovoltaic parking lot canopies, a green street demonstrating innovative storm water treatment technologies, and an courtyard built around a salvaged electrical substation.

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EcoCampus Photos

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EcoCampus Articles

2013 Merit Award Winner: The Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus

By transforming the Burbank Water and Power (BWP) Magnolia Power Plant from an industrial complex into a regenerative green EcoCampus…
Source: California Architectural Foundation

Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus on
French-Canadian website highlighting green commercial building

The Wisdom of Wastewater Recycling
March 30, 2012 Not often enough do cities tell their toilet water how much they love it, how much they need it.
Source: Nate Berg, The Atlantic Cities

Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus | AHBE Landscape Architects
March 8, 2012 When Burbank Water and Power built an award-winning electric power plant in 2005, it also replaced several existing substations located on the campus…
Source: Damian Holmes,

LEED Platinum Times Three At Utility's EcoCampus
March 6, 2012 There's a new green campus in town, featuring rooftop gardens, three LEED Platinum buildings, one of the longest Green Streets in Southern California…
Source: Angeli Duffin,

Streetscaping Reduces Stormwater Runoff, Pollutants, at Utility Campus
February 16, 2012 The last time you passed an electric and water utility campus, you might have noticed an art deco facade, or maybe the building didn't particularly catch your eye…
Source: Mary Catherine O'Connor,

Power Company Creates Sustainable EcoCampus

February 14, 2012 Burbank Water and Power and AHBE Landscape Architects are thinking big. They have recently completed the first phase of The EcoCampus, an initiative designed to re-create BWP's main campus into a new environmentally sustainable model…
Source: Kathreen Sweet,

Burbank Water and Power and AHBE Landscape Architects unveil the EcoCampus
February 14, 2012 Burbank Water & Power (BWP) and AHBE Landscape Architects recently unveiled California's 1st sustainable utility campus, the EcoCampus. "Never before have so many different sustainable landscape technologies been integrated into a single industrial campus….

A New Life for an Industrial Landscape in California
February 6, 2012 California's Burbank Water and Power (BWP), one of the first power companies in the U.S. to procure a major chunk of its power from renewable energy sources and develop an ambitious carbon reduction plan…