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Burbank Revs Up to Get Their Utilies Working Greener

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The city of Burbank is ready to make their energy a whole lot greener, the Leader is reporting. There, "construction crews are set to break ground on a $14.9-million Burbank Water and Power project as part of what officials called an aggressive plan to serve as a model of sustainability." Work is expected to begin next month and run through January, resulting in the completion of "a 16,729-square-foot warehouse and a two-story service center measuring 8,768 square feet per floor," on a site that has "improved landscaping using recycled water and a system that prevents storm water from draining into the sewer."

By moving from their current smaller and "dysfunctional" facilities to this new and improved campus, the business of producing energy will be greener itself. One official from the Burbank Water and Power emphasizes that the new workplace will not only "be more efficient," but it will also "represent a much more efficient use of water," allowing the utility company to lead by example. Although the project came with a $14.9 million price-tag, the Burbank City Council believe that the incentive rests in both "increased labor productivity as well as energy- and water-conservation improvements." As a bonus, many hope that the new workplace will increase employee morale--something which tends to be in short supply these days.