More than 14 million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans annually. Every 30 seconds someone dies from diseases caused by plastic waste. Leadership Burbank, a community-based organization that offers leadership training programs for people who live or work in Burbank, is joining the fight to combat plastic pollution.
“It is just one plastic bottle. What possible difference can one bottle make? Have you ever wondered how you could make a difference? It might be easier than you think,” said officials from Leadership Burbank.
The nonprofit is raising funds for bottle-filling stations throughout Burbank to reduce the use of plastic bottles.
“It all starts in our homes, schools and communities. Leadership Burbank Class of 2023 has committed to its class project to reduce plastic waste by replacing the water fountains in 11 Burbank elementary schools with water bottle filling stations, teaching Burbank Unified School District students to be responsible for the world they live in. It is teaching the next generation to reuse, refill and rethink — one kid at a time,” the officials added.
Leadership Burbank has asked everyday Burbankers to join in the cause. The cost for each filling station is $2,700, and the organization will rely on funds raised from local supporters.
“No donation is too large or too small,” organization officials said. Readers can find more information about how they can sponsor a water bottle filling station by following along with the accompanying graphic.
Now beyond its 25th year, Leadership Burbank has seen great progress, including aiding more than 500 alumni; supporting more than 21 community projects that have supported local nonprofits, BUSD and the city of Burbank; and helping raise nearly a half-million dollars in goods and services.
“The organization appreciates your consideration of its request to support its project and continue the legacy of Leadership Burbank,” group officials said.
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First published in the March 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.