Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 12, Number 12

 December 2016 

Calling Volunteers!
Volunteer Program
Home Upgrade
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
December 2016 Events & Workshops
A Worthy Read
Interesting Domestic and International Articles Discussing the Environment, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation

Upcoming HHW/E-Waste Collection Events

City of Hermosa Beach - 1/21/17

City of El Segundo - 2/4/17

City of Gardena - 2/18/17

City of Rancho Palos Verdes - 4/8/17

City of Hawthorne - 4/29/17


There has never been a better time to help out and be recognized.

Check out our volunteer program and learn how to get involved.   
You can make a huge difference! 

 Visit Our Cities

El Segundo
Hermosa Beach

Manhattan Beach
Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates

Residents in San Pedro, Harbor City /Harbor Gateway & Wilmington
County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay
( District 2  or   District 4

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SoCalGas - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube


Southern California Edison - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


Los Angeles Department of Water & Power - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr


Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County - Facebook


West Basin Municipal Water District - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest


L.A. Metro - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


City of Torrance - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope

Did You Know?

On average, Electric Vehicle fuel costs are 50% of the costs of operating a vehicle that runs on gasoline. That's like paying $1 for a gallon of gas when charging with an EV-friendly rate during Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak hours.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

As 2016 winds down, we think back to a very busy year at the SBCCOG's Environmental Services Center with staff conducting over 100 community events and workshops and implementing programs all providing ways to make our communities sustainable through water conservation, energy efficiency, and innovative ways to travel. We could not have done it without our wonderful volunteers. Please take time to read our section highlighting our 2016 Volunteer Recognition in this issue.

Looking forward to the New Year, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to register early for our 18th Annual General Assembly Friday, February 24, 2017. The topic this year "Driving The South Bay's Digital Future." The event is free, but we need your RSVP at by February 15 so we can prepare.

Wishing you a joyous and sustainable Holiday Season!

Jacki Bacharach
Volunteer Program
9th Annual Volunteer Reception

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments and Environmental Services Center were pleased to honor dedicated volunteers at a special reception on November 17. The volunteer recognition program paid tribute to all volunteers for both annual and cumulative contributions with special recognition given to those volunteers who have contributed more than 50 hours of service. Volunteers have contributed more than 16,000 hours supporting staff in conducting outreach and education in the South Bay community as well assisting with office work. We encourage anyone who is interested to sign up to become a volunteer today! Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Martha Segovia at 310-371-7222 extension 209. 
Home Upgrade
Before You Upgrade

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade is a rebate program that offers energy-efficient upgrades for your home to help you receive rebates and save money on your utility bills. This program uses widely known best practices to ensure that your project is completed with high-quality. Listed below are some best practices used by Home Upgrade and their benefits.

SoCalGas Announces "SoCalGas Advisory" Conservation Notification Program to Reduce Risk of Natural Gas Shortages This Winter
SoCalGas announced a new conservation notification program designed to reduce consumers' natural gas use to lower the risk of possible natural gas and electricity shortages this winter. Beginning  December 1, 2016 , a "SoCalGas Advisory" was issued by SoCalGas under specific conditions, such as when demand for natural gas is projected to potentially exceed supply. Similar to the "Flex Alert" program used by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which issues calls for consumers to reduce electricity usage during high-demand periods, SoCalGas Advisories will ask customers to reduce their natural gas use.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Applications Now Open for $1.2 Million Edison Scholars Program
SCE is looking for students with big dreams eager to help power the future.
Edison International provides $40,000 Edison Scholars scholarships to 30 students each year living or studying in Southern California Edison's service territory.
Free Water Conservation Items

If you own or rent a home within the LADWP's service area, you can receive showerheads and aerators for free! To get free showerheads and aerators for your home, visit your nearest Customer Service Center:

San Pedro Customer Service Center
535 W. 9th Street 
Wilmington Customer Service Center
931 N. Avalon Blvd. 

Travel Pal
Share the Ride to Your Next Concert at the Forum

Travel Pal is a great tool for understanding your Personal Mobility Patterns - where you go and how you get there - (driving alone, bicycling, walking or taking the bus). It's also a fantastic way to find a carpool match for your trips to and from local events. Did you know that Travel Pal is now being used by the Fabulous Forum to help guide and direct their visitors to their venue.

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
The Sanitation Districts and its partner, Waste Management, are the proud recipients of the American Biogas Council's Municipal Project of the Year Award for their innovative project involving the recycling and conversion of food waste to green energy.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Upcoming FREE Water Conservation Events

Learn to reduce both indoor and outdoor water use by participating in West Basin's free water conservation program! Registration for each event is required. For more information, please visit West Basin's Conservation microsite here
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
E-Waste Recycling at West High School
The E-Waste Recycling event will be on Saturday, January 21st from 9am - 3pm at West High's Student Parking Lot (20401 Victor Street, Torrance, CA 90503). Nearly all electronics can be dropped off: everything from TVs, laptops, printers, phones, appliances, and more. Additional information about accepted electronics can be found at For any questions, please contact Ann Cortina at (310) 533-4299 x7646. 

L.A. Metro
Beginning December 11, 2016, Metro is Making Several Changes
to Improve the Efficiency of Your Bus Service.
Lines 910/950: There will be a minor northbound route change to improve safety in San Pedro. Buses will use Beacon St. instead of Harbor Bl. Passengers who board northbound buses on Harbor Bl. at 1st St. should instead board on Beacon St. at 1st. Passengers who board northbound buses at the Harbor-Beacon Park & Ride Lot should instead board on northbound Beacon St at O'Farrell St. There are no changes to the southbound route. Three additional buses have also been added to the line to improve on-time performance. In order to improve access and reduce overcrowding during peak travel periods, Line 950 buses will now be serving the Slauson and Manchester Stations on the Harbor Transitway.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.

South Bay in the News 
Carson Lands on Front Lines of Statewide Alternative-Energy Solutions
Carson is one of 13 communities chosen as testing grounds for a future envisioned by state leaders that doesn't rely on electrical usage or natural gas emissions, according to an agreement signed this week.
The City Council approved a contract that allows Charge Bliss Inc., a West Hollywood clean-energy grid developer, access to city facilities and documents to develop alternative-energy solutions as part of "The EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities."
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Another Successful Holiday Light Exchange!

Congratulations South Bay - a successful Holiday Light Exchange was held November 9 and 10, 2016 at the offices of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments' Environmental Services Center located in Torrance.   South Bay residents received 260 new boxes of LED Holiday lights in exchange for old incandescent strands.  Learning of the event on KCAL Channel 9 news, many people brought in multiple strands to help get them off the grid knowing that the SBCCOG will recycle them properly.  Homes decorated with Holiday LED lighting will realize an 80% energy saving over using incandescent lighting.  We want to thank our generous sponsors, Energy Upgrade California, Chevron, South Bay Association of REALTORS®, Athens Services, Continental Development Corporation, GSE Solutions, and Susan Jones 3 Leaf Realty.  Pictured with the mound of old lights awaiting their delivery to Walser's for recycling are SBCCOG staff members Amanda Maki and Cierra Washington. 

December 2016 Events & Workshops 
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