Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 1

 January 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Broadband Survey
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
January 2017 Events & Workshops
A Worthy Read
Interesting Domestic and International Articles Discussing the Environment, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation

Upcoming HHW/E-Waste Collection Events


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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Don't forget to follow our Partners on social media as well: 


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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?

In terms of paper usage, the average American still uses the equivalent of a 100-foot Douglas fir tree each year.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments operates many programs including the South Bay Environmental Services Center, which provides this newsletter. Our biggest event of the year, the 18th Annual General Assembly will take place on Friday, February 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center in Carson. This important event is one of the main venues where all of our members come together for networking and to learn about issues that will challenge cities. 
The theme of this year's General Assembly is "Driving The South Bay's Digital Future". The program will explore how cities can leverage innovative technologies to increase their competitiveness in attracting and retaining businesses. Attendees will learn about the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Homes, 24-hour city halls, telemedicine and more. Many of the technology applications which will be explored not only offer economic benefits but have the opportunity to help improve the way we live as well as the environment.
This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.  To register, please visit:

Jacki Bacharach
Broadband Survey
Help Needed, Feedback Appreciated!  

The South Bay Workforce Investment Board and South Bay Cities Council of Governments are working to make sure organizations in the South Bay have the technology they need to operate.

Please take a few minutes to complete  this survey about broadband internet and worker skills.
SoCalGas Offers Tips on Home Heating Safety and How to Save on Winter Bills
SoCalGas issued home heating safety tips and advice on how to keep natural gas bills low this winter. In Southern California, the heating season typically begins in November and can last through March. During these colder months, heating can account for more than half of natural gas bills.

Southern California EdisonSCE  
INFOGRAPHIC: Wrapping up the Holidays Safely
It may be tempting to put off the daunting task of taking down your holiday lights, but keep in mind that holiday decorations are meant for temporary use. Leaving them up for an extended period of time can decrease their shelf life, as well as increase the risk of electrical hazards.

FREE Basic HVAC Seminar in Torrance: Friday, February 10th

Attend this FREE Basic HVAC seminar and learn:
  • The basics of HVAC systems in both residential andcommercial applications
  • Ways to improve the performance of your HVAC systems
  • How to reduce the operating costs without sacrificing comfort

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Home Energy Improvement Program

LADWP is offering residential customers the opportunity to improve the energy and water performance in their homes, which can improve their comfort level and potentially reduce their energy and water cost through the Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP). The program is free to eligible customers.

Travel Pal
How Does South Bay Travel Pal Calculate the Dollars Saved on the "My Statistics" Profile Page?

The calculation for dollars saved when you don't drive your vehicle is an idealized calculation based on the AAA cost of owning a car -- roughly $.566 per mile. Each mode has its own financial reward which South Bay Travel Pal breaks down in the following way: for every mile walked or biked, the calculation is $.566 in savings. Telework saves the same amount of money, $.566 per mile that would otherwise have been driven alone. Carpooling saves $.283 per mile, while Vanpooling saves $.471 per mile in comparison to driving alone. Transit equates to a savings of approximately $.116 per mile compared to driving alone.
More FAQs

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Study Demonstrates Feasibility of Large-Scale Regional Recycling Water Program
A new study has confirmed the feasibility of a proposed large-scale project to treat and purify wastewater and distribute it to groundwater basins across the region through a collaboration between the Metropolitan Water District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. The conclusion of the feasibility study paves the way for the next step-the construction of a demonstration facility, which could begin this summer. 

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
2017 Water is Life Student Art Contest is
Now Accepting Submissions!

Students can inspire our communities to learn more about our precious and limited water resources by thinking of creative ways to promote water awareness and conservation! Fifteen winners will receive an iPad!
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
Upcoming Metro Art Events to Help Jump Start Your Year
Start the year with a little art appreciation. Here are the upcoming Metro Arts events you'll want to get on your calendar. All events are free and open to the public.

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

South Bay in the News 
Palos Verdes Businesses Alerted to New Mandatory Commercial Organic Waste Recycling (AB 1826) law
City of Rancho Palos Verdes is announcing the continued formal education and outreach efforts to prepare area businesses for California's recycling law. As of January 1, 2017, businesses, including commercial or public entities like schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, industrial businesses, for-profit or nonprofit organizations, residential dwellings with 5 or more units*, and others must recycle their organic waste over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized in 2019.

January 2017 Events & Workshops 
Click Here to See Upcoming Workshops  & Events