Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 4

 April 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
April 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! 

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


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

Did You Know?

California's goals to reduce the state's total GHG emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% by 2050 are some of the most ambitious environmental goals in the world. To help meet these goals, transportation electricification would account for 19 million metric tons of emissions abatement for California. 

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

With so many Earth Day celebrations and events to attend this month, we hope you are inspired to take a personal action step by becoming one of our South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) Volunteers. What better way to stay involved all year long in an environmental effort to make this a more sustainable South Bay.
Volunteers not only have the opportunity to work on current issues which promote energy and water conservation through the SBESC, a program of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, but also can assist residents and businesses become more sustainable. In addition, our volunteers support conservation efforts in the South Bay community that help our cities meet state goals.
Volunteer activities range from in-office support work to community outreach providing environmental information that can directly influence behavior and choices. Volunteers develop relationships and have one-on-one interactions making this opportunity perfect for those who like working with people and making a difference.
Our next Volunteer Training class is scheduled for June 1, 2017. Act today - so you can be a part of the next training and support sustainability in the South Bay and for the Earth. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Martha Segovia, at 310-371-7222. Complete a volunteer application at

Jacki Bacharach
SoCalGas Statement on Air Resources Board Vote to Approve South Coast Air Quality Management Plan
"ARB's approval of the AQMP and the State Implementation Plan strategy is an important milestone in moving forward to cleaner air.  It is the culmination of four years of stakeholder engagement with state agencies, and provides an important framework for achieving emissions reductions to attain better air quality. We agree with the focus in the local District and State plans on accelerating mobile source NOx reductions." - SoCalGas
Southern California EdisonSCE  
South Bay Communities Get Reliability Boost From Multiyear Infrastructure Investment
"The grid is like a car engine. You can replace parts and be conscientious with maintenance, but at some point, you're going to have to make a wholesale change to that engine."
The engine described by Southern California Edison Region Manager Frank Farwell is the South Bay power grid and the wholesale change is the approximately $100 million SCE is investing per year in those communities starting this year through 2019 to  improve their electric reliability. It is all part of a multiyear effort that began in 2012.

LADWP Achieves 25 Percent Renewable Energy Milestone

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has achieved the state legislated goal of 25 percent of all energy retail sales coming from renewable energy, thanks to the completion of the 250-megawatt (MW) Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project and several other new large-scale solar facilities that began delivering clean power to Los Angeles by the end of 2016.

Travel Pal
What is the Events Module?

At the top of the left side of the home page is a link to the Events module. Users now have the opportunity to explore their travel options for specific events. Looking to host an event at your venue and post information about it on your website? Do you have an important meeting for which everyone needs to travel? Is your employer hosting a fundraising event that requires employees to travel? Want to find the best way to get people to an event or find a ride to share? The new Events module is here to help with that and more. Explore the events module today!
More FAQs Here

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Need a Speaker for Your Next Meeting, Event, or Class?
The Sanitation Districts have had a profound impact on the development of Los Angeles County. Their Speakers Bureau Program provides, at no cost, speakers to give presentations about tje agency, projects, and programs. Request a speaker for your next meeting, event, or class and learn more about resource recovery and wastewater and solid waste management issues.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Interested in Switching Out Your Water-Wasting Lawn But Don't Know Where to Start?

On West Basin's conservation microsite, you'll find smart gardening ideas, water wise plants, photos of low-water-use gardens, and other resources for creating a beautiful water-efficient landscape. 
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Earth Day Recycling Event: Saturday, April 29th - 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Free paper shredding and electronic recycling drop-off for Torrance residents ONLY at the Toyota employee parking lot (off Toyota Way, south of the intersection of 190th and Van Ness). Do not bring any hazardous materials, see flyer below for more details.

L.A. Metro
Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project
The Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line will extend from the existing Metro Exposition Line at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards. The Line will travel 8.5 miles to the Metro Green Line and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. The new Metro Rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways and provide significant environmental benefits, economic development and employment opportunities throughout Los Angeles County. Riders will be able to make easy connections within the entire Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines and other regional transportation services.

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

South Bay in the News 
The CEO and Founder of E3 Vehicles Shares Why NEVs are Great for the Environment and Perfect for the South Bay.
Several years ago, when gas prices were unusually high, Amy Errett felt a pressing need to let her gas-guzzling SUV go. She'd seen other locals driving neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs)-picture a golf cart with aspirations of becoming a sports car-around Manhattan Beach. She decided to embrace the green movement and pick up a more practical, eco-friendly vehicle for neighborhood outings.

April 2017 Events & Workshops 
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