Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 14, Number 4

 April 2018 

Calling Volunteers!
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
April 2018 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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Southern California Edison - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


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


Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County - Facebook


Water Replenishment District - Facebook, YouTube


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?

Xeriscaping is a way to garden using a minimum of water and energy. The following techniques are a must in dry-weather climes, but also provide useful guidelines for environmentally conscious gardeners everywhere. 
  • Group plants by their water needs. When possible, put high-need plants in naturally wetter areas of your property.
  • Test your soil. Add organic matter when necessary - maybe from your own compost pile - to increase your soil's water-holding capacity.
  • Mulch. Cover plant beds with composted leaves or grass to help retain moisture.
  • Plant native species. Plants that have evolved in your area's climate are more naturally adapted to its water conditions.
- Earth Share
Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

We have come a long way since Earth Day was first recognized and many accomplishments have been made toward environmental sustainability both locally and statewide; however, much work lies ahead. The SBCCOG has recently finished developing Climate Action Plans for our cities and for the South Bay region, but we continue to look for opportunities to expand on our work. For example, we are hoping to start work shortly on adding chapters on Adaptation for each of our cities and for the South Bay Region. These plans provide the cities with strategies they can implement to be more sustainable while also reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
Earth Day is a reminder that we all have a part to play in taking care of our precious environment and natural resources. Here at the SBCCOG's Environmental Services Center (SBESC), we provide many ways for you to take action not only on Earth Day, but all year round!  Just take a look at our calendar of upcoming events and workshops You can view community exhibit events where SBESC will be exhibiting all of our Partners' resource information. Consider attending one of our free workshops where you can find information for municipalities and residents as well as businesses in the South Bay. Come and learn how you can take action. 

Jacki Bacharach
SoCalGas Helps Fleet Owners Put New Near-Zero Emissions Natural Gas Trucks on the Road
SoCalGas announced efforts to help  California fleets get more drivers behind the wheel of new near-zero emissions heavy-duty natural gas trucks. The effort was part of a  $21 million Prop  1B incentive pool administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).  SoCalGas representatives provided assistance on 400 Prop  1B applications throughout its service territory. If all these applications are accepted and receive funding, SoCalGas customers will replace at least 400 diesel trucks with near-zero natural gas trucks. Replacing 400 diesel trucks with near-zero natural gas trucks is the equivalent of taking more than 22,000 passenger cars off the road.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
SCE and Other Power Companies Across the Country Transform
Electric utilities across the country are seeing an industry change, driven by evolving customer demands and technological advancements. This change looks different and is occurring at different paces in different states, but there are commonalities as new technologies such as battery storage, electric vehicles and smart meters become increasingly available and affordable.

Energy Leader Partnership Program

Mayor and City Council of Hermosa Beach were presented with the SBCCOG/SCE Platinum Energy Leader Award at recent city council meeting for achieving 576,410 kWh saved.
Coming Soon to Your Front Door!

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will deliver two (2) light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to all LADWP residential customers to help Save Energy LA. When residents switch from incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to LEDs, they can save $238 in electric costs over the lifetime of each bulb. LEDs last longer, save money, save electricity and help to make Los Angeles more sustainable.

Deliveries started in March. Residents should be on the lookout for their free LED bulbs. They will arrive in a great looking, reusable bag - ideal for toting groceries or work lunch. Residents also will receive a "Save Energy LA" brochure that lists our many programs and rebates for saving electricity. 
Interested in purchasing LED Bulbs or energy efficient products please visit LADWP's Efficient Product Marketplace (EPM) for more information.

Water Replenishment District
Teacher Lounge

The WRD Education Program features interactive lessons that demonstrate the importance of groundwater, the basics of water sources and treatment, and the need for conservation. WRD Education staff are available for in-classroom demonstrations, exhibiting at environmental/education fairs, and as a resource for any water science related questions. If you would like any information regarding our Education Program please contact Monica Sijder at

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson: Total Energy Facility
The power generating facility consists of three Solar Mars gas turbines each rated for a gross output of 9.9 MW. These turbines exhaust into heat recovery steam generators for production of steam that is used for digester heating and/or the production of electricity with a steam turbine.  The facility is designed for fully automated operation and can operate in parallel with the grid or independently of the utility.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
West Basin Municipal Water District Announces Public Review of Draft Environmental Impact Report for Potential Ocean Water Desalination Facility

West Basin announces that the draft
environmental impact report (EIR) for the potential ocean water desalination facility in El Segundo is available for public review and comment for a 60-day period through May 25, 2018. The report is available online at and the general public is encouraged to attend two public meetings scheduled on April 25 and May 12, 2018.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Earth Day Recycling Event: Saturday, April 21st - 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Free paper shredding and electronic recycling for Torrance residents only. This event will take place at the Torrance City Hall employee parking lot (near Torrance Courthouse off Maple Avenue).

L.A. Metro
Regional Connector Spring Update
Significant progress has been made on the Regional Connector Transit Project since the beginning of this year. From Little Tokyo to the Financial District, crews have been busy mining tunnels and excavating, relocating utilities and more. The project to connect the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines is about 47 percent complete and is scheduled to be done in late 2021.

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

South Bay in the News 
Upcoming Paper Shredding Events
There are two document/paper shredding events coming up. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes encourages you to take advantage of these free opportunities to safeguard your confidential information! After tax season, it will be the perfect time to safely dispose of your old personal and confidential material such as income tax returns, paycheck, mortgage, credit card and bank statements, medical records, etc. Certified shredding trucks will be ON-SITE to shred your material. 
  1. Wednesday, April 18th from 3 pm to 6 pm at El Pollo Inka Parking Lot in the PV Promenade (open to all Peninsula residents only) - more info here
  2. Saturday, April 21st from 8 am to 11 am at RPV City Hall (open to RPV residents only- ID required) - more info here
April 2018 Events & Workshops 
Click Here to See Upcoming Workshops  & Events