Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 8

 August 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
August 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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Did You Know?

Lighting accounts for 35% of the energy use in an average university facility. Install occupancy sensors in general usage areas so that lights turn on only when area is occupied and turned off when area is not occupied during non-school hours.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

For many years the SBCCOG has been encouraging South Bay residents to upgrade their homes with energy and water efficiency in mind. Many want to make those changes but paying s appfor them has been a barrier.  In this issue of our SBESC e-newsletter, be sure to read the article announcing the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Program, a State of California program developed to help California reach its aggressive clean energy goals and reduce climate pollution. The program allows lenders to offer attractive financing, so homeowners can improve the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes. The REEL program offers some benefits not found in similar loan products such as ability to finance 100% of the project costs; part of the loan (up to 30%) can be used to fund home improvements like landscaping, painting, roof, bathroom remodeling, and some appliances qualify. Another of the program's many features is that no liens or tax assessments are made against your home, and no home equity is needed.  Check it out! And enjoy the end of summer! 

Jacki Bacharach
What is the Residential Energy Efficiency Program?

The Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Program is a State of California program developed to help California reach its aggressive clean energy goals and reduce climate pollution. The program allows lenders to offer attractive financing, so homeowners can improve the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes.
General Tips for Choosing Energy-Efficient Appliances
If you're ready to upgrade to a new energy-efficient appliance, you have a lot of great options. SoCalGas has put together this buying guide to help make sure you buy the right one for your specific needs.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
State Grid Operators Prepared to Manage Power Flows During Solar Eclipse
The Southland will experience a partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21 that will affect Southern California Edison's service territory, obscuring 58 to 76 percent of the sun's light for about three hours in the morning (9 a.m.-noon).
That may sound like it will substantially darken the sky, but the effect will be more like a cloudy or overcast day and should not impact the daily activities of Southland residents.
But for the California Independent System Operator staff responsible for balancing the flow of power on the state's electrical grid, planning for the event began months ago.

Start a Waterwise Garden with the Help of LADWP

The water resources of Los Angeles are limited and we all need to do our part meeting the current and future water needs of residential, commercial and agricultural uses. With water conservation in mind, there is a need for waterwise, drought-tolerant landscaping in Los Angeles. Please review the beautiful example landscapes shown on this website and know that water intensive turf can play a role in the landscape, but should not be the focal point.
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Travel Pal
Travel with SBESC to an Upcoming South Bay Event

Traveling to an event in the South Bay this month? See the list of upcoming events and be sure to use Travel Pal to pick the most efficient means of transportation while charting your journey!

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
No Drugs Down the Drain: Dispose of Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Medications
Look for Sheriff's Station Drop Boxes, which are recycled mailboxes that look like the white boxes, near you to offload expired or unwanted medications. There are no questions asked, just bring the items in a closed container or plastic bag and drop them off in their appropriate bin.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Grants Now Available Through New Water Bottle Filling Station Program

The West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) Board of Directors announced a new program to fund water bottle filling stations at public facilities. The pilot program was created to provide community members with more access to safe and reliable tap water to refill their personal, eco-friendly water bottles.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
FREE Greywater Workshop: Saturday, August 26th (9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.)
Learn about the benefits of using rainwater and greywater to create an affordable household water system that dramatically reduces water use and can play a critical role in drought resilience. 

L.A. Metro
LA Metro is Buying Zero-Emission Electric Buses
Six years ago, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) retired its last diesel bus in favor of buses that ran on cleaner fuel. 
Now, with the encouragement of its chairman, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Metro - one of the largest transit agencies in the U.S. - is moving further down the road of environmental responsibility by committing to convert its entire 2,200 bus fleet to zero-emission buses by 2030.

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

South Bay in the News 
Institute for Local Governments (ILG) Recognizes City of Carson for Beacon Program Achievements
ILG recently acknowledged the City of Carson for its achievements as part of ILG's Beacon Program. The Beacon Program and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments have encouraged, supported, and recognized voluntary action by local municipalities for addressing climate change, promoting energy innovation, and creating more sustainable communities.  Based on information provided by the City of Carson they have excelled in the following Beacon Spotlight Award categories this year. 1) Gold level Award for 17% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions; 2) Platinum Level Award for 26% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions; and 3) Gold Level Award for 9% Energy Savings. The awards will be presented at a special reception, hosted in collaboration with the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties, and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative in September. Congratulations Carson!

August 2017 Events & Workshops 
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