Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 14, Number 1

 January 2018 

Calling Volunteers!
Renewable South Bay
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
January 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


Kick off 2018 by getting involved with the SBESC and volunteering your time. 

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?

Regarding water usage...

- Ecolab
Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

We hope that you had a wonderful Holiday Season and are ready for a happy and productive New Year!
During December, the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) hosted a seminar to present its Sustainable Neighborhood Strategy (SNS) to regional leaders. The SNS is an innovative integration of land use and transportation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by focus on neighborhoods. The strategy was used as the basis for the South Bay Subregional Climate Action Plan (CAP) as well as various strategies for individual city CAPs. View highlights from the event by clicking here.
One of the components of the SNS, is planning for changing lifestyle patterns. To address this topic, we are pleased to announce the theme of SBCCOG's 19th Annual General Assembly is The Evolution of Retail & Its Challenges for Cities.  Experts will address impacts on South Bay cities resulting from the technological changes disrupting the retail sector and how cities will be affected with the retail businesses closing leaving vacant buildings and providing less sales tax revenue. Please, mark your calendar for February 23, 2018 to attend this FREE event at the Juanita Millender-McDonald, Carson Community Center 801 East Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745. Registration and exhibits open at 8:30 a.m. and the Program runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Register here (registrations is mandatory).

Also, inspired by the SBCCOG's climate action work, Maelyn Evans, a SBCCOG volunteer and university student has prepared a restaurant food waste survey for her class project. If you own or operate a restaurant in the South Bay, please take a moment to help Maelyn by completing the survey here (survey is not a product of the SBCCOG).

I hope to see you on February 23 at the General Assembly!

Jacki Bacharach
SoCalGas Works to Develop New Technology that Makes Carbon Fiber During Hydrogen Production
SoCalGas announced that it is partnering with a development team to advance a new process that converts natural gas to hydrogen, carbon fiber, and carbon nanotubes. The low-emission process, selected for funding by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), will create both hydrogen that can be used in fuel cell vehicles and industrial processes, as well as carbon fiber used in applications from medical devices and aerospace structures to building products. 
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Outage Center
SCE is committed to keeping you informed. If your power is out or you are looking for outage resources, you're in the right place. Learn about the different types of outages and get up-to-date information regarding outages in your area by visiting SCE's website.
Efficient Product Marketplace

Did you know that you can get rebates on power strips at LADWP's Efficient Product Marketplace? Explore available rebates for top rated energy efficient products in the following categories: heating and cooling, home and office, kitchen, and electronics. 
Read More  (on the drop down menu, look for power strips under "Home & Office")

Renewable South Bay
Special Session Information Recap

In December, SBCCOG teamed up with partner Renovate America to host a special information session for minority, women and veteran-owned contractor businesses in the area. The session offered attendees useful background on Renovate America's home improvement platform and how it can help contractors deliver a better customer experience and boost their business, including:
  • Two attractive financing options, Benji and HERO
  • Personalized training & marketing support
  • Easy-to-use online tools
  • Improved cash flow through advances of 30 percent of HERO-financed project costs
  • Streamlined payments through direct orders with distributors without paying upfront 
For more information, please visit To receive more information on the diversity program, click HERE (please do a hyperlink to this link:  We look forward to continuing to work with Renovate America on this valuable partnership that helps small business owners in our community! 

Water Replenishment District
WRD and the City of Torrance Provide an Additional Freshwater Supply Through the Robert W. Goldsworthy Expansion

On February 6, 2018, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), in partnership with the City of Torrance, will celebrate the expansion of the Robert W. Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter. WRD built the Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter, which began operations in 2001, to help remove and treat a multi-billion gallon saline plume located in the West Coast Basin. The Robert W. Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter creates a local freshwater supply for the City of Torrance and additional storage space in the basin through the process of desalination. With the expansion, the facility will extract and treat 5 million gallons of brackish water per day, doubling the amount previously treated.

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Food Waste Receiving and Digestion Program at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant
The proposed project would include the receipt of food wastes to be co-digested with biosolids in existing digesters to generate biogas, which would primarily be processed into renewable natural gas ("RNG") to be sold as vehicle fuel at an existing Compressed Natural Gas ("CNG") Fueling Station located at JWPCP, or used for energy production. The proposed project would divert up to 610 dry tons per day ("tpd") of food waste from landfills. The new food waste station, which includes unloading stations, storage tanks, grit and plastic film removal equipment, pumps and associated piping and connections to the existing digesters (collectively referred to as the "Food Waste Facility"), would receive 310 dry tpd of food waste in the form of liquid slurry (420 wet tpd). The existing Liquid Waste Disposal Station ("LWDS") would receive an additional 300 dry tpd of food waste in the form of liquid slurry ( 400 wet tpd).

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
FREE Rain Barrel Distributions 2018

Collecting rainwater and storing it in a rain barrel can help offset drinking water used for outdoor purposes. West Basin provides eligible residents in the service area with an alternative way to use water resourcefully.  Each rain barrel includes a 2-3' flexible downspout, water hose connector, overflow fitting, and built-in mosquito screen. Barrels are made from recycled food barrels, and may be available in black or terra cotta colors.

West Basin Partners with Surfrider Foundation

West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin)
Division III Director Carol W. Kwan presented a $9,000 check to the Surfrider Foundation on January 7 in support of their Blue Water Task Force "Teach and Test Program."
West Basin has supported the high school student-based program of water testing, education and clean water advocacy since 2006. The funds supply the program's equipment, materials and lab technician services to compile and analyze data.

City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
FREE Turf Removal Class on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at West High School
Learn how to remove your turf and successfully convert your landscape to native or drought-tolerant plant palette. The class covers design considerations, irrigation systems, removal of existing grass, planting, soil preperation, and garden maintenance. 

L.A. Metro
Reminder: 71-day closure of five Green Line stations begins Jan. 26
On Friday, Jan. 26 Metro will begin work on connecting the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Green Line tracks. The work will require a 71-day closure of five Green Line stations: Redondo Beach, Douglas, El Segundo, Mariposa and Aviation/LAX Station. Service will be maintained through free bus shuttles in place of Green Line service between Hawthorne/Lennox and Redondo Beach stations during the closure. Bus shuttles will stop at all stations and run as frequently as the Green Line.

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

January 2018 Events & Workshops 
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