Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 7

 July 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
July 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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L.A. Metro - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


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

Did You Know?

Light bulbs come in a wide variety of shades to help customize the mood of the room. You can choose from yellowish, warm, natural daylight white, to bluish white light. Selecting the correct bulb is important as it can help maximize your use of space. 

Bluer light is best for reading areas, and ENERGY STAR recommends cool white, neutral or bright white bulbs for your kitchen or work spaces. 
Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

Enjoy the lazy hazy days of summer but maybe it's time to explore using smart technology to make your home energy and water efficient.   Recently, I purchased a smart thermostat that I can control from my home and also from my smartphone so that I can adjust the temperature in my home when I am not there.  I can keep the system off when the house is empty and get it to the temperature that I like as I am getting ready to come back home so that it's just right when I arrive.
There are many ways to reduce your home's energy and water usage by letting technology do the heavy lifting.  Whether it is new smart kitchen appliances, refrigerators, clothes washers, air-conditioning, thermostats, sprinkler systems or variable speed drive pumps for your pool,  let smart technology help you to take it easy this summer!  Check out what might be right for you and also whether there are rebates and incentives from our utility and water partners.  We are ready to provide assistance at the South Bay Environmental Services Center at our website or call 310-371-7222.

Jacki Bacharach
Environmental Champions Grant Initiative - Application Deadline: August 18th
SoCalGas® is looking to fund innovative projects or programs that address clean air, clean energy and clean water with a particular emphasis on supporting underserved communities.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
A Smart Thermostat Is the Smartest Way to Get a $125 Sign-Up Bonus 
With up to a $125 sign-up bonus, it's never been a better time to enroll your new or existing smart thermostat through SCE's qualified service providers who represent brands such as, ecobee, Honeywell, Lux, Nest, Radio Thermostat Company of America, Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat, Venstar, and Zen Thermostat™.

Certified Pool Pump Replacement Program

Do you have an in-ground swimming pool filtered with a single-speed pool pump and motor? Have a certified technician replace it with a qualifying energy-efficient variable-speed pool pump and motor and you can get a rebate for up to $1,000!

Travel Pal
Sharing Your Summer Event's Travel Information

Travel Pal is a great tool for understanding your Personal Mobility Patterns - where you go and how you get there - (driving alone, bicycling, walking or taking the bus). It's also a fantastic way to let people know about important travel and parking information for an event as well as to encourage carpools and alternative ways to get to there. Did you know that Travel Pal is now being used by Manhattan Beach to help guide and direct attendees to the Manhattan Beach Open AVP event next month?  
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Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
FREE Tour of Joint Water Pollution Control Plant: Saturday, August 5th
Curious about what happens to your sewage? Find out by taking a tour of Sanitation Districts' Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson on Saturday, August 5th at 9:00 A.M. (Must RSVP by July 28th, details in flyer below)

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Ocean Friendly Landscape Program

West Basin Municipal Water District partnered with the Surfrider Foundation to develop the Ocean Friendly Landscape Program. The California Department of Water Resources awarded West Basin funding for the project, which is comprised of 4 major components...
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Visit Torrance's New Water Services Webpage!
Torrance Municipal Water (TMW), a community-owned water utility and a founding member of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), is dedicated to serving its customers in a cost-effective manner, with a reliable supply of high-quality water, essential to maintaining public health and safety, economic vitality, and community well-being. 

L.A. Metro
Construction of Crenshaw/LAX Rail Maintenance Facility Continues Moving Forward
Metro's contractor Hensel Phelps/Herzog JV (HPH) continues moving forward with construction of the Southwestern Yard, the future Metro Division 16 rail yard maintenance facility for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The facility is located near the Los Angeles International Airport.

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

South Bay in the News 
Palos Verdes Estates Goes Platinum!
Another South Bay city joins the ranks of Platinum Energy Leader in the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) and Southern California Edison (SCE) partnership program.  Palos Verdes Estates recently received the Platinum Energy Leader Certificate at their July 11, 2017 City Council meeting.  The Energy Leader Partnership is a program wherein South Bay cities have come together in a partnership with the SBCCOG/SCE to reduce their municipal facilities energy use and to lead their communities by example.  The criteria for moving up the tier levels from Valued, Silver, Gold and Platinum partner includes not only energy efficiency projects but community education events as well, publishing articles in city newsletters or having presentations at community groups, organizations, or city council meetings. Benefits to the city include increased rebate amounts and ongoing reduced energy costs.  Palos Verdes Estates joins Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lomita, and Manhattan Beach in reaching the Platinum level.

July 2017 Events & Workshops 
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