Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 14, Number 7

 July 2018 

Calling Volunteers!
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
LA Metro
South Bay in the News
July 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


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Did You Know?

About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2014, we disposed of more than 38 million tons of food waste. By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

It's likely to be a long hot summer. Let me share with you some cool summer cooking tips! Cooking in the summer can be a daunting task, but using the right appliances can help you beat the heat. Microwave and toaster ovens use a lot less energy and don't heat up your house like your stove. This means your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard.
Taking the cooking outside, using a grill or barbecue can be a fun way to get everyone outdoors to enjoy the summer.
Once it's time to clean up, consider using your dishwasher to help save time and energy. Scrape excess food off plates and into the trash or garbage disposal and load dishes straight into the dishwasher. Skipping the rinse can save up to 6,000 gallons a year!  Lastly, you can save energy by using the "air dry" setting on your dishwasher to allow your dishes to dry without added heat.  
Saving water, energy, and the environment is what we do at South Bay Cities Council of Governments' Environmental Services Center. Visit our website today to learn more about free workshops and programs. And, have a great summer!

Jacki Bacharach
Renewable Natural Gas Produced in California by CR&R Flows into SoCalGas Pipelines for First Time
SoCalGas and waste management company CR&R Environmental (CR&R) announced they are now injecting renewable natural gas produced at CR&R's anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, Calif., into SoCalGas pipelines. This is the first renewable natural gas produced within California to be introduced into SoCalGas' pipeline system. Renewable natural gas is a carbon-negative fuel produced from waste that can be used in trucks and buses, to generate electricity, fuel heating systems in home and businesses, and for cooking. The renewable natural gas from CR&R's digestion facility is used to fuel about 400 of CR&R's waste hauling trucks.
Southern California EdisonSCE (SCE) 
Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat
Keep your cool during the hot weather and follow these easy tips to beat the heat all summer long. Don't break a sweat trying to stay cool this summer. Follow these five easy ways to help your body, room and home stay cool all summer long. 
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
Energy Conservation Alert: LADWP Urges Customers to Reduce Power Use During Heat Wave While Staying Safe

As Los Angeles looks ahead to heat waves this summer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to save energy where possible while staying safe during the afternoon and early evening when power use is at its highest.  Power System officials said LADWP has adequate resources to meet higher power demand when the temperatures heat up and electrical equipment works harder. Over the last three summers, the average energy use has peaked at 4,350 megawatts (MW), compared to an average daily peak of 3,555 MW throughout the year. LADWP's record peak demand of 6,502 MW was reached on August 31, 2017 at 4:15 p.m.
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Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD)
Eco Gardener Sustainable Landscape Design Class - Saturday, August 11th in Torrance

WRD's Lillian Kawasaki Eco Gardener Training Programs train residents, gardeners, landscape maintenance crews to become responsible "green" gardeners by implementing water conservation practices in outdoor landscapes, professional and municipal crews increase their productivity and business skills. The existing Eco Gardener series is geared towards educating residents on sustainable landscape design, sprinkler and drip system basics, edible gardening, drought-tolerant plants, and water efficient gardening.

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Public Tour of the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant: August 11th
Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste? Find out on this tour of Sanitation District's largest wastewater treatment facility, the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, located in Carson. The tour is free and open to ages 10 and up.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
West Basin Reaches Milestone of Producing 200 Billion Gallons of Recycled Water

During the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s, West Basin responded to the need to create a new, sustainable water supply and committed to building a world-class, state-of-the-art water recycling facility in the City of El Segundo. In 1995 the District opened its high-tech Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECLWRF) to further purify already treated sewage, which West Basin purchases from the nearby LA Sanitation Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. Today, the ECLWRF and West Basin's three satellite treatment facilities produce five types of customer-tailored recycled water using advanced treatment technologies, a process that prevents more than 12 billion gallons of treated sewage from being discharged into the Santa Monica Bay each year.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Landscape Transformation Program Available for Torrance Residents
Southern Californians looking for ways to save water and money are getting a helping
hand from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California just as summer temperatures
are heating up. Metropolitan has launched its new Landscape Transformation Program, offering
residents and businesses $1 for every square foot of thirsty grass they replace with more waterefficient
native plants and irrigation systems.

LA Metro
Metro Seeks Feedback on Potential Westside Bike Share Station Locations
The Metro Board of Directors in May approved the Phase 3 Expansion of Metro Bike Share, to the Westside Los Angeles communities of Palms, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Play del Rey and Playa Vista.  Since then, Metro and the city of Los Angeles have been working diligently to develop a list of potential station locations for the public to consider. The list of potential locations was carefully developed by examining suggested locations in a previously released countywide crowdsourcing map, station spacing, access and convenience, safety considerations, land use and destination patterns, discussions with L.A. Council Districts and local stakeholders and a Bike Share Suitability Index developed by an outside consulting firm.

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

South Bay in the News 
Honda Installs Large Solar Array at its California Campus
It's clear Honda is serious about sustainability. The automaker has both battery electric and fuel-cell vehicles - and now, it has a gigantic solar array on top of its campus in Torrance, California. Honda recently  turned on this massive sun-powered system for the first time. The array is one of the largest in Southern California, rated at 2.0 megawatts of DC current. It features 6,000 panels and is expected to generate more than 3,000-megawatt hours annually. 
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July 2018 Events & Workshops 
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