Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 6

 June 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
June 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

City of Torrance - 6/17/17

City of Carson - 10/7/17


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Did You Know?

Nearly 6 million tons of food waste reach the landfill in California each year. 

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

Welcome summer 2017!  Outdoor fun with family and friends and, hopefully, California friendly garden projects. 
Although Governor Jerry Brown has declared an end to the statewide drought emergency, we hope that you will continue  water savings through voluntary conservation measures. Here are some thoughts on how effective you can be:
  • On average, a home uses approximately 100,000 gallons of water a year with up to 70% being used for landscaping  
  • Consider plants that use moderate to low water
  • Turf removal can save 44 gallons per square foot per year
  • Smart irrigation controllers save about 13,500 gallons per year
  • Rain Barrels save about 600 gallons per year, and
  • Fixing sprinkler systems leaks can save up to 6,000 gallons a year!  
Californians did a great job saving water during the drought.  Let's keep up the good work through life-long new habits.   Watch for the SBESC monthly e-newsletter with information regarding rebates, incentives and free workshops to Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment.

Jacki Bacharach
SoCalGas Statement on LA Metro Approval of Renewable Natural Gas Purchase
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board of directors voted unanimously to authorize its Chief Executive Officer to award a five-year contract to purchase renewable natural gas for use in LA Metro's bus fleet. SoCalGas issued the following statement in response: "SoCalGas applauds the leadership and vision of the LA Metro board of directors for choosing to fuel Los Angeles' bus fleet with renewable natural gas. This decision will have far-reaching positive effects for Angelinos and the environment."
Southern California EdisonSCE  
FREE CALGreen Title 24 Part 11 Course: July 7th

This free four-hour course is designed for those interested in learning about the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). Cities across California are required to enforce the 2016 California Green Building Code on January 1, 2017. The course will review Residential and Non-Residential standards and demonstrate how designers and developers are addressing the requirements. New or updated standards will be highlighted in order to contrast changes from the previous code cycle.
New Geothermal Project Helps Create
Clean Energy Future for Los Angeles

In another step toward creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has entered a new 26-year power sales agreement for renewable geothermal power that will provide enough clean energy to serve 208,000 Los Angeles homes and avoid producing 701,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, which is roughly equivalent to removing 135,000 gas-fueled cars off the road.

Travel Pal
Share the Ride - Organize Carpools for Your Group

Travel Pal 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 find a carpool match for your trips to and from reoccurring meetings and groups - just like yours.  Why not organize carpooling or alternative ways for your group's members to get to the next meeting.  
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Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Water Reuse Program
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Sanitation Districts) own and operate one of the largest wastewater recycling programs in the world. They have a long history of providing affordable, high-quality recycled water to public and private water suppliers to help meet the water supply needs for more than five million people within their member service areas. Their 10 water reclamation facilities produce treated and disinfected recycled water, most of which essentially meets drinking water standards.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
South Bay High School Wins Regional Awards At 15th Annual Solar Cup™ Competition

Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California (MWD) completed its 15th annual Solar Cup™ competition on May 21, as first time competitor, Manhattan Beach's Mira Costa High School took home the top prizes in the rookie division this year.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
How to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Hazardous and electronic waste is any discarded material that threatens public health, safety, and the environment due to its chemical nature. Throwing these materials in the trash, down storm drains, on the ground, or in the sewer system puts oceans and groundwater at risk. 

L.A. Metro
Metro Bike Rides are Just $2 on Tuesdays
Introducing $2 Tuesdays! Walk-up users can enjoy a discounted 30-minute  Metro Bike  ride on Tuesdays with the promo code 2222. Each 30-minute (or less) ride will be $2 and you can use the code for as many $2 rides as you want throughout the day. Please note that if your ride goes past 30 minutes, you will be charged the regular rate of $3.50 per 30 minutes thereafter.
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Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.

South Bay in the News 
South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC) to Recognize Local Sustainability
The South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC) is hosting the 10th annual SEED Awards event in September. Comprised of businesses and municipalities throughout the South Bay and beyond, the SBBEC uses the SEED (Southern California Environmental Excellence Development) program to recognize the extraordinary environmental efforts of local businesses, individuals and organizations.

June 2017 Events & Workshops 
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