Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 14, Number 6

 June 2018 

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


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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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?

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

We have just the activity for you this Summer! Become a South Bay Environmental Services Center Volunteer. The SBCCOG's South Bay Environmental Services Center is now recruiting volunteers. June 28 will be the Volunteer Training/Recruitment event from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at the South Bay Environmental Services Center, 20285 S. Western Avenue, Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501. We hope you will consider signing up and also share this information with family, friends, and neighbors. Join in the fun, comradery, and meaningful work of a South Bay Environmental Services Center Volunteer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on current issues which promote energy and water conservation through community events in the South Bay. Working in our office is another way to support our work, by providing administrative support and assisting with special projects.  Applications are available at the event or you can fill out a volunteer application online here. RSVP to Martha Segovia 310-371-7222 ext. 209. 

Jacki Bacharach
SoCalGas Marketplace
SoCalGas Marketplace is an online tool that features incentives for energy-efficient home appliances and consumer electronics. SoCalGas works with Enervee to analyze product data from national retailers, manufacturers, and government agencies to rate the energy efficiency and popularity of over 50,000 products each day.
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Southern California EdisonSCE (SCE)
Time-Of-Use (TOU) Rate Plans
If you are able to manage your energy habits, one of SCE's Time-Of-Use plans may be the best fit for your home. Rates on a TOU plan are based on the time of day and the season.
TOU plans can help you manage your energy costs. By taking advantage of lower rates during off-peak and super off-peak periods, you can avoid higher weekday rates when energy resources are in demand.
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Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
REfrigerator Turn-In and REcycle (RETIRE) Program

LADWP offers the REfrigerator Turn-In and REcycle (RETIRE) Program to its residential customers to encourage safe and environmentally friendly recycling of old, energy inefficient refrigerators and freezers. Save energy and money! Recycling an old refrigerator/freezer can help customers reduce their energy bill by up to $192 per year. Pick-up and recycling services are offered at no cost to customers, and they receive a $50 rebate.

Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD)
FREE Edible Gardening Class - Saturday, July 14th in Torrance

Turn part of your ordinary landscape into a lush edible garden. Use your water in a way that will benefit you and your family while creating a sustainable environment that you can be proud of. This class shares tips on how to grow fruits, herbs, and veggies while having fun in the garden. Learn how to select the right edible plants that suits your needs. 

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Would you like a speaker for your next meeting or event?
The Sanitation Districts' Speakers Bureau provides speakers, at no cost, to go to your organization, business, or school and give presentations on their agency and the issues they face. The most popular presentation is an overview of the Sanitation Districts, but they also provide more specific presentations on their wastewater, solid waste, and energy recovery programs as well as other topics. If you would like to schedule a speaker, please contact the SBESC and ask for Grace - (310) 371-7222, ext. 206.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Cash for Kitchens: Water Energy Efficiency Program

West Basin has re-launched their popular Cash for Kitchens program. Call the SBESC today (310) 371-7222 to schedule a free water-use survey for your restaurant or kitchen facility to determine eligibility to receive new high-efficiency equipment, installation of the equipment, and removal of old equipment, all FREE of charge. All participating kitchens will receive a custom survey report, rebate information, and an educational poster.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Cash For Kitchens Program
Cash for Kitchens Program provides FREE water-use surveys for restaurants and commercial kitchens in Torrance. Participants receive
training materials and can qualify for FREE water saving devices such as:
  • Pre-rinse kitchen sprayer
  • Faucet aerators
  • Rebates are available for ice machines & kitchen steamers 

LA Metro
Paid Parking to Begin at Four Green Line Stations in June
Paid parking will be implemented at four Green Line stations in June. The stations are as follows:
  • June 4: Aviation/LAX and Crenshaw Station
  • June 18: Lakewood and Norwalk Station
The parking rate is $3 per 24 hours. All stations will have the automated pay systems that are in use at other Metro pay parking lots. Riders will need a valid TAP card and either cash or credit card to pay. Parking kiosk locations are different for each facility but are generally located along pedestrian walkways, ground level near the elevator lobby or in the station plaza.

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

South Bay in the News 
$35M of 110/405 Freeway Interchange Improvements on Way to Tackle Infamous Bottleneck
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Friday, June 1, for a $35 million 110/405 interchange improvement project that's intended to make traffic flow more smoothly and safely through the notorious South Bay bottleneck.
Shovel-wielding local dignitaries that included county Supervisor Janice Hahn, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Carson Mayor Al Robles, Inglewood Mayor James Butts and Torrance Councilman Kurt Weideman lauded the beginning of the two-year project in front of rushing freeway traffic.
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Edison Warns of the Dangers of Mylar Balloons

Scott Brown considers himself lucky.  The Southern California Edison employee remembers the time he was asked to remove metallic (or mylar) balloons from a set of power lines and things went badly. The balloons, Brown said, caught fire and rained down on him.  Brown's experience highlights the dangers of releasing metallic balloons into the air. But Edison's workers aren't the only ones at risk, said Paul Jeske, Edison's corporate safety director.  Edison is  warning its customers  to be particularly careful with such balloons at a time when they are most popular: graduations, Father's Day, and weddings.
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Join in the Fun, Comradery, and Meaningful Work of a South Bay Environmental Services Center Volunteer Recruiting Now!

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments Environmental Services Center (SBESC) is currently recruiting volunteers for community outreach activities as well as those who prefer helping out in the office. A volunteer training will be conducted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 4:30-6:00 pm at the SBESC office. We encourage you to attend. Applications will be available at the training.

June 2018 Events & Workshops 
Click Here to See Upcoming Workshops  & Events