Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 3

 March 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
March 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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Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County - Facebook


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?

 The "delicates" setting on your dryer may be a less energy efficient option because it uses low heat, leading to a longer drying time.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

There is a touch of Spring in the air and it is certainly reflected in the informative workshops being offered by our partners during March and April.   To name a few, California Friendly Landscape Training Workshops, Rainwater/Greywater Workshops, and Moving toward Zero Waste: Minimizing Your impact on the Environment. Staff is very busy planning ahead for Earth Day Celebrations and all of the events where SBESC staff and volunteers will be exhibiting energy, water and other sustainable programs at the various city and community celebrations. If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please contact Martha Segovia 310-371-7222 ext. 209 or We do our best to make your time fun and interesting!
Visit the SBESC calendar at to register for upcoming workshops or call the center at 310-371-7222 to put your name on an interest list and mark your calendar to participate in the events.
We had another great General Assembly in February. Thank you to all those who attended. For those of you that missed it, click here and enjoy.  

Jacki Bacharach
SoCalGas to Install New Pipeline in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Hawthorne
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that work to install a new 2.8-mile natural gas transmission pipeline in the cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Hawthorne began during the week of February 20. The project will enhance the reliability of SoCalGas' natural gas pipeline system that serves homes, businesses and critical facilities in the region.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Understanding Different Washer-Dryer Settings
Ever get confused with all the different settings on a washer/dryer or the laundry jargon on your clothing tags? Knowing the difference between all the settings and making simple changes in the way you use your washer or dryer can actually help save energy, as well as prevent your clothes from getting damaged.
City Plants (Free Tree Program)

Continuing its extensive tree planting involvement since 1998, LADWP recently signed an agreement with the Los Angeles City Plants program to fund 40,000 additional trees to be planted throughout the City of Los Angeles over the next two years. City Plants addresses the low tree canopy cover in the City, which averages 21%, well below the national average of 27%. Trees provide energy savings through shading buildings and decreasing ambient temperatures while also removing pollutants from the air, absorbing polluted runoff, providing aesthetic benefits, and more. LADWP's Efficiency Solutions unit will oversee the distribution of trees to maximize energy savings benefits in our communities.

Travel Pal
What is Bikepool?

A bikepool is an arrangement between two or more commuters to share the bicycle ride to work or school. Commonly, the most experienced rider in the group will act as the leader and will help newer riders find the safest route to their destination and ride along for the shared portions of their trip. When you're posting a Bikepool on the TravelPal system, make sure you note whether you are a new bike-commuter or an experienced rider so that you can match up with others easier.  For more information on Frequently Asked Questions see: 

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Earth Day 2017
Join Sanitation Districts as they celebrate their 11th Annual Earth Day event! Earth Day 2017 will be held on Saturday, April 8, at their main office in Whittier. Don't miss this fun and educational event featuring over 50 exhibitors, tours of their water reclamation plant and materials recovery facility, eco-friendly arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, and more.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Upcoming California Friendly Landscape and Turf Removal Classes in Lomita and Hawthorne

Attend upcoming FREE classes and learn about smart gardening ideas, water wise plants, local examples of low-water-use gardens, and other resources for creating a beautiful water-efficient landscape.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
FREE Greywater Workshop on May 20th
The City of Torrance will be hosting a workshop  that addresses the benefits of using greywater to create an affordable household water system that dramatically reduces water use and can play a critical role in drought resilience. Please stay posted for more details to come (including location) by visiting

L.A. Metro
Metro's Final Quality of Life Report Shows Striking Changes in Access to Transit and Growth in Services That Are Improving Mobility for L.A. County Residents
The initial report, released in May 2016, showed more than 480,000 L.A. County residents living within a half mile of transportation projects that have opened since 2009: the Expo Line's first phase to Culver City, the Gold Line extensions to East Los Angeles and Azusa and the Orange Line extension to Chatsworth. More than 22 percent of the county's population now lives near Metro Rail, a Metro bus rapid transit line or Metrolink commuter rail.

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

South Bay in the News 
Upcoming Recycling Events in Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics/Computer Waste Roundup on Saturday, April 8th from 9 am to 3 pm at RPV Civic Center/City Yard.
  • Composting Workshop for Beginners on Saturday, April 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hesse Park, Fireside Room.
  • Earth Day Celebration at the PV Promenade on Thursday April 20th from 3 pm to 6 pm.
  • Free Document Shredding and Electronics Waste Roundup Event on Saturday, April 22nd from 8 am to 11 am at RPV Civic Center/City Hall parking lot.
  • EDCO Spring Season's City-wide Brush Clearing Event starting on Saturday April 22nd for five consecutive Saturdays.
For more details, check the City's website.

Senior Citizen Discount for Refuse Collection Services in Carson

Carson residents can receive a 50% annual discount on trash colection services. For more information, please call the Public Works Department at (310) 847-3520.

General Assembly 2017

Lianne McGinley of The Aerospace Corporation, won energy saving LEDs to brighten her garden at the SBESC exhibit drawing during the 18th Annual General Assembly.
March 2017 Events & Workshops 
Click Here to See Upcoming Workshops  & Events