Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 14, Number 3

 March 2018 

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

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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
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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?

86% of Americans expect companies to do more than make a profit, by addressing social and environmental issues. 

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

The SBCCOG's South Bay Environmental Services Center is recruiting volunteers. Tomorrow, March 15th will be the Volunteer Training/Recruitment event from 4:30 - 5:45 pm at the South Bay Environmental Services Center, 20285 S. Western Avenue, Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501.   We hope you will consider sign-ing up and also share this 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 will be available at the event or you can fill out a volunteer application online here. RSVP to Martha Segovia 310-371-7222 ext. 209
We made the news! Look at the newsletter section below "South Bay In the News" for an article in the Daily Breeze about the SBCOG's Annual General Assembly topic for this year "The Evolution of Retail and its Challenges for Cities".  Our 19th General Assembly was a great success last month.  If you missed it, visit our SBCCOG website and enjoy some of the presentations that are posted.
And finally, please look at the calendar section of the newsletter to see all of the locations where our staff will be exhibiting our programs for saving energy and conserving water, Rain Barrel giveaways, Rainwater/Greywater workshops as well as California Friendly Landscaping workshops.    

Jacki Bacharach
Discovery Cube LA Updates Award-Winning Home Inspector Training Exhibit to Provide Energy Conservation, Affordability and Natural Gas Safety Information
Discovery Cube LA announced that with the help of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) it has enhanced its award-winning "Inspector Training Course" to show the role natural gas plays in keeping home energy affordable and safe. SoCalGas presented Discovery Cube with a $100,000 check, which the organization will use for multiple initiatives to bring STEM education to life for visitors. Over the past 18 years, SoCalGas has donated more than $400,000 to both Discovery Cube campuses in Los Angeles and Orange County. 
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Foodservice Trends Include Energy-Efficient Equipment
As the burger and pizza food trend continues strongly, Steve Henderson is about to jump in with his very own gourmet burger sliders restaurant in Carson.
As a new franchise owner for Burgerim, Henderson has signed a lease and is getting ready for a September opening. He's determined to make his new venture a financial success and savings from the use of energy-efficient equipment is part of his business strategy.

Gardena Mayor and City Council Receive Gold Energy Leader Certificate

City of Gardena Mayor and City Council were recently awarded their Gold Tier Level in the SBCCOG/SCE Energy Leader Partnership Program.

Rebates for Energy Efficient Light Bulbs & More

Lighting is one of the easiest places to start saving energy. Try replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR certified lights. Check out rebates too!
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Water Replenishment District
Good News is Worth Repeating

If you didn't get a chance to come by the Ribbon Cutting for the WRD and the City of Torrance's Robert W. Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter in early February, we would like to share with you the Daily Breeze coverage of the event.  Learn how the WRD and City of Torrance are making a difference in creating locally sourced potable drinking water. Pictured below front row left to right is Kurt Weideman, Councilmember (Torrance), Heidi Ashcraft, Councilmember (Torrance), Rob Katherman, Division 2 Director (WRD), Pat Furey, Mayor (Torrance), Milton Herring, Councilmember (Torrance), Geoff Rizzo, Councilmember (Torrance), Mike Griffths, Councilmember (Torrance). Pictured back row left to right is Robert Beste, Public Works Director (Torrance) and Robb Whitaker, General Manager (WRD).


Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
New Public Service Announcements
Staff has worked with the producers of the PBS show Curiosity Quest to develop three new public service announcements (PSA). Sanitation Districts will be sharing these via social media in the coming weeks and seeking airtime on public cable. If you see something you like, please share via your social media.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
FREE Upcoming Classes & Giveaways

With the region continuing to experience minimal rainfall, West Basin is offering classes and resources to residents in its service area to battle drought conditions. Learn about the benefits of rainwater / greywater use and how to implement a California Friendly Landscape on your property. Attend a hands-on workshop or attend a giveaway event to get a FREE rain barrel. 

Upcoming Schedule of Events

City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
FREE Turf Removal Class: Saturday, April 7th
Learn how to convert your lawn into a drought-tolerant landscape. Course covers:
  • design considerations
  • irrigation systems
  • removal of existing grass
  • planting
  • soil preparation
  • garden maintenance
Register Here

L.A. Metro
Green Line Alert

Bus shuttles replace trains between Hawthorne/Lennox and Redondo Beach until Saturday, April 7th at 3:00 AM due to Crenshaw/LAX Line junction work. Stops that are a ffected include: 
  • Redondo Beach Station 
  • Douglas Station 
  • El Segundo Station 
  • Mariposa Station 
  • Aviation / LAX Station 
  • Hawthorne / Lennox Station 
Free Green Line bus shuttles serve all closed stations every 6 minutes during peak hours and 15 to 20 minutes during non-peak hours.

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

South Bay in the News 
In the South Bay Retail World, Only One Question Really Matters: "Is It Millennial Ready?"
A major planned overhaul of the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach - aimed directly at millennials - is exactly the sort of retail project South Bay cities and developers should emulate, experts told a regional planning group Friday.
The focus of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments 19th annual General Assembly - "The Evolution of Retail & Its Challenges for Cities" - was one weighing heavily on the minds of officials from cash-conscious South Bay communities that are seeing a steady decline in sales tax revenues.

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