Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 14, Number 5

 May 2018 

Calling Volunteers!
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
LA Metro
May 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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Did You Know?

By replacing a portion of your lawn with California Friendly, drought-tolerant plants, you can save up to 1,800 gallons per month.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

As you are preparing to enjoy your Memorial Day backyard barbeques and celebrations, consider a do-it-yourself project for this summer that can save water and money from one of our SBCCOG partners! Sign-up today for the West Basin MWD Rainwater/Greywater Class & Workshop June 13 and June 20. You must attend both the Introduction Class where you learn about the benefits of using rainwater and greywater as well as the rules and regulations and the Hands-On Workshop where you will learn how to set up a laundry-to-landscape system. Upon completion of both the Introduction Class and the Hands-On workshop, participants will qualify to receive a 1)"Greywater Green Landscape" book, 2) a $100 discount voucher for greywater parts, and 3) a 1-hour in-home technical assistance visit.  
Register now at or call us at (310) 371-4633. Hurry, this is the last class and workshop this season!

Jacki Bacharach
SoCalGas Partners with Cal State University, Long Beach Engineering Students to Advance Research of Sustainable Energy Solutions
SoCalGas joined Cal State University, Long Beach (CSULB) faculty and students at a showcase of research projects that focus on modernizing natural gas technologies, reducing methane emissions and advancing renewable natural gas. The event took place at CSULB's annual Engineering Innovation Expo where undergraduate seniors from CSULB College of Engineering presented innovative research projects, funded by SoCalGas, to faculty, peers and experienced engineers.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
More Renewable Energy Helps Fight Climate Change
Ninety-five degrees. That's the temperature that registered on thermometers across Rosemead on April 9. According to the National Weather Service, cities across Southern California Edison's service territory experienced similar record-breaking heat.
Temperatures across the globe are rising due to climate change and GHG emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, "Greenhouse gases from human activities are the most significant driver of observed climate change since the mid-20th century." Climate change and its impacts is one of the reasons SCE has been making the move toward more renewable energy sources, such as solar and battery storage.

 Mayor and City Council members of the City of Rolling Hills were recently awarded the Gold Energy Leader recognition certificate by the SBCCOG and SCE for their energy saving achievements.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
LADWP Recognizes Leaders in Environmental Sustainability

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) recently hosted the 3rd Annual Sustainability Awards at the La Kretz Innovation Center in the LA Arts District to recognize its non-residential customers for their leadership in environmental sustainability. Attendees included Board of Water and Power Commissioner Aura Vasquez and representatives from the Los Angeles Mayor's office.

Water Replenishment District
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
Upcoming Tours
Sanitation Districts invites you to take a tour of any of their facilities to see how your wastewater is cleaned or how your solid waste is managed. People from over 100 countries have toured Sanitation Districts' facilities to learn about their state-of-the-art methods for wastewater treatment and solid waste management. You can, too! 

Tours are generally provided to schools, clubs, organizations, and other groups of ten or more people. Sanitation Districts also regularly arrange tours for the general public, where they accommodate smaller groups and individuals. Group tours are scheduled Monday through Friday, during regular business hours They last approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the facility you are touring. Sanitation Districts welcomes both children and adults on their tours, but they require children be at least ten years of age. 

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
West Basin Extends Draft Environmental Impact Report Public Comment Period for Potential Ocean Water Desalination Facility to June 25, 2018

West Basin announced that the public comment period for the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the potential ocean water desalination facility in El Segundo, Calif. has been extended through Monday, June 25, 2018. The Board of Directors took action at its May 3, 2018 special board meeting to extend the public comment period an additional 31 days.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
California Friendly Landscape Training - Saturday, June 30th
Learn how to create a California friendly garden using the latest sustainable materials and techniques:
  • Use of native plants and edibles
  • Water-efficient irrigation devices
  • Rain water capture and permeable materials
  • On-site water retention to reduce run-off and pollution to the ocean 

Register Here

LA Metro
NextGen Bus Study
The goal of the NextGen Bus Study is to design a new bus network that is more relevant, reflective of, and attractive to the residents of LA County. LA Metro believes this redesigned network will improve service to current customers, attract new customers and win back past customers.

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

May 2018 Events & Workshops 
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