April 2019
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
Last Chance this Spring to Get a FREE Rain Barrel

Must be a resident in West Basin Municipal Water District's service area to participate.

West Basin provides eligible residents in the service area with an alternative way to use water resourcefully. Each rain barrel includes a 2-3’ flexible downspout, water hose connector, overflow fitting, and built-in mosquito screen. Barrels are made from recycled food barrels, and may be available in black or terra cotta colors. Register for the give-away event below to pick up a rain barrel.

Saturday, May, 4 2019
8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Morningside High School - 10500 Yukon Ave S, Inglewood, CA 90303
Water Surveys for LADWP Commercial Customers
The South Bay Cities Council of Governments, in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, is offering FREE water-use surveys and conservation training for restaurants and commercial kitchens in Council
District 15 communities of San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, and Harbor
Gateway. Participants receive training materials and can qualify for FREE water-saving devices such as...
WRD Named Recycled Water Agency of the Year
The Water Replenishment District (WRD) was named the Recycled Water Agency of the
Year (Large Agency Category) by WaterReuse at the annual 2019 WaterReuse California Conference held in Garden Grove, California on March 18, 2019. The award recognizes WRD’s extensive experience in the production and use of recycled water, and the District’s successful efforts to provide, protect and preserve the region’s groundwater supply through innovative and sustainable measures.
Torrance California Friendly Landscape & Turf Removal Classes in 2019

Remove your turf and successfully convert your landscape into a sustainable drought-tolerant garden. These classes will help you understand and meet rebate program requirements. Register for either of the upcoming Saturday classes scheduled below:
National Drug Take-Back Day: April 27th in Harbor City

Do you have unwanted or expired medication? It is unsafe to flush it down the toilet or throw it in the trash. This creates health hazards for your local community. How can you throw away medication safely?
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , you can drop off any medication (except needles) to Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, in front of Parkview Medical Offices — no questions asked. Kaiser Permanente and the Los Angeles Police Department will dispose of the medication safely.

To find a drop-off location near you, search here .
SoCalGas Announces a Plan for a Broad, Inclusive, Integrated Approach to Help Achieve California's Ambitious Environmental Goals
SoCalGas recently released a broad, inclusive and integrated plan to help achieve California's ambitious environmental goals in a paper titled "California's Clean Energy Future: Imagine the Possibilities". The plan embraces an all-of-the-above approach to fight climate change, keeps energy affordability as a key focus, calls for developing long-term renewable energy storage using existing infrastructure, and can aid in promoting rapid consumer adoption. The new strategy comes one month after SoCalGas announced its vision to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. As part of that vision, SoCalGas committed to replace 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030.
No Solar Panels? You Can Still Go Solar
Not all of us can put solar panels on our houses, but there are simple things you can do to support clean, renewable solar energy. Here are some tips...
Celebrate at Earth Day Community Festival: Saturday, April 13th

Join Sanitation Districts on Saturday, April 13, as they celebrate their 13th Earth Day Community Festival at their main office in Whittier. The Festival features fun and educational activities for the whole family, including eco-friendly exhibitors with giveaways, tours of our facilities, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, and, of course, a chance to see your neighbors.
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Events

The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. Click on date(s) below for more information about the next event taking place in the South Bay:

City of Carson is Hosting an E-Waste, Paper Shredding and Oil Collection Event on Saturday, April 13th

Looking to recycle used motor oil and oil filters or dispose of old computers, monitors, or cell phones? Have old paper documents that need to be shredded? Attend this FREE event at City of Carson's City Hall parking lot and do your part to contribute to Earth Month. See details below in linked flyers:
Grand Opening: New Rail Yard that Will Serve Crenshaw/LAX & Green Lines!
Metro and local officials recently celebrated the grand opening of the $172-million Southwestern Yard, a rail maintenance facility next to LAX that will serve the future Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line. The rail yard will have the capacity to store 70 light rail vehicles and will have about 200 employees. The facility was designed and built by Hensel Phelps Herzog (HPH) under contract with Metro. Design work began in June 2015, construction in May 2016 and work was completed in January 2019 with the project on time and on budget. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is scheduled to open in 2020. 

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes .
Interesting Read
How Autonomous Shuttles are Changing City Transportation

As autonomous shuttle use grows, several cities that pioneered the technology are seeing effects on transportation and public perception, and learning how factors like weather impact the vehicles. Cities including Detroit, Denver, Columbus, OH and Las Vegas have already piloted autonomous shuttle buses, which typically carry 10 people or less on a fixed route through a section of their downtowns. Meanwhile, the likes of Providence, RI, Orlando, FL and New York City are set to launch their own service in the coming months, with companies like May Mobility and Optimus Ride among the partners to provide the shuttle technology. They say they are already seeing their partnerships bear fruit.
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Where Does Your City Rank
in the SCE Energy Leader Partnership Program?

Platinum Tier: 20% Energy Reduction
Carson, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance

Gold Tier: 10% Energy Reduction
El Segundo, Gardena, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills