August 2019
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
FREE Eco Gardener Workshops in Torrance

Make your beautiful garden the envy of your neighbors while simultaneously saving water and creating a productive ecosystem in your backyard! WRD's Lillian Kawasaki Eco Gardener Program teaches homeowners about the multiple benefits of planting a sustainable garden through a series of in-person classes. Whether you attend one or all of them, you are certain to walk away with knowledge about sustainable garden design concepts as well as plant and material selections for creating an attractive, water efficient garden. All classes are FREE.

The Eco Gardener program educates residents on four popular topics: sustainable landscape design, drought-tolerant plants, edible gardening, and irrigation basics. Register below for the last class offered in the series.

Grass Replacement Classes 2019
West Basin will teach you how to remove your grass and convert your landscape to a drought-tolerant, California Friendly garden. The classes will also help you understand rebate requirements. Choose to register from the list of upcoming classes below:

New, Convenient EV Chargers Installed at City Hall
Los Angeles City Hall now has 100 new EV chargers available at public parking structures in City Hall and City Hall East in Downtown Los Angeles. In partnership with the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Department of General Services and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have collaborated to install Level 2 chargers available to employees and the visiting public as of July 1st.
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 the upcoming Saturday classes scheduled below:

Speakers Bureau

The Sanitation Districts' Speakers Bureau provides speakers, at no cost, to go to your organization, business, or school and give presentations on our agency and the issues we face. Their most popular presentation is an overview of the Sanitation Districts, but they also provide more specific presentations on our wastewater, solid waste, and energy recovery programs as well as other topics.
To schedule a speaker, give SBESC a call at (310) 371-7222.
SoCalGas and Calgren Announce Completion of Dairy Renewable Natural Gas Facility, Expected to be Largest in U.S.
SoCalGas recently joined Calgren Dairy Fuels, and state and local elected officials to announce the completion of Calgren's dairy renewable natural gas facility. The project, located in the Central Valley community of Pixley, is the first of its kind in California and is expected to be the largest dairy biogas operation in the U.S. later this year. At the new facility, Calgren collects cow manure – a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions - from four local dairy farms and processes it in an anerobic digestor that accelerates the natural decomposition process. Methane emissions (biogas) from that process are captured and converted to make renewable vehicle fuels. Producing pipeline quality renewable natural gas (RNG) that is then injected into the SoCalGas pipeline system which allows Calgren to supply RNG to existing compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling facilities.
What to Know Before Installing a Rooftop Solar System
Solar energy has a lot of benefits. It provides clean, renewable energy and can potentially save customers money. If you are considering going solar, customers should ask specific questions to avoid common solar scams and figure out if going solar makes sense. One of the most common myths is you will never pay an electric bill again after a solar system is installed. According to the new California Solar Consumer Protection Guide - Opens in new window released by the California Public Utilities Commission, the truth is, after going solar, you will typically pay a small electricity bill every month and a larger electricity bill at the end of the 12-month cycle.  
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:

There are currently no events scheduled in the South Bay. To see upcoming list of events, click here .
New TAP Wrist Band Available
Wear your fare! TAP is launching a new line of products called TAP wearables. These include the TAP Flex wrist bands, which will be available at all Metro Customer Centers beginning Aug. 5, 2019.
TAP Flex wrist bands are made of silicone and are available in black or blue. TAP wearables function just like a regular TAP card — you can load Stored Value and passes onto it, and register it online at TAP Flex can be used on any agency that accepts TAP.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes .
An Interesting Read
New CA Lawn Sprinkler Standards = Huge Water & Energy Savings

California officials recently adopted one of the most important and consequential water-saving measures ever implemented by any state, establishing an efficiency standard for new spray sprinklers that will reduce irrigation system misting and overspray that is common around urban landscapes. It’s a huge step given that nearly half of all of California’s drinking water is used outdoors, primarily for landscape irrigation. 
Learn more about South Bay sub-region & its member cities/areas here
Interested becoming a volunteer at SBESC? Fill out an application here
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