February 2019
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
Register for our 20th Annual General Assembly by clicking the flyer below!
Torrance Landscape Transformation 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 any of the upcoming Saturday classes scheduled below:
Large Increase in Smart Therm Program Enrollment
SoCalGas announced a dramatic increase in the number of customers enrolled in the utility's Smart Therm program. Approximately 9,100 customers were enrolled in the Smart Therm program on Jan. 4, 2019 and that number now stands at 24,300 as of Jan. 28. Some customers have more than one thermostat in their home, which brings the total number of thermostats enrolled to 28,500. The program is a partnership between SoCalGas and participating smart thermostat manufacturers that aims to conserve natural gas during cold weather events, when local demand for natural gas for heating homes and hot water and cooking can increase rapidly. 
Smart Thermostat Rebate Up to $150
Receive a $75 bill credit when you enroll your smart thermostat in the Smart Energy Program through one of SCE's Authorized Service Providers. Receive an additional energy efficiency rebate of $75 if you are a customer of SoCalGas® or a $50 bill credit from SCE. Energy efficiency rebate is valid with proof of purchase on qualifying energy-efficient models purchased on or after January 1, 2019. See terms and conditions for full details.
Rain Barrel Distributions 2019

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

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. Product Dimensions (approximate): 24 inches wide x 40 inches tall; 16 pounds; 55 gallon capacity.

Register for one of the dates and locations below:
Heroic Savings: $400 Rebate on Qualified High Efficiency (HE) Clothes Washers
It doesn't take much, but it does take all of us. LADWP is offering a $400 rebate on HE clothes washers via Metropolitan Water District
Winter 2019 Newsletter
On behalf of their Board of Directors, WRD would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! As you may know, the Federal Government recently released the National Climate Assessment prepared by 13 Federal Agencies. This report predicts persistent drought and a vulnerable water supply for much of the nation if we do nothing to combat the
effects of climate change. These conditions are nothing new for
California as we have been experiencing them for decades. 
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:

2018 Report to the Communities of LA County
Metro Vision 2028 Strategic Plan is a roadmap to provide more mobility options than ever before and enhance communities through access to opportunities by ensuring that everyone in LA County is considered in everything that Metro does. In the process, Metro and its community stand to elevate the region as the Transportation Center of Excellence. How does Metro plan to accomplish this? Through their five-point plan stemming from the goals of Metro Vision 2028.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes .
Earth Day is Coming!
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 more!
Interesting Read
MIT Research Shows That Much of the Surface Ocean Will Shift in Color by End of the 21st Century

Climate change ​is causing ​significant ​changes to ​phytoplankton ​in the ​world’s ​oceans, and a ​new MIT study ​finds that over ​the coming ​decades these ​changes will ​affect the ​ocean’s ​color, ​intensifying ​its blue ​regions and its ​green ones. ​Satellites ​should detect ​these changes ​in hue, ​providing early ​warning of wide-​scale changes ​to marine ​ecosystems. ​
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
Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates

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