June 2020
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
West Basin Summer Splash 2020

West Basin is hosting a series of interactive virtual education programs throughout the summer. A full listing of programs and schedules is provided below. All webinars will be live-hosted by West Basin staff or in partnership with other subject matter experts, and participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions during and after each presentation.

NOTE: Space is limited and waitlists are currently unavailable, so please sign up as soon as possible.
Click on the graphic below to learn about West Basin's "Change & Save" program!
SoCalGas & Sempra Energy Foundation Donate $50,000 and Commercial Kitchen Equipment to Covenant House California Shelter for Homeless Youth
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Covenant House California (CHC) recently announced that SoCalGas and the Sempra Energy Foundation together have donated $50,000 to Covenant House California, a non-profit shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth, ages 18-24. The $50,000 donation includes, $25,000 from SoCalGas and $25,000 from the Sempra Energy Foundation. In addition, SoCalGas, is donating commercial cooking equipment for the shelter's kitchen.
What is WIN?
The semi-arid climate of WRD's service area, which covers the southern half of Los Angeles County, is populated by more than four million residents and groundwater accounts for nearly 50% of the region's drinking water demand. This demand for fresh water vastly exceeds nature's ability to replenish these groundwater basins on its own.In 2003, WRD's Board of Directors began the Water Independence Now (WIN) program to protect the security of the region’s groundwater supplies.
PurpleAir Sensors

Are you interested in knowing what is in the air you are breathing? By hosting a PurpleAir sensor at your home, you will be able to monitor the air quality in your neighborhood in real-time and share the results with your community. What is a PurpleAir sensor? It is a small device about the size of a softball that measures particle pollution in the air – the kind of pollution from vehicle exhaust, smoke, and some industrial activities.

Hosts will receive a free PurpleAir sensor to measure their air quality for 18 months during this study. When the study is over, hosts can keep the sensor. Ideally, host sites will be at Torrance homes or businesses in the locations shaded in gold on the map above.
Sanitation Districts to Host Virtual Public Tours on Saturday, August 1st (JWPCP & Bixby Marshland)

Sanitation Districts will begin broadcasting Bixby nature talk on the 1st Saturday of every month. Additionally, they will be hosting public virtual tours of their JWPCP on these 1st Saturdays of each month. Below are the following upcoming dates & times:
  • August 1st (9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.) - JWPCP
  • August 1st (10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.) - Bixby Marshland.

For more information, contact: michellevieville@lacsd.org
LADWP Online Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is providing several resources that students, teachers and parents can access online while staying “safer at home.” The special, newly-revised and updated comprehensive online link, e-SMARTkids, contains numerous lessons, experiments and games for students; lesson guides for teachers; and information for parents on electricity and electric safety.
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Events Canceled Until Further Notice - COVID-19 Update

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, all HHW events have been canceled indefinitely. In addition, their EDCO and Antelope Valley centers are also closed. City of Los Angeles S.A.F.E centers are also closed. Protecting public health and the environment remains Sanitation Districts' highest priority and they look forward to resuming this beneficial program.
Metro's Recovery Task Force Releases Early Recommendations to Improve Mobility in Wake of Pandemic
This progress report is the first from Metro’s Recovery Task Force, formed this spring to develop a plan on how Metro can best serve the public moving forward from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The report includes a dozen early action recommendations. Before Metro goes further: they understand the terrible impacts the virus has had on people lives’ and on the local economy. Metro, too, has also been profoundly affected. Employees have fallen ill, ridership has plunged, bus and rail service has been reduced and finances eroded.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes .
On the Go
News for Southern California Commuters: June 2020
Learn about opportunities for ridesharing, public transportation, and the benefits that an Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) can offer your workplace. This monthly newsletter addresses the broad audience of commuters that rely on transportation agencies from Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside & San Bernardino Counties, and Ventura County.
Learn more about South Bay sub-region & its member cities/areas here
Interested in becoming a volunteer at SBESC? Fill out an application here
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