April 2021
Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment
West Basin Offers a Firescaping Workshop

Firescaping uses landscaping techniques and native plants to protect your home from wildfires. These practices combined with smart irrigation systems can help safeguard your home, use less water, and save money on your water bill.

West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) is offering a FREE workshop to residents, specifically targeting the Palos Verdes Peninsula area, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
For more information and to register,
please click here.
Click the graphic above to discover Metropolitan Water District’s portal for water-saving rebates and grants, landscape classes, water-wise garden inspiration, and tons of helpful tips.
Get a First-Hand Look at How Water is Recycled
Click flyer below for information about the upcoming virtual tour.
Metro Celebrates Earth Month and Works to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
When Metro says they integrate sustainability into everything they do, that’s more than a tagline.
There are many reasons to better protect the land, wildlife, air quality and water — and better deal with the impacts of climate change. The big reason is this: Metro thinks it’s their job to make their system as clean and reliable as possible to improve everyone’s quality of life.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.
SoCalGas Joins with The California Restaurant Foundation to Keep Restaurants Cooking

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant industry is still struggling. And while restaurant guidelines begin to relax in many counties across California, restaurants owned by minorities are finding it harder to bounce back from the economic hardships caused by the pandemic. That’s why, SoCalGas partnered with the California Restaurant Foundation (CRF) and other utilities across the state to launch the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund. 
Come see what's new with SoCalGas' Foodservice Programs and Services. Learn about no-cost assistance to help foodservice customers save energy and money.
FREE webinar on April 29, more information here 
AB 841 Makes Funding Available for School Energy Efficiency Projects

In September 2020, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 841, authorizing the School Energy Efficiency Stimulus (SEES) Program. Over the course of three years (2021-2023), approximately $750M will be available for schools to test, repair, and upgrade HVAC systems and to replace inefficient water fixtures and appliances. The California Energy Commission (CEC) will serve as the program administrator in coordination with the four IOUs and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Applications will be accepted starting April 1, 2021, and will be reviewed in the order received.
To learn more about SoCalREN's services for multifamily property owners and managers as well as contractors that help reduce operating costs and add value through energy upgrades...click here.
LADPW Calls for Applications for 8th Round, Phase II of Community Partnership
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is now receiving applications from local non-profit organizations for the 8th Round of Phase II of its Community Partnership Grants. The focus of these grants is on hard-to-reach residential and commercial customers in traditionally underserved communities, and the grants will fund efforts to help these customers improve their energy and water efficiency while also serving to reduce their utility bills.  
Get a Drought-Tolerant Green Thumb Virtually April 27 and 29
With more time for home projects, why not plant a garden that saves
water while creating a productive ecosystem? The WRD Eco Gardener
program teaches participants about the multiple benefits of planting a
sustainable garden through a series of 1-hour classes. Classes will be
held online and led by a live instructor who can answer questions.

Click flyer below to RSVP.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Help is Here

LACSD is happy to announce that their household hazardous waste and electronic waste roundups have resumed. Please adhere to all COVID-19 safety precautions for these events. Upcoming events in the South Bay listed below:

S.A.F.E. (Solvents / Automotive / Flammables / Electronics) Center locations and days/hours of operation in Los Angeles can be found here
Get Emergency Alerts from the City of Torrance

When there is an emergency, get the information first with TorranceAlerts, the City of Torrance early warning notification system. TorranceAlerts is their mass emergency notification system that enables you to receive early warning notifications concerning emergency events such as an earthquake, fire, public health emergency or similar situation. A TorranceAlert will be sent when the City is informing you of a “call to action”, such as evacuate, avoid, shelter, etc. to your telephone, email, and/or text. You can also download the app to receive notifications. 
On the Go
News for Southern California Commuters: March / April 2021
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 and San Bernardino Counties, and Ventura County.
California Green Business Network (CAGBN)
California Green Business Network Helps Businesses Through Uncertain Times
The California Green Business
Network quickly switched to virtual
assistance for small businesses and
is helping them adapt during this
challenging economic time. We will
be critical in helping SMBs increase
efficiency, bring in customers, and
cut costs so they can bounce back.
Businesses in Torrance and Hawthorne can join the CAGBN by contacting Martha Segovia: (310) 371-7222 martha@southbaycities.org
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