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Season's Greetings

December, 2022

Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment


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Wishing You a Safe and Energy Efficient Holiday Season

Our partners at SoCalREN Public Agency Programs encourage you to take a few minutes to check lights and decorations for safety this holiday season. Take a look at your holiday lights, cords, power strips and outlets with the following questions in mind:

  • Are all electrical cords and light strands in good condition? If not, dispose of them at your local electronic waste drop off.

  • To reduce punctures, hang lights with zip ties instead of nails or staples.

  • Can lights be easily shut off? Leaving lights on can present an unnecessary fire hazard, waste energy, and increase your electricity bill.

Purchasing new holiday lights? Consider ENERGY STAR certified LEDs.

LED light strands use 75% less energy than conventional incandescent lights and last up to 10 times longer. They also remain cool to the touch and reduce fire risk.

To Learn more about programs and tips to help you save money and energy, Click Here

Give the Gift of Education and Classroom Savings

Third and fourth-grade classrooms from Towne Avenue Elementary School in Carson received two separate grants, totaling $2,000 for their participation in a program to help their families become more energy-efficient at home.    

Through the program called Kits for Kids, The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) partnered with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) to introduce students to new energy efficiency tools. Students were asked to perform an interactive scavenger hunt to receive the items at no cost to help their families cut energy and water use, while saving money and improving their comfort and safety.  

The kits included LED light bulbs, efficient-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to install at home.

Because more than 65% of the students participated, their classrooms were each eligible to receive a $1,000 grant which will be used to purchase new books. 

For more information on the Kits for Kids program, Click Here


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Plan for the New Year with Gardening Workshops

The WRD Eco Gardener program educates residents on four popular topics:

  1. Sustainable landscape design
  2. Drought-tolerant plants
  3. Edible gardening and
  4. Irrigation basics

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. Plan your new year by checking back for a list of upcoming FREE classes.

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Be Reliable Resilient and Sustainable like the City of Torrance

Reliability, Resilience and Sustainability (RRS) are primary goals of the City of Torrance Municipal Water (TMW) to ensure the community has adequate water supplies to meet all current and future water needs. Simply stated, these three key principles mean:

  • Reliability – Continuous dependability of our water supply to meet all needs
  • Resilience – Capacity to recover and adjust to any unforeseen situation
  • Sustainability – Ability to provide for all water needs now and over the “long haul”

While enhanced and sustained water conservation is a critical element in achieving these goals, water supply augmentation through local water project development plays a critical role in meeting these objectives.

For more information on the projects being developed Click Here

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Use a Rain Barrel this Holiday Season to Save Water

Have you set up your rain barrel yet?

With the possibility of rain throughout the winter months, be sure to follow the West Basin guide on how to paint, place and maintain your rain barrel! You can use a 50-gallon rain barrel regularly to capture rain water, decorate your home garden and prevent storm water runoff. To learn more about how to use a rain barrel and for more information on the West Basin Rain Barrel program Click Here

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Happy 10-Year Anniversary to the I-10 & I-110 Metro ExpressLanes

Current account holders will receive a $10 toll credit in their Metro ExpressLanes FasTrak account valid for FasTrak trips.

Only active automatic and manual replenishment accounts in good standing as of November 13, 2022 at 7 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) qualify for the toll credit.

Unused toll credits will expire from all accounts after one year except for qualified low-income accounts with no expiration date for this toll credit. Promotional toll credits have no cash value and are non-refundable. Click Here for more information on how toll credits work.

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Plan for the Bixby Marshland Open House

Did you know that in addition to operating wastewater and solid waste facilities, the Sanitation Districts own and maintain a marshland? Yes, it’s true.

The Bixby Marshland, a 17-acre marsh, is located to the northwest of the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in the City of Carson. The marsh was restored by the Sanitation Districts and reopened to the public in 2009. Now that the marsh has been rejuvenated, a large variety of plants, birds, fish, and animals call the Bixby Marshland home.

The marshland is open the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon Docents are onsite to provide tours to those interested or self-guided tours are also available. Tours for groups may also be scheduled by appointment by calling 562-908-4288, extension 2301. To see recordings of past Bixby Marshland public tours, visit the LACSD Sanitation Page.

The entrance to the marshland is located on Figueroa Street, just south of Sepulveda Boulevard, on the west side of the street. An iron gate, not far from the corner of Figueroa and Sepulveda, leads into the parking lot. From the 110 Freeway, exit Sepulveda and head east to Figueroa Street. Turn right on Figueroa Street and turn right into the marshland.

Conserve Water Through The Holidays

LADWP offer a variety of rebates and programs for residential customers (tenants, homeowners, and landlords) and commercial customers. These programs are available to assist customers in using energy and water more efficiently, as well as saving money and resources while improving our environment.

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The SBCCOG recently hosted an Open House event for its member agencies, partners and volunteers. Check out the photo album.

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Click Here for December 2022 Calendar of Events and Workshops
California Green Business Network (CAGBN)

What is the Green Business Program?

The California Green Business Program is a network of local programs operated by counties and cities throughout California. Businesses in El Segundo, Hawthorne and Torrance are eligible to join the CAGBN.

Businesses that apply receive personal attention from the public agencies and utilities that serve them. The program is funded by grassroots contributions from local government and utility partners to make it accessible to small to medium-sized businesses in California.

Participation is free and easy.

To apply, go to the California Green Business Network website, or contact Martha Segovia for help getting registered, and start saving today.

Contact Martha Segovia:

(310) 371-7222 or

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Learn About South Bay Subregion and SBCCOG Member Cities
Apply to be a Volunteer with SBESC

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Martha Segovia at:

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