July 2021
Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment
West Basin's Summer 2021
Digital Water Lab is Here

Welcome to the Water Lab’s Summer Session! West Basin is excited to continue offering a collection of free online classes and family-friendly resources available to the community. 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.
Be Water Wise

Click graphic below to learn about rebates available for water efficiency practices and products available to residents and commercial businesses.
Get a First-Hand Look at How Sanitation Districts Monitor Local Marine Life
Click flyer below for information about the upcoming virtual tour.
Metro CEO Delivers Updates on Fares, Enforcement and Service Changes
By the end of June, Metro Bus and Rail service changes went into effect — with more frequent service on many bus lines, as well as our light rail trains. Metro also resumed front door boarding on our buses to better accommodate the increase resulting from California’s reopening on June 15, 2021. Front door boarding allows for better flow of our patrons. Easy in, easy out to make for faster, more efficient travel – getting you where you need to go faster.
Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.
SoCalREN's Project Delivery Program Saves Public Agencies Money and Energy

Our partner, the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) Public Agency Programs, guides public agencies through energy efficiency projects that save energy and money, all at no cost! SoCalREN’s Project Delivery Program was established in 2013 to help public agencies achieve energy savings fast. Cities, counties, school districts and more can enroll in SoCalREN Public Agency Programs for access to free services like energy consumption benchmarking, technical support, and financial analysis.
The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) is proud to partner with the SoCalREN Public Agency Programs to offer SoCalREN’s Project Delivery Program in the South Bay through our Environmental Services Center. By partnering with SoCalREN, the SBCCOG and local agencies are helping California to achieve its ambitious climate goals -- while reducing energy bills, saving taxpayer money, and freeing up scarce public resources for services like public safety, firefighting and libraries. Interested in learning more? Contact us at Sam@southbaycities.org or visit socalren.org/agencies to see if your community is enrolled!
SoCalGas Offers Ways to Conserve Water

We have all seen the headlines about California facing drought conditions once again and we know conserving water by taking shorter showers and turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth are some ways we can help. But SoCalGas offers additional ways to conserve water that you might not be aware of. For example, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators are simple tools that adjust the water flow rate and offer significant water savings. SoCalGas offers a free energy-efficiency starter kit that comes with three faucet aerators and a low-flow showerhead. Those interested in receiving an energy-efficiency starter kit can find out how to register.
SoCalREN Multifamily ProgramRebates for Property Owners, Managers and Contractors
SoCalREN's programs have provided more than $4 million in rebates for energy efficiency upgrades, and they can help you make cost-effective upgrades at your multifamily property too. Now with their innovative funding option, the money you save in the future on energy costs is used to pay for new equipment you can install and use today. Schedule a consultation with a member of their team today. For more information on eligibility requirements for your property, please visit their website.  

We are helping contractors make energy efficiency upgrades to multifamily properties in the region. Join their network for access to one-on-one account manager support, marketing assistance, technical support, and online training with the SoCalREN Multifamily Program. Learn more about becoming a Participating Contractor today by clicking here
WRD Offers Eco Gardener Classes On-Demand
These on-demand, virtual classes will teach participants about sustainable gardening through three topic areas. Sign up today to receive a link to the class that you can use at your convenience from the comfort of your home.

Click flyer below to sign up.
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.
Torrance Seeks Participants for July 29 Blood Drive

The City of Torrance is hosting a UCLA Blood Drive at the Ken Miller Recreation Center on Thursday, July 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

In order to ensure measures for appropriate social distancing, teh City strongly encourages you to make an appointment in the following ways:

  • Online at www.ucedonor.com click on Blood Drives and enter COT in the Account Code box
  • or Email: Lai@mednet.ucla.edu
  • or scan code located on flyer 
On the Go
News for Southern California Commuters: May / June 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
Home Share South Bay
Homesharing Offers Win-Win for Homeowners and Renters
Are you a homeowner looking for extra monthly income? Help around the house? Companionship? Home Share South Bay is a new program designed to match homeowners who have extra room(s) in their home with someone in need of housing due to high rents and cost of living. Homesharing is a way to relieve financial pressure.
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