March 2021
Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment
West Basin to Deliver Free, Water-Saving Rain Barrels

West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) is currently offering free, contactless delivery of rain barrels directly to qualifying homes. For more information, view video below.
To begin registration process, 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 Trash is Separated
Click flyer below for information about the upcoming virtual tour.
Sign Up for an Upcoming Growing a Greener Workforce Online Class
Metro is offering the following training classes to those interested in the environment and sustainability. To keep our community healthy, classes will be held online. Small businesses (SBE), businesses owned by economically disadvantaged individuals (DBE), community business enterprise (CBE), and women owned enterprise (WBE) firms are encouraged to enroll. These classes are discounted when you register through their links!

The Envision Rating System is an international standard for assessing the sustainability of projects across a variety of categories. This two half-day training provides instruction in the rating system through presentations, group exercises, and case studies.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.
Diverse Businesses Receive a Record Number of SoCalGas Contracts

SoCalGas has announced the company achieved another record year of spending with over 550 diverse business enterprises in 2020—at $884.2 million, the highest in company history. SoCalGas exceeded the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) goal of 21.5% for the 28th consecutive year by procuring nearly 42% of total goods and services from women, minority, service-disabled veteran, and LGBT-owned businesses.
SoCalREN Helps Multifamily Property Owners Make Energy-Saving Upgrades

Reduce your electric, gas, and water utility bills while lowering maintenance costs! With increased financial incentives and exclusive financing for energy-saving improvements, the SoCalREN Multifamily Program and ICAST can assist you in accessing energy-efficient upgrades to help you conserve energy, save money, and add value to your property.
To learn more about SoCalREN's services for public agencies, helping cities, counties, school districts, water agencies, and special districts identify and implement energy efficiency here.
Low Income Angelenos Receive Utility Payment Relief
More than 67,000 grant checks were mailed out to Angelenos in the amount of $500 as part of the federal CARES Act funding championed by L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez and approved by the City Council and Mayor. The grants were designed to assist struggling, low-income Angelenos financially affected by the pandemic with their utility costs including cellphone, gas and cable bills. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) administered the grant program on behalf of the City. 
Virtual Educator Open House (March 27)
Join WRD for an open house to learn how their FREE virtual education programs can transport your students to WRD's Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling and Environmental Learning (ARC).
Other programs include the Student Art Contest, Careers in Water, and Water Nerd Certificates. Hope you can make it!

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
SBCCOG General Assembly Sponsors
SBCCOG’s General Assembly is an annual public forum that engages elected officials, private and public organizations, general public, and other South Bay stakeholders during a program composed of exhibitors and guest speakers, speaking individually and in panels, presenting content unified under a central theme. 
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Register for our upcoming 21st annual
virtual General Assembly!
Learn more about South Bay sub-region and its member cities/areas here
Interested in becoming a volunteer at SBESC? Fill out an application here
 Links to Partner Resources En Español: