October 2021
Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment
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Mayor Garcetti gets his hands dirty at turf replacement event
Take a virtual tour of the Sanitation District to learn where your sewage ends up
West Basin's Water Harvest Goes Virtual: Saturday, October 23

Welcome to West Basin’s Water Harvest S.T.E.A.M. Adventure, an online journey where you can help discover and solve the mystery of our disappearing water supply! Early bird registrants as eligible for an additional entry into our opportunity drawing featuring amazing prizes like a water-efficient clothes washer + dryer and an electric bicycle! The first 200 registrants will have access to a free Water Harvest S.T.E.A.M. Adventure Box full of goodies and supplies that can be used during and after the event. More details to come!
Mayor Garcetti Participates in a Hands-On Turf Replacement Workshop to Promote Water Conservation

Mayor Eric Garcetti participated in a turf replacement workshop hosted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in partnership with California Volunteers and the California Natural Resources Agency to promote water conservation. In the past decade, this rebate program has helped replace over 51.1 million square feet of turf in Los Angeles with drought-tolerant landscaping, saving enough water to supply 27,500 homes per year.
Participate in Upcoming Virtual Public Tours on Saturday, October 16 and 23
What happens to your sewage? Take a virtual tour of the Palmdale Water Reclamation Plant (October 16) and the Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant (October 23) to find out and learn how these facilities serve the Antelope Valley.
Explore Chicanx Art this Hispanic Heritage Month with Metro Bike Share's Latest Ride Guide
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about Chicano/a/x history and communities through public art with Metro Bike Share’s Chicanx Art Tour of DTLA. The ride guide offers the opportunity to explore DTLA and participate firsthand in the art tradition of the Chicanx community. On this self-guided tour, you’ll witness the powerful and historic moment portrayed in Eduardo Carrillo’s El Grito, and take in Alfredo “LIBRE” Gutierrez’ Transportapueblos: Los Resilientes, the artist’s moving reminder to us of the continued challenges and surpassing resilience of those who migrate to the United States today.
Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.
No Cost Resource Available to Contractors: SoCalREN Energy Efficiency Learning Center

Participating Contractors can benefit from the SoCalREN Energy Efficiency Learning Center (EELC). The EELC is available for Participating Contractors at no cost, allowing them to participate in e-learning courses at their own pace from the comfort and safety of their home or office. Participating Contractors can access the SoCalREN EELC as a Program benefit at no cost. The EELC offers an expanding catalog of courses in a variety of categories including HVAC, Sales and Marketing, Commercial Energy Efficiency, Continuing Education Units, Building Performance Institute (BPI), Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and North American Technician Excellence (NATE).

All these accredited courses can be found in the EELC. Currently, there are more than 80 active courses available.

Know contractors in your community that are interested in energy efficiency, getting recognized for it, and would like to access these educational resources? Encourage them to visit socalren.org/residential for more information.
SoCalGas Begins Hydrogen Blending Tests as Step Toward Net Zero Emissions

SoCalGas recently began a hydrogen blending test at its Engineering Analysis Center and Centralized Training Facility. The test measures the performance of common household appliances like stoves, wall heaters and forced-air furnaces when they are fueled with a blend of hydrogen and natural gas. This is a necessary step toward future blending into the natural gas grid. SoCalGas is among the first utilities in the nation to test the effects of a hydrogen blend on natural gas infrastructure and equipment in a controlled field environment.
SoCalREN Multifamily Program Offers Rebates to Property Owners, Managers and Contractors
You don’t have to be an expert to find the right energy efficiency upgrades for your multifamily property. SoCalREN's team is prepared with tips to help you choose. Schedule some time to chat with SoCalREN about your options. For more information on eligibility requirements for your property, please visit SoCalREN's website 

Contractors who work in HVAC, lighting, or water heating, stand out from your competition by offering multifamily property owners $1,200 per unit to make energy efficiency upgrades. Become a Participating Contractor now. Learn more about becoming a Participating Contractor today by clicking here
Eco Gardener Classes Offered in October
These virtual classes 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. RSVP for upcoming classes linked below:

The Lillian Kawasaki Eco Gardener Program teaches homeowners about the multiple benefits of planting a sustainable garden through a series of in-person classes. 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.
Help to Unload Household Hazardous Waste 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 Needs Your Help to Save the Toyota Sports Complex

The City's 6-acre, $3.2 million Toyota Sports Complex is facing potential closure, as the existing lease ends with the Judicial Council of California, an Office of the State of California. If the City and Judicial Council can not reach agreeable terms, the multi-use sports fields will close on October 31, 2021. According to the Judicial Council, plans to develop the property are not likely to be pursued until at least 2032. 
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, Hawthorne and El Segundo 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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