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October is Energy Awareness Month

October, 2022

Save Water, Energy, Money, and the Environment


LACSD Promotes No Drugs Down the Drain

Celebrate Energy Awareness Month with SoCalREN

Win a Free Energy Efficient Washer and  Dryer at West Basin Water Harvest 2022

How are You Celebrating Energy Awareness Month?

October is not just for pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking, and trick-or-treating. Did you know it’s also energy awareness month?

Join the movement by reading up on energy efficiency actions you can take at home or your office, then share your energy efficiency efforts on social media (don’t forget to tag us and our partner, @_socalren). 

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Save Money and Energy on Your Multifamily Dwelling Units

The SoCal REN multifamily program helps to reduce operating costs, lower energy use, and increase tenant comfort for the win-win-win.

SoCal Ren's technical assistance and incentives makes upgrading your multifamily property easy and cost-effective. Contact them today. 

Click for Multifamily Program Details

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Sign up for On-Demand Gardening Classes with WRD

Make your beautiful garden the envy of your neighbors while simultaneously saving water and creating a productive ecosystem in your backyard.

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. All classes are FREE.

Sign Up for an On-Demand Class Here

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Get Rid of Your Household Hazardous Waste

Torrance is offering a free Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Collection in the City of Carson on Saturday October 15.

Dispose of Hazardous Material at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in the City of Carson. 

Examples of items you CAN bring:

Brake fluid

• Paint, paint thinner,

• Cleaners with acid or lye

• Pesticides or herbicides

• Household and car batteries

• Pool chemicals

Click Here for a Full List of Items

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Happy Birthday West Basin Municipal Water District!

West Basin Municipal Water District is celebrating 75 years at their 2022 Water Harvest Festival on October 22 at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility.

Be sure to join in on the family fun and take a free facility tour, enter the kids costume contest, play fun games, and win amazing prizes like toys donated by Mattel or an Energy Efficient Washer and Dryer!

Click Here to Learn the History of How West Basin Came to Be

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What Are Metro ExpressLanes?

Metro ExpressLanes on the I-10 and I-110 are designed to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, and provide travel options in Los Angeles County. 

Metro ExpressLanes are managed lanes where toll prices are based on real-time traffic conditions and vary according to the level of congestion using dynamic pricing.

Dynamic pricing aims to keep traffic in the ExpressLanes flowing smoothly, resulting in a more reliable trip. The toll is higher when there is more traffic in the ExpressLanes, and lower when traffic is lighter. This means more choices for solo drivers, more rewards for carpoolers and more transit service.

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LA County Sanitation District Urges: No Drugs Down The Drain

Flushing unused medications down the toilet or sink was once common practice encouraged by doctors and pharmacists.

Now we know recent studies have found that medicines flushed down the drain and can contaminate our lakes and streams which can hurt fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up in our drinking water. 

It is now better for the environment to keep these substances out of the drain and out of the trash. Instead, bring your medications to a drug takeback location that will safely dispose of nearly all drugs free of charge. 

Click Here for Drop Off Locations

LADWP Helps You Save on Your Water and Electricity Bill 

LADWP customers have many ways to save water, electricity and money. Here are some tips that can help you manage your water usage and costs while "Saving the Drop."

• Don’t use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket

• Shut off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, or doing dishes 

• Use a broom instead of a hose for cleaning sidewalks, patios and outdoor spaces

• Clean or replace your heater and A/C filter(s) every month so they run more efficiently.

Click Here for More Tips, Programs, Rebates, and Free Conservation Devices

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

The SBCCOG congratulates the following new businesses that have taken the first step towards sustainability by joining the program.

City of El Segundo:

  • Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility

City of Hawthorne:

  • Freddy Shoe Shine & Leather Care
  • Lubemer International Insurance Agency Inc.

  • El Latino Travel

City of Torrance:

  • Sharon's Cleaners
  • Morgan Travis
  • TR Wealth Management Inc.
  • Monarch


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 can join the CAGBN.

Businesses that apply receive personal attention from the public agencies and utilities that serve them. The program is funded by grass-roots 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

Contact Volunteer Coordinator

Martha Segovia at:

(310) 371-7222 or

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