September 2021
Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment
Learn how to save money through grass replacement rebates
Is your company one of 449 to earn "good citizen" recognition?
Find out how to get your public agency on the "Pathway to Zero"
West Basin Chat: How Do I Get My Grass Replacement Rebate?

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 5:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Join West Basin for an interactive discussion with water efficiency experts who will answer your questions about the grass replacement rebate application process. The chat will begin with a brief overview of the rebate program, and will be followed by a Q&A session, where staff will answer any specific questions you have about the program. Bring your questions and learn how this popular program can help you go drought-friendly and get big savings! Grass replacement rebate starts at $3 per square foot of grass removed.
LADWP Helps L.A. Schools Meet Conservation Goals

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will provide up to $72.5 million dollars to help the nation’s second largest school district save energy and water, while reducing their utility bills, under a renewed agreement that will continue through 2025.

The new agreement, approved by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners and the LAUSD Board of Education, will translate into energy and water efficiency retrofits throughout the school district and new water and energy savings technology to be installed at LAUSD school campuses, offices and facilities. The partnership is mutually beneficial as it will also help meet LADWP’s aggressive energy efficiency and water conservation goals of achieving 100% renewable energy and reducing water use by 25% by 2035.
Industries Honored for Being "Good Corporate Citizens"
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (Sanitation Districts) recently
recognized 449 companies (including many in the South Bay) with certificates for being “good corporate citizens” for the year
2020. These companies have met their limits for wastewater discharge for at least a year, maintained their environmental equipment, and fulfilled all permit requirements. Of these companies, eighty-two have received this recognition for five or more consecutive years.
Reminder: New Rider Schedules Start Sunday, September 12
Check for changes to your bus line with Metro's online tool at You can get info specific to your trip, or download the new schedule and map for the line. A brochure summarizing all bus service changes is also available here. If you use Transit app, Metro’s official smartphone app, schedule changes will appear by Sept. 12.

Metro Micro will also begin service in a new zone, the Northwest San Fernando Valley, on Sept. 12. Hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Rides are $1 and can be booked via the Metro Micro app, online at or by calling 323.GOMETRO.
Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.
Join the Journey Toward SoCalREN's "Pathway to Zero"

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) partner, the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) Public Agency Programs, is proud to offer the Pathway to Zero Program for public agencies. The Pathway to Zero Program helps cities, counties, school districts, and other public agencies along the path towards zero net energy (ZNE), or producing enough renewable energy on-site to meet annual energy needs. So while a “pathway to zero” might not sound like it goes too far, the Pathway to Zero program is helping public agencies along a journey to an exciting energy future!

The Pathway to Zero Program provides public agencies enrolled with SoCalREN with a customized review of their distributed energy resource (DER) and sustainability options, exploring technologies like photovoltaic (solar) and battery storage, demand response, and water efficiency. Then, the SoCalREN helps agencies complete combined energy efficiency and DER projects with project management, support with incentive applications, assessing and applying for financing, and more. Find out if your community is eligible for Pathway to Zero here!
SoCalGas Leads the Way to Expand Access to Energy Efficiency

As the saying goes, the cheapest unit of energy is the one you don’t use. Energy efficiency rebates and programs are proven ways to help customers reduce their energy use and save money. But how do energy utilities expand access to their energy efficiency initiatives to serve all customers and ensure eligible customers get the assistance they need?

Earlier this year, SoCalGas announced ASPIRE 2045 including a bold climate commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045. This commitment reflects SoCalGas' focus on supporting California with a resilient gas grid through the energy transition as it builds a carbon neutral economy, and features a net zero target that includes Scopes 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions. This means SoCalGas plans on eliminating not only its own direct emissions, but also those generated by its customers’ consumption of energy.
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:

Currently, no events are scheduled in the South Bay
S.A.F.E. (Solvents / Automotive / Flammables / Electronics) Center locations and days/hours of operation in Los Angeles can be found here.
Environmental Activities of Torrance Commercial Properties Made Public

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Los Angeles Water Board) is distributing this fact sheet to provide an update regarding the ongoing onsite and offsite environmental activities associated with the following properties located in the City of Torrance (see Figure 1 on the last page).
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
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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