Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 11

 November 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Renewable South Bay
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
November 2017 Events & Workshops
A Worthy Read
Interesting Domestic and International Articles Discussing the Environment, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation

Upcoming HHW/E-Waste Collection Events


There has never been a better time to help out and be recognized.

Check out our volunteer program and learn how to get involved.   
You can make a huge difference! 

 Visit Our Cities

El Segundo
Hermosa Beach

Manhattan Beach
Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates

Residents in San Pedro, Harbor City /Harbor Gateway & Wilmington
County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay
( District 2  or   District 4

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Los Angeles Department of Water & Power - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr


Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County - Facebook


Water Replenishment District - Facebook, YouTube


West Basin Municipal Water District - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest


L.A. Metro - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


City of Torrance - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope

Did You Know?

1 billion gallons per day of treated wastewater is reclaimed to meet non-potable water needs (in the U.S.).

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

At last the leaves are turning and Fall is in the air. We turn our attention to the season of thanks with friends and family.  At the SBCCOG's Environmental Services Center, November is the month that we thank our amazing volunteers and celebrate the work that they do every day for the South Bay. 
Also, we make preparations for our Annual Holiday Light Exchange which will be on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 from 9-5. We would like to encourage you to come to the Center and exchange one of your old strands of energy-guzzling incandescent holiday lighting for a strand of new Energy Star® rated LED holiday lights. Not only do you get longer lasting lights but also we take your old strand off of the grid!
Here are 5 tips from the World Research Institute for a sustainable Thanksgiving:   
We hope that you enjoy the holiday.

Jacki Bacharach
Available Rebates
As the weather begins to change and winter approaches, it is worth revisiting rebates and incentives available from SoCalGas to help with your energy efficient seasonal preparations.  See all ENERGY STAR® certified appliance and energy-efficient natural gas rebates that are currently available here.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Southern California Edison Introduces Clean Energy Proposal to Meet State's Climate, Air Quality Goals
Southern California Edison has proposed an integrated strategic framework for the state of California to meet its ambitious climate and air quality goals. SCE describes its Clean Power and Electrification Pathway in a white paper released late last month.  The approach builds upon existing state programs by identifying cost-effective actions to increase clean energy in the electric system and to leverage that clean electricity in the transportation and building sectors to achieve needed emissions reductions. California environmental goals include reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and by 80 percent by 2050, as well as reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other health-harming pollutants in areas of the state with the highest levels of air pollution by 2032.

LADWP to Brief Community Representatives about Equity Metrics Data Initiative

LADWP will provide a series of presentations to community representatives at upcoming meetings on the LADWP Equity Metrics Data Initiative (EMDI), established to track, measure and report on how LADWP programs are provided to all LADWP customers and residents of Los Angeles.

Renewable South Bay
Diverse Contractor Information Session in Torrance: Wednesday, December 6th (12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.)

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments, in conjunction with Renovate America-the industry leader in financing residential energy and water-efficiency improvements, is hosting an information session.  Minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses in the residential construction industry are invited to attend a special information session on December 6th, to learn more about working with Renovate America and how to receive specialized support in growing their business.  By attending, contractors will learn about the following:
  • Two attractive financing options, Benji and HERO
  • Improve cash flow through advances of 30% of your HERO financed project costs
  • Streamline payments through direct orders with distributors without paying upfront or utilizing your credit line
  • Earn rebates
  • Personalized training
  • Marketing support
  • Easy to use online tools
  • And more...
Travel Pal
Planning My Trip

Have you ever wondered how Travel Pal calculates the cost of driving alone?  The cost of driving alone is based on figures provided by AAA. At roughly $.566 per mile (2013), AAA includes the cost of fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, registration fees, taxes, depreciation, and the cost of financing.

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Program
The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Water Conservation Tips

Conserving water doesn't have to mean a major lifestyle change. It can be as simple as taking a shorter shower or turning off the water while you brush your teeth. Learn easy ways to conserve water each and every day. Here are a few tips for water use around the yard:
  • Water your yard only in the morning or evening to reduce evaporation.
  • You can save up to 150 gallons of water by using a broom to clean sidewalks and driveways instead of a hose.
  • Make sure your sprinklers are aimed on the grass and plants.

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Water Replenishment District
Robert W. Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter Expansion

WRD is proud to announce that Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter Expansion Project will be completed later this year. In partnership with the City of Torrance, WRD is expanding its freshwater supply for the City by removing and treating a saline plume located in the West Coast Basin. The Robert W. Goldsworthy Groundwater Desalter is located at the Torrance City Yard and is responsible for extracting and treating approximately 2.5 million gallons of brackish (salty) water per day. Currently, WRD and the City of Torrance are working together to expand and upgrade the facility. Upon completion, the facility will double the desalination capabilities of local brackish groundwater to 5 million gallons per day. 

City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
FREE Rain Barrel Distribution: Saturday, November 18th for Torrance Residents ONLY
Receive up to 2 free 55 gallon rain barrels at West High School to help outfit a water-efficient landscape. Rain barrels include installation instructions, 2' x 3' flexible downspout, water hose connector, overflow fitting and a built-in mosquito net. Rain barrels are given away on a first-come, first-served basis to Torrance residents only.

L.A. Metro
Here are the Metro Art events happening in November
From a tour exploring historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public to a documentary film screening highlighting Los Angeles' rising mural movement in the 1970s, here's your guide to all the Metro Art events happening in November. They're all free and open to the public as well.

Use Metro ExpressLanes to get there once you are a registered user. Find out how: Read More 

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool.

November 2017 Events & Workshops 
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