Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 10

 October 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Renewable South Bay
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
Holiday Light Exchange
October 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

Unincorporated Lennox - 10/21/17


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! 

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


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

Did You Know?

Household Heating Systems: Although several different types of fuels are available to heat our homes, nearly half of us use natural gas. Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home -- typically making up about 42% of your utility bill.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

There are many good reasons to become a Volunteer with South Bay Cities Council of Governments at its South Bay Environmental Services Center.  Besides getting to be a part of our organization, volunteers help with projects and at events which make the South Bay a more sustainable place to live, work, and play. Some examples of what our volunteers do is attend community outreach events with staff, prepare information kits for outreach events, and assist with general office support. Additionally, our volunteers receive training on energy efficiency, water conservation, and other sustainable practices as well as having the opportunity to tour regional facilities. In this month's newsletter, there is an article about the volunteers' tour of Metro's Los Angeles Union Station. And, they all took the SilverLine Bus from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center to get there. 
At the SBCCOG's SBESC, we are also getting ready for our Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception on November 16.  We take Thanksgiving month to let our volunteers know how much we appreciate their work which allows us to expand what we can do to serve the South Bay cities, their residents and businesses.

Jacki Bacharach
SoCalGas Receives "Partner of the Year" Beacon Award from the Institute for Local Government
SoCalGas has announced the company was named "Partner of the Year" by the Institute for Local Government (ILG). The award honors SoCalGas' work as a partner in the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC), which provides no-cost resources to support the energy and climate initiatives of local governments in California.  SoCalGas director of customer programs and assistance, Dan Rendler, accepted the award on the company's behalf at the Spotlight Beacon Awards reception in Sacramento.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Electrifying SoCal's Transportation for a Clean Energy Future
Driving to distant places as far as Santa Barbara - about 120 miles - is part of Leah Moreno and her team's job. She is glad she bought an electric vehicle she can plug-in to at various work locations during meetings and be ready for her drive home.  As manager of  Southern California Edison's Transportation Electrification   group, part of the team's work includes managing the design and construction of the utility's electric vehicle infrastructure, like those that feed into these charging stations, for the entire 50,000 square miles of territory.
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Renewable South Bay
California Legislative PACE Update

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two pieces of landmark PACE legislation.  SB 242 and AB 1284 provide a comprehensive suite of consumer protections and enforcement tools, and create a new regulatory framework under the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).

New Electric Vehicle Chargers Installed at Los Angeles Area State Parks

Local state parks received a total of six new electric vehicle (EV) chargers through a team effort by LADWP, Energy Commission and the CA Department of Parks & Recreation. The new chargers will help visitors and park employees alike enjoy the benefits of EVs such as reducing the city's carbon emissions, saving on fuel costs and helping integrate renewable energy into the power grid. Will Rogers State Historic Park received two chargers for public use and the LA State Historic Park near Chinatown received four public chargers for fleet and employees with three more scheduled for public use.

Travel Pal
Los Angeles Chargers Football in the South Bay

With football season in full swing, fans can now watch the Los Angeles Chargers play right here in the South Bay at the StubHub Center in Carson!  Planning to attend any upcoming home games this Fall?  Visit the LA Chargers football event page on the South Bay Travel Pal website to plan your trip.

To make your trip more convenient, the Chargers Express offers fans free non-stop shuttles to and from StubHub Center for every home game. Starting two and a half hours prior to kickoff and ending an hour and a half after the game, the shuttle operates approximately every 10 minutes. Pick up locations are the Harbor Gateway Transit Center in Gardena and the Del Amo Station in Rancho Dominguez, which serves the Metro Blue Line.  Use Travel Pal to form a carpool and shuttle in to the stadium from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center for the win!
Learn more here:

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Recycled Water Project Groundbreaking
The Sanitation Districts and its partner, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Sanitation Districts' Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in the City of Carson for a demonstration water purification facility that could lead to the largest water recycling project in the country. Click on Read More below for video coverage reported by Patrick Healy of NBC4 News.

West Basin Municipal Water District 
West Basin
What is L.I.E.P.?

LIEP stands for Landscape Irrigation Efficiency Program, and is a water conservation program for both residential and commercial water users in West Basin's service area. The LIEP program provides free landscape water evaluations for landscapes, and (if a site qualifies) can also retrofit old sprinklers with new, high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles for FREE.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
FREE California Friendly Landscape Training: Saturday, October 28th
Curious about how to transform your home's landscape into a water efficient haven for beautiful plants?
Attend this FREE upcoming class to learn about the following topics:
  • Native plants and edibles
  • Water-efficient irrigation devices
  • Rainwater capture and permeable materials
  • On-site water retention to reduce water run-off and pollution to the ocean

Register Here

L.A. Metro
On the Move Riders Program to partner with more transit agencies
A little bit of news about the On the Move Riders Program that helps show older adults how to get around on the Metro system: beginning in January, Metro will be increasing its outreach efforts throughout Los Angeles County.  The next phase of the program will include creating a pilot program with local transportation agencies to expand On the Move. Metro hope hopes to collaborate with cities to increase ridership on buses and trains.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.

Volunteers Tour Union Station via Metro's Silverline
October has been an exciting month for SBCCOG Volunteers.  SBCCOG staff along with the Volunteers met at the Harbor Gateway Transit Center to catch the Silverline to receive a special tour of Los Angeles Union Station conducted by Metro staff executive Kenneth E. Pratt. Mr. Pratt regaled the group with historical facts and updates on historic restoration projects that have been undertaken since Metro purchased Union Station in 2011. The group learned that a recent lighting upgrade project, switching out old lighting to LED's throughout Union Station, provided Metro enough energy and cost savings to enable the  purchase of a state of the art energy efficient heating and air conditioning system for the station. 
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer with the SBCCOG at the South Bay Environmental Services Center, contact Martha Segovia at or call 310-371-7222.

South Bay in the News 
Two South Bay Cities Honored for Achievements in  Addressing Climate Change

The SBCCOG is proud to share the news that the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Carson and City of Torrance with several Beacon Spotlight Awards for efforts to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions.  The cities received the awards last month during the League of California Cities Conference in Sacramento.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Showcase in the City of Carson: Saturday, November 4th

Test drive an EV with a valid driver's license while seeing electric and hybrid vehicles on display. The November 4th event is FREE and runs from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center.

Holiday Light Exchange
November 30th & December 1st in Torrance

Trade one working string of old, electricity-guzzling incandescent holiday lights, for one new, energy efficient LED string.

Partcipants must be a South Bay* SCE or DWP customer & must bring a utility bill or driver's license.

First come, first served (while supplies last).

October 2017 Events & Workshops 
Click Here to See Upcoming Workshops  & Events