Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 9

 September 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
REEL Program
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
September 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

City of Lomita - 12/9/17


Interested in raising awareness about the environment?  SBESC Volunteers are in "the know" when it comes to environmental issues.

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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Did You Know?

Small Business consumes 44% of U.S. commercial buildings energy!

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

The South Bay is geographically and economically positioned to significantly contribute to the global economy. The regional broadband network initiative and study examined how and why the fifteen South Bay cities should create a region of telecommunications network infrastructure that stimulates workforce and economic development, creating a smart region built on fiber-optic transmission. The South Bay Workforce Investment Board secured a grant from the California Employment Development Department for an expert assessment of the current condition and options to improve the network if needed. The findings of the assessment were that the region is paying retail prices for an inadequate network that will not meet the needs of our cities and businesses if they want to keep up with new applications and services.

This month, the initiative received another $105,000 of which $15,000 is from the South Bay Workforce Investment Board and $90,000 from Los Angeles County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Mark Ridley-Thomas. This funding will allow us to continue with the second Phase of the regional broadband network initiative. The SBCCOG will be developing a "Request For Proposal" (RFP) to identify the cost of connecting cities to a broadband network which will provide greater capacity for each at less cost than they are currently paying.  As part of this process, the SBCCOG will be working with each city to capture what they want in the RFP. We hope to have this circulating by the first of the year.

This effort is the only multi-jurisdictional effort of its kind and its success will help the South Bay to remain competitive while providing the network capacity to allow cities and companies to adopt SMART environmental practices.

Jacki Bacharach
REEL Program
With the Many Loan Products in the Marketplace, What is different about REEL?
The REEL program offers some benefits not found in similar loan products:
  • Ability to finance 100% of the project costs
  • Part of the loan (up to 30%) can be used to fund home improvements like landscaping, painting, roof, bathroom remodeling, etc.
  • No liens or tax assessments against the home
  • No home equity needed
  • No loan fees, closing fees, processing, or underwriting fees
  • Access to lower rates specifically designed for REEL
  • Combine rebates/incentives from investor-owned utility companies with REEL to reduce project costs
  • Developed by the state of California, in partnership with the investor-owned utility companies: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E®) / San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E®) / Southern California Edison (SCE) / Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®)
SoCalGas Streamlines Processes to Support Renewable Gas Projects
SoCalGas has announced new initiatives that will make it easier for renewable gas production facilities to connect to the company's natural gas pipeline system. First is the creation of a downloadable toolkit to assist renewable gas producers and developers who are interested in interconnecting their projects with the SoCalGas pipeline network. In addition, new provisions will enable SoCalGas and renewable gas producers to accelerate the interconnection process by procuring the necessary material much earlier than previously allowed.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month.  With all of the natural disasters that have occurred recently in the United States, it's a good reminder that we need to take steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses, schools, and communities.  Edison International, in partnership with the American Red Cross, has a joint effort "PrepareSoCal" that teaches people how to stay safe and how to respond to emergencies.  "Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed." 

Get Behind the Wheel of a Plug-In Electric Vehicle - Saturday, September 16th at Los Angeles State Historic Park

Experience the excitement of driving a range of electric vehicles (EVs)-and see why so many Angelenos are charged up about EVs. Valid driver's license required to test drive vehicles.

Travel Pal
Summer Successes at South Bay Events

Travel Pal helped many people get to summer events in the South Bay. Attendees learned important information about offsite parking locations, alternative transportation options, and alternate routes through using the Travel Pal website.

Examples of Travel Pal "in action" were the Port of Los Angeles' July Lobster Festival and Fiesta Hermosa held over Labor Day weekend - users of Travel Pal generated thousands of web sessions for each event where many of these users planned their trips or learned important parking and shuttle information for these events.
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Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Industries Honored for Being "Good Corporate Citizens"
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County sent Certificates of Recognition to 438 companies for being "good corporate citizens" for the year 2016. 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-six have received this recognition for more than five consecutive years.

Moving Toward Zero Waste: Minimizing Your Impact on the Environment - FREE Workshop in Manhattan Beach (Thursday, September 28th)

Zero waste is a philosophy that redesigns our systems and resource use - from product design to disposal - to prevent wasteful and polluting practices.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
SAVE THE DATE: Water Harvest - Saturday, October 14th

Join in the fun at West Basin's 2017 Water Harvest Festival as we celebrate "70 Years of Water Reliability!" It's been 70 years since West Basin was formed and they want to celebrate this milestone with the communities they serve. Water Harvest is a free and fun water education event for the whole family! As part of the festivities, West Basin will be offering tours of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, food, games, stage shows, kids costume contest, reptile petting zoo, a chance to enter into the grand prize giveaway and so much more.
City of Torrance
City of Torrance
Upcoming FREE Classes: Turf Removal and California Friendly Landscape Training
Learn how to remove your turf and successfully convert your landscape to a native or drought-tolerant plant palette. Discover how to create a California Friendly garden using the latest sustainable materials and techniques. 

Turf Removal Class - 9/23/17

California Friendly Landscape Training - 10/28/17

L.A. Metro
Here are the Metro Art Events Happening in September
From an artist-led tour of Union Station's newest light box exhibition to a rush hour concert centered around the  cimbalom, here's your guide to the Metro Art events happening in September. These are all free and open to the public.

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

South Bay in the News 
Elon Musk's South Bay Tunnel Gets Green Light
Hawthorne leaders have given a green light to Elon Musk's proposal to dig a test tunnel for electric cars underneath the city extending from the headquarters of his company SpaceX.  The Hawthorne City Council approved the tunnel August 22nd with a 4- 1 vote, clearing the way for the tech tycoon also behind Tesla and SolarCity to begin work on what he has touted as a way to improve traffic and transportation, the Daily Breeze reported.

September 2017 Events & Workshops 
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