Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 14, Number 9

September 2018 

Calling Volunteers!
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
LA Metro
September 2018 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.   
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Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates

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County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay
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Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

Under the SBCCOG's South Bay Environmental Services Center program, we bring many resources to our residents, businesses and municipalities. It is very gratifying to see so many of our municipalities winning Beacon Awards by taking advantage of energy, water, and sustainability programs made available through the SBCCOG. Don't miss the article entitled, South Bay Cities Bring Home Sustainability Awards. As usual, the September issue is full of useful information regarding tours, workshops, and programs from our partners on how you can save water, energy, money and the environment.  

Jacki Bacharach
New Study Shows Natural Gas Engine Can Dramatically Reduce Smog from Heavy-Duty Trucks
The  University of California, Riverside College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced the results of a new study on ultra-low emission natural gas heavy-duty engines, showing a new 11.9-liter engine achieved  California's lowest smog-forming emissions standard, and maintained those emission during all types of driving. The study results underscore the ability of the near-zero truck engines to clean the air: most heavy-duty vehicles on roads today are predominantly diesel-powered and represent one of the largest sources of nitrogen oxide (NOx), or smog-forming, emissions and fuel consumption in North America. By contrast, the new near-zero emissions 12-liter engine, made by Cummins Westport, is the only heavy-duty engine in the category to not only meet, but exceed, the California Air Resources Board's cleanest optional low-NOx standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr.
Southern California EdisonSCE (SCE) 
SCE Proposes Grid Safety and Resiliency Program to Address the Growing Risk of Wildfires
As part of its ongoing efforts to protect customers and communities from the growing risk of wildfires, Southern California Edison proposed additional wildfire safety measures in a recent filing with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  The proposed $582 million Grid Safety and Resiliency Program (GS&RP)  aligns with the wildfire mitigation plans required by Senate Bill 901, one of the wildfire bills passed by the legislature last month and currently awaiting the Governor's signature.
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Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
Rebates & Programs

LADWP offers an extensive list of energy efficiency and water conservation rebates and programs for residential and Commercial customers. Select your customer type to view a full list of the rebates and programs available.

Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD)
Regional Groundwater Monitoring Reports

WRD has been monitoring the CBWCB for over 50 years. The annual report presents the most comprehensive information to date utilizing WRD's network of aquiferspecific monitoring wells and in-depth water quality analysis. The Regional Groundwater Monitoring Program (RGWMP) currently consists of a network of more than 300 monitoring wells at over 50 locations throughout the District. To that end, WRD has a dedicated Board and staff that engage in year-round activities to closely monitor groundwater conditions. The District performs extensive collection, analysis, and reporting of groundwater data to ensure proper resource management. 

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Tour of the San Jose Creek WRP, Puente Hills Landfill and Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility on October 6th
Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste and sewage? Come find out on this tour! You will visit three of the Sanitation Districts' facilities-the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant, Puente Hills Landfill, and Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility. The tour is free and open to ages 10 and up. Please RSVP by October 3, 2018.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Water Harvest Block Party: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Join in the fun at West Basin's 2018 Water Harvest Block Party! This year, West Basin is "Bringing the Community Together" with a free and fun water education event for the whole family! As part of the festivities, West Basin will be offering fun water education activities, food, games, stage shows, kids costume contest, a chance to enter into our grand prize giveaway and so much more. See you there! For more information, see below:
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Whereoutside of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility - 1935 S. Hughes Way | El Segundo, CA 90245
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
FREE Rain Barrel Distribution: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Are you a resident of Torrance and looking for ways to conserve water on your property's landscape? If so, register to pick up a FREE rain barrel from the City of Torrance!

LA Metro
Crenshaw/LAX Rail Yard, Bike Lane Gripes, Voice of Transit, & More
Check out a  couple of shots of construction progress on the new rail yard adjacent to LAX that will serve the Crenshaw/LAX Line, read about Metro's pledge to commit to a fully zero emission bus fleet by 2030, and more here.

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

South Bay in the News
South Bay Cities Bring Home Sustainability Awards

Recently announced by the Institute for Local Government, at the Beacon Award Reception during the Annual League of California Cities Meeting in Long Beach, several awards were handed out to member cities of South Bay Cities Council of Governments. The SBCCOG, as a Beacon Champion, encourages its member cities to participate in the Beacon program and assists with bringing programs to the cities that help them meet their sustainability goals.

September 2018 Events & Workshops 
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