Baskin Robbins (2)*
Century Car Wash
Century 21 Union Realty
Chapin Restaurant and Bakery
Charly's Restaurant (2)*
Courtyard (2)*
Real Estate Managment Services Inc.
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 Green Building Challenge Newsletter  |Mar. 16,  2017


We are pleased to welcome our newest participants: Lunada Market & Deli in Palos Verdes Estates, Islas De La Bahia in Lawndale, and Ocean View Cafe in Manhattan Beach .  Refer one or more of your business neighbors to the Green Building Challenge and receive special recognition!  Free Level 1 audits are still available for GBC participants, so contact us to schedule yours today!
Tax season is upon us...did you make energy efficiency upgrades to your business in 2016?  Learn about federal tax credits for energy efficiency and investment.

Free Help for Small Businesses 
(monthly demand below 200 kW)

Through the Direct Install program, Southern California Edison sends trained energy-efficiency contractors to help small businesses identify ways to save electricity.  The contractors will look at lighting, signage, refrigeration and more. Your outdated, inefficient equipment may be replaced free with new energy-efficient models.

A Direct Install energy consultation takes 5 to 10 minutes.  SCE's energy-efficiency expert will recommend improvements that can help your business use less energy.  If you wish to implement these improvements - at no cost to you - the expert can help you schedule an installation appointment. Installation is free too.

In the South Bay, FCI Management is the 3rd party Direct Install contractor with SCE.   If you think your business can benefit from the Small Business Direct Install program, please contact us at 310-371-7222 or and we will work with FCI to schedule an appointment for you.  Learn more about the program here.

Zero Net Energy Buildings

Zero energy buildings combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources over a specified time period. Achieving zero energy is an ambitious yet increasingly achievable goal that is gaining momentum across geographic regions and markets. Private commercial property owners have a growing interest in developing zero energy buildings to meet their corporate goals, and in response to regulatory mandates, federal government agencies and many state and local governments are beginning to move toward zero energy building targets. Read more from the Department of Energy here.

The City of Hawthorne's 2017 Business Expo, "Business to Business, Growth for the Future" will be held Wednesday, March 22. Learn more about this free event  here.

Check out the new website of the West Basin Municipal Water District! 

It includes information on free water education programs and new 2017 facility tour dates. Learn more here.

18th Annual SBCCOG General Assembly 

"Driving The South Bay's Digital Future" was the theme for the 18th Annual General Assembly of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), held Friday, February 24, 2017  at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center in Carson.  The Conference explored how cities can leverage innovative technologies to increase their competitiveness in attracting and retaining businesses and to become Smart Cities.  Attendees learned about the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Homes, 24-hours City Halls, Telemedicine, and more.

The day kicked off with the public, local elected officials, city commissioners, and city staff networking and interacting with examples of the South Bay's Digital Future including an El Camino College technology pavilion featuring:  robots, 3D Printing and other new technologies.  Congresswoman Nanette Barragan, 44th District, and Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson District 64 were on hand and to see the SBCCOG demonstrating Virtual Reality (VR) technology for both commercial and public sector applications.  Linknode displayed their Augmented Reality (AR) Planning Tool with an invitation for attendees to sign-up for a future webinar on this technology Attendees had the opportunity to test ride an Urb-E electric scooter.  This was followed by an exciting program lineup.
Speakers for this year's General Assembly included:  Congressman Ted Lieu, 33rd District; Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee discussing his "Gig City" Experience, Rick Cole, City Manager of Santa Monica Silicon Beach - relating how they created Silicon Beach,  Ron Galperin, City Controller of Los Angeles demonstrating "Big Data" - How is it used?, Juliette Finzi Hart, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey showcasing a "Virtual Reality-Climate Action Planning Tool for Public Planning & Community Education," Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of "Mysterious World of Transportation," Dana Kirkham, Mayor of Ammon, Idaho explaining their Open Access: Fiber to the Home, Ozzie Martinez, CAO, Kaiser Permanente, South Bay providing a look into the New World of Telemedicine, Deb Socia, Executive Director of Next Century Cities which is a Municipal Broadband Resource, and George Wentz, Principal/Vice President and David Zelenok,  Local Government Services Manager, HR Green Digital Cities and Services.  You can see photos, speaker bios, and presentations  here. Also the link includes the list of sponsors who made this event possible. 


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