Baskin Robbins (3)*
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  |August 31,  2017


Energy Saving Tips for Businesses

With a Flex Alert being called this week, please see the following tips for your business from the California Independent System Operator.
According to ENERGY STAR: "The average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes."
Furthermore, up to 10 percent of overall energy use can often be curbed with little-to-no-cost changes. This means energy efficiency upgrades can yield a high return-on-investment for business owners, in addition to helping California save energy.
Whether you manage a business, an organization, or an institutional building like a library, school or government office, the guidelines below can help you save energy and money.
Demand Response Programs
Demand Response Programs typically provide incentives and other benefits to business owners who can reduce/curtail their facility's energy use during times of peak demand.  Find a program in your area .
Energy Management Plan
Developing an energy management plan for your business will help ensure savings far into the future. Use the following steps as a guideline:
  • Benchmark your facility: Benchmarking is an easy tool to quickly assess how energy-efficient your properties and facilities are, and to help identify options to reduce costs and protect asset values. To get started today, register an account with ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager, and take a look at their Benchmarking Starter Kit.
  • Begin an energy management program.
  • Implement your energy plan by adopting energy saving practices, and upgrading to energy efficient equipment.
  • Measure results: Measurement and verification efforts validate and improve predictions of system efficiencies and energy use and cost, in addition to providing management and investors the information they need.
Learn more here:
Introducing the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Program
For many years the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) has been encouraging South Bay residents to upgrade their homes with energy and water efficiency in mind. Many want to make those changes but paying for them has been a barrier. 

The SBCCOG is pleased to announce the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Program, a State of California program developed to help California reach its aggressive clean energy goals and reduce climate pollution. The program allows lenders to offer attractive financing, so homeowners can improve the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes. The REEL program offers some benefits not found in similar loan products such as 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, and some appliances qualify. Another one of the program's many features is that no liens or tax assessments are made against your home, and no home equity is needed. For questions about the program, visit , or call 310-371-7222.
West Basin Municipal Water District Water Harvest 
Join in the fun at West Basin's 2017 Water Harvest Festival as we celebrate "70 Years of Water Reliability!". 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 our grand prize giveaway and so much more.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10 a.m. - 2 p.m
Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility 
1935 S. Hughes Way | El Segundo, CA 90245
Calling All Restaurants 
Register today for the 7th Annual SoCalGas 2017 FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT EXPO which will be held on Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Energy Resource Center in Downey.

The Foodservice Equipment Expo is designed for restaurateurs, operators, consultants, and dealers to see the most innovative and efficient in commercial kitchen equipment. Learn about new technologies, resources, and ideas for your foodservice operation. Don't miss the all-in-one opportunity to talk with experts, maximize on savings, and gather information!

Experience new and innovative equipment that will help your business save. Watch live demos on the latest cooking equipment. Attend informative break-out sessions.  Network with other foodservice professionals and more than 75 top industry manufacturers.

Day 1 - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 10am - 3pm
Customer Registration Day 1 

Day 2 - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 10am - 3pm
Customer Registration Day 2

Visit to plan your trip to this event. Find carpool matches and save time and money!

City of Torrance 
Turf Removal Class 
Saturday, September 23
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Learn how to remove your turf and successfully convert your landscape to a native or drought-tolerant plant palette.  Learn more and register here. 


Moving Toward Zero Waste: Minimizing Your Impact on the Environment
Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Manhattan Beach

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

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