Baskin Robbins (3)*
Century Car Wash
Century 21 Union Realty
Chapin Restaurant and Bakery
Charly's Restaurant (2)*
Corner Joint
Courtyard (2)*
Crawfish Corner
Fitness Strong
Flip It Cafe
Real Estate Managment Services Inc.
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 South Bay Sustainable Green Business Program Newsletter  | January 2018


Happy New Year!  The Board of Directors and staff of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) hope 2018 is off to a great start for you and your business!  We are excited to announce that the Green Building Challenge has undergone a name change and is now the South Bay Sustainable Green Business Program. We will continue to work with you, our participating businesses, and provide you with timely information on programs and incentives offered by our partners, as well as educational opportunities related to environmentally sustainable issues. Let us hear from you!  Please let us know what you have found valuable as being part of this program and how can we assist you in continuing on your quest to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Contact us at (310) 371-7222 or by email at Your feedback is appreciated!

19th Annual General Assembly 
"The Evolution of Retail and Its Challenges for Cities"
Please join us for what promises to be an exciting program.  The free event will take place on Friday, February 23rd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (exhibits and registration open at 8:30 am) at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center in Carson.  The General Assembly is one of the SBCCOG's biggest events of the year that showcases all of our programs, gives our members an opportunity for networking and to learn about issues that will challenge cities.
The theme of this year's General Assembly is "The Evolution of Retail and Its Challenges for Cities".  Across the nation, technological changes are disrupting the retail sector and regional economies.  Retail businesses are closing, leaving vacant buildings resulting in less sales tax revenue that disrupts both city land use planning and municipal finance.  Retailers remaining in business are automating.  Dramatic decline in employment in the retail sector is expected.  The General Assembly will bring together experts who will address the possible impacts from these forces of change on South Bay cities and strategies for adapting to the new conditions.
We rely on sponsors to help underwrite this free event that attracts over 350 people from all over the South Bay.  If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Jennifer Zivkovic LaMarque at or (310) 371-7222.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Register Here 
Energy Advisor:  5 Minutes to Energy Savings 
Take the Survey to Help Reduce Your Usage
If your business uses 200 kW per month or less, then check out SCE's Energy Advisor.  Are you ready to find simple and often low- or no-cost ways to make your business more energy efficient?  Reducing your monthly bill could be easier than you think.  SCE's Energy Advisor is an online survey that gives you customized savings recommendations.  Plus, find out what uses the most energy in our building so you can maximize on your savings.  Use your profile and survey results to search for tips by industry and category:  cooling, equipment, lighting, and more.  You can also learn easy behaviors to help you conserve, such as installing window film can reduce your annual energy consumption by 15%.  To get started, click here
If your business uses over 200 kW per month, you can benefit from SCE's Energy Manager.  The SCE Energy Manager suite of tools will help you monitor, analyze, and manager your business energy usage.  For more information, click here.  

Water Savings Rebates and Incentive Programs 

Saving water is more important than ever, and with the new year here, you might be thinking about upgrading some of your plumbing fixtures, landscaping equipment, food equipment, and/or HVAC equipment.  There are a number of rebates available on a wide variety of water-saving technologies. 
The Water Savings Incentive Program (WSIP) is designed for non-residential customers improving their water efficiency through upgraded equipment or services that do not qualify for standard rebates.  WSIP is unique because it provides an incentive based on the amount of water customers save.  This "pay-for-performance" design allows customers to implement custom projects for their sites.
Click here for current rebates and more information on WSIP.
West Basin Municipal Water District 
Rainwater/Greywater Class & Workshop
February 15 & 27, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Redondo Beach

attend a class and then a technical workshop to learn about the benefits, ordinances & guidelines of using rainwater & greywater, and laundry-to-landscape system how-to. Qualify for "Greywater Green Landscape" book, $100 discount on greywater parts, in-home technical assistance 
(1 hour). Register Here

West Basin Municipal Water District 
California Friendly Garden Hands-On Workshop
Saturday, March 31, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Hermosa Beach

Learn how to create a California Friendly Garden with native and climate appropriate plants, water-efficient devices, organic mulch and more.    Register Here  

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming SCE events, hosted by the SBCCOG in Torrance:
  • Friday, February 2, 2018 - Title 24: Where We're Headed with the 2016 Standards
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - CALGreen Title 24 Part 11
  • Friday, July 13, 2018 - Variable Refrigerant Flow and Ductless Systems: Design and Application


Making Your Home Healthier & More Comfortable the Energy & Water Efficiency Way
Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:00 pm. - 9:00 p.m.
Manhattan Beach

Please join your neighbors at a free community workshop to learn how to
upgrade your home to make it healthier, more comfortable, and more energy efficient. Learn about home energy upgrades, utility programs, rebates, and renewables. Information on ways to finance energy and water efficiency and renewable projects will be available.
Friday, February 23, 2018
19th Annual General Assembly 
The Evolution of Retail  and Its Challenges for Cities
Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center
Carson, CA 90745


Contact Us
Phone: 310-371-7222