Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 7, Number 2

February / March 2011

In This Issue...
Electric Vehicle Preparation
Home Energy Makeover Contest
Ocean Friendly Garden Workshops
HHW Roundups
Start a Vanpool
Events in City of Torrance
Training for Green Jobs
Volunteer Tyler Dempsey
February Events/Workshops
March Events/Workshops

Calling Volunteers!
There has never been a better time to help out and be recognized.

Email Marcy, call 310.371.7222, or complete our volunteer application and submit by email or fax.

You make the difference!

 Visit Our Cities

El Segundo
Hermosa Beach
Manhattan Beach
Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates

SCE Customers in San Pedro & Harbor City

County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay


2011 Rebate Info
The Gas Company
Southern California Edison West Basin Municipal Water District


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The Gas Company
Southern California Edison Sanitation Districts of LA County
County of Los Angeles 

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Program Manager's Message


Monday, February 28, marks the official launch of the Energy Upgrade California Program (EUC).  EUC ads will be on billboards, on the sides of buses and garbage trucks, on many English and Spanish speaking television and cable channels, on the radio, utility bill inserts,and, of course, our website. 


Energy Upgrade California was borne from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is an innovative program for homeowners to improve their home's energy efficiency, save water, lower utility bills and create a healthier and more comfortable home. Energy Upgrade California connects homeowners with participating contractors who have been pre-qualified and can help plan and complete their project, and with rebates and incentives to help pay for the upgrades. 


Homeowners in Los Angeles County can also enter the $100,000 Home Energy Makeover Contest beginning on March 1.   See details below.  In the meantime, check our calendar for EUC workshops in your city during the remainder of February and March.   


Of course, if you have further questions, please call SBESC staff at (310) 371-7222

- Marilyn Lyon,
Program Manager

[email protected]
low flow showerhead
The Gas Company
Have you filled out your EE Kit card to receive a free low-flow showerhead and faucet aerators FREE from the Gas Company?  Stop by our office or visit one of our exhibit booths at local events to fill out a card.   They will save you money on your water and water heating bills.
In the meantime, visit for easy residential conservation tips and do-it-yourself Home Energy Efficiency Survey.
Electric Vehicle Plug

Southern California Edison

The current information on preparing your
home for a plug-in electric vehicle

A plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) is an exciting new option for those in the market for a new car or truck.  If you are considering bringing home a PEV, there are some important decisions to make and preparations to complete before your home is ready for the new vehicle.
Energy Upgrade Logo
Energy Upgrade California
Enter the $100,000 Home Energy Makeover Contest!
Enter for your chance to win the grand prize of $50,000 "Toward Net Zero Energy" for energy and water efficiency improvements, including solar; in addition there are five $10,000 prizes for home energy and water efficiency improvements, and twenty state-of-the-art home energy assessments worth $500 each. 
More Information on the Contest

West Basin Municipal Water District

FREE Ocean Friendly Garden Workshops

Did most of the recent rain water run off your landscaping and into the street instead of being retained by the soil to sustain your plants? We have a solution for that!   Come to a fun and free Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop presented by (G3) The Green Gardens Group, Surfrider Foundation, West Basin Municipal Water District,  and the South Bay Environmental Services Center.  Also offered is a follow-up hands-on workshop.
More About OFG Workshops

HHW Roundup

Sanitation Districts of LA County

Why are HHW Roundups Important?


The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in their regular trash.


It is easy to participate.  Just put your items in a cardboard box and place the box in your trunk.  Most collections are drive-through so just pop your trunk and the box will be removed by collection agents, and you never have to worry about them again!


All electronic waste collected at HHW Roundups is sent to a facility within the State of California that certifies that it is 100% demanufactured and recycled in a stringent and environmetally acceptable manner to the commodity level in the United States. No Electronic Waste collected at these events is sent overseas.
Click Here for an HHW Roundup Near You


Vanpools Are the Way to Get There!

Put together a group of at least five people interested in forming a new vanpool to a worksite in Los Angeles County, and you may be eligible to receive a $400 monthly lease subsidy with the Metro Vanpool Program.
How to Start a Vanpool


City of Torrance
City of Torrance
Two Big Events in Torrance During March
Thursday, March 17 - The Torrance Chamber of Commerce will hold their Business & Green Expo at the Torrance Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way from 4:00 to 7:30 pm.
Saturday, March 26 - the 3rd Environmental Fair will be held at the Madrona Marsh from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The address is 3201 Plaza del Amo in Torrance.  There will be lots of interesting things to see and learn for the whole family.  Be sure to visit our exhibit booth.
Gateways to Green Building
Gateways to Green Building
Local Training for Green Construction Jobs
The Gateways to Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Program offers South Bay residents exciting skills training for green job opportunities, and building employers the opportunity to tap into green building projects.  California's economy is "greening," and work on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in residential construction is a large part of the expansion. The program is designed to prepare new workforce entrants, underemployed and unemployed South Bay workers for apprenticeships and employment in green building occupations.
More on Gateways to Green Building 
Tyler Dempsey
Volunteer Spotlight 
Tyler Dempsey

"If I could dedicate my life's work in an area and feel best about it, it would be to work on making positive environmental change, and preaching the good word to as many people who are willing to listen."  "It is not going to be easy, but the changes that need to be made are imperative to insure a bright future for generations to come." 
More About Tyler 


February Events and Workshops


12th Annual SBCCOG General Assembly

Friday, February 25, 2011

9:00am - 3:00pm

What can we do today to make 2040 what we want it to be?

Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center

801 E. Carson St., Carson

Click here for information. Click here to register.

High Efficiency Toilet Exchange
Residents of El Segundo, Culver City, Baldwin Hills Area and Malibu

Saturday, February 26, 2011

10am - 1pm

Call (866) 861-0784 to Pre-Qualify
No walk-ins the day of the event


Energy Upgrade California & Water Reliability 2020 Workshop

Monday, February 28, 2011

6:00 - 8:00pm

Katy Geissert Civic Center Library

Free and open to the public.  Registration required.

Click here to register.



March Events and Workshops

Energy Upgrade California and Water Reliability 2020 Workshop

Friday, March 4, 2011

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Promenade on the Peninsula, Community Room

550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Click here to register.


Bixby Marshland Tours
1st Saturday of the Month
8:00am - 12:00pm

Figueroa St. just south of Sepulveda

Click here for more information 


City of Rancho Palos Verdes - 27th Annual Whale of a Day Celebration

Saturday, March 5, 2011

10am - 4pm

Point Vicente Interpretive Center

31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes


Energy Upgrade California and Water Reliability 2020 Workshop

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

5:30 - 7:30pm

El Segundo Library, Friends of the Library Meeting Room

111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo  90245

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Click here to register.


Torrance Chamber of Commerce Business & Green Expo

Thursday, March 17, 2011

4:00 - 7:30pm

Torrance Marriott

3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA  90503


Manhattan Beach Household Hazardous Waste / EE Waste Collection

Saturday, March 19, 2011

9:00am - 3:00pm

Northrop Grumman Parking Lot

Click here for map and information on what to bring and what not to bring


Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop

Saturday, March 19, 2011

10:00am - 1:00pm

Malibu City Hall

23815 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA  90265

Click here to register.


Energy Upgrade California and Water Reliability 2020 Workshop

Monday, March 21, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Inglewood City Hall Community Room
One Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301

Click here to register


Energy Upgrade California and Water Reliability 2020 Workshop

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

7:00 - 9:00pm

Rolling Hills Council Chambers

2 Portuguese Bend Road, Rolling Hills, CA  90274

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Click here to register.


High Efficiency Toilet Exchange
Residents of Carson

Saturday, March 26, 2011

10:00am - 2:00pm

Call (866) 861-0784 to Pre-Qualify
No walk-ins the day of the event


City of Torrance - 3rd Annual Environmental Fair

Saturday, March 26, 2011

9:00am - 2:00pm

Madrona Marsh

3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, CA  90503