Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 7, Number 4

April / May 2011

In This Issue...
Calling Volunteers!
Solar & Energy Upgrade CA
Two Price Tags
Free Contractor Event
Water & Energy Smart Expo
HHW / E-Waste Collections
Vanpool Talking Points
City of Torrance
Volunteer Spotlight
April Events/Workshops
May Events/Workshops

Earth Day

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

Email Martha, 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

Energy Upgrade California





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



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To read the South Bay Cities Council of Governments' latest edition of its newsletter, South Bay Watch,
click here

Program Manager's Message


Today is Earth Day, April 22!   This Earth Day many of us are thinking how to green our personal economy as well as our environment.  They are not mutually exclusive.  For cities, homeowners and businesses, SBESC is there for you with information to help you save money and the environment.  Practices and upgrades that you put in place today can benefit you for years to come in reduced energy and water costs as well as leaving this planet a little bit better than you found it. Call an Energy Upgrade CA participating contractor today and start exploring how your home can operate more efficiently and economically.    

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


Happy Earth Day from the staff and volunteers at South Bay Environmental Services Center!     

- Marilyn Lyon,
Program Manager

[email protected]

Southern California Edison
Solar Can Be Part of Energy Upgrade California!SCE



The South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC), in conjunction with Southern California Edison (SCE) hosted a FREE Solar Fair in Torrance on Thursday, March 24th. Over 75 homeowners were in attendance. Lots of good information was presented by SCE and there was the opportunity for attendees to talk with six different licensed solar contractors to have specific questions answered.
More About Solar




The Gas CompanyThe Gas Company


Every appliance has two price tags:  The one you pay to walk it out of the store and the money you pay to run it over its lifetime.


Take advantage of upcoming Memorial Day appliance sales and purchase an Energy Star Qualified Dishwasher.   Not only will you save money every month, but you will also get a $30 rebate from The Gas Company.

Click Here For More Information on Dishwasher Rebates 




Energy Upgrade Logo
Energy Upgrade California


The South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) invites participating Energy Upgrade California (EUC) contractors to meet homeowners at our Energy Upgrade California booth at the following FREE event:


Water & Energy Smart Expo

Saturday, May 21, 2011

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility

1935 S. Hughes Way, El Segundo 90245

More Information About Free Energy Upgrade Event


More for Contractors: 
AltBuild Expo in Santa Monica

May 6-7, 2011

FREE EUC Contractor Participation Workshop on May 6,
11:30am - 1:00pm

"Advanced Retrofit Program:  Overview for Performance Contractors."

Click Here for More Information About the Expo May 6-7


In Addition:

South Bay Workforce Investment Board Seeks Home Repair/Remodeling Contractors to Hire Workers Trained in Energy Efficiency and Green Construction

Press Release of April 12, 2011




West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict
Water & Energy SMART EXPO
May 21, 2011  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
* Free Admission - Free hands on workshops and
* Free Tours - See how water is made and visit a
   water-efficient demonstration garden
* Free Mulch - You can also purchase native plants for your garden
* SCE Mobile Energy Unit - Find information on the new Energy
   Upgrade California program.

Join West Basin Municipal Water Distric and its project partners Southern California Edison, Water Replenishment District, Cal Water Service Co., Golden State Water Co., G3LA, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and SBESC in an educational experience that will help reduce your water and energy use at home and at work.

Sanitation Districts of LA County

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Never been to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection because you don't know what to bring or what not to bring or even what to expect?  They are so easy!  It's as easy as getting lunch at a drive thru!
Click Here for a List of What To Bring and What To Expect



L.A. Metro
A vanpool can reduce up vanpool
to 14 parking spaces!

Are you tired of paying over $4.00 a gallon

 for gasoline? And with no end in sight?

Then Metro's Vanpool is for you! People who participate in the Metro Vanpool program can save 20% to 30% off the cost of vanpooling.  Metro provides an on-going monthly subsidy of up to $400 for qualified vanpools - and up to 70% off their usual commute costs if they switch from driving alone.  SBESC can help employees, employers, and commercial property owners get a vanpool started right away! For more information, please contact SBESC at (310) 371-7222 and ask for Grace or Martha.
Want to pitch the idea to your building owner/manager? 
Click here for talking points.
City of Torrance
City of Torrance
Good Advice for All of South Bay 


In Compliance with the City's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, the City of Torrance does routine cleaning and maintenance of the City's storm drains. 


Storm drains go directly to the ocean, so residents in all areas of the South Bay are advised to not dump trash, debris, or liquids down the storm drains, gutters, or streets.  Run-off from private property, such as soapy water from washing cars and water from over-watering lawns that have been fertilized, can end up in our storm drains and ocean.  There are biodegradable and environmentally-friendly products for outdoor cleaning and landscape maintenance.


Coming on Saturday, June 18:  HHW/E-Waste Collection at Honda in Torrance.  Click here for a map and list of what to bring and what not to bring on June 18. 


Don Modica

Volunteer Spotlight 

Don Modica


Coming back home to Redondo Beach from Seattle in 2007, Don found the economic situation was rather dim.  When he was in high school, he had read Omni Magazine, which offered many innovative new technologies that made his imagination soar with endless possibilities. 
Inspired, he decided to become proactive in energy . . .


April Earth Day Events and Workshops


West Basin Municipal Water District
Free High Efficiency Toilet Exchange - Inglewood
9:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Must Be Pre-Qualfied - Call (866) 861-0784 for more information
Energy Upgrade California in LA County / Water Reliability 2020 Workshop
Thursday, April 28, 2011
6:00 - 8:00pm
Manhattan Beach Police/Fire Department Conference Room
400 15th St., Manhattan Beach, CA  90266
West Basin Municipal Water District
Free High Efficiency Toilet Exchange - Carson
Saturday, April 30, 2011
10:00am - 1:00pm
Must Be Pre-Qualfied - Call (866) 861-0784 for more information

May Events and Workshops


Keeping Our Heads Above Water (Climate Change Workshop)

Monday, May 2, 2011

8:00am - 4:00pm

Northrop Grumman Presentation Center

One Space Park, Redondo Beach

May 2 FLYER               May 2 AGENDA

Click Here to Register - May 2

Bixby Marshland Open to the Public - Tours

Saturday, May 7, 2011
8:00am - 12:00noon
Near Figueroa & Sepulveda Blvds, Carson, CA
Open the first Saturday of every month
Click here for more information
Sanitation District's HHW / E Waste Collection
Palos Verdes Peninsula
Saturday, May 7, 2011
9:00am - 3:00pm
Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall / City Yard
30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

El Segundo Hometown Fair

Saturday, May 7, 2011

10:00am - 4:00pm

Library Park (600 block of Main St)

El Segundo, CA


West Basin Municipal Water District
Ocean Friendly Gardens Workshop

Saturday, May 14, 2011  

10:00am - 1:00pm

Redondo Beach Library

313 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach

Click Here for May 14 Flyer

Click Here to Register for May 14 Workshop


West Basin Municipal Water District

Water & Energy SMART EXPO

Saturday, May 21, 2011

9:00am - 12:00pm

Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility

1935 W. Hughes Way, El Segundo

Click here for May 21 Flyer