Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 7, Number 6

June / July 2011

In This Issue...
Calling Volunteers!
Summer Bonus
Farmers' Markets
SCE Lamp Exchange!
For Mobile Homes
Water Reliability 2020
Clearwater Program
Madrona Marsh
Free Training
Intern Spotlight
July Events
August Events

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

Congratulations to the cities honored today, June 30, at a recognition workshop and luncheon by the Energy Efficiency Partnership of South Bay Cities Council of Governments/South Bay Environmental Services Center, Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison.  The Partnership assists cities in the facilitation of implementing energy efficiency projects in order to reduce energy use, costs and to reduce GHG emissions.  

Between 2010 and June 2011, cities achieved energy savings through SCE's Energy Leader Program included Value Level, Carson, Manhattan Beach, Inglewood, Redondo Beach and Torrance;  Silver Level - El Segundo, Hermosa Beach and Lomita;  and Gold Level  - Hawthorne.  The Value, Silver and Gold cities received incentives, certificates and accolades for a job well done.  A total of 937,904 kWh has been saved and over $135,751 in rebates and incentives earned by the cities through the Partnership.  That is the equivalent of reducing CO2 emissions from 1,504 barrels of oil consumed!  Other South Bay cities expect to have even more savings to report next quarter.


It pays to take advantage of all our programs at the South Bay Environmental Services Center.  Homeowners:  see information in this issue about Operation Lamp Exchange coming in August and the jumbo rebates up to $6,000 for Energy Upgrade California, good until Labor Day.  Visit our website today and see how your city, your home or your business can Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment




- Marilyn Lyon,
Program Manager



Energy Upgrade Logo
Energy Upgrade California

Summer Bonus Adds Up to Thousands


Homeowners in the South Bay can beat summer heat with Home Energy Upgrades and find more money in their pockets with increased energy efficiency incentives from Los Angeles County - increased from $4,500 to $6,000.
More About the Summer Bonus 



Come To a Farmers' Market
Farmers' Markets
Spend your $$ Locally
SBESC will have exhibit booths at these Farmers' Markets in July.  Be sure to stop by for the latest information in energy efficiency, and Energy Upgrade California!
Saturday, July 2 - 8am - 1:00pm
Hawthorne/Del Aire Farmers' Market
Aviation and 135th St.
Wednesday, July 6 - 2:00 - 7:00pm
Lawndale Farmers' Market
147th and Hawthorne Blvds, Lawndale
Tuesday, July 12 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Manhattan Beach Farmers' Market
13th St. Between Valley & Morningside

Friday, July 15 - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Riviera Village / Redondo Beach Farmers' Market
Catalina Avenue and Avenue I

Thursday, July 21 - 3:00 - 7:00pm
El Segundo Farmers' Market
Main St. Between Pine and Holly

Southern California EdisonSCE

Lamp Exchange Coming to The Forum in August


Southern California Edison will hold a two day lamp exchange in the parking
lot of the Forum in Inglewood the weekend
of August 27-28.  Starting at 8:00 am on Saturday morning, SCE is expecting record crowds, so plan to arrive early with up to 10 of your old energy-sucking lamps and exchange them for new, free, energy efficient ones.   Your old lamps must be in working condition with their current light bulbs in the sockets, but please leave the lamp shades home!

Click here for Lamp Exchange Flyer 



The Gas CompanyThe Gas Company

Mobile Home Programs 


Southern California Gas and Southern California Edison are offering a program for mobile home residents through Synergy Companies, a local service provider.  The program for residents includes new energy efficient light fixtures, light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and technicians perform heating and air conditioning duct test and seals.  The park's Clubhouse can also benefit from installation of free energy saving products.

Click here for more information on the Mobile Home program


West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict
Water Reliability 2020

Water Reliability 2020 is a West Basin's program to reduce dependence on less reliable imported water to coastal LA from 66% all the way down to 33% by the year 2020.   If your club, community organization or group needs a speaker to round out a program, please give SBESC a call at (310) 371-7222, x 206,  and we can arrange for an expert to give a 30 minute presentation on Water Reliability 2020, and how each person can contribute to the effort to achieve the end result.  Remember, every drop counts.

Be sure to check SBESC's calendar for upcoming FREE Ocean Friendly Garden Workshops that will be held in a location near you.

Sanitation Districts of LA County

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Looking Ahead to 2050

The Clearwater Program is the Sanitation Districts' new facilities planning effort that looks at the future infrastructure and wastewater management needs for the Joint Outfall System through the year 2050. The Clearwater Program Master Facilities Plan will ensure the continuation of the wastewater system's high level of service, provide the ability to serve Southern California's growing population, evaluate aging infrastructure, and help Sanitation Districts's facilities to continue meeting state and federal environmental regulations. A new tunnel and ocean outfall to convey effluent from the Districts' largest treatment plant to the ocean is evaluated as part of the new Facilities Plan.
Find Out More About the Clearwater Program



L.A. Metro
vanpoolThink "carpool". Then think bigger. 


Vanpools are similar to carpools, but they
involve more people, bigger vehicles and longer commutes.  Add bigger savings:  you will spend less on fuel, give your own vehicle a rest, and increase quality time during your commute.  Don't forget the monthly subsidy of up to $400 to qualified vanpools.    It's a no-brainer!


According to Metro, there are 237 miles of carpool lanes in Los Angeles, so why waste time in traffic?


To schedule a Vanpool meeting at your business, or would like a copy of a beautiful brochure that says all of the above and more, call SBESC at (310) 371-7222 and ask for either Martha or Grace.



City of Torrance
City of Torrance

An Island of Wilderness In the City


Have you been to Madrona Marsh lately?  A visit to the Madrona Marsh Preserve is truly a unique experience. Come and explore one of the last remaining vernal marshes in Southern California. The Madrona Marsh Preserve & Nature Center are open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm.   Located at 3201 Plaza del Amo, in Torrance, the entrance gate to the Preserve is directly across the street from the Nature Center, where there's plenty of parking available.
More Information What's Happening at Madrona Marsh 

Gateways to Green Building

Gateways to Green Building


Gateways to Green Building is a part of the California Clean Energy Workforce Training Program and is funded by the California Energy Commission, the California Workforce Investment Board, and the California Employment Development Department under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
The program offers free training for contractors/construction workers looking to boost their careers and find work in green building and home performance. Graduates will receive strong consideration for employment by participating home energy performance contractors in need of skilled personnel.

More About Free Training for California Construction Workers 




Ryan D. Harding

Intern Spotlight

Ryan D. Hardy


Hi my name is Ryan D. Hardy but everyone calls me Chadd with 2 d's. I'm 17 years old, turning 18 on August 27.  I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.   I just graduated from Inglewood High School and have been accepted at eleven universities.  I leave for Arizona State University in August and will be majoring in business and, hopefully, getting my real estate license while I'm in college.
More About Ryan




July Events

Bixby Marshland Open to the Public - Tours

Saturday, July 2, 2011

8:00am - 12:00pm

Near Figueroa & Sepulveda Blvds, Carson, CA

Open the first Saturday of every month

Kick off July with a tour!

Click here for more information


Hawthorne/Del Aire Farmers' Market
Saturday, July 2, 2011

8:00am - 1:00pm

Aviation and 135th St., Hawthorne


Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 4, 2011

11:00am - 5:00pm

Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall

30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes


Lawndale Farmers' Market

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2:00pm - 7:00pm
147th and Hawthorne Blvds., Lawndale


Manhattan Beach Farmers' Market

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

12:00pm - 4:00pm

13th St. between Valley / Morningside, Manhattan Beach


Riviera Village / Redondo Beach Farmers' Market

Friday, July 15, 2011

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Catalina Ave. and Avenue I, Redondo Beach


South Bay Cities Green Task Force Meeting

Thursday, July 21, 2011

2:00 - 4:00pm

Carson Community Center

801 E. Carson St., Carson

Click Here to Register for July 21 Meeting  


El Segundo Farmers' Market

Thursday, July 21, 2011

3:00 - 7:00pm
Main St. Between Pine and Holly, El Segundo


Build It Green
Greenpoint Rated Training Series

July 22 - 30, 2011

Long Beach City College - Scholarships are Available

Qualify To Work On Energy Upgrade CA projects

> Certified Green Building Professional - July 22-23

> GreenPoint Rated Core - July 26-30

> GreenPoint Rated Existing Home - July 28-29

To register, call (510) 590-3360, x 603

Click Here for Flyer 


Energy Upgrade CA Presentation in Spanish for Homeowners and Contractors

Thursday, July 28, 2011

6:00 - 7:30pm

Lennox Park Community Center

10820 Condon Avenue, Lennox

Click Here to Register for July 28 



August Events

Build It Green

Certified Green Real Estate Professional Training
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 2-3, 2011
8:00am - 5:00pm

West San Gabriel Valley Association of Realtors

Learn About Energy Upgrade CA For Your Clients

Click Here for CG-Rep Training Flyer


Southern California Lamp Exchange

Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28, 2011

8:00am - 1:00pm

The Forum Parking Lot

3900 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood

Click Here for Lamp Exchange Flyer