Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 10, Number 8

 August 2014 

Calling Volunteers!
L.A. Metro
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
Legislation Corner
Cities in the News
August 2014 Events & Workshops
A Worthy Read
Interesting Domestic and International Articles Discussing the Environment, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation


Upcoming HHW/E-Waste Collection Events


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Did You Know?

Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times.

- Clean Air Council

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG


School is back in session and this is a good time to set an example and equip your student with school supplies that come from renewable resources, or even better, ones that have been used as opposed to purchasing new materials.  If you have children in elementary or middle school, look into Grades of Green's "Trash Free Lunch Challenge," which is a competition between Los Angeles County schools to see which institution can reduce lunchtime trash the most. Grades of Green will help you provide your child with a trash free lunch as well. Children need to know that they can do their part too, so encourage them to start thinking about how they can contribute. Lead by example and look at your supplies and how you can focus on sustainable practices in your daily life. There is so much focus on the drought this summer, and it is important to note that water is also used in production. So is critical for us to use less, helping to further conserve valuable water resources.  


Jacki Bacharach


Southern California Gas CompanyThe Gas Company

Energy Hero


Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGasŪ) leads the way in energy-saving technology and now you can do your part, too. If you are planning to make upgrades to your home or upgrade your appliances, SoCalGas offers a multitude of programs that provide incentives and rebates for upgrades.

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Southern California EdisonSCE  

INFOGRAPHIC: 9 Ways to Save Energy



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L.A. Metro
Starting a Vanpool


Put together a group of at least 5 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 fare subsidy with the Metro Vanpool Program. 

Learn How

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Sanitation Districts of LA County

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Industries Honored for Being "Good Corporate Citizens"


The Sanitation Districts sent Certificates of Recognition to 572 companies for being "good corporate citizens" for the year 2013. These companies have met their limits for wastewater discharge for at least a year, maintained their environmental equipment, and fulfilled all permit requirements. One hundred and seventeen of the companies have received this recognition for more than five consecutive years. 

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West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Latest Drought Action: State Water Resources Control Board Enables Fines for Water Wasting


You could be fined up to $500 for:

  1. Overwatering your lawn and causing runoff.
  2. Washing your car without a shut-off hose nozzle.
  3. Rinsing down your sidewalk or driveway with a hose.
  4. Having a fountain or decorative water feature without a recirculating water system.

For more tips on saving water and doing your part in this drought, Click Here


City of Torrance
City of Torrance

Torrance City Council Appoints Mike Griffiths to Fill Vacant Council Seat


The Torrance City Council appointed Mike Griffiths to City Council on August 12th to replace Mayor Patrick J. Furey, who left an open council seat when he won the June 3rd, 2014 mayoral election. In his application for appointment to Torrance City Council Griffiths stated, "I am a logical thinker and do my best to look at the big-picture as well as the long-term ramifications when making decisions." 

Legislation Corner 

California Water Bond Clears Legislature, Brown Signs Off

With just a few hours to go before a midnight deadline to put a new state water bond on the November ballot, lawmakers approved a $7.5 billion package on August 13th that includes money for California's first new state-funded dams and reservoirs in more than 30 years.

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Cities in the News 
Inglewood sets up new high-tech recycling, trash bins

The city of Inglewood wants residents to belly up to five new high-tech recycling and trash collectors.


Workers have installed what are known as Big Belly Solar Intelligent Waste and Recycling Collection Units at five intersections in the city.

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New DWP Rate Tiers Proposed to Conserve Water


Two Los Angeles city officials Tuesday called for tougher restrictions on residential water customers in an effort to reduce water use during the state's unprecedented drought.


Councilmen Mike Bonin and Felipe Fuentes asked the Department of Water and Power to report on recommendations made by UCLA to add extra tiers of water use at a higher price. With most water being used outside the home, they also plan to propose that the city halt all outdoor watering on land not used for parks or recreation.

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Divers Hammer Thousands of Urchins to Save Palos Verdes Peninsula Kelp Forests

In one nine-hour day this week, longtime fishermen Terry Herzik and Gary Thompson smashed more than 10,000 purple sea urchins on the floor of a cove off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.


But that's just a drop in the bucket. The pair have millions more of the spiny invertebrates left to hammer, even though they - along with other partners - already have gotten rid of about 1.6 million in just two coves off the Peninsula.

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August 2014 Events & Workshops 
Click Here to See a List of Upcoming Workshops & Events