Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 10, Number 9

 September 2014 

Calling Volunteers!
L.A. Metro
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
Article Headline
Legislation Corner
Cities in the News
September 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


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

Check out our volunteer program and learn how to get involved.   
You can make a huge difference! 

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Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates

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San Pedro, Harbor City
 / Harbor Gateway & Wilmington

County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay 



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Southern California Edison


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Where Does Your City Rank in the 

SCE Energy Leader Partnership Program?


Platinum Tier
20% Energy Reduction 
City of Lawndale
City of Lomita
City of Manhattan Beach


Gold Tier
10% Energy Reduction 
City of El Segundo
City of Hawthorne
City of Inglewood

City of Rancho Palos Verdes


Silver Tier
5% Energy Reduction 
City of Carson
City of Hermosa Beach
City of Redondo Beach
City of Torrance 
Valued Level
City of Gardena
City of Palos Verdes Estates
City of Rolling Hills
City of Rolling Hills Estates

Did You Know?

On average, 50% to
70% of home water is
used outdoors for
watering lawns and
gardens. Inside,
toilets use the most
water, with an average
of 20 gallons per
person per day.

- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

School is back in session and summer is over with its more leisurely lifestyle. Traffic is back with a vengeance on the freeways and life is moving faster again. September highlights our celebration of the nation's workforce on Labor Day and it also is National Preparedness Month. 

As an employee, you can help your company be prepared by focusing on how to do it in a socially responsible manner. Conserving water and turning off lights, as well as purchasing office supplies from a local retailer to reduce travel (i.e. printer paper, business cards, pens and pencils, utensils, etc.), contributes to reducing our impact on our environment. Organizing co-workers to plant trees at a local park is another way to lead by example in a way which beautifies your community and also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

With local conditions being impacted by climate change, we can only expect more extremes and more need to adapt. And, as with all Californians, we need to be ready for 'The Big One'. Read the following articles to learn how to be best prepared within your home or workplace.

Jacki Bacharach


Holiday Light Exchange Announcement
ATTENTION: Sponsorship Opportunity

As we prepare for the 2014 holidays, please join us in helping to make this season brighter, safer, and more environmentally friendly!  We are seeking partnerships to support our annual South Bay Holiday Light Exchange with individuals and corporations who value community relationships and who support environmental efforts. Through this year's exchange we are hoping to reduce 16,000 kwh of electricity. 

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Southern California Gas CompanyThe Gas Company

Emergency Preparedness 


It's National Preparedness month. Remember to be prepared for any emergency in your home, work, school and community. It's never too late to start preparing. Many natural disasters and other emergencies can strike without warning. In addition, after a major incident, there's a good chance that public safety services will be busy handling emergencies. Your best defense is to be prepared at all times.

How To Prepare 


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Southern California EdisonSCE  

National Preparedness Month Reminder: Outage Center Goes Mobile 


Your fully charged smartphone is always a "go-to" communication option, especially in an urgent situation when safety is key. SCE realizes that power outages are an unfortunate inconvenience so they've made it easier for you to report and check on the status of power outages using your web-enabled mobile phone. (Data usage charges may apply. Please check with your carrier.)

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L.A. Metro
Vanpool Enrollment Evaluation


Metro will review each application received for eligibility and completeness based on the following rules: 

  1. Applicant is the confirmed primary driver or lease holder. 
  2. Vanpool operates at least 30 miles roundtrip and three days each week 
  3. Vanpools must begin service with at least 70% of vehicle seats occupied 
  4. Vanpool agreement holder agrees to all terms and conditions of the Metro Vanpool Program 
  5. Vehicle lease fare is less than or equal to maximum lease authorized
  6. Vanpools must end at a work site located within Los Angeles County 
  7. Vehicle selected is less than four years old and/or has less than 200,000 miles

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Sanitation Districts of LA County

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Take a Tour of the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant and Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility - Saturday, October 4th


Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste? Find out on this tour. You will visit two of the Sanitation Districts' key facilities - the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant and the Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility. The tour is free and open to ages 10 and up. 

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West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
FREE Water Harvest Festival


Plant the Seeds Now for Our Water Future Tomorrow


Come join in the fun at West Basin's annual Water Harvest Festival in El Segundo on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 am to 2 pm. This free event offers guest tours of the world-famous Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility where guests have the opportunity to taste recycled water. California is in a serious drought, do your part by conserving and learning more about the value of our water.


The festival also offers interactive games, a kid's costume contest, stage shows presented by Discovery Science Center, pony rides, a reptile petting zoo, food, and the chance to enter into a grand prize giveaway for a washer, dryer and more! You don't want to miss this event! Download event flyer here.


Guest parking is free and located at: 

1960 E. Grand St.
El Segundo, CA 90245 

Complimentary shuttle service to event from parking lot will be provided.


To volunteer, for sponsorship opportunities, and to learn more visit, West Basin's website.


City of Torrance 
City of Torrance

Nishingaga Re-Elected Chair of Torrance Water Commission


The Water Commission is an advisory body to the City Council on fresh water matters. Its duties include making recommendations regarding issues of local water policy, water service facility improvement and expansion, and the Metropolitan Water District. Commission meetings, which are open to the public, are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
Volunteer Feature
When Talking About CONSERVATION, There is Always Something That Can Be Done! 
By Vibha S. Joshi - SBESC Volunteer

The need to conserve water cannot be understated, especially in Southern California where a reoccurring drought situation and growing demand press the limits of the water supply. The good news is saving water and money is as accessible as ever, specifically by changing simple habits concerning water use in yards and gardens. 

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Legislation Corner 

Gov. Brown Says He Will Sign Bill That Would Ban Plastic Grocery Bags

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, during September 4th's gubernatorial debate with Republican rival Neel Kashkari, said he plans to sign a law that would make California the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.


"I probably will sign it, yes," Brown said during the televised debate. " In fact, I'll tell you why I'm going to sign it .... There are about 50 cities with their own plastic bag ban, and that's causing a lot of confusion.''

West Basin Board of Directors Endorse Water Bond for November 2014 Ballot

On August 25, 2014, the West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) Board of Directors voted to adopt a formal "support" position on the $7.12 billion water bond measure set for the November 2014 ballot. Entitled the "Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014," the bond will appear as Proposition 1 on the ballot.

Cities in the News 
FREE Electronics Recycling Event in Carson


The City of Carson is encouraging you to clean out your garage and help protect the environment. Come to their convenient drive-through recycling event at City Hall on Saturday, September 20th from 9 am - 2 pm. 



Southern California Edison to Begin Massive Upgrades to Manhattan Beach Power Grid 


The power company will begin to kick off a series of massive infrastructure upgrades, including the installation of 154 new overhead transformers and the replacement of 660 wooden poles, along with underground infrastructure and equipment. 

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