Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 11, Number 8

 August 2015 

Calling Volunteers!
Volunteer Spotlight
Energy Upgrade CA
Home Upgrade
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
Legislation Corner
South Bay in the News
August 2015 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

Residents in San Pedro, Harbor City /Harbor Gateway & Wilmington
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Did You Know?

The Clean Power Plan is a regulation advanced by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants 32 percent below their 2005 levels by the year 2030. The rule works by requiring states to make their own cuts - each state is given a different emissions reduction goal under the plan and will have various options for hitting its target.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

At SBESC, in addition to engaging South Bay residents at outreach events, we also offer valuable volunteering opportunities to those eager to make a difference in their community. Our volunteer base contributes not only community service hours to help deliver our partners' messages to the public, but also to develop programs and undertake research opportunities. We partner with academia to provide our cities with educational and public policy resources, and we are always looking to provide college students with outlets to utilize their expertise and get experience in their field of study. Read below about how a a student is currently applying her skills with us and why she decided to volunteer at SBESC.   

Jacki Bacharach
Volunteer Spotlight 
Yunsheng Luo
Currently Attending: UCLA, Master in Public Policy (In Progress)

Degrees Held: B.S. in Biotechnology and Application, M.S. in Environmental Science

"The reason why I want to volunteer is that since my focus is on environmental policy, the participation into creating climate action plan gives me a chance to understand how cities specify their plan to achieve California's climate change goal. It is fresh and interesting to me because I can get involved into the process of building up the plan. I feel like I am also contributing into the achievement of California's climate change goal. I feel very proud and meaningful."

Energy Upgrade California
What is Energy-Efficiency?

Energy efficiency means using less energy to perform the same function. Appliances and machines are energy-efficient when they use less electricity, water, or gas to accomplish the same task. 
Home Upgrade

Home Energy: Did You Know...? Rebates Can Help You Go Green

California utilities collect funding for energy efficiency tools including the Energy Upgrade CaliforniaŽ Home Upgrade program. When you're getting ready to make improvements to your heating and cooling or insulation systems, you can get back up to $3,000 or more in rebates and incentives on the cost of your home's energy efficiency upgrade.
Plus, The Energy Network can help you with financing options through Matadors Community Credit Union.
Want to learn how your home efficiency upgrade dollars can make sense? The Home Upgrade rebate program can help you save on green upgrades, and guide you to a Participating Contractor. Visit The Energy Network's website at to learn more.
Southern California Gas CompanyThe Gas Company
Energy Saving Tips for Pools and Spas
Natural gas pool and spa heaters use less energy and heat water faster than electric heaters. You can help save on energy costs by following a few simple steps.

Southern California EdisonSCE  
10 Ways To Conserve Electricity Right Now
On hot summer days when electricity demand peaks in the afternoon, State Officials and Southern California Edison may call for voluntary reductions in electricity use. Flex Alert is an urgent call by State Officials to Californians to immediately conserve electricity and to shift demand to off-peak hours, usually after 6 p.m. Save Power Days is a program offered by Southern California Edison where customers can earn up to $100 in bill credits annually when they voluntarily reduce their electricity usage between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Both Flex Alerts and Save Power Days can be activated on the same days, but the ways to conserve electricity are the same.
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 486 companies, with a large portion residing in the South Bay, for being "good corporate citizens" for the year 2014. 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 thirteen of the companies have received this recognition for more than five consecutive years.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
"Doing Business with West Basin" Event - Wednesday, Sept. 2

West Basin is pleased to host a free event on September 2, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. in Carson. Small and local businesses can connect with industry leaders at public agencies, prime contractor and consulting firms, and get updates on West Basin projects.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Torrance Artist John Salitrero Brings Color to Drought-Stricken Gardens
Bright red roses and bursts of orange California poppies spring from the dirt of a sparsely vegetated front yard in Torrance, catching the eye of motorists along Carson Street at Plaza del Amo. This is how artist John Salitrero, who has lived in a nearby house for four years, draws customers to his handiwork - sheets of sturdy copper molded into the shape of delicate flowers.
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L.A. Metro
Your Mobility Options are Endless
Our brains are extremely sensitive to the surrounding environment. In a high-functioning city such as Los Angeles, the built environment should be enriched so that we can all exercise our brains and contribute to the well-being of ourselves, our families and neighbors.

Learn more about Metro's Vanpool and ExpressLanes programs.

Legislation Corner 
Potentially Beneficial Legislation for Upcoming El Nino Year
On September 16, 2014 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a three-bill package known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The legislation allows local agencies to customize groundwater sustainability plans to their regional economic and environmental needs. SGMA creates a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the first time in California history.
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South Bay in the News 
Iconic Giant Donut In Inglewood Covered In Support Of Water Conservation Effort
Customers who pledged to save water on August 12th received a free doughnut as part of an advertising campaign being held at Randy's Donuts in Inglewood. 

August 2015 Events & Workshops 
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