Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 11, Number 11

 November 2015 

Calling Volunteers!
Energy Upgrade CA
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
Green Building Challenge
Legislation Corner
November 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! 

 Visit Our Cities

El Segundo
Hermosa Beach

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

Residents in San Pedro, Harbor City /Harbor Gateway & Wilmington
County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay



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Did You Know?

Gray water is untreated residential wastewater that does not come from a toilet or garbage disposal (i.e., bathroom sink, bathtub, shower, laundry, etc.). Gray water is regulated by the state of California, and a building permit must be obtained before installing a gray water system to collect and send this water to the resident's landscaping, but water quality is not routinely monitored. Recycled water, on the other hand, is water that is purified through several treatment processes to a level that is safe for a variety of beneficial uses.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

It's Thanksgiving month and time to give thanks for how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful place, the South Bay, with our great scenery, growing economy and rich cultural and recreational opportunities. It is also time to reflect on the importance of protecting and preserving what we have by being good stewards of our environment.  At the SBCCOG and our South Bay Environmental Services Center, we also recognize our volunteers this month in a special reception in their honor for the great work they have done throughout the year to bring our programs to the public.
And, in giving thanks, this famous Ancient Indian Proverb is noteworthy:
Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jacki Bacharach
Energy Upgrade California
Register, Make a Plan and Start Saving

Energy Upgrade CA can help provide you with custom recommendations for a more energy and water efficient home or business. You can make a plan, understand your usage, get assistance, track your savings, and even find energy efficient equipment. By taking the home assessment, you'll get a plan with everything you need to start saving money on your next bill.
Southern California Gas CompanyThe Gas Company
Rebates for Your Home
Shopping for new energy-efficient appliances? SoCalGas can help! Upgrade to a new appliance, save energy, and get some cash back in the process. 

Check out our list of in-store rebate events to find events coming near you! SoCalGas be there to help you choose the most energy-efficient appliance and answer your questions about their rebates.

Can't make it in to our events? Don't worry! You can also check out SoCalGas' available rebates online.
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Southern California EdisonSCE  
Report Outages and See Outage Maps with New "My SCE" App

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 have 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.)
Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Local Sanitation Agency to Gain New Authority for Stormwater and Urban Runoff
Governor Edmund G. ("Jerry") Brown signed into law Senate Bill 485 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa). When the bill goes into effect on January 1, 2016, SB 485 will allow the Sanitation Districts to manage and treat stormwater and dry weather urban runoff in Los Angeles County. Currently, the Sanitation Districts are only authorized to provide wastewater and solid waste management services. 

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Rain Barrel Distribution Events

Are you ready if El Niņo brings lots of rain? Catch the rainwater - and savings - with a free rain barrel from West Basin. Collecting and reusing rainwater reduces the amount of water flowing into storm drains, local water ways and helps ensure every drop of water is used efficiently. 

For residents who live in West Basin's service area and want to learn more about the program and register for a distribution event, visit 
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance

California Friendly Landscape Training Class - Saturday, December 12th


Learn 6 ways to make your garden California friendly and become a more water-wise gardener! The class is geared for residential customers and provided at no cost. 

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Where: West High School - 20401 Victor Street, Torrance, CA 90503
L.A. Metro
2015 Report to the Community
This is a new initiative by the agency. The idea is to produce an easily digestible document each year that summarizes the many programs overseen and/or underway at Metro.

Learn more about Metro's Vanpool and ExpressLanes programs.

Green Building Challenge
New Participants 

We are excited to welcome our newest participants: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Philly's Best, Indian Summer Grill, Green Hapas Recycling, Walser's and the Automobile Driving Museum to the Green Building Challenge! 
Read the latest edition of the Green Building Challenge Newsletter here

Legislation Corner 
California Creates Sales Tax Exemption For Recycling Equipment
California is implementing some of most ambitious recycling and composting policies in the country, and today Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 199, a CAW-sponsored bill that creates a sales tax exemption on equipment that businesses can use to help the state reach its recycling goals.

November 2015 Events & Workshops 
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