Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 12, Number 4

 April 2016 

Calling Volunteers!
Energy Upgrade CA
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
Legislation Corner
South Bay in the News
April 2016 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?

89% of Californians agree that the
drought has made them more supportive of recycled water.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

According to the Earth Month Network, the world's population of almost 7.5 billion is likely to increase to 9 billion by 2050. The demand for diminishing natural resources is growing. Income gaps are widening. Sustainability calls for a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations.

This means finding better ways of doing things which include but are not limited to:

1. How can we help people move out of poverty and get good jobs, while protecting the environment?

2. How can we provide access to clean energy for everyone, and make sure that the energy we produce doesn't contribute to climate change or global warming?

3. How can we make sure that everyone can get the water, food and nutrition they need? (1.4 billion people do not have access to potable water)

4. How can we shape our cities so that everyone can enjoy a decent quality of life?

5. How can we build better transportation systems that allow us all to get where we want to go, without causing too much congestion and pollution?

6. How can we make sure that our oceans are healthy and that marine life is not threatened by pollution and climate change?

7. How can we make sure that our communities are resilient in the face of natural disasters?

8. What is the real effect of climate change and global warming on our total ecosystem and food supplies?

Earth Month is a month of activities, bringing about awareness and sharing of knowledge about environmental and social economic issues. These activities should continue throughout the year. So go out, work hard and have fun, enjoy yourself and our wonderful environment by improving it.  

Jacki Bacharach
Energy Upgrade California
What is the California Climate Credit?

You may notice something called a California Climate Credit on your utility bill. This credit is your share of money from a state program that is fighting climate change. You receive your credit automatically if you're eligible, and it's yours to keep. 

Spring - Time for Home Improvements

Whether you are sprucing up your home to sell or making it nicer for your own enjoyment, home improvements can make our living spaces more beautiful and comfortable to enjoy, and they can also release a home's hidden potential. Implementing energy efficient upgrades enhances our experience within the home, while saving us money on our energy bills, reducing unnecessary waste and helping California meet its energy goals.
Environmental Services Center Teams Up with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and SoCalGas

The SBCCOG is pleased to announce a new Sustainability Program Partnership with Southern California Gas Company and the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power energy efficiency and water conservation programs. This partnership will promote LADWP efficiency programs to businesses, residents, community groups and agencies in the San Pedro, Harbor City/Harbor Gateway, and Wilmington areas of Los Angeles City Council District 15. Please stay tuned for updates.

Southern California Gas CompanyThe Gas Company
Second Quarter 2016
Seminar Schedule
See what seminars are available that peak your interest, covering topics including sustainability, HVAC and industrial. 
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Six Things You Didn't Know About Generators
Using a backup source of power can keep you up and running during an outage, but generators can be dangerous if connected or used improperly. Consult an electrician before you bring a generator home to determine the proper equipment and set you up safely.

White House Applauds Water-Saving Programs

The White House on March 22nd recognized initiatives to save water nationwide, including a joint pilot program by The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison that will help water agencies also reduce energy usage and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Recycled Water Use
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Sanitation Districts) are helping to conserve California's precious water supplies for future generations by supplying high-quality treated recycled water that is suitable for a variety of non-potable uses.

The Districts' 1,400 miles of main trunk sewers and 11 wastewater treatment plants convey and treat about 450 million gallons per day (mgd) of wastewater, of which approximately 165 mgd are available for reuse in the dry Southern California climate.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Free Weather-Based Sprinkler/Irrigation Controller Event - Saturday, May 7th

Exchange your old sprinkler controller (or timer) for a new smart sprinkler controller and weather sensor. These new free smart controllers and weather sensors will help reduce outdoor water use by up to 30%. Reservations are required. 
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Earth Day Recycling Event: Saturday, April 23rd - 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Free Earth Day Recycling Event in Torrance on April 23, 2016, includes free paper shredding and free recycling of electronics, used oil, used clothing and shoes. See flyer for details.

Read about commercial and multi-family recycling programs, including the new food scrap recycling requirements and more in City of Torrance's "One Person's Trash..." Spring E-newsletter here

L.A. Metro
Metro's Bold Plan to Transform Transportation
A long list of transit projects, road improvements and commuting options could be built over the next five decades under a $120-plus billion spending plan Metro released on March 18th for a potential November sales tax ballot measure. The Metro staff report and attachments include some revisions made since the report's initial release back in March. 

Learn more about Metro's Vanpool and ExpressLanes programs.

Legislation Corner  
5 things to know: California's plastic bag vote
Will Golden State shoppers ditch plastic bags? Before the statewide vote, brush up on the five things you should know about the plastic bag ban in California. Learn who is on both sides of the issue impacting consumers, manufacturers, and the environment.

South Bay in the News 
New SoCal Gas Branch Office Opens in San Pedro
A new Southern California Gas Co. branch office where customers can make payments in person has opened at 1851 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro. 

How South Bay Businesses are Using a Tech Game to be More Energy Efficient

Being "green" can be overwhelming for even the most conscientious citizens. There are so many options: replacing outdated energy-sucking equipment, managing heating and cooling systems, solar-reflective roofing, composting. You can even generate your own energy with your trash, if you're so inclined.
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April 2016 Events & Workshops 
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