Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 12, Number 5

 May 2016 

Calling Volunteers!
Energy Upgrade CA
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
May 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


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?

Electricity Generation - More than 90 percent of U.S. power plants need cooling. These types of power plants are called thermoelectric because they use a heat source to produce steam for generating electricity. Hydroelectric power plants use water in a different way, converting the energy in falling water into electricity by passing it through turbines.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

In life, it's not only about how you get there, it's also about the destination.  That's why we are excited to invite you - our e-newsletter subscribers and the people you share this with - to test drive our new mobility program, Travel Pal. This online tool is designed to help you plan your trips while encouraging environmentally friendly and healthy mobility choices.  From ride sharing to local events, to car-pooling the kids to school, to commuting to work or even choosing a bike or transit route, the Travel Pal will instantly connect you with the best ways to get to your South Bay destinations.

Our South Bay community is home to some of the best jobs, events, venues, and schools in the country. Travel Pal instantly helps to connect you to the destinations that mean the most to you. You'll connect with wonderful, forward thinking people, just like yourself - a community of people who care about the mobility choices they make.  Be sure to check out the events tab, where you'll not only find out about special events in in the South Bay, but also discover someone to share the ride with! 

We hope you enjoy being the first to test drive Travel Pal.  We will be launching more Travel Pal marketing and incentives in the coming months, so be ready! Did we mention you can take us with you? We're mobile friendly! No app storage space needed, just bookmark our website on your smart phone. For any questions about Travel Pal, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].  

Jacki Bacharach

Introducing Travel Pal!
You are Invited to an Exclusive Test-Drive

Energy Upgrade California
Register, Make a Plan and Start Saving

Energy Upgrade California 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. 

Energy Hero
SoCalGas 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.

Southern California EdisonSCE  
Hot Food Trends Create Demand for Energy-Efficient Technology
Farm-to-table. Environmental sustainability. House-made artisan ice cream. These are just a few of the dining trends that the National Restaurant Association says will be hot on menus this year.

As these industry trends develop, the Southern California Edison Foodservice Technology Center and other utilities are right there with them, testing new equipment that will not only produce food that is tasty and safe, but is energy efficient and can save operators money.
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Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
How to Apply - Consumer Rebate Program

LADWP offers the Consumer Rebate Program (CRP) to our residential customers to promote the use of energy-efficient products. This program is designed to both educate and encourage LADWP residential customers to purchase and install qualifying products in their home.

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Sanitation Districts Program Wins National Award
On April 13, 2016 the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (Academy) hosted their annual awards luncheon and technical conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. President Howard Lafever initiated the proceedings by welcoming attendees from across the country and around the world. The Academy is dedicated to excellence in the practice of environmental engineering and science to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare. The purpose of this event is to recognize the exceptional individuals, organizations, projects, and programs that carry the Academy's mission forward.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
New Conservation Microsite

West Basin is excited to launch a brand new water conservation microsite! They have designed a site dedicated to promoting water conservation, helping residents and businesses access their programs, see upcoming conservation events and find resources for water-wise landscaping. Rebate information, garden ideas and water saving tips are only a few clicks away - Click here to check out our new look!
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
California Friendly Landscape Workshop - Saturday, May 21st
Learn 6 ways to make your garden "California friendly" through water conservation by attending this FREE class. 

When: Saturday, May 21st - 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. (arrive 15 minutes prior to class
Where: Henderson Branch Library - 4805 Emerald St., Torrance, CA 90503

L.A. Metro
May is Bike Month
Bike Month is a national month-long celebration of the bicycle. For the entire month of May 2016, roll with Metro as they celebrate the two wheeler all around Los Angeles County. From group rides, workshops and community-hosted events; there is no shortage of bike related events. Bike Month is for everyone. Whether you ride for fitness, transportation or for fun, you can find an event for you and maybe try something new.

Learn more about Metro's Vanpool and ExpressLanes programs.

South Bay in the News 
South Bay Cities Rebound in March for Water Conservation Efforts
Normally a tough month for conservation, Californians saved 35 billion gallons of water in March compared with the same month in 2013 for 24.3 percent water savings, state water officials reported Tuesday.

May 2016 Events & Workshops 
Click Here to See Upcoming Workshops & Events