Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 12, Number 7

 July 2016 

Calling Volunteers!
Green Building Challenge
Energy Upgrade CA
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
July & August 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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L.A. Metro - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


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Did You Know?

In 2014 alone, American families and businesses have saved $34 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 63 million vehicles. To date, more than 1.6 million new homes and 25,000 buildings and plants have earned the ENERGY STAR. Americans purchased about 320 million ENERGY STAR certified products in 2014 across more than 70 product categories for a cumulative total of more than 5.2 billion products since 1993.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

Clean energy projects in your home or business can save money and create a healthier environment.  But being able to afford them is often a barrier.  Don't give up - check our PACE financing. 
PACE stands for "Property Assessed Clean Energy" and is a way to help property owners install more clean energy projects, such as high efficiency HVAC and solar panels, by overcoming the high "first-cost" barrier. PACE programs allow qualified property owners to obtain affordable, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements, and repay it through their secured property tax bills. The PACE structure builds on decades of land-secured financing experience and provides security to project investors, enabling easy access to capital at competitive rates and longer payment periods than traditional loans. 
Don't give up on your wish list of "clean, energy efficient and/or water conserving projects. Click here to visit our website for further information.
And if you are a South Bay business, don't forget to sign up for the Green Building Challenge for further ideas on how to operate a sustainable business

Jacki Bacharach
Green Building Challenge
Learn More & How To Sign-Up

The South Bay Cities Green Building Challenge program is designed to help businesses reduce energy, water, and waste - while improving quality of life and making our community more attractive to work, live, and play. As an employee, you can help your company earn points by taking action at home by completing several activities. Currently, there are over 150 businesses and organizations in the South Bay registered! 

Energy Upgrade California
Saving Water & Energy, It's What Californians Do

Californians have saved a historic amount of water and California has had some rain this winter -- but the drought's not over. Truth is, conserving water is just what Californians do and to continue saving water is important. Energy Upgrade California makes it easy for all of us. 

SoCalGas to Award $500,000 to Nonprofit Organizations through its Environmental Champions Initiative
SoCalGas has kicked off its second annual Environmental Champions Initiative, a $500,000 charitable giving campaign that funds nonprofit organizations with programs dedicated to cleaner air, energy and/or water conservation. The initiative is part of the company's commitment to a cleaner and healthier future for California. SoCalGas will award one-year grants in the amounts of $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 and $25,000 to nonprofit groups in the following 12 counties: Los Angeles; Orange; San Bernardino; Riverside; Imperial; Kern; Kings; Ventura; Tulare; Santa Barbara; Fresno and San Luis Obispo.

Groups with programs for cleaner air, energy and water conservation can apply by August 8th.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Summer Discount Plan
Earn up to $200* in bill credits with the sweet discount plan that makes it easy to conserve energy over the summer. Get started now to participate in Summer Discount Plan. Already enrolled? Manage your plan to suit your preferences.
LADWP Accelerates Coal Power Reduction  

The LADWP will reduce its coal generated power by 25% with the completed divestiture from the Navajo Generating Station, which was finalized on July 1, 2016. The milestone is a major step toward eliminating coal from the City's power portfolio by 2025.

Travel Pal
A Mobility Tool to Help You Make Sustainable Transportation Choices?

Every day we make choices about how we get around the South Bay. Every place we go requires us to decide if we'll take public transportation, drive alone, walk or bicycle?  We make these choices based on time, cost and, sometimes, for health benefits. We can also make these choices based on environmental impact that they'll have! Travel Pal is a great place to start.  

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Find Out What Happens to Your Sewage!
Take a tour of the Join Water Pollution Control Plant on Saturday, August 6th at 9:00 A.M. located at 24501 S. Figueroa St., Carson, CA 90745. Participants must RSVP by July 29th to Kelly Lewis at (562) 908-4288, ext. 2305 or email [email protected]. Both adults and children over the age of 10 are welcome. 

After the tour why not take a nature walk in the adjacent 17 acre Bixby Marshland which will be open to visitors from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kelly Lewis at (562) 908-4288, ext. 2305. 

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
West Basin and Mattel Collaborate to Save Up to Two Million Gallons of Drinking Water Per Year

Mattel, Inc. and West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) announced on July 6th the completion of a joint project to enable the exclusive use of recycled water for irrigation purposes at Mattel's El Segundo corporate campus. By using West Basin's locally produced recycled water for irrigation, Mattel and West Basin are helping to save nearly two million gallons of drinking water per year.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Low-Income Senior or Permanently Disabled Water Bill Discounts
To qualify for a senior or handicapped rate, the applicant must be a minimum of 62 years of age or permanently disabled. In addition, your total household income should be no greater than $27,075 for the prior calendar year.  If you meet this criteria, please call the City's Finance Department at 1-310-618-5830 and they will mail you the appropriate forms.

L.A. Metro
10 Things to Know About Metro Bike Share
Bike share is a public bike system for short trips. You can use any of the bikes in any dock any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year. The system uses special bikes that lock into docks placed around in many locations throughout downtown Los Angeles - every couple blocks.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.

July & August 2016 Events & Workshops 
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