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June, 2024

Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment


Learn about the SoCalREN

CalSHAPE Ventilation Program

Register for

West Basin’s Final 2024 Water Lab Workshops

Attend upcoming

WRD's Eco Gardening Classes

First day of Summer: Thursday, June 20

Summer is coming!

How many hours of daylight do we get on the summer solstice?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the length of daylight varies depending on the latitude. At the equator, the time from sunrise to sunset is about 12 hours. At temperate or mid-northern latitudes (approximately 40 degrees north) the length of daylight lasts about 15 hours. And for those who are north of the Arctic Circle (66.5 degrees north) the sun remains above the horizon for 24 hours. 

SBCCOG Enrolls South Bay School Districts in Money- and Energy-Saving Program

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) has been working hard to enroll South Bay school districts in the SoCalREN so that students and teachers get access to energy- and money-saving facility upgrades. 

Congratulations to Lennox Elementary School District for enrolling in the program!

The district joins the El Segundo Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Redondo Beach Unified School District and Torrance Unified School District as enrolled districts in the South Bay. 

SoCalREN provides public agencies resources to identify and incentivize energy efficiency projects such as lighting, heating and air conditioning, water heaters and more. 

Learn more about how the SoCalREN supports schools here!

A benefit of enrollment is the opportunity to take advantage of the CalSHAPE Ventilation Program. Read more below.

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Attend West Basin’s

Final 2024 Water Lab Events

West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) invites you to join the final three 2024 Water Lab events. Water Lab is a public education program that provides opportunities to learn about our Southern California water supply, tour the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECLWRF), and discover what West Basin is doing to help people conserve water and save money.   


All three Water Lab events take place at Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECLWRF) and are free to the public. You can view the full program schedule and register at www.westbasin.org/free-water-programs


Remaining 2024 Water Lab Events


Know Your H2O Classes (6-8 p.m.): In-person classes take place at the ECLWRF in El Segundo. You will get an in-depth look at a wide range of current and emerging water topics and discover what can be done to save more water in our day-to-day activities. Free parking and dinner are provided while supplies last. 

  • Wednesday, July 10 – Water Quality & Monitoring 
  • Wednesday, September 11 – New Indoor & Outdoor Water Saving Technologies & Strategies 


Recycled Water Facility Tours (10 a.m.–noon): West Basin provides in-person tours of the ECLWRF for people to see firsthand how a water treatment facility operates. Free parking and light refreshments are provided while supplies last. 

  • Saturday, August 10 
Register HERE for West Basin Programs
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WRD's Eco Gardener Workshops - Register TODAY!

The Eco Gardener program educates residents on popular topics that cover sustainable landscape design, drought-tolerant plants, storm water capture, edible gardening and irrigation basics. 

Upcoming WRD's upcoming workshops:

Saturday, June 22, 2024

10am - 12pm

Drought Tolerant Gardens

George E. Gordon Clubhouse Building

3300 E. Pine Ave.

El Segundo, CA 90245 


Thursday, June 27, 2024

6pm - 7pm

Virtual Webinar

Goodbye Grass!

Qualify for a Turf Replacement Rebate


Saturday, Jun 29

10am - 12pm

Revitalize Your Traditional Garden 

Fred Hesse Jr. Community Center

29301 Hawthorne Blvd.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

To register for an in-person or virtual class, please click the RSVP link. You will be re-directed to our landing page on the Green Gardens Group (G3) website to register. Register HERE to attend one, or attend them all!

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Join Metro's "Adopt a Bike" Program

Thousands of unclaimed bikes are sent to Metro’s lost and found every year. These bicycles are left on Metro’s bus and rail systems and properties. Previously, many of these bikes would go unclaimed and were sold off at auction.

Now with Metro Adopt A Bike, bikes go back into the hands of the community and those most in need. 

Learn how it works here.

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Rolling into the Future

Tiny Car Enters U.S. Market

The popular Eli ZERO microcar is coming to the United States. Folks can reserve the vehicle today with a $200 refundable deposit.

At a 90-mile range, 25-mph top speed, and just 88 inches in length, the two-seater vehicle is designed to transform urban trips and short commutes. In fact, nearly four Eli ZERO cars can fit in a single standard parking spot. However, owners can still experience many of the same features of a normal car, including rearview camera, heating and AC, trunk space, Bluetooth speakers, and CarPlay and Android Auto. 

New micromobility innovations and technologies are constantly emerging from around the world. We want to showcase some of these exciting vehicle inventions in the industry. Perhaps you’ll spot one of these devices cruising around the South Bay in the near future.

Read the Most Recent Issue and All Past Turtle Talk Issues HERE

Tips for Your Summer Garden

Why is Mulch Magical?

Did you know mulch...

  • makes ugly drip systems disappear.
  • miraculously turns bad soil into good soil.
  • can help transform a small one gallon plant into a full grown shrub or help turn a sapling into a tree.
  • can disguise damp newly irrigated soil so that it looks dry on the surface.

For these reasons and many more, mulch is magical.

LADWP's California Friendly® Landscaping website explains how to design and install California Friendly® landscaping; irrigation methods and equipment that will help you to water your landscape more efficiently. It features design templates, plant lists, and other tips to help you easily and effectively maintain your garden.

For more benefits and tips of using mulch in your garden, visit LADWP's Magical Mulch site here.

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Declutter at LACSD'S Hazardous and Electronic Waste Disposal Events

The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. Learn about more upcoming events here.

HHW Collection Event: Artesia

June 15 @ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

HHW Collection Event: Culver City

June 22 @ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

HHW Collection Event: Pasadena

June 29 @ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

HHW Collection Event: Lawndale

July 6 @ 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

HHW Collection Event: La Habra Heights

July 20 @ 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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SoCalREN Kits for Kids Program

SBCCOG Partners with SoCalREN to Reward Elementary Students in Hawthorne for Energy Efficiency

Five Zela Davis Elementary School Classrooms Receive Grants Totaling $5,000 


Third and fourth-grade students from Zela Davis Elementary School in Hawthorne celebrated their school’s earnings with a special assembly for helping their families become more energy-efficient at home.  


The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) partnered with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) to introduce students to new energy efficiency tools through the SoCalREN’s Kits for Kids program.


Students were asked to perform an interactive scavenger hunt to receive the items at no cost to help their families cut energy and water use, while saving money and improving their comfort and safety. Such items included LED light bulbs, night lights, efficient-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to install at home. Classrooms were eligible to receive a $1,000 grant after 65% of students installed the energy-saving items. Five participating classrooms at the school met the goal.  


Through the partnership a total of 12 South Bay classrooms received grants of $1,000 each ($12,000 total) for taking energy-saving actions at home. Read more about the program and how to enroll.

June 2024 Events and Workshops

Upcoming SBCCOG Outreach Events

Come By and Say "Hi" to Our Staff and Volunteers!

Saturday, June 15

Landscape Transformation

on a Budget

1670 W.162nd Street

Gardena CA 90247

10 a.m. – Noon

Saturday, June 15

Community Care Day and Resource Fair

1651 W 162nd Street

Gardena CA 90247

12 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 22

Drought Tolerant Gardens

3300 E. Pine Ave.

El Segundo, CA 90245

10 a.m. – Noon

Saturday, June 22

Hawthorne's Juneteenth Celebration

3901 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Vote: Naturally Crafted SBCCOG logos

The SBCCOG team recently had fun crafting the SBCCOG logo with natural materials found right in our backyards. Vote on your favorite rendition on social media and we will post the winning logo soon. And please follow us while you're there.

Cast your vote HERE today!

Apply to be a Volunteer with SBESC

To learn more about the South Bay Environmental Service Center (SBESC),

click here.

Contact Martha Segovia:

310-371-7222 or


Sanitation Districts Offer Work Opportunities that

Positively Impact Public Health

Los Angeles Sanitation Districts is offering work opportunities that keep people safe, protect the environment and provide opportunities for professional growth.

For a full lists of LASD job openings visit here.

SBCCOG Employment Opportunity




Interested in working for the COG?

Project Coordinator — Housing Location Coordinator

The SBCCOG Homeless Services is seeking candidates for a Housing Location Coordinator to support SBCCOG member cities and Homeless Case Managers in identifying housing opportunities and resources such as Client Aid and Time Limited Subsidies.  The Housing Location Coordinator will function similarly to a traditional Housing Navigator, but without direct client interaction.

For more information and to apply, visit our Employment Opportunities page here.

Learn About the South Bay Subregion and SBCCOG Member Cities

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