Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Los Angeles County is once again providing county residents with the opportunity to recycle their Christmas trees and turn them into compost, mulch or ground cover. Last year, more than 350,000 Christmas trees were recycled, creating 3,500 tons of mulch to reuse in gardens.

From December 26 through January 18, residents in unincorporated areas of the county can conveniently discard their Christmas trees by placing their tree on the curb in front of their house on the same day as their regular trash collection day.

Residents living in incorporated cities within the county can drop off their trees at designated collections sites or curbside depending on the services their city provides.

Trees must be free of decorations, ornaments and tinsels; metal and plastic tree stands must be removed from the tree before it can be left at the curb or taken to a collection site.

To learn more about the county’s Christmas tree recycling program, to locate tree collection sites, or to see city-specific Christmas tree recycling guidelines, please visit or call 1(888) CLEANLA between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Join us for green tea on June 27

You are cordially invited to (green) tea.

Are there green topics that interest you? Would you like to learn more about how environmental issues really impact you and your community?

The Empowerment Congress, in conjunction with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, is kicking off a series of “Green Tea” Seminars and is seeking your input. People who live or work in the Second District are invited to join us in developing monthly seminars at the Exposition Park Environmental Service Center. The first tea will be held at 4 p.m. on June 27 at the Environmental Service Center at Exposition Park.

The seminar will feature a panel entitled “Green Jobs: Myth or Miracle?”. Panelists include Alina Bokde from the Neighborhood Land Trust, Taurus Newborn from Alpine Green, and David Meyers from Build It Green.  Panelists will debate the strength of the job market in areas ranging from parks to construction.

Click here to register.

Click here to download the flyer.

And yes, tea and crumpets will be served…

Home Energy Contest Winner Open House Events


The Energy Upgrade California Home Energy Makeover Contest winning projects are now complete and the homeowners are welcoming their neighbors in to see the results. Participating Contractors and Energy Upgrade outreach staff will be available at each event to answer questions as well. There is at least one project in each Supervisorial District.

Energy Upgrade California in Los Angeles County helps you make home improvements that can save energy and make your home more comfortable. These Whole Home rebates reward you for addressing your home energy efficiency needs as a system instead of piece by piece. See the Home Energy Tour for Details.

The “one-stop shop” guides you through the process:

  1. Select an upgrade package that suits your needs
  2. Decide whether or not to pursue a HERS II home energy rating
  3. Find a participating contractor to complete your upgrade and maximize your savings
  4. Get rebates, incentives and financing to help pay for your upgrade

1) Upgrade Packages
There are two upgrade packages: Basic and Advanced. Each offers different rebates and incentives. You choose the one that works best for your goals and budget. You can add Enhanced Options to either upgrade, including eco-friendly building solutions or solar panels.

2) Home Energy Experts
Energy Upgrade California connects you with home energy experts, including participating contractors and HERS II Raters, who are trained to make your home as efficient as possible. A directory of HERS II raters is coming soon.

3) Rebates, Incentives and Financing
Get up to $4,000 back on your upgrade through your local utility, plus additional rebates in select cities and counties and financing options to help you pay for your project.

Who may participate?
Eligibility varies depending on your utility provider. Contact an energy expert to find out more.

More information about the program and the list of Participating Contractors can be found at

Energy Upgrade California – Free Workshop for Lennox residents

Thursday, August 20, 2011
10 am – 12 pm

Southbay Energy Efficiency Demonstration (SEED) House
5021 Lennox Blvd
Lennox, CA   90304

Join us for a special Homeowner workshop on Saturday, August 20 to learn how to save money, increase energy and water efficiency, and earn up to $6,000 in rebates and incentives from Energy Upgrade California!


10am – 11am – Homeowners Workshop

Learn how to save money by making your home more energy efficient and how to maximize your rebate with Energy Upgrade California!

11am – 12:00pm – Lunch & Meet the Contractors

Afterwards, enjoy complimentary refreshments, enter to win prizes, and meet with our qualified Participating Contractors to get the ball rolling on your energy efficiency upgrade!

Event is FREE, but please pre-register now

Please call SBESC at (310) 371-7222 if you have questions.

DOLLAR$ are available for homeowners in the South Bay to upgrade their homes for energy and water efficiency. Through Energy Upgrade California in Los Angeles County, homeowners who complete qualifying energy-saving home upgrade projects can receive rebates and incentives of up to $6.000. If you take advantage of the special summer rebate available until Labor Day. You may be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $500.00 too! With a variety of improvement options, homeowners can increase their home’s energy efficiency and reduce monthly utility bills.

Please join the community of Lennox to learn more about how to maximize your investment by making your whole house more energy efficient.

Tell your neighbors, friends and family.  They can attend, too!


A day at the beach – Department of Beaches and Harbor’s water program

Ready for a day at the beach? Learn how to safely enjoy the ocean by participating in the Department of Beaches and Harbor’s WATER Program!

The Water Awareness, Training, Education and Recreation Youth Program (or “WATER” for short) aims to educate Los Angeles County youth and increase awareness of ocean and beach safety.

Join Los Angeles County ocean lifeguards for an Ocean Safety Day, which is a free program offered to schools and youth organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Ocean Safety Days are one-day educational adventures where youth can learn many aspects of ocean safety through activities including a CPR demonstration, first aid instruction, kayaking, surfing, beach games and body surfing.

For more information or to set up an Ocean Safety Day for your organization, contact the Department of Beaches and Harbors at (310) 305-9587.


Watts Park opens after long-awaited $6.8 million makeover

“All around you’ll see a newly landscaped and expanded areas for recreational opportunity,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined the Department of Parks and Recreation and a host of community organizations to dedicate the newly renovated Ted Watkins Memorial Park.  Crowds packed the park to celebrate the freshly renovated public space.

Eighty-five percent of the 27-acre park underwent a $6.8 million renovation. Improvements include a new walking path, fitness stations, new picnic area, Skate Park and multipurpose sports field.

Summer programs like the Parks After Dark program brings the local community together in the evenings.  Free computer classes and a teen club are additional community benefits.

Park to Playa Trail – Coming Soon!

Did you think that the only way to get from the beach to Baldwin Hills is to sit in miles of bumper to bumper traffic? Think again!

The “Park to Playa” Trail promises to be the first multi-use trail in the County of Los Angeles that will connect the Pacific Ocean to Baldwin Hills. Along the 13.2 mile route, walkers, hikers and bicyclists will have the opportunity to enjoy various recreational and educational amenities including the Boneyard Dog Park in Culver City, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Rueben Ingold Park, and much more!

To learn more about the trail, community meetings, and next steps, please click here.

Environment Parks and Open Space Useful Links & Resources

Parks and Open Space

  • Want to reserve space at a County Park, click here.
  • For a schedule of swimming lessons at County pools, click here.
  • To check out the “Parks after Dark” basketball programs in the Second District, click here.
  • For information about summer free lunch programs, click here.
  • For more information about the Hollywood Bowl traveling children’s concert series, click here.
  • To schedule and apply for free youth golf programs, click here.
  • For a map of community gardens in the Second District, click here.


  • To discover the County’s green initiatives, click here.
  • To learn more about recycling or throwing out old electronic items, click here.
  • To make money improving your home’s energy efficiency, click here.
  • To learn about the County’s Green Building and Low Impact Design Ordinances, click here.
  • To discover your home’s solar potential, click here.

Community Meeting in Inglewood

The Second Supervisorial District has long been a supporter of the Environmental Charter High School (ECHS). With its innovative curriculum that is focused on promoting sustainability and experience-based education, the school made it to the Top 5 schools in President Obama’s 2010 “Race to the Top” Commencement Challenge. Over the last year, the Environmental Charter model has extended its reach to middle school students! Be a part of the planning effort to build a new campus and to help the school revitalize the surrounding community, especially along Imperial Highway. Please attend the community meeting on Tuesday, July 19th at Environmental Charter Middle School to discuss the plans to build a state of the art campus help revitalize Imperial Highway. Come brainstorm, share your ideas, and provide input on what revitalization means to you. WHEN/WHERE Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 5:30pm – 7:30pm Environmental Charter Middle School 3600 W. Imperial Hwy Inglewood, CA 90303 310.425.1605 Childcare and pizza provided. Free grocery Raffle. Flyer (PDF)

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