Environment, Parks, Libraries

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Small Business Energy Efficiency Challenge

Energy Challenge

COSE is launching its first Energy Efficiency Challenge specifically for small businesses. We believe that as the market begins to reward companies, large and small, for energy efficient practices, pressure for energy efficiency in B-to-B and B-to-C transactions will begin to increase. Providing the small business community with the tools and resources they need to ensure that they are ahead of the curve while managing a positive bottom line is critical. So, we want to reward small businesses for any energy efficiency project you may have taken on to reduce your energy and improve your bottom line.

I am pleased to say that we have some great prizes to give away too.

One grand prize winner will be awarded $10,000. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the following sectors: goods and services, office/retail and home-business. The grand prize winner may not also be a sector winner. In addition, winners will receive a free one year COSE membership and a free one year registration to Green Plus™. Green Plus is a green and sustainable certification and education program that is designed specifically for small and medium sized businesses. It gives employers affordable, practical support in succeeding financially while being good to their environment, employees and community.

The cash prizes are as follows:
$10,000 – overall prize winner
$2,500 – goods and services sector
$2,500 – office/retail sector
$1,500 – home business sector

So what are you waiting for? Nominate your business today and/or spread the word. Winners will be announced on stage on October 20-21 at the 2010 COSE Small Business Conference. Only COSE members are eligible.

Spread the word and hope to see you at the COSE Small Business Conference! For more details, please check out www.cose.org/energychallenge!

LA County Public Library Begins New Service Hour Schedule on July 26th

Starting July 26, 2010, the County of Los Angeles Public Library will begin a new service hour schedule at 45 of the 89 County libraries.

The change in service hours at selected libraries is the result of budget reductions due to decreased revenues.

For more information about library locations and listing of libraries adopting new service hours, visit www.colapublib.org.

The County of Los Angeles Public Library provides library service to over 3.5 million residents living in unincorporated areas and to residents of 51 of the 88 incorporated cities of Los Angeles County. The service area extends over 3,000 square miles. Supplementing the 7.7 million volume book collection, the Library also offers magazines, newspapers, microfilm, government publications and many specialized reference materials including online database searching.

VIDEO: Supervisors Approve $7.5 Million East Rancho Dominguez Library Project

The new 7,000-square-foot library will be 40% larger than the existing space and create approximately 200 jobs.

New East Rancho Dominguez Library FACT SHEET (PDF)

FREE Gardening and Landscape Workshop at Lawndale Library

What You Will Learn: You will learn how to develop an ocean friendly garden using native plants, water-efficient irrigation devices (such as “smart” sprinkler controllers and drip irrigation), permeable materials and on-site water retention techniques (to reduce dry-weather run-off pollution to our oceans).

When: Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hours: 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. (refreshments provided)

Where: Lawndale Library, 14615 Burin Ave., Lawndale, CA 90260

To register call Grace at 310-371-7222 x208, or register online at www.sbesc.com.