Long Beach Green

World’s First Hybrid Tugboat to Get a Sibling at Port of Long Beach

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Foss Maritime Company, builder and operator of the world’s first hybrid tugboat, will soon add another pioneering vessel to its Southern California fleet with the help of an air quality grant obtained by the Port of Long Beach. Building on the success of Foss’ Carolyn Dorothy hybrid tug, which was launched into service at the [...]

Long Beach Solar Tour shines light on local sustainability efforts

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The 5th District Solar and Sustainability Taskforce announced that the 2010 Long Beach Solar Tour is returning on Saturday, October 2 to educate the community about the benefits of solar technology. The annual solar tour is also an opportunity to learn about many of the sustainability efforts that are taking place in Long Beach. The [...]

Cash for Appliances PLUS Offers a Second Chance for Energy Rebates

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The California Energy Commission announced Wednesday a decision to offer additional incentives for residents purchasing energy-efficient appliances or recycling old energy-guzzling models. The expanded program, called California Cash for Appliances PLUS, now includes energy-efficient dishwashers, freezers, water heaters and heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems to existing rebates on refrigerators, clothes washers and room air [...]

Long Beach’s Second Solar Trash Bin Debuts on Second Street

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On Wednesday, July 28, the City of Long Beach debuted the City’s second solar trash can. This solar trash can was installed in Belmont Shore as part of a six-month-long pilot project in various parts of the city. “I have been looking forward to the installation of the solar trash bins here in Belmont Shore,” [...]

Southern California Edison to Install Smart Meters in Long Beach Area

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Southern California Edison’s SmartConnect program has begun installing smart electricity meters in Long Beach. SCE customers will receive new smart meters and be able to take advantage of new programs and services enabled by the meters. During late July and August communities in the following cities will get smart meters: Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long [...]

Operation Lamp Exchange: Free energy-efficient lights this weekend

edison free operation lamp exchange

Southern California Edison will host an Operation Lamp Exchange event at the Kmart in Long Beach on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 – 18. SCE residential customers can bring up to 10 inefficient halogen and incandescent light fixtures for new, Energy Star labeled lamps. Halogen torchieres, desk lamps, table lamps and floor lamps in working condition are [...]

Collect, Compact, Recycle: Solar trash cans debut in Long Beach

solar trash cans pilot project

After being approved by the City Council last December, Long Beach’s first solar trash cans debuted at an installation ceremony on Wednesday. Three solar trash cans—installed in Downtown Long Beach, Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls—are part of a pilot project that will last six months. “I am pleased our City, the Downtown Long Beach Associates [...]

Amnesty Day offers a free way to recycle tires (and ewaste)

tire amnesty days - dispose of old tires for free

All throughout the state, cities are gearing up for Tire Amnesty Days—a resident’s one free chance to dispose of old tires. Why should you care about Tire Amnesty Days? Did you know that old tires can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Mosquitoes look for stagnate, shallow water—exactly the type that often collects in discarded tires. Although [...]

Is California ready for an electric car revolution?

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State lawmakers will meet in Long Beach Friday to ask experts if California is ready to accommodate a growing fleet of plug-in electric vehicles already showing up on the state’s roads. California has mandated that more than 1 out of 10 cars sold in the state be zero-emission vehicles by next year. By the year [...]

U.S. Veteran Initiative gets $500K to train Vets for jobs in green energy

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The United States Veteran Initiative in Long Beach will receive $500,000 to provide thousands of veterans with green jobs training. It is one of 22 grants, totaling more than $9 million, being awarded nationwide. The grants were announced yesterday by Raymond Jefferson, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. Projects that [...]

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