green initiative 

The City of Hawthorne has made a concerted effort to increase its energy efficiency. These efforts have included big projects as well as fundamental changes in operations. Energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability in general, has become a priority that shapes the City’s decisions on all projects and activities. In addition, the City has worked to educate the community as a whole about the benefits of energy efficiency.

All of this has led the City to Gold Level designation in the Southern California Edison (SCE) Energy Leadership Partnership. In conjunction with SCE and the Gas Company, the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCOG) has established the Partnership as a way to recognize and reward cities for their conservation efforts. Hawthorne is one of only two cities in the South Bay that has reached the Gold level, recognizing the City for 10% reduction in overall energy use.

Some of the highlights of the City’s efforts are:

Installation of a 210kW photovoltaic solar power system on the Memorial Center 
Funded in part by the Federal ARRA program, this project installed over 1000 photovoltaic panels on the Memorial Center roof. This produces over 300 megawatt hours of energy annually and saves the City over $40,000 per year in energy costs, while eliminating 350 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

LED retrofits of all traffic signals;

In 2007, the City replaced traffic lights at 45 intersections with energy efficient LED lights. This resulted in a savings of over 500,000 kWh annually.

City Hall Outdoor Lighting
The induction lighting recently installed in the outdoor areas surrounding City Hall uses 50% the energy of the previous lighting and will last five times longer, thus reducing both energy and maintenance costs.

Hawthorne Municipal Pool Improvements
In addition to constructing two brand new swimming pools, this 2008 project installed a more energy efficient boiler system as well as induction lighting that uses one third the energy of the existing lights.

Other Projects Include:

Use of more than 24 million gallons of reclaimed water for irrigation purposes

Joining ICLEI and establishing carbon footprint and corresponding climate action plan

City-wide energy audits

Full compliance with California Integrated Waste Management Board’s AB939 waste reduction requirements including: free recycling service for all residents, recycling of green waste, and annual household hazardous waste collection events.

Quarterly environmental newsletter to all residents and monthly environmental feature on community cable television

Use of asphalt containing recycled tires on all street improvement projects

Installation of 12,000 square feet of Rubber Sidewalk, made of 100% recycled tires

Recycled-content procurement policy

Water conservation policy

Green Scene News

The City works actively with utility companies and the SBCOG to educate the community. This includes hosting workshops, posting information on the City website, and running informative spots on the City’s cable television.

All City residents receive a quarterly newsletter, "One Person's Trash", detailing the City's recycling and resource conservation programs. Here is an archive of these newsletters:

Fall Recycling Newsletter 2019

Solar Panel Information

Below is a link to the LA County Rooftop Solar Map. This important tool helps businesses and homeowners determine how well solar panels will work for your property.

Solar Map

Announcing a New Program:

The City of Hawthorne has recently received a grant from the California Green Business Network to start a Green Business Certification program. The City of Hawthorne will be working with the SBCCOG’s South Bay Environmental Services Center staff to visit local businesses and assess their current activities and help them achieve more “green” business practices. This can include: waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, local sourcing, and much more. Many businesses may already be doing many of these things and not even know it. The program will assess businesses, help them take necessary steps to be more sustainable, and then certify them and recognize their efforts. Over 3000 businesses have been certified in California and we hope to add many more right here in Hawthorne. Contact Hawthorne Public Works at 310-349-2987 or Grace of the SBCCOG at 310-371-7222 for more info.  

Save Some Green and Mow Down Air Pollution


The South Coast AQMD offers a year-round Electric Lawn Mower Rebate program for residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Residents can purchase a new, cordless electric lawn mower, scrap their old gas mower and receive a rebate check based on the purchase price of their new mower. Help improve air quality by participating in the electric Lawnmower Rebate Program.

The on-line application is available at

·         After-purchase rebates are $150, $200 or $250, depending on the purchase price of the new electric lawnmower.

·         Over 20 electric lawn mower models available for residential use.

·         Purchases can be made in-store or on-line

·         Over 20 certified scrapping locations available in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties

·         For more information please call 888-425-6247 (Tuesday-Friday). Se habla español.

·         Help improve air quality

Electric Lawnmower Rebate Program Flyer

2019 SEED Event - Local Businesses Recognized


SBBEC To Recognize Local Sustainability

 The South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC) is hosting the 12th annual SEED Awards event in September. Comprised of businesses and municipalities throughout the South Bay and beyond, the SBBEC uses the SEED (Southern California Environmental Excellence Development) program to recognize the extraordinary environmental efforts of local businesses, individuals and organizations.

 Past SEED Award winners have ranged from individuals to international corporations each of which have helped the quality of life in the South Bay and surrounding region. By recognizing the efforts being made locally, these awards help demonstrate to others how a few simple steps can make a significant impact.  City of Hawthorne has had a number of winners over the years and would like to continue that tradition.

 The event will welcome local political figures, community leaders, and business owners. To be a part of this incredible local effort, share this event information with a deserving local business or environmental advocate, and visit to download an application. 

 For more information, visit the website or contact event chair, Doug Krauss at 310-349-2987