For Manhattan Beach Residents:

The Manhattan Beach Environmental Task Force and City of Manhattan Beach have created FREE environmental programs and services that will help Manhattan Beach residents save energy and water.

Free services include a Community Mulch pickup location at the City's Public Works Yard (3621 Bell Avenue) where free organic tree trimmings are available for you to take and use on your landscaping projects. The mulch program is self-service, so please bring your own tools and to transport the mulch.

Sign up for a Landscape Sustainability Audit and have a landscap professional give free advice on how to adopt sustainable landscaping and reduce your water consumption. Visit the Get Your Free Audit Here webpage to schedule a visit with a landscape professional.

The Environmental Task Force wants you to monitor your energy use for a 3-month period (January - March), and make a few simple changes that will help you save energy. Sign up for the Watt Watcher Energy Contest before January 31, 2012 The household that reduces the most energy within the 3 months will be rewarded with a $1,000 grand prize to help make efficiency improvements to their home, as well as other great prizes. The program divides the city up by Elementary School zones and the school with the most participation will also win $1,000 to improve technology in the classrooms.

Visit the Watt Watcher Energy Contest webpage today to sign up or contact Sona Kalapura with any questions you might have. For more information on the City's environmental programs visit the Going Green website or attend an Environmental Task Force meeting.