Sustainable Scripps Ranch

A standing committee of the SRCA

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Welcome to the SSR Our mission is "to create more sustainable lifestyles and community through education, advocacy, and application of sustainable practices such as energy, water, and environmental conservation."


Read how SSR's Vision and Strategic Plan support our mission. The Strategic Plan incorporates key elements of conservation – water, air quality, energy, habitat, waste, and recycling.

 

Click here to download our vision statement.

Upcoming Events

No lectures at this time

Monthly ongoing events

Monthly Garden Share
We will share produce, snacks, gardening information, conversation, and more. All welcome.
Saturday, May 21st, 3:00-4:00pm
SRCA Community Center-11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch - Rain or clouds cancel.
Friday, May 27th, Sunset
West Sycamore Staging area-east end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131
Our inaugural March 4th stargazing was cancelled due to cloud cover, so we’re offering two opportunities in April. George Varga of the San Diego Astronomy Association, along with our own Scripps Ranch amateur astronomers, will help us view many of the amazing objects visible in our night sky, including individual stars, clusters, nebula, and possibly even galaxies. Please, NO WHITE FLASHLIGHTS as they ruin our night-adapted vision. Red lens flashlights are fine. If you plan to bring a telescope and have not yet contacted us, sustainablesr@scrippsranch.org and you’ll receive final setup details. The April 1st event is open to viewers starting at 7:30pm; telescope owners should show up at 6:30pm.

For updates, including event times and the go/no-go status for either date, check the San Diego Astronomy Association’s website, www.sdaa.org/calendar.htm and we will also try and update our SRCA Facebook/Twitter for cancellation of event.

West Sycamore Volunteer Crew-First Sundays of the Month
Sunday, May 1st, 8:00am
West Sycamore Staging Area-east end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131
Get your exercise for the day AND help improve your park at the same time, by lending a hand on our West Sycamore Volunteer Crew! (weather permitting), and work until 12 noon at the latest. Please bring work gloves and wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended. Water, Gatorade and snacks are provided! For more information, contact Mission Trails Ranger Andrew Miller at amiller@mtrp.org

West Sycamore Guided Nature Walk-Third Sundays of the Month
Sunday, May 22nd, 8:00am
West Sycamore Staging Area-east end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131

Join Mission Trails Ranger Andrew Miller at the for his monthly 90-minute guided nature walk, focused on the plant communities and animals commonly found at West Sycamore. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water. 
Info at www.mtrp.org/events

Free Family-Friendly FixIt Clinic and Library Earth Fair
Saturday, April 30th-1:00-5:00pm this month in conjunction with an Library Earth Fair
Central Library -330 Park Blvd. 92101
For more info on this event - https://libraryearthfair.eventbrite.com

Tours & Special Events

Annual SRCA Community Fair-“Celebrating a Community of Cultures”
Sunday, May 15th- 12:00-5:00pm concert follows
Scripps Ranch Community Park-11454 Blue Cypress Dr., 92131

Check out our Green Street this year. Plenty of information to peak your interest. And we are doing our usual succulent mini gardens.
www.scrippsranch.org/fair

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series
A four-class, award-winning series developed and led by local landscape industry professionals to help homeowners convert turf areas into California-friendly gardens that love San Diego's climate. Info at http://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/
http://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/application/
Class notes-http://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/classes/

Free Landscaping Design Seminars and Lawn Be Gone Workshops
More info at www.watershedwisetraining.com/san-diego-sustainable-landscapes-program/
CA Friendly Landscaping Workshop
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center -4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 92117
Tuesday, May 3rd -5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, June 14th, 5:30-8:30pm
Pre-registration is required
www.watersmartsd.org/events/california-friendly-landscape-training-kearny-mesa-2
Lawn Be Gone Workshop
Saturday, May 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Saturday, June 4th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Given upon registration
Diane Downey (310) 312-5076
Email: dianed@greengardensgroup.com
Learn how to remove turf without harmful chemicals, building healthy living soil, capture water from the roof and other hard surfaces, and "slow, spread and sink it" into the landscape.  Participation is limited.

And a great video on how to create an Ocean Friendly Garden - https://vimeo.com/116217797
Note: only professional landscaping cloth is used in the bioswal. Paper and/or cardboard are used under the mulch to keep the weeds from coming up and to kill any remaining grass.
Check out the newly revived Sustainable Landscaping guide for everything you need to know.
www.greengardensgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/G3SDSustainableLandscapessm.pdf
All info is covered in these classes.

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

SDG&E Energy Solutions

  • Check out this short video covering level pay, appliance check, bill paying assistance.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em9bids9Thg #espsdge
  • SDGE’s rates will change starting April 1, 2016, when customers will see a new two-tier electric rate structure in their energy bills. For more information about this and what it means to you please go to this link: sdge.com/RateReform/ #espsdge
  • Track your energy bills with spending alerts. Receive an alert by text or email when your account has reached your pre-set spending goal. Visit sdge.com/energy-use-alerts to sign up. #espsdge·
  • Investing in energy efficient upgrades that can help you save energy and money. SDG&E has programs for any budget that are either free or offer rebates to help off-set costs. Click here to watch video. #espsdge
  • SDG&E's Marketplace is a one-stop shop for guidance on the best energy-efficient appliances & instant rebates for your household. #espsdge

More tips

Ideas for keeping your rain barrels mosquito-proof: http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/make-sure-your-rain-barrel-mosquito-proof

Current News

Turf Removal Rebate Availability
Update: Funding for the City of San Diego's Grass Replacement and Micro-Irrigation rebate programs has been exhausted and applications are no longer being accepted. The City is, however, still accepting applications for rain barrel rebates. This program will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/rebates/rainbarrel.shtml

Current updates about our water issues- click on the links below.
County- www.sdcwa.org/water-authority-recommends-regional-water-use-reduction-strategies
City- www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml

Free Residental water survey- by a water-conservation Pro to look for leaks, evaluate irrigation, check toilets and faucets to suggest water saving opportunities- 619) 570-1999 www.sandiego.gov/water/pdf/conservation/reswatersurvey.pdf
Report water waste by calling: (619) 533-5271 or waterwaste@sandiego.gov

Creating a Sustainable Landscape (click to download)

Organizations we work with:
San Diego Gas & Electric (Contributing Partner)
Center for Sustainable Energy
San Diego County Water Authority
City of San Diego Water Conservation Department & Pure Water
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
San Diego Environmental Services
San Diego Sustainable Living Institute
Think Blue
Innovations Academy Charter School

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