Sustainable Scripps Ranch


A standing committee of the SRCA
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ssrlogo   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.

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Upcoming Events


No lectures

Monthly ongoing events

Garden Share
see Saturday, February 20th event for more info
SRCA Community Center- 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131
We will share produce, snacks, gardening information, conversation, and more. All welcome.

Mountain Bike with a Ranger-First Saturday
Saturday, February 6th, 2016, 9:00-11:00am
This month- West Sycamore Staging Area (dirt lot at the east end of Stonebridge Pkwy)
Enjoy cycling through Beeler Canyon, 10 miles or less with Ranger Araceli Dominguez while increasing your mountain biking and nature skills. Start on gentle service roads then through a chaparral habitat. If you are new to riding, this is for you! Come early and volunteers from SD Mountain Biking Association will help you make adjustments to your bike. All rides are on the first Saturday of each month at different locations in Mission Trails Regional Park, and each is progressively more difficult. Remember to bring water, sunscreen, and food.

West Sycamore Volunteer Crew-First Sunday
Sunday, February 7th, 8:00am
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! Crews meet at 8:00 a.m. on the 1st Sunday of each month (weather permitting) at the West Sycamore Staging Area (West end of Stonebridge Parkway), 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 on sunny days. Water, Gatorade and snacks are provided! For more information, contact Mission Trails Ranger Andrew Miller at

Free Family-Friendly FixIt Clinic: Central Library-Second Saturday
Saturday, February 13th, 2:00-4:00pm
They provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your bikes, electronics, toys, clothing, etc. Registration online at

West Sycamore Guided Nature Walk- Third Sunday
Sunday February 21st, 8:00am
Join Mission Trails Ranger Andrew Miller at the West Sycamore Staging Area (east end of Stonebridge Parkway) 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.
See for more information.

Scripps Mesa Monthly Garden Club-Fourth Tuesday
Tuesday, January 27th, 5:45pm
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr 92131
Tools for the Garden advice from a Master Gardener.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 5:45pm
Learn the art of Composting from an avid Master Composter.

NEW Special Free Event: Star Gazing at the West Sycamore (parking lot)
Friday, March 4th, 6:30-~9:30pm
We are looking for other avid Stargazers to bring their telescopes.
Email us so we can give you set up info
George Varga of the San Diego Astronomy Association will help us view many of the amazing objects visible in our night sky. Rain or clouds cancel. More info will follow soon

Tours & Special Events

California Friendly Landscaping Workshop
Tuesday, February 2th, 5:30-8:30pm
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center-4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd 92117
This free California Friendly Landscape Training class will give you the tools to make you a more waterwise gardener.
Pre-registration required-space is limited (800)644-6133

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series (register by Feb 3rd)
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm, Feb. 17, Mar. 2, Mar. 16, Mar. 30
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center-4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd 92117
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
Class notes-

Hawk Watch at the Wildlife Research Institute-SSR Field Trip
Saturday, February 6th, 10:00am-1:00pm rain or shine
Begent Ranch at the Ramona Grasslands, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065
Observe raptors, including golden eagles, prairie falcons, and other species that have been seen at this Raptor Hotspot. Bring sturdy shoes, layered jackets, hats, binocular (a plus). The program begins promptly, recommended 9:30am arrival.
To carpool, email Steve Carter at
We will leave promptly at 9am, from the parking lot near Takhrai Thai restaurant, off of Pomerado Rd between Scripps Poway Parkway and Treadwell Drive/Creek Rd: 12265 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Poway, CA 92064.
Note: Hawk Watch-every Saturday in February, in case you can't join us.

Permaculture Intro and Hands-on Workshop- in Scripps Ranch
Saturday, February 20th, 1:30-4:30pm
Alden Hough of the Sky Mountain Institute is an experienced teacher and practitioner of Permaculture – a widely used, self-sufficient method of growing things within a sustainable, harmonious ecosystem. Following a short lecture we'll analyze the permaculture progress within a Scripps Ranch backyard and then complete a hands-on project. Space is limited.
To reserve/questions: email Cost is $25/person, payable at the event.
Note: Our monthly Garden Share will occur at the same Scripps Ranch home following the workshop. An email with time and place details will go to the Garden Share email list members.

FREE Zero Waste Shopping How-To Workshop
Saturday, February 20th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Compost Campus Ocean Knoll Farm, behind Ocean Knoll Elementary-840 block of Bonita Drive, Encinitas 92024
San Diegans lead the state in waste generation. Take action and be the change by rethinking your shopping habits. Parents learn how to minimize trash, kids can decorate reusable bags. A tour of the community farm and an opportunity drawing for great prizes will follow. Pre-registration is suggested but not required:

How to Hire a Landscape Contractor and Save Money (free)
Saturday, February 20th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Water Conservation Garden -12112 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon
Thinking of changing your landscape or beginning from scratch? Have you ever hired someone to help and didn't get what you paid for?
Pam Meisner, Education Director at The Garden for a fun and informative class as she addresses the pitfalls to avoid and the practical approach to saving money.
Registration required-(619) 660-0614 x10


Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

SDG&E Winter Energy Solutions
Check out this short video covering level pay, appliance check, bill paying assistance. #espsdge
Have your appliances checked annually.
SDG&E offers free gas appliance safety check-ups
or call 1-800-411-7343.
Did you know? Lighting can account for 20% of your energy bill? For lighting tips, go to #espsdge
Emergencies can happen at any time and on any scale.
Here's some helpful advice from SDG&E:
Enroll in SDGE's outage notifications & energy use alerts. #espsdge
SDG&E Medical Baseline program is not only a bill discount for those with medical devices or conditions that require extra energy use, but ensures that SDG&E contacts you about power outages so you can plan accordingly. Help connect someone you know to this program! #espsdge

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.

Current updates about our water issues- click on the links below.

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
Report water waste by calling: (619) 533-5271 or

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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