Sustainable Scripps Ranch




Mission Statement:

To create more sustainable lifestyles and community through education, advocacy, and application of sustainable practices such as energy, water, and environmental conservation.

A standing committee of the SRCA FamilyAdventures

Click here to download our vision statement.  What do you think?
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Volunteers needed:
Pick your passion and help us educate and inspire your neighbors. Steering Committee meets monthly. Interested in helping with events? To help in any area, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lynn Owens at 858 566-7717

Monthly Garden Share
Join us to share your garden and kitchen bounty. Bring what you have; take home something you don't. Be sure to bring a bag to take home your finds!
What to bring: Anything from the garden (produce, nuts, eggs, honey, flowers, plants in pots), things made from the garden, seeds, seedlings, tools, utensils, books, etc.
We now can donate large amounts of fruit or produce to a local Charity.  Monetary donations to SRCA appreciated if you don't have anything to share but want to take home some goodies.

Anything garden related is welcome.
Want to be on our Share list or have questions? Email us.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events

Garden Share
No meeting in June
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

Green Street at the SRCA Community Fair
Sunday, May 17th 2015, 12:00-5:00pm
11454 Blue Cypress Drive 92131
Stop by our booth to "Create Your Own Succulent Garden" .
We'll be the Gateway to Green Street, where you can talk with experts including the following:

  • Nearby parks etc.: Goodan Ranch, Mission Trails, and Torrey Pines, San Dieguito River Park, Birch Aquarium
  • Farms and gardens: AgPals, Urban Homesteaders, Solar Cookers, Master Gardeners, Native Plants, Cactus and Succulents Society, Farm Fresh to You
  • Water: County Water Authority, City Water Conservation, Think Blue
  • Sustainable living:, Environmental Educators, Recycling, ASI, SDGE, Fiat (with their 500E plug-in vehicle)
  • Low-cost LED light bulbs from TechniArt – a big crowd-pleaser last year!

Thanks especially to our Green Street Sponsors: ASI, SDGE, and Fiat
More info at

Creating a Sustainable Landscape (click to download)

Clean Vehicle presentation:
If you were interest in the presentation on Clean Vehicles but could not attend the meeting- go to the link to see the slides-

Bus Rapid Transit Site now open at Miramar College.
Click for info about schedules, parking, and more.
Miramar Transit Center info
Rapid Bus info
Maps & Schedules
Fall Parking permit

New Rules for HOA regarding Lawn remove starting January 1st, 2015
Click here for more information

Mandatory Water Restrictions starting November 1st
Click here
Listed below are helpful water-wise links:

Family Adventures in Nature of Scripps Ranch
: (ongoing)
Our vision is a world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives. We know that nature is good for all of us, and we want to share our passion for the natural world and help families in our community connect with nature on a regular basis. Research indicates that children who frequently play and learn outside in nature are happier, healthier and smarter!

For more information, please visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Janice Swaisgood at 619-540-7246.

Past Events: 

Hydroponics and Aquaponics
Wednesday, May 13th 2015, 6:30 pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131
Are you interested in growing food in your yard? Aquaponics/hydroponics is easy, fun, and productive:

  • 6 to 10 times the harvest compared to traditional gardening methods
  • 95% fewer pests
  • 90% less water, fertilizer, and labor

Despite our shrinking water supplies, you can still grow fish and vegetable food crops. Aquaponics/hydroponics uses about 1 gallon of water to grow a head of lettuce in about 3 weeks. Conventional growing takes 10-30 gallons, and up to 6 weeks to produce the same lettuce.
Alex Kallas of AgPals, an enthusiastic teacher and speaker, will explain the basics of this bio-integrated system that links recirculating aquaculture with hydroponic vegetable, flower, and/or herb.

Coexisting with Coyotes and Residing with Rattlesnakes
Thursday, April 30th 6:00-7:00pm
Innovations Academy -10380 Spring Canyon Rd 92131
Food Truck Thursday from 5:00-8:00pm- buy your dinner there or bring a picnic before the talk.
Presented by Daniel E. DeSousa, Deputy Director County of San Diego Department of Animal Service
Thousands of people call the Scripps Ranch community their home and who can blame them? A temperate climate, beautiful homes surrounded by lush landscaping, and canyons and open spaces. What makes Scripps Ranch so appealing to humans, also makes it appealing to the native wildlife. Coyotes, skunks, opossums and rattlesnakes have all been in the area since well before San Diego became home to the millions of people that now live here and they are not going away. Learn how to coexist with coyotes and rattlesnakes and how to keep yourselves and your pets safe all at the same time.

"Green Your Ride": Clean Vehicle Trends
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6:30 pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131

More than 200 Scripps Ranch residents already drive plug-in electric vehicles. Join us for an informative discussion on the latest clean vehicle trends and how you can join in. Kevin Wood, Clean Transportation project manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy will talk about the models now on the market, incentives available, and how to charge at home or in public. Kevin will also talk about steps the region is taking to encourage the deployment of other clean vehicle technologies in the region, such as biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.
Current plug-in electric drivers are invited to bring their vehicles and share their experience with their neighbors. One of CSE's electric vehicles will also be present.

 Innovations Academy Charter School
Thursday, April 9th, 2015- 9:15AM-1:30PM
10380 Spring Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92131
Register to Join the Fun:
Questions? Contact Rob Holmes to learn more! 858-689-2179
Or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Activities will cover a variety of subjects, including:
▪ Energy▪ Gardening▪ Health & Nutrition▪ Water▪ Nature▪ Recycling▪ Zero Waste...and more!

Celebrate Earth Day with SSR-SR 50plus and Innovations Academy students!
Do you enjoy working with youth?
Engage in a variety of fun, interactive activities aimed at increasing students' knowledge of the environment, public health, and sustainability!This FREE event includes a light breakfast, lunch and appreciation gift!

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Tuesday, April 28th, 5:45pm
Scripps Ranch Library Community Room-10301 Scripps Lake Dr.

"Kill the Kritters with Kindness"
Carol Fuller will discuss how to use Integrated Pest Management in your landscape.
Pesticides are not always the answer to your insect and disease problems.
Learn a few tips and tricks to make your landscape self-sufficient.

San Diego Water, What's New for You?
Wednesday, March 11th 6:30pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd
Drought, population growth, salinity, water wars: there's plenty of scary water news these days.
Two speakers, from the City and the County, will update us on changes in the local water scene.
We'll hear about Pure Water San Diego, the City of San Diego's 20-year program to provide a safe, reliable and drought-proof drinking water supply for San Diego. Proven water purification technology will be used to produce one-third of San Diego's drinking water supply by 2035. We'll learn about local water sources and challenges and hear the results of the City's Water Purification Demonstration Project and the future plans for full-scale water purification facilities. The Carlsbad Desalination Project, which is already two-thirds complete will be discussed. It includes the largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, a 10-mile large-diameter pipeline, and improvements to enable distributing desalinated water throughout San Diego County.
The $1 billion project may be producing drinking water for the San Diego region as soon as this fall, providing a major new drought-proof water supply that will meet about 7 percent of the county's water demands in 2020. An engineer from the County Water Authority will teach us about the plant, the desalination process, and the Water Authority's diversification efforts in the face of a severe drought. Bring your questions for both of our speakers.

Miramar Landfill Tour
Thursday, February 19th, 9-11am
To sign up, you MUST email Rebecca Hays at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Specify that you want the February 19th tour, and include your name, email address, and phone number. Tours are available on a first come, first serve basis and only to San Diego residents. For safety concerns, children under the age of 10 cannot participate. Please copy Sustainable Scripps Ranch if you want to carpool: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Backyard Birding by Wild Birds Unlimited of Scripps Ranch
Scripps Mesa Garden Club monthly meeting
Tuesday, February 24th, 5:45 pm
Scripps Ranch Library Community Room
Members and guests are welcome to join the Garden Club's monthly meeting to learn how you can encourage and support birds in your backyard. Wild Birds Unlimited presented a similar talk to Sustainable Scripps Ranch last year, and we found it to be very helpful and informative.
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A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Gardening
Scripps Mesa Garden Club monthly meeting
Tuesday, January 27th, 5:45 pm
Scripps Ranch Library Community Room
Gisele Schoniger, Organic Gardening Educator at Kellogg Garden Products, is a powerful, entertaining, and informative speaker.
Whether you want a lush lawn, glorious trees or delectable fruits and veggies, the key to a productive garden is healthy soil. Join her to learn gardening techniques that mimic Mother Nature by using sustainable and organic practices to improve the health of your soil and ultimately the health of your garden, yourself and the planet.
Note: You're welcome to attend, whether or not you're a member of Sustainable Scripps Ranch or the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club.

California Friendly Landscaping Workshop
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon.
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon, 92131
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  For more information and to register go to:

West Sycamore Canyon Hike
Saturday February 7th meet 9am-start time 9:10am
~7 miles roundtrip.

Meet at the trailhead at the end of Stonebridge parkway (parking lot is open). We will hike on down to the visitors center.
There are a lot of steep hills.
Those participating should bring: Water (at least one liter)- Snacks (fruit, energy bars etc) -Hat/sunscreen
Participants need to know that the terrain is uneven and steep in sections. Jim McGinn will be discussing the history of the area.
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further questions.

Landscaping Scripps Ranch and Moving toward Zero Waste
Wednesday, February 11th, 6:30 pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd
Michael Rasmusson, the MAD Manager for the Miramar Ranch North, will describe changes that are transitioning our local public landscaping from a full maintenance landscape to a low-water, sustainable landscape. These changes include

  • the new, true Butterfly Park at the Scripps Ranch Community Center
  • a Dry Creek, fire-resistant demonstration garden
  • the Oak Glen Native Garden

Rebecca Hays, an Environmental Specialist with the City of San Diego, will explain the principles and practice of Zero Waste, which calls for handling discarded materials as resources rather than waste. Zero Waste programs aim to conserve these resources through waste prevention, recycling, composting, and other technologies.
The City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department (ESD) is making great strides on the path towards a Zero Waste Objective of 75% diversion of waste from landfills by 2020 and Zero Waste by 2040. We'll learn how we can contribute, now and in the future.

Harvesting Rainwater and Greywater
Wednesday, January 14th, 6:30 pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd
Reducing your water use is the most cost-effective step for Southern California to create more water resources for our increasing population. 75% of our residential water use is outside, in our landscape. Brook Sarson of H2Ome and the San Diego Sustainable Institute will discuss ways to decrease your outdoor water needs by reusing your gently used laundry and shower water in the garden. She will cover costs, materials, resources, options for a variety of different setups that will include yours! She will also be dispelling the myth "what's the point of a rainwater tank?
We'll also have a short presentation from Good Neighbor Gardens. They farm yards in San Diego homes to deliver organic, locally grown, pesticide-free produce through a CSA model. Learn more at

"One Smooth Ride": Using the New Rapid Bus System
Wednesday, November 12th, 6:30pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd
Judith Leitner from MTS (Metropolitan Transit System) will present information about the TWO new express buses available locally for Scripps Ranch residents. We'll learn all about what has changed including:

The new infrastructure that supports these faster rides
The new buses themselves – big, smooth, and comfortable
The new Rapid 235: express service downtown from early morning until late at night, seven days a week
The new Rapid 237: express service across Mira Mesa Boulevard and over to UTC and UCSD
How to park and catch your bus at the new Miramar College Transit Station

 Water Conservation in the City of San Diego
Wednesday, October 15th, 6:30pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

Chris Robbins from the City Water Department will be on-hand to catch us up on the current state of water management in San Diego, including:
Current drought status
Water conservation in the City of San Diego
How to save money on your water bill – everything from no-cost surveys to rebates

Backyard Birding for Scripps Ranch
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 6:30pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd
How to attract a greater variety of wild birds to your yard
Want to bring a greater variety of songbirds and hummingbirds to your backyard? Want to know how to discourage squirrels and rodents from raiding your bird feeders? Join us on Wed, 11 June, for Jerry Martin of Wild Birds Unlimited to learn the secrets of successful Backyard Birding!

Green Street at the SRCA Community Fair
Sunday, May 18th, 12:00 – 5:00pm

Green Street features more than 20 local non-profits and organizations showcasing and sharing their green knowledge, products, and services.

Here are some ideas to get the most out of your visit through Green Street:

  • Drop by Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) to make a free succulent mini-garden to take home. We know from past experience that everyone from preschoolers to grandparents enjoys this project!
  • Bring the kids to Family Adventures in Nature (the FAN Club) for a fun family activity.
  • If you're already an edible gardener or want to get started, check out Urban Homesteaders, AgPals, San Diego Master Gardeners, San Diego Horticultural Society, California Native Plant Society, and Kelloggs.
  • Just for fun, watch the Solar Cooking Club demonstrate their nifty, easy-to-make solar cookers.
  • Do you want suggestions for great hikes, picnic areas, and natural viewing areas near Scripps Ranch? Talk with knowledgeable docents and rangers from Goodan Ranch & Sycamore Canyon, San Dieguito River Parks, Penasquitos Canyon, and Mission Trails.
  • Visit ASI Heating, Air, and Solar to learn about Federally-subsidized programs to make your house more healthy, comfortable, safe, and energy-efficient.
  • Gain inspiration and knowledge for a more sustainable lifestyle from San Diego Environmental Outreach for recycling info and updates,, and more.
  • Learn about the new Bus Rapid Transit system from MTS.
  • Catch up on your water conservation knowledge with Think Blue, the San Diego Water Conservation Department, and the Water Purification Demonstration Facility.

Have extra succulents you would like to share or to volunteer please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to coordinate pickup.

Solar Water Heating Basics for Homeowners
Wednesday, May 14th 2014 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Scripps Ranch Community Center – 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd.
Registration: (light dinner will be provided to registered attendees).

Join your neighbors for a free workshop to learn all about the energy- and cost-saving benefits of solar water heating systems for your home.
Experts from the nonprofit California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will explain the fundamentals of solar water heating, how to apply for valuable incentives and some consumer awareness tips that can help you feel more confident when evaluating solar water heating for your home.
Topics will include the different solar water heating systems available and their appropriate applications, researching and comparing solar water heating contractors and evaluating bids and contracts.
CCSE representatives will be available before and after the workshop to answer any specific questions.

2014 Water-wise Garden Tour:
Sunday, April 6th 12:30-4:30pm
Click here for more information
Winning numbers for the opportunity drawing:
Yanni's 597505 (please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 858 271-0614) to claim your prize as there was no name on the ticket.
Yanni's 597496 we will contact you
Evergreen Nursery 597257, 597526, 597522, 596760 - we will contact you.
Thank you for your support.

Please take our short survey: Click here

 Activate Your Water & Energy Fair- Click here for Exhibitor list

CCSE will host another Energy Efficient Home tour
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 10:00-1:00pm
9928 Tudor Street, San Diego 92131

A home energy assessment can pinpoint the causes of the temperature fluctuations and wasted energy. You can learn a lot about your house by participating in the energy upgrade process.
Based on the results of the assessment, the homeowners replaced their ducts, added attic insulation, whole-house air sealing and dual-pane windows. By working with an Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade participating contractor, they were able to access a $3,000 rebate to make the project more affordable.
CCSE will have information about the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program and a Chevy Volt for your viewing.
Talk with representatives from California Center for Sustainable Energy and meet their contractor, Comfort Advisors - to learn more about home energy upgrades and rebates.
Additional tours on Saturday, April 12 and May 17, 2014 - 10:00am -1:00pm

Soils as a Living Organism: How to build soils holistically and healthfully
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 6:30pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, San Diego

At the core of great gardens is great soil care. Soils are living organisms and all of life is dependent on how we care for it. Sustaining soil health assures not only our health but the health of our crops, animals, trees, air, water, and oceans.

Presented by Gisele Schoniger, Category Manager and Organic Gardening Educator at Kellogg Garden Products. Gisele has accumulated a wide range of experience and knowledge, including a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, work for the State Department of Agriculture, a practice as a horticultural therapist with senior citizens and a sales career that has helped establish top-selling organic gardening products throughout California. Her workshops are upbeat, educational and entertaining, She'll be emphasizing the living aspects of soil, including microbial and fungal soil health.

All About Recycling
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 6:30pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

Julie Sands Tyne, Environmental Specialist with the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department (ESD) and current manager for education outreach with the San Diego County Office of Education will discuss the recycling ordinance that passed in 2008 as well as: what is recyclable, what is not, construction and demolition recycling, ESD for 2014.Finally answers to your dying-to-know questions!!

Healthy Garden, Healthy Home: Integrated Ant & Pest Management
Wednesday, November 13th, 6:30-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

Scott Parker from the University of California Cooperative Extension Healthy Garden
The Healthy Home program and the UC Master Gardener Program will speak on managing ants and other pests in your home and garden through a method called Integrate Pest Management (IPM). IPM, a scientifically based approach for pest management, includes cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical options as part of an overall pest management program. The primary focus of an IPM program is to use a non-toxic or least-toxic approach in addressing pest concerns. This workshop will focus on managing ants, with the proper implementation of an IPM approach. Other common landscape pests such as snails & slugs, gophers, and honeydew producing insects (aphids, scale, whitefly and mealybugs) will also be addressed.

Water-Sensible Landscape Strategies: Reducing Outdoor Water Use and Pollution
Wednesday, October 9th 6:30-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

A water-efficient landscape and irrigation system reduces outdoor water use and minimizes urban runoff entering the storm drain system. Our experts will update us on our water supply and water quality protection efforts, help you navigate rebate programs to cut the costs, and offer strategies to help renovate your water-thirsty yard to a more sustainable, yet beautiful landscape. They can also help with questions regarding HOA regulations.

Speakers will include JoEllen Jacoby, Supervising Landscape Conservation Designer for the City of San Diego's Water Conservation Program, and Lana Findlay from Think Blue. 

Solar Energy for Homeowners
Tuesday, September 17th, 6:00pm-7:30pm
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Experts from the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will explain the fundamentals of solar electricity, show you how to apply for incentives, and share valuable tips. Learn how to calculate your energy use, size a solar system, and research and compare contractors to meet your unique needs.

CCSE representatives will be available before and after to answer specific solar questions. After attending "Solar for Homeowners," you will have the knowledge and resources necessary to confidently make that final decision to Go Solar!

Two Scripps Ranch Properties Showcased Among Sweet 16 of 13th San Diego Sustainability Tour (SDST)

Free Guided Commercial Tour: September 20th (
Free Self-Guided Residential Tour: September 21st (all 16 sites listed at

Our Community is proving to be a beacon of inspiration on ways to slash energy, improve property values and hedge against rising energy costs.

Two Scripps Ranch properties have been selected to be among the Sweet 16 of the non-profit San Diego Renewable Energy Society's (SDRES) production of the 13th San Diego Sustainability Tour.

Swing by the energy-tight home of Tony Beecher (11415 Scripps Lake Dr.) to learn from the experts at ASI how you can qualify for Energy Upgrade California incentives of between $1,000 and $4,500 while making your property more comfortable, sustainable and energy efficient. Every $1 invested in energy efficiency can save $3 on a household's solar electric system. Be solar inspired with electric and water heating systems that qualify for 30% federal tax credits while saving thousands in utility costs – or learn how to harness the power of the sun to fuel your vehicle and never have to wait in line at a gas station again.

The commercial tour features the net zero energy pride of Scripps Ranch, Solterra, the region's first zero net energy eco-luxury apartments. Its garages are pre-wired for electric vehicles. And inside, its NEST-smart thermostats and HERS-rated HVAC keep things efficient, while in-home energy displays allow conscientious residents to easily monitor and adjust energy consumption habits.

SDST is a partnership among SDRES, green building, energy efficiency and solar experts, educators, trade organizations and contractors throughout San Diego.

Edible Landscapes for Yourself and Others
Wednesday, September 11 th, 6:30-8:00pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

Master Gardener Janice Schock returned to her gardening roots after retiring from her educational therapy practice. Her presentation will cover basic gardening concepts needed to start evolving an edible landscape. Gather some landscaping tips and ideas and learn about plant basics, including fertilizers, compost and plant selections. Note: September is the perfect month to get started with cool season plants.

Ms. Schock joined the Backyard Produce gardening project early in its inception, and she will also be sharing information about how some community gardens are adapting to support production-style donations.

Educational Presentation on Home Energy Upgrades
Monday, August 5, 2013 6:00 – 7:30 p.m
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Home energy upgrades go beyond saving you energy and money on your utility bills – they provide a much higher level of comfort, safety and healthfulness for your family while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The independent, nonprofit California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will host a community educational event on the benefits of home energy upgrades and incentives for Scripps Ranch residents. One special feature is that through Energy Upgrade California homeowners can tap into rebates between $1,000 and $4,500 to offset the cost of upgrades. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact CCSE at (858) 244-1177 or visit

Energy Upgrade California™ is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, California counties, cities, nonprofit organizations and the state's investor-owned utilities. Funding comes from the utilities' ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission in addition to incremental funding from the Department of Energy.

Signs gone missing. Several reusable signs, approved for posting, for CCSE's Energy Efficiency Open House on Saturday June 29th have disappeared. We appreciate the Community's help in recovering these expensive signs. They can be dropped off at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd or call 858 397-5747.

Green Living Tour 2013, A Super Energy-Efficient Home
Saturday, June 1st, 10am - 2pm
Saturday, April 20th, 10am-2pm

11415 Scripps Lake Drive

See Energy Upgrade California in action, right in the middle of Scripps Ranch. The homeowner, CCSE and local provider ASI will be on hand to explain the program's energy audits and rebates, answer your questions, and show you the results. Features that make this home healthier (purer, less polluted air), safer, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient include: house sealing and dual-paned windows, added attic insulation, insulated hot water pipes, solar attic fans, and extra venting for proper equalization, solar tube, CFL and LED lighting, solar pool heating and electrical generation. Chevy Volt with a level-2 car charger fed by the solar electric system.  Clean vehicle experts will also be on hand to discuss electric vehicle options and state rebates.

I-15 Bus Rapid Transit Info
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 6:30-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

"Bus Rapid Transit", a major upgrade and revamp, is coming to the I-15 Corridor in 2014. It includes a new transit center at Miramar College; improved service to the north, south, and west; and possible future feeder service to/from Scripps Ranch. This presentation would provide an update on that project as well as to gather input on potential future transit service in Scripps Ranch.
This presentation and Q&A by MTS is your best chance to learn and to influence what's coming. We need your presence and support!

Scripps Ranch MTS Bus Survey
Whether or not you can attend the MTS Bus Meeting, please take five minutes to complete the Scripps Ranch MTS Bus Survey:

California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) Presentation: Home Energy Upgrades
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Road

CCSE is sponsoring a community educational event to help Scripps Ranch residents learn about home energy upgrades and available incentives. Through Energy Upgrade California, homeowners can tap into rebates between $1,000 and $4,500 to offset the cost of upgrades.

For more information, contact one of CCSE's Home Energy Coaches at (858) 244-1177 or visit 

Low Carbon Diet Workshop (first session)
Wednesday February 13th 2013 6:30-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Are you interested in meeting your neighbors, living a little more sustainably, helping combat climate change, building a healthier and thriving community, and reducing your carbon footprint? The Low Carbon Diet Workshop is a four-session class based on a hands-on workbook by David Gershon. Families, neighbors, and friends can learn new ideas, evaluate and share their current practices, and implement changes together. There are no requirements - just bring your interest, enthusiasm for change, and life experience. Children 10 and above are welcome with an adult, either as a family or in a church, scout, or home-schooling group. Workbooks will be distributed at the first class for a discounted price of $10.

If you are interested:
1. Let us know: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Together we'll decide the meeting dates and times.
2. Collect or save your 2012 utility and water bills to use in calculating current carbon outputs and our improvements. SDG&E and the city Water Department can provide this information upon request.
3. Encourage your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to join you for this useful and productive workshop that will help all of us make a more livable world for us and our children.
Repeat: Tour the "Greenest Home in San Diego"
Saturday, February 23rd 2013- 10am

This is a "dome home" built by the owner using new sustainable technology. It's filled with beautiful design features created from sustainable materials, and takes full advantage of solar technologies, rainwater and greywater harvesting, an urban orchard, electric car. and more. The
builder/owner will give us a personalized tour, inside and out, with plenty of time for questions. Twenty of us visited last year and found it both creative and beautiful. We'll carpool to Pt. Loma together, leaving at 9:30am sharp from the "Old Vons" parking lot or you can meet us in Pt Loma if you like. Contact us to RSVP and get directions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Rattlesnake season will peak soon, Get prepared, Not scared!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Innovations Academy 10380 Spring Canyon Road 92131

We are honored to host herpetologist and leading authority on local reptiles and amphibians, Jeff Lemm. His dynamic presentation will cover rattlesnake awareness, natural history, and safety, as well as an overview of some of our other local reptiles and amphibians. Besides being an expert in his field, Jeff is an avid and gifted photographer. You will surely see many of his exceptional pictures during the presentation, as well as in his book, the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego Region. A limited number of books will be on hand for purchase ($25) and signing by the author. Jeff is a Senior Research Coordinator at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and founder of the North American Field Herping Association (NAFHA).

Seating is limited, to reserve email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Three Ways to a Sustainable Landscape
Wednesday, January 9 2013, 6:30-8 pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

 Lynlee Austell-Slayter, MBA, UCCE Master Gardener, Sustainable LandscapeExpert, & Edible Landscape Trainer comes from a family of prize-winning gardeners and scientists. Her life vision is to support the environment and share her joy in nature through herwork as a sustainable landscaper. According to Lynlee, creating a sustainable landscapecan be rather simple, but keeping it sustainable requires sustainable maintenance practices. These techniques save time, money and habitat while providing conscientious stewardship of ourenvironment and all who work in our gardens.

 This presentation includes before-and-after examples of residential and commercialsites showcasing these three paths to sustainable landscapes:
1. Keep everything you have and simply change your maintenance techniques and cultural
2. Make moderate changes in plant material and irrigation equipment.
3. Perform a full landscape renovation..
In addition, Lynlee will review current University of California and County Extension programs
and research in sustainable landscapes, and will answer our questions.

Online Resource List (PDF)

Sustainable Maintenance Handout (PDF)

Farmers' Markets, Community-Supported Agriculture,Farm-to-Table and More
Wednesday, October 10th 2013 6:30-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Are you a localvore?
Buying local is simply the concept of buying food produced, grown, or raised as close to home
as possible. There are many benefits to buying local:

Local produce is usually fresher
Local food supports local farmers
Buying local helps protect the environment
Buying local preserves agricultural diversity
Neighbors can exchange their excess produce via the new SSR Garden shares

 More than 6,000 farmers work to make agriculture a one-and-one-half BILLION dollar industry in San Diego County. Many of our county's growers operate small family farms, with 65% harvesting nine acres or less. They have developed a reputation for quality, high-value specialty
crops. The San Diego County Farm Bureau is a non-profit organization that represents San Diego agriculture through public relations, education, and public policy advocacy. It promotes economically viability agriculture balanced with appropriate natural resource management. Eric Larson, the Farm Bureau's Executive Director, will give us details about California and San Diego Agriculture, local trends in sustainable agricultural practices (e.g., in the face of limited water supplies) and ways we can obtain local agricultural products. Check out their Farm tours in June.

 Great Food and Less Stuff
Thursday, November 8, 2012 Food Truck Extravaganza 5:30 PM
Movie and Discussion 6:30pm
Innovations Academy, 10380 Spring Canyon Road 92131  Multi Purpose room

This month we shake it up temporarily with a new night – Thursday -Come at 6pm and support Innovations Academy with delicious food from some of San Diego’s finest food trucks. Then at 6:30pm we’ll help you envision a quality life with less “stuff”. We’ll watch the short film The Story of Stuff, which uses great graphics to lay out the costs of extracting, producing, distributing, consuming, and disposing of all that stuff . Students will have fun exploring reusable uses for our "stuff" and participate in the discussion also.
If you missed this it can be viewed at 

Yes, you CAN Live in Scripps Ranch and Ride the Bus!
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

This is a nuts-and-bolts talk about how to use existing MTS busses and trolleys:
Practically speaking, what destinations make sense for public transit from Scripps Ranch
How to plan your trip- How to catch the bus- How to pay-How to enjoy your ride- Tips and tricks- Fun trips and outings
Come learn and share with Sustainable Scripps Ranch. Bring questions or send them in advance.
Yes, you can ride the bus (PDF)

Hands-on Hydroponics Workshop
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$70 for two family members (one build) 

Want to grow beautiful organic food while saving water and space?
We're going hands-on with a three-hour hydroponics workshop in Scripps Ranch, presented by Ag PALS.
You will learn the principles of the hydroponic wick method-a fun and easy sustainable gardening technique. You will then build your own Hydroponics Garden Box - complete with veggies.
All proceeds go to support Ag PALS non-profit education outreach.
Ag PALS was formed to educate the community about growing food, food value, and resource conservation. They were on Green Street at the 2012 SRCA Community Fair. and demo boxes at 2012 SSR Green Living Tour.
For more information about Ag PALS and their workshops, see

Future workshops may be offered.

What Do Food Labels Really Mean?
Wednesday, June 13th 2012, 6:30-8 pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

Here is a chance to understand what we do and don't know about those confusing and ever-evolving food labels: "organic", "certified organic", chemically free", "natural", "fresh", "grass-fed", "animal welfare approved", "salmon-safe", "Food Alliance Certified" versus "Fair Trade Certified"... Can food be "organic" and yet have been grown using green manure? Can I find "organic" asparagus from Mexico in the US? Can beer be labeled "organic"? And, are items sporting these labels worth their higher prices? Do the labels verify that "sustainable" practices are being used?

Come learn and share with Sustainable Scripps Ranch.
Bring some of your own label questions and you may win some prizes!
Send us your questions in advance, and we'll see if we can find the answers for you.

Green Street Returns to the SRCA Community Fair
Sunday, May 6th 2012 12:00-5:30pm
2nd annual event with Eco-friendly organizations and companies.  Learn how you can support the continued well-being of our community, today and for the future.
Non Profit particpants include AgPals, Birch Aquarium, CCSE, FAN, Friends of Goodan Ranch, Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego Recycles, San Diego Edible Society, San Dieguito River Parks, Seeds @ City, Solana Center, San Diego City Water Conservation Department, Think Blue, Electric Cars.  There will also be short talks by a number of groups. 

Field trip to "The Greenest House in San Diego"
Saturday, April 21nd 2012, 9:30am:
This is a "dome home" built by the owner using new sustainable technology (not the old 60's Bucky Fuller dome). It's filled with beautiful design features created from sustainable materials, and takes full advantage of solar technologies, rainwater and greywater harvesting, an urban orchard, and more. We'll carpool to Pt. Loma together – contact us.

Saturday, April 28th 2012, 12:30-4:30pm

Four great chances to see what your neighbors are doing.
•11395 Tribuna Ave 12:30 – 2:30pm
 A creative low-water landscape that uses over $1000 of San Diego City water rebates, and included many green features, inside the house and out. The owner did the water work himself and will be on hand to answer questions. as well as landscape designer Stacy Moser.
• 10886 Aviary Court 1:30 – 3:30pm
Owner-designed, owner-implemented changes make this one of the greenest homes in Scripps Ranch, and since he did it all himself, he has a wealth of information and ideas to share. California Center for Sustainable Energy will also have a representative at the two adjacent homes and will discuss rebate programs and more. The list includes
o 3000 gallons of water harvesting capability – 10 300-gallon tanks linked underground, filled from the house's rain gutters, and directed to the yard via a pressurized pump system
o Photovoltaic solar collectors on the roof
o Special insulation with a double radiant barrier that effectively insulates up to R42
o Water-permeable hardscapes in the driveway, walks, and patio
o Backyard composting
o Hot-water (hydronic) under-floor heating system is underway but not complete.
• 10894 Aviary Court (right next door) also 1:30 – 3:30pm
20 SunPower solar collectors powering both a house AND a Chevy Volt.
• 10855 Elderwood Rd 2:30 – 4:30pm
A 1.2kw photovoltaic system covers most of the owners' energy needs and a very thorough water harvesting system has been designed and installed with the help of water harvest expert Brook Sarson:
o Laundry greywater recycling uses a garage collection tank and a hose bib to deliver the water to buried pipes in appropriate outside areas
o Bathtub greywater recycles via a pump that delivers the water to backyard trees. The water can be regulated to deliver to particular sub-areas at any given time.
o A 600-gallon rain barrel was recently installed and is just waiting for rain.
Both the owners and water harvesting expert Brook will be present to explain and answer questions. 

Sunday, March 11th 2012 11:00am-3:00pm
Three Scripps Ranch examples of Green Living, with homeowners and experts to answer your questions

11:00am-2:00pm at 11745 La Colina Rd: drought tolerant front yard, backyard edible garden and mini-orchard, hydroponics, solar installation, worm composting demo, plus LEED-certified landscape designer Marian Marum and recycling experts to answer your questions.
11:30am-2:00pm at 10205 Avenida Magnifica: a Nissan Leaf with charging station plus a solar installation.
1:00pm-3:00pm at 12111 Charbono St: a native garden with a bioswale and other LEED-recommended features, LEED-certified landscape designer Michael Brennan to answer your questions, and a chance to learn about Scripps Ranch's own Family Adventures in Nature Club.
And more: the City Water Conservation will be present with rebate info and answers to your questions, and we expect a Chevy Volt available for viewing and very knowledgeable docents from local parks and CA Native Plant Society. 

Edible Gardening 101
Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 6:30 pm-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Master Gardener Karan Greenwald & Marian Marum LEED Landscape Architect and SR resident will present the basics of edible gardening and answer your questions. Karan has a 20' by 40' edible garden in Point Loma, and currently starts more than 50 varieties of heirloom tomato seeds every year. Topics will include preparing our soil, raised beds, container plantings, what and when to plant, watering, fertilizing, mulching, insect/critter issues, educational resources, and, of course, tomatoes.

Cost-Effective Upgrades to your Existing Landscaping
Wednesday, February 8th 2012, 6:30-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center  11885 Cypress Canyon Road

The speaker will introduce cost-effective strategies for upgrading existing landscape water systems. He'll give examples and take your questions about ways to provide more uniform watering, placements for maximum effectiveness, and how to retrofit existing systems with smarter controllers.

Mother Nature's Child- Join us for a thought-provoking film and discussion:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012 6:30 pm-8:00pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center  11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Mother Nature's Child explores nature's powerful role in children's health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of "nature deficit disorder" are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
Mother Nature's Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? What is the place of risk-taking in healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean.
Following the movie, Janice Swaisgood of the Scripps Ranch Family Adventures in Nature (FAN) club will lead a discussion and answer questions. to educate the 'whole' child?

SDCWA Water Information Extravaganza    
Wednesday, November 9th  2011 6:30- 8:00pm
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Find out the answers to all your questions about water:
Where's our water come from? How is it used? What limits the supply? Why does it cost so much? What are the "new sources" of water that may be available (Desal; "purple pipe" water; advanced water treatment for potable, conservation, etc.)

CCSE Clean Vehicle Symposium and Showcase
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 6:30-8:00pm
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road
Vehicles available for viewing and test drives starting at 6:00 PM

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is funded by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board and administered statewide by the California Center for Sustainable Energy to promote the production and use of zero-emission vehicles (including electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles). Rebates of up to $5,000 per vehicle may be available for individuals and business owners who purchase or lease new eligible clean vehicles.

During this symposium you will:

  • Learn about the sustainability objectives of clean vehicles,
  • Learn about current state of clean vehicle technologies and where the technologies are headed
  • Find out the things you'll want to know about charging your vehicle
  • Learn about the status of rebate programs for purchasing vehicles and for installing homecharges
  • Talk with Scripps Ranch homeowners' about their experience with clean vehicles
  • See and (in some cases be able to test drive) vehicles such as the Plug-in Prius, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla (pending availability).

CCSE: Reduce then Produce
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 6:30-8:00pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road 

Reducing energy consumption is the best way to cut your energy bills. The result is a home that’s safe, comfortable and healthy as well as efficient. You start by understanding how your house works as a system and where you have the most inefficiencies. California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will explain how a qualified contractor can diagnose your house and help you pick your best paths to reducing energy use. Contractors have agreed to charge no more than $199 for the assessment. Participating HERS II raters are from $400-$700. CCSE can provide a $300 rebate for HERS II ratings once you complete an Energy Upgrade California project. A qualified home can also take advantage of group savings on solar. Program ends October 20. With the Energy Upgrade California program you’re can get up to $4000 in rebates. Solar electric or solar water heating system is eligible for a 30% federal tax credit.

More info at CCSE website: CCSE
Reduce and Produce Program:
California Energy upgrade program:

California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) Cash Rebates for Home Energy Retrofits
Wednesday, June 8th 2011 6:30-8:00pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

San Diego homeowners who have qualified contractors perform specific energy-saving improvements can receive cash rebates under the statewide home retrofit program, Energy Upgrade California (EUC). The EUC program promotes a whole house performance approach that focuses on the many elements within a home that affect energy use, and how they interact and influence health and safety.

Two key components of Energy Upgrade California are home energy assessments and incentives for efficiency improvements based on the energy savings a home energy upgrade can achieve. Participating homeowners may be eligible for up to $4,000 in SDG&E incentives as well as additional local rebates and federal tax credits.

Sunday, May 15th 2011 :Something New-
Green Street at the SRCA Community Fair
Scripps Ranch Community Park 11:00-5:30pm

The theme of the Fair this year is “Scripps Ranch – Going Green”. In addition to the usual exciting array of fun-filled family events to celebrate our wonderful community and to showcase community organizations, schools, children’s groups, local businesses and non-profits, we will have a special section called “Green Street.” On Green Street you’ll be able to interact with eco-friendly non-profits and companies dedicated to sustainable practices and keeping our environment green and safe.

Sustainable Organic Practices, Designed by Nature for our Community” 
Kevin Fretz of Green Alliance
Wednesday, May 11th 2011: 6:30-8:00 PM.
Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

How can we best manage our gardens and green space with organics? Why should organics be considered more sustainable than chemicals? Are all organic products considered sustainable? Are they all safe for your family and the environment? Can you save money and still be green?

Family Adventures in Nature: "Children and Nature: Taking the Next Steps with Your Family"
Wednesday, April 13th 2011: 6:30-8:00pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

This interactive program is about the disconnect between children and nature, relevant research and simple ways you can connect your kids and nature in the great outdoors. Learn about free nature club and local outings too. 

CCSE presents Introduction to Solar
Wednesday, March 9th 2011 : 6:30-8:00pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Are you interested in solar power for your home and want to know more, but also want to avoid possible high-pressure sales approaches from vendors?• Then this meeting is for you.

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to Greening Your World®. They provide un-biased, free workshops and information resources about sustainable energy technologies and incentive programs. Normally, their workshops are held only at their facility on Balboa Ave. •At the request of SSR and the SRCA, however, they have agreed to bring some of their workshops to us! The first workshop to be held here is on Solar PV for your home – including an introduction to the technology, costs, incentives, and how to pick a contractor.

For basic information about solar for homeowners, start at the following website:

To see CCSE’s “solar for homeowners” presentations, covering all that was presented to us and more, go to: and select “Power point presentations”.

MCAS Miramar talks
Wednesday, February 9th 2011 6:30-8:00pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Did you know that there is a rare National Natural Landmark (NNL) – called the Miramar Mounds – right here in our backyard? ·Did you know that protecting that Landmark is the responsibility of the same organization that is one of the largest users of recycled water in San Diego and has been the recipient of four major energy and water management awards in recent years?

Two experts from MCAS Miramar will share with us information about key sustainability areas that the base proudly supports. Specific of this event are:Dr. Charles Black will describe their Natural and Cultural History preservation programs. ·Among Miramar’s 23,000 plus acres are thousands of acres of rare coastal sage scrub, hundreds of acres of streambed (riparian) areas, over 120 acres of vernal pools (97% of· which have been destroyed elsewhere in the county) and over 100 pre-historic and historic sites (some of which are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places).

Dr. Black will tell us about these sites and habitats and the dozens of rare, unusual and protected species that are found there, and will explain how the MCAS Miramar Natural Resource Division meets their mission of supporting the operational requirements of a Marine Aircraft Wing and other units while ensuring compliance with a multitude of laws and regulations and upholding the guidelines of the Marine Corps Environmental Compliance and Protection Manual.

Mr. Randy Monohan will then discuss MCAS approaches to increasing their energy security, and hence becoming better equipped to meet their operational missions. In 2006 and 2007 the air station received the SecNav Energy Award, in 2008 it received the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management and in 2009 it won the Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Award in the Marine Corps’ large shore category. All this means that the base is a leader in sustainability areas· ranging from the use of solar/renewable energy, to electricity from landfill methane, to improved energy efficiencies in buildings to use of biomass and other alternative ·fuels for vehicles and even aircraft. 

Introduction to Water Harvesting
Wednesday, Nov 10th, 2010 6:30-8:00pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Brook Sarson of H2Ome covered the practical aspects of residential rainwater harvesting and greywater harvesting, including cost, materials, legal, and location considerations. You would be surprised to learn how much water you can actually catch from your roof. Brook also introduced passive methods of retaining storm water on your property and in your soil and how to maximize your potential with appropriate plantings.

For more information, download her presentation here: Gray water\Water Harvesting Presentation Nov 10 2010.pdf

2011 Water-wise Landscaping Tour

Sunday, March 27th 1-4pm (south side of Pomerado)
Saturday, April 2nd from 10-1pm (north side of Pomerado)
To view an interactive Google map and house listings,
click HERE

2010 Water-wise Garden Tour

Want to see good examples of low-water landscaping in Scripps Ranch? Here are the stops from our  Water-wise Garden.
To download a printable map and house listings,
click HERE.
To view an interactive Google map and house listings,
click HERE.


Local nurseries: