Sustainable Scripps Ranch

A standing committee of the SRCA


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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Thank you for attending our Scripps Ranch Expo-Water, Energy & Fire Preparedness.
We hope you learned something from our Expo. Any feedback would be appreciated.

To see the pictures from the event click here

For the presentations click here

Monthly Ongoing events

Monthly Garden Share
Saturday, October 22nd, 3:30-4:30pm
SRCA Community Center-11885 Cypress Canyon Rd. 92131

New in SR-Recycled Water Fill Station - 10137 Meanley Dr. 92131
Open Tuesdays (9am-1pm) & Saturdays (8am-2pm)
Residential Recycled Water Fill Station is a part of the City of San Diego's continuous efforts to provide programs and services that reduce inefficient water use. Recycled water is available to City of SD Public Utilities customers (must bring copy of your bill) for your personal use at your property. For more info & requirements:

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch - Rain or clouds cancel.
Friday, October 28th, 7:00pm
No Star Party in November due to Thanksgiving Holiday
West Sycamore Staging area-east end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131
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 planets, individual stars, clusters, nebula, and possibly even galaxies. Please, NO WHITE FLASHLIGHTS as they ruin our night-adapted vision. Red lens flashlights are fine. Please park on the street and walk in. If you plan to bring a telescope and have not yet contacted us, and you’ll receive final setup details. 

For updates, including event times and the go/no-go status for either date, check the San Diego Astronomy Association’s website, 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, November 6th - 8am
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

West Sycamore Guided Nature Walk-Third Sundays of the Month (new location
Sunday, October 16th- 8am ~90 minutes

Sunday, November 20th- 8am ~90 minutes
16281 Sycamore Canyon Road 92064
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

Tours & Special Events

CA Friendly Landscaping Workshop
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center -4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 92117
Tuesday, October 11th, 5:30-8:30pm
Pre-registration is required

And a great video on how to create an Ocean Friendly Garden -
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.
All info is covered in these classes.

Using Hydroponics to Grow a Kitchen Garden
Saturday, October 15th 10:30am-12:00pm
Sunshine Care, 12695 Monte Vista Rd, Poway 92064
Speaker will be Donna Tierney- UCCE Master Gardener

Pure Water Open House & Tour
Saturday, October 22nd-10:00-3:00pm.
North City Water Reclamation Plant-4949 Eastgate Mall 92121.
It will include educational activities for youth, refreshments and information about the Pure Water Program.

Solar for Homeowners
SDG&E Innovation Center- 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 92117

Saturday, October 25th -5:30-8:00pm
The lecture will include sizing a solar PV system, researching and comparing contractors, evaluating a bid, and more.
Tuesday, December 13th, 5:30-7:30pm
Check out for other Solar dates.

2016 Green Homes Tour:
Saturday, November 12th,-10:00am – 3:00pm.
This event is a self guided tour featuring a wide variety of Green homes throughout San Diego County. Register at

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Tours are available but filling quickly-Check out the following

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

  • Schedule a free in-home gas safety check at #espsdge
  • Learn how to plan for an emergency, go to: #espsdge
  • Customers with a qualifying medical need can save money each month on their energy bill. Check out the Medical Baseline program at #espsdge
  • For 24/7 access to bill payment, locations, and outage maps, download SDG&E's free mobile app at This even lets you calculate the cost of running your appliances. #espsdge
  • Keep track of energy use and costs with email or text alerts from SDG&E - these alerts give you information about your account, bill, energy use, and more! It’s Easy to Setup at #espsdge
  • Use less energy during peak hours & save money. If most of your electricity use is before 11 a.m. or after 6 p.m., a Whenergy plan may help you save. #espsdge
  • Keep your energy bill on an even keel with SDG&E’s Level Pay Plan. It balances the highs and lows, making your energy bill more predictable. Adjustments are made quarterly. Learn more: #espsdge

More tips

Ideas for keeping your rain barrels mosquito-proof:

Here is a great ways to share with your neighbors:

Buy Nothing Scripps Ranch: Join this Facebook group, a “hyper-local gift economy” currently numbering almost 500 members, to give away your excess goodies to nearby neighbors. Their goals are to build sustainability by reusing our stuff, and to build community by connecting and sharing with our neighbors. This group is only open to Scripps Ranch residents. You’ll also get to enjoy special sharings such as “Wishful Wednesdays”, where members ask for what they want to own or borrow, even if it’s not a practical need. Go to to learn more about this worldwide set of gifting circles, then join the local Facebook group and start sharing!

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

Check out these useful resources: