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


New Recycling measure for City Residents
Did you know you, that as of July 1st city residents can now recycle styrofoam food/drink containers? Check out the link below to learn more. And since 2014, the city has allowed residents to recycle polystyrene packaging material used in shipping.
Click here for link

Pressure Reducing Valve Rebates Available Now
City of San Diego water customers may be eligible to receive up to $100 if you replace a static pressure regulator of equal or greater than 80psi. Learn more at: https://www.sandiego.gov/node/30296

Rebates still available for Rain barrels
And info on using rainwater for irrigation
Greywater Rebate info and more

Thinking about using weed cloth? New advice on an old idea.
While there are lots of great garden products on the market, some are questionable. Weed cloth is one of the questionable products. Is it good or bad? Is there any reason to use it? Mulch alone accomplishes the same thing. To learn more you should spend the money, click here.


Scripps Ranch Solar Experience-Lunch & Learn (free event)
Saturday, January 20
Electric Vehicle Showcase-12-1pm
Scripps Miramar Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Drive, 92131
RSVP at www.sdsolarexperience.org

Topics will include:
• How solar works
• Battery storage and integration
• Policy changes
• Available incentives
• Financing options
• How to choose a solar provider
• New solar rules and more

Garden Events/talks

SSR Garden Share
Check back for updates

Hawk Watch-Ramona (free event)
Fun for kids and adults of all ages.
Every Saturday in January and February-10am

SR50Plus & SSR Lecture
Friday, January 12-10am
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr. 92131
San Diego Audubon Society Lecture: The Long Journey Home: Marvels and Science of Bird Migration

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, January 6 & 13, 10:30am
Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting
Pruning fruit trees for a more fruitful harvest. Learn pruning techniques, what to look for in a pruner and more.
Saturday, January 27, 10am
Growing Your Own Berries

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, January 6 & 20, 9:30am
Fruit Tree Pruning, Bare Root Tree with Richard Wright

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, January 6, 10am
Planning, Feeding & Pruning your Garden in Winter

Bernardo Gardeners Club
Thursday, January 18, 1pm
Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club Castille Room-16955 Bernardo Oaks Dr. 92128
Gisele Schoniger from Kellogg Garden Products-Soils for Different Plants
You'll learn about the delicate ecosystems that make up our garden soil and the fertilizers and amendments that will keep your plants happy! Please check website for parking instructions.

Coastal Roots Farm-Growing 101 (1-3 workshops)
441 Saxony Rd. Encinitas, 92024
Series begins January 21st on soil, water, and plant cultivation. Participate in one, two, or all three of the workshops.
The first workshop, on Sunday January 21st, will focus on SOIL:
• How soil is created in an organic system
• How to use a soil pyramid
• How to conduct an at home soil structure test
• Understand how different soils work
• Understand how roots interact with soil
• Understand soil pathogens
• How compost/vermicomposting works in building soil
• Understanding soil nomenclature
This workshop will include a combination of indoor and outdoor learning
Suggested donation for each workshop is $25, Registration for all three, suggested donation is $60.

Gardening Societies and Clubs
Here is a great website to check out many of the Clubs and Societies in San Diego:

Pure Water Facility
North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall, 92121
For available dates: https://apps.sandiego.gov/ereg/purewatersd/courses.php?grp=public
Since June 2011, the City's demonstration one-million-gallon-per-day Pure Water Facility has been open for free public tours. Participating in a tour is a great way to learn about the water purification process and get an up-close look at the cutting-edge technology used to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water.

I Love A Clean San Diego-Zero Waste (free event)
Saturday, February 3-10am-12pm
EUSD Farm Lab -441 Quail Gardens Rd., Encinitas, CA 92024
This workshop will cover topics such as zero waste kitchen and bathroom tips, DIY cleaning, and on-the-go reusable options. Visit the educational booths or participate in one of the hands-on activities that will be available for all ages, including a kid’s craft and a make-and-take project! Bring in gently used items you were planning to donate and participate in the Swap ‘n’ Shop!

West Sycamore Events
All events unless noted at: West Sycamore Staging Area-East end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131

Volunteer Crew-First Sundays of the Month
Sunday, January 6, 8am
Sunday, February 3, 8am

Get your exercise and help improve your park, by lending a hand. Please bring gloves and wear long pants and sturdy shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Water, Gatorade and snacks are provided! For more information, contact Mission Trails Ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected]

Nature Walk-3rd Sundays of the Month
Sunday, January 21, 8am
Sunday, February 18, 8am

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

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch - 4th Friday of the month- Rain or clouds cancel.
Friday, January 26, sunset
Friday, February 23, sunset

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.

Mountain Bike with a Park Ranger
Saturday, February 10, 9am (2 Hours)
West Sycamore Staging area-east end of Stonebridge Pkwy 92131

Riders will meet at a different location in Mission Trails Regional Park each month. Join Ranger Araceli Dominguez and San Diego Mountain Bike Association Member Maggie Holloway for this fun-filled, nature and progressive beginner series of rides. Come early and volunteers from San Diego Mountain Biking Association will help make adjustments to your bike. Rides will increase a little so you can try new skills and get comfortable with your bike. Bring safety gear, hydration pack, sunscreen and food. Wet trails cancels. For questions email [email protected] or call (619) 668-2744.

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

  • SDG&E’s high use charge started Nov 1, 2017. Keep tabs on your energy use and costs. Get customized SDG& E alerts by email, text or both. Learn more at sdge.com/alerts. #espsdge

  • Peak time of use will be shifting from 11am-6pm to 4-9pm. To support the statewide commitment to reliable and sustainable energy, new time of use pricing plans are being introduced to residential customers over the next few years. These plans are based on how much and when you use energy. They offer more choices on how to better manage and control your energy costs. Info at: sdge.com/touplans.

More tips

Want to do something useful with your holiday cards and others?
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycles your used greeting cards and creates new holiday and all-occasion greeting cards. Recycled cards are sold to support our programs and services for abused, neglected and homeless children, young adults and families.
St Judes-cards 100 St. Jude's St. Boulder City, NV 89005

To Send Cards:
Year-round, they accept used all-occasion greeting cards. Please review the following tips before sending in your cards.

  • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the backside of the front of the card is clear of any handwriting, etc.)
  • We cannot accept Hallmark, Disney, or American Greeting cards
  • 5″ x 7″ size or smaller is preferred
  • To mail large quantities in the least expensive way, use a USPS (United States Post Office) Flat Rate Box (available at your local Post Office), which holds up to 70 pounds.

Here is a great ways to share with your neighbors:

Buy Nothing Scripps Ranch: Join this Facebook group, a “hyper-local gift economy”, 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. 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 www.buynothingproject.org to learn more about this worldwide set of gifting circles.

Current News

Sustainable Landscape Info/Videos and more Click HERE.

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 [email protected]

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

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Past Lectures (PDF)

Past Events (PDF)