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

Scripps Ranch Digs Dirt-New Compost Site getting started in SR.
Our newest compost hub is a haven for permaculture practices and building community.
We're building a network that teaches how to grow food, live healthy, share resources and build community. For more info contact Suha at [email protected] or to sign up at www.dropoff.food2soil.net
The program is in partnership with Sarah Boltwala-Mesina Executive Director Inika Small Earth Inc.- Food2Soil

Scripps Ranch Library-our very own Seed Library.
How it works- Take a Seed, Grow a Seed, Return a Seed
Non GMO, organic, heirloom varieties available. Find the catalog/info opposite the book drop.
Still to come- related programs and workshops.

Scripps Ranch Digs Dirt- Compost Site getting in SR.
We're building a network that teaches how to grow food, live healthy, share resources and build community. For more info contact Suha at [email protected] or to sign up at www.dropoff.food2soil.net The program is in partnership with Sarah Boltwala-Mesina Executive Director Inika Small Earth Inc.- Food2Soil

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

Rebates still available for Rain barrels
And info on using rainwater for irrigation

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.

Electronics, video & audio tapes, cables, floppy and zip discs, cameras, ink cartridges and more- check out Update Green (www.updategreen.com) -7887 Dunbrook Rd. 92126. Find other place to recycle at http://www.wastefreesd.org/
Please check what items can go in your recycle bins. For more info: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/what-goes-where.pdf


Scripps Mesa Garden Club-4th Tuesdays
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, February 25, 6pm
Our speaker will be Kevin Espiritu, author of Urban Gardening and founder of Epic Gardening. https://www.epicgardening.com. Kevin lives in San Diego.

Visit Cadence Organic Garden in Poway with Farmer Roy.
12695 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Saturday, February 29, 1pm.
Check out there Food Bank Garden and the wonder 5 acre organic gardens used to grow food for the residents. There is also a small kids area and large greenhouse. RSVP to attend this private Scripps Mesa Garden Club tour.

Hawk Watch-free
Begent Ranch -18528 Highland Valley Rd., Ramona, 92065
Saturdays, February, 10 am rain or shine
Informative educational Biologists Talk and Q&A with falconry or ambassador raptors for you to see up close and personal! The seated program lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
Optional roadside observations of wild raptors and other wildlife including a Bald Eagle nest less than 2 miles on paved roads. Biologists and local expert volunteers available.
More info: https://www.wildlife-research.org/hawkwatch
San Diego Bird Festival
Marina Village Conference Center 1936 Quivira Way-92109
Sunday, March 1
Celebrating the wild birds and habitats of our county, which offers some of the best birding in the U.S. The Festival supports the education, conservation and sanctuary programs of San Diego Audubon Society

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd., 92130
Saturday, March 7, 10am
Choosing and Caring for Fruit Trees - How to choose, plant, and grow stone fruit trees. Fruits of topic will be: apples, apricots, figs, nectarines, pears, peaches, persimmons, plums, and pomegranates.

Solana Center-Free Composting & Vermicomposting Basics Workshop
Mira Mesa Recreation Center-8575 New Salem St., 92126
Saturday, March 7, 10-12pm
In this workshop, we will cover the following topics:
• What is composting and why it is so important
• What tools and materials you'll need
• Which items are compostable and which are not
• Harvesting and using your compost

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064-all classes 9:30am
Saturday, March 7-Tomatoes with Farmer Roy
Saturday, March 14-Seed Starting Workshop with Brijette from San Diego Seed Co. $35 materials fee. RSVP 858-513-4900
Saturday, March 21--Spring Vegetables with Richard Wright
Saturday, March 28 -Fruit & Vegetable Lore with George

Healthy Trees and Neighborhoods, for Climate Action
Friday, March 13, 8:30-11am
Girl Scout Program Center-1231 Upas Street
Workshop on connecting trees to health, neighborhoods, and climate action http://sdrufc.com/healthy-trees-workshops/
Other workshops on tree planting, care, and advocacy on Friday morning April 10.

Cadence Garden Lectures
12695 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Saturday, March 21, 10:30am
Culinary Herbs with Farmer Roy
Saturday, April 18, 10:30am
Vermiculture and Bokashi Composting at Home
RSVP requested 858 472-6959 or [email protected]

Sustainable Saturdays
Garden Share- 3pm
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr. 92131
Saturday, March 21, 3:30pm
Learn about the Seed Library started in our own Library followed by a movie:
The film focuses on a seventh-generation farmer and community dealing with the pressures of big agribusiness and how they pioneered the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

San Diego Master Gardeners Workshop
Diego County Operations Center-5515 Farnham St., 92123
Saturday, March 21, 9am-4pm
Classes, workshops, a marketplace and more.

I Love A Clean San Diego
Zero Waste -free
EUSD Farm Lab -441 Quail Gardens Rd., Encinitas, 92024
Zero waste bathroom tips, sustainable laundry methods, zero waste common areas, and DIY cleaning! Hands-on activities Raffle Prizes and more
Saturday, March 7- Save Your Scraps
Saturday, May 2, Adventures in Sustainability

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, March 24, 6pm
Chuck McClung will discuss how to grow orchids.

SSR Hike-Tooth Rock (Poway)
Meet at the trailhead at the southern end of Tooth Rock Road.
Saturday, March 28, 8:30am
Lee Gordon from the CA Native Plant Society will lead another hike to Tooth Rock. Round trip is 2-3 miles with some elevation. RSVP appreciated. For questions or to carpool contact us

Los Penasquitos Preserve events -Various locations

Tadpole & Fairy Shrimp Hike with Will Bowen-
Carmel Mountain Trail Head, 4730 Fairport Way (at Shorepoint Way), 92130.
Sunday, March 15, 4-6p.m.
Hike to look for and learn about fairy shrimp, tree frog tadpoles, and spadefoot toad tadpoles.

Vernal Pool Walk with Mike Kelly
11125 Taloncrest Way, 92121
Saturday, March 21, 9-11am
Vernal pools are our most endangered habitat.Learn about them and the extremophile plants and animals that live in them. Questions Mike Kelly at [email protected]

Birding With All Your Senses with Jeanie Anderson
12122 Black Mtn. Rd. Rancho Peñasquitos, 92129
Saturday, March 21-meet 7:45am hike 8-10am
Easy stroll on a path with many birds both visible and calling. Bring sturdy shoes, binoculars. Handout provided.

Ongoing Events
Carlsbad Desalination Plant
They invite you to visit the largest, most technically advanced and environmentally sound desalination plant in the western hemisphere! Tours are available at our Carlsbad plant on Tuesday mornings from 10 - 11:30 am. Tours fill quickly.

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.

Coastal Roots Farm
441 Saxony Rd. Encinitas, 92024
Tours Second Sunday of every month

Gardening Societies and Clubs
Scripps Mesa Garden Club-4th Tuesday of the month -6pm
Scripps Ranch Library

Contact [email protected] for more info
Here is a great website to check out many of the Clubs and Societies in San Diego:

Penasquitos Garden Exchange is every 1st and 3rd. Saturdays of the month, at their library.

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

Volunteer Crew-1st Sundays of the Month (except summer)
Sunday, Marcg 1, 8am
Sunday, April 5, 8am
Get your exercise and help improve your park, by lending a hand. For more information, contact Mission Trails Ranger at [email protected]

Nature Walk-4th Sundays of the Month
Sunday, March 22, 8am
Sunday, April 26, 8am

Join Ranger Andrew Miller [email protected] for his 90-minute guided nature walk, focused on the plant communities and animals. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water.

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch-3rd Fridays of the Month- Rain or clouds cancel
Friday, March 20, sunset
Friday, April 17, sunset

Park on the street and walk in. Kids welcome.

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

Favorable financing for energy saving projects
To improve your home’s energy efficiency but cash flow is a problem, the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) program may be able to help. Participating lenders offer loans with favorable rates Examples include: heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, water heaters, insulation, and ducts; sealing air leaks, duct sealing, appliances, pool pumps, smart thermostats; windows, and LEDs. GoGreenFinancing.com/residential.

• Rebates still available for outdoor projects like turf removal and rain barrel installations.

• Create or Update your Personal Disaster Plan with a newer version. Info at Readysandiego.org

• Did you know you can schedule a free gas furnace and appliance check with SDG&E?. Learn more on sdge.com/gascheck

• Sign up for power outage notifications: Go to sdge.com/MyAccount. Click on the “Alerts and Subscriptions” tab. Select “Outage Notifications” from the drop-down menu. Choose how you want to stay informed, e.g. email, text and/or phone. #safetytips4U #sdge

• Help create a Vision for Public Transit – go to ElevateSD2020.com

• Want to be more ecofriendly-check out these two San Diego Companies trying to make a difference. https://shopwithgoodintent.com/ and https://www.earthwellrefill.com/

• Call 811 before you dig to have underground utilities marked-https://www.sdge.com/more-information/safety/gas-safety/dial-811-you-dig #energytips4U #sdge

Free WaterSmart Checkups

Get energy safety tips, emergency checklists and information about community safety solutions at sdge.com/safety #espsdge


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

Scripps Ranch Rain Harvesters - NBC Article

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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