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 Landscape Transformation Program Increases Incentives in San Diego County
Residents in San Diego County now can receive $2.75 per square foot for replacing turf with sustainable landscaping features as part of a new Landscape Transformation Program launched on July 9, 2018 across Southern California.

Free trees from the City of San Diego
The Fiscal Year 2018 budget provides $400,000 for planting trees in the city's right of way (10 feet from back of curb). Residential property owners and businesses can request a street tree be planted in the public right-of-way, at no cost, if they agree to water the tree to ensure its survival. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by calling 619-527-7500. Email: [email protected] and [email protected]. We like to hear from you after contacting the city, so we can find out how easy the process is.

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.

Free Recycled Water
City of San Diego customers can obtain recycled water at no additional cost to use for landscape irrigation, non-drinking purposes, and power washing at the recycled water fill station
Scripps Ranch Business Park-10139 Meanley Dr.
Tuesdays, 9am-1pm & Saturdays, 8am-2pm June through November
Visit https://www.sandiego.gov/residential-recycled-water for more information


Scripps Ranch Digs Dirt-New Compost Site getting started in SR.
We are looking for 10 participants to drop off their vegetative food scraps.
Our newest compost hub is a haven for permaculture practices and building community. It isn't a farm or a community garden...it’s the backyard of Suha and Jay- permaculturists, community leaders and above all good neighbors.
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

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, July 20, 9am
Succulents and cacti are some of the easiest plants to grow. Our experts will give you tips to keep them healthy, happy and beautiful.

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, August 3, 10am
Citrus & Avocado varieties

San Diego Solar Experience
SRCA Community Center-11885 Cypress Canyon Rd., 92131
Saturday, July 13, 11am-12pm
Poway Library-13137 Poway Rd., 92064
Wednesday, July 31, 12-1pm

• How solar works
• Battery storage and integration
• Policy changes
• Available incentives
• Financing options
• How to choose a solar provider
• New solar rules and more!
To register: www.sdsolarexperience.org

San Diego Fixit Clinic
Second Chance Beer Company-15378 Avenue of Science #222, 92128
Saturday, July 13, 1-3pm

Sunshine Care
12725 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Saturday, July 20, 10:30am-12pm
Hillside Gardening- Connie Beck
Contact/RSVP: Farmer Roy, Director of Horticulture [email protected]

San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Garden Dr., Encinitas 92024
Saturday, July 20-21, 10am-4pm
Insect Festival

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10331 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, July 23, 6pm
Presented by Pat Nolan, San Diego County Plant Entomologist.

SSR Garden Share and Movie
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Saturday, July 27, 3pm
Movie -Sonic Sea
Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life.
But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world.
Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.

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

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, weather permitting
Cancelled until Fall
Get your exercise and help improve your park while lending a hand. Bring gloves, hat, wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Water, Gatorade and snacks are provided!
For more information, contact Ranger Dan at [email protected]

Nature Walk-4th Sundays of the Month, weather permitting
Cancelled untill Fall
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, July 19, sunset
Friday, August 16, sunset
Visit San Diego Astronomy Association
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. Kids are welcome.
Please, NO WHITE FLASHLIGHTS as they ruin our night-adapted vision. Red lens flashlights are fine. Please park on the street and walk in.

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

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
• Share your thoughts on San Diego Parks & Facilities at - https://publicinput.com/SDparks
• Help reduce plastic use by skipping the straws
• Please check what items can go in your recycle bins. For more info; https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/what-goes-where.pdf
• Get mulch and compost from the landfill-https://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/miramar/greenery
• Residential customers will begin to transition to Time-of-Use pricing plans in March. Be on the lookout for more details in the mail. If you want to learn more, watch their videos at sdge.com/whenmatters.
• Ev, Plug-In Hybrid Drivers can get credit on SDG&E bill. More info: https://www.sdge.com/residential/electric-vehicles/electric-vehicle-climate-credit
Keeping you home warm in Winter
• Check your insulation. If your home is poorly insulated, it may be time to add some eco-friendly insulation. Add insulation blankets to the attic floor or wrap your water heater in fiberglass insulation.
• Seal leaks. Find those vulnerable areas of your home where cold air gets in and warm air escapes. Seal leaks with weather stripping. Ensure seals around ducts are in good condition. Cover unused fireplaces to prevent passage of air through the flue.
• Turn down the thermostat. One of the most energy-conscious choice you can make is to have a programmable thermostat installed. Save $75 through SDG&E’s instant rebate program by visiting sdge.com/instant.

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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