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.


SR50Plus & SSR Lecture
Scripps Miramar Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Drive, 92131
Friday, February 9, 10am
Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Climate, Atmospheric Sciences, and Physical Oceanography.
Another in our series of talks will include:
• A brief overview of SIO,
• An introduction to the Climate, Atmospheric Sciences, and Physical Oceanography (CASPO) division’s focus and an overview of the specific division’s people, resources, facilities and relationships to other agencies/organizations, etc.
• An overview of the division’s research areas, activities and results

 Aging Successfully in SR Lecture: Transportation Options for Scripps Ranch Seniors.
Friday, February 16th, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Scripps Ranch Library -10301 Scripps Lake Drive, 92131
What are the transportation options, other than driving your own vehicle, available to Scripps Ranch seniors? Come find out about all of the various free and low-cost ways to get around. We will include programs run by organizations such as FACTTM (Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation), Jewish Family Services (On the Go, Rides & Smiles, Navigator and more). ElderHelp of San Diego. Plus, we will cover special ride sharing programs for seniors that use Uber and/or Lyft. This will be your chance to find out about the qualifications, costs and service areas available for all of the transportation choices for yourself and/or family members. The lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP or reservation required.

SSR Garden Share
SRCA Community Center -11885 Cypress Canyon Rd
Sunday, February 25th -3-4pm

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

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, February 24, 10am
Gardening for Beginners
Learn the basics and gain the confidence to grow anything.

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, February 17, 9:30am
Strawberries with Richard Wright
Saturday, February 24, 9:30am
Cactus & Succulents

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, February 3, 10am
Debunking Common Garden Myths, plus learning some new tips & tricks
Dealing with all those rumors. Are you not sure if you are doing the right thing in your landscape or if you have the right plant in the correct spot? This seminar will look at the common myths of landscape maintenance and some different plant choices.

San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society
Saturday, February 10, 10am-4pm
Balboa Park, Casa del Prado
Winter Show and Sale
More info at https://www.sdcss.net/winter-show-sale

Sunshine Care
12725 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Saturday, February 18, 10:30am
Successes and Failures in You Fall/Winter Veggie Garden and Spring is Here
Contact/RSVP: Farmer Roy, Director of Horticulture [email protected]

Coastal Roots Farm
441 Saxony Rd. Encinitas, 92024
Growing 101 (1-3 workshops)
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, February 4, 8am
Sunday, March 4, 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, February 18, 8am
Sunday, March 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, February 23, 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

  • Check out SDG&E’s Electric Vehicle Guide at sdge.com/EVGuide. Answer five quick questions and instantly receive a list of electric cars that may fit your lifestyle. #espsdge
  • Are you committed to saving energy? Start with small actions we can all perform. It’s easy to make a difference. You’ll even see your utility bills come down while you create a more energy-efficient, comfortable home. https://www.energyupgradeca.org/the-movement/ #espsdge
  • 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/touplanss.

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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