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

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

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.


Movie Showing
Wednesday, March 28, 6-7:45pm
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Drive 92131
Documentary-Fed Up (2014)
From Katie Couric, Laurie David and director Stephanie Soechtig

SSR Garden Share
SRCA Community Center -11885 Cypress Canyon Rd
Wednesday, March 28 at our movie showing at SR library

SSR & SRCA50Plus Monthly Lecture
Friday, April 13, 10-11:30am
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr, San Diego, CA 92131
Urban Trees - the Effect of the Drought & More
We will have two speakers-Rachele Melious (Certified Arbortist and Urban Forestry member)
Mike Rasmusson our Miramar North MAD Manager.
They will give us great tips for managing the trees in our landscape.
Some of the topics they will address will be:
• What have been the effects of the drought on trees in San Diego
• What can people do now if they now want to “save” the trees that they have?
• What are some reasonably priced options for “drought-tolerant/low-water-needs” and fire safe trees?
• What are the most common mistakes people make
• Tree diseases and micro climates within the Scripps Ranch/ Miramar Ranch North areas.

1st Scripps Ranch Community Hack: tools, tips and tricks
Sunday, April 15, 2-4pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd., 92131
All welcome- snacks to share optional
Plan to share your best ideas, fun hobbies, and more- some topics include:
• Water and gardens
• Energy and transportation
• Better living through simplicity: reduce, reuse, recycle, save
• Healthy- snacks, recipes, cleaning products
• Kids projects
• Books, seeds, plants, tools to give away or share
• Suggestions for new events, hikes

Garden Guru-Diane Downey will talk about composting techniques including food waste, worms and bokashi.
Let us know what you want to share or for more info – contact [email protected]

SRCA Community Garage & Clean Up
Garage Sale-Saturday, April 7, 7:30am-12pm
Clean Up Day-Saturday, April 14, 8am-12pm or until dumpsters are full
More info at http://www.scrippsranch.org/committees/clean-up-day

Please donate any useable items to local charities like Habit for Humanity, Salvation Army.
Batteries will again be collected on the Clean Up day.
If you need info on how to recycle an item check out the following webpage:

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, April 7, 8am
Home Grown Produce
They will give you growing tips and advice from planting to harvest.
Saturday, April 22
Organic Gardening
This class will focus on building soil health and problem-solving using organic products and techniques.

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, April 14, 9:30am
Vegetables, Herbs & Flowers for the Home Garden
Saturday, April 21, 9:30am
So much Beauty So Little Water- Wendy proud

San Diego Garden Tours
March, April, and May-check out all the wonder tours around the county.
Our closest one is Rancho Bernardo/Poway
Saturday, April 7, 10am-3pm
More info at: http://www.bernardogardeners.org/
Tickets can be purchase at Walter Andersen Nursey Poway-$20

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, April 7, 10am
Starting a Vegetable/Herb Garden
What does it take to grow your own vegetables and herbs? Learn the best techniques for growing in containers, or raised beds, or just planting directly into your garden.
Saturday, April 21, 10am
Top 20 Easy Water Wise Plants:
This seminar will look at 20 really easy plants that everybody can grow. These no fuss, low maintenance, & water wise plants will shine in your garden and make you "grow" to love them.

San Diego Seed Library & CA Rare Fruit Growers
Saturday, April 14, 2:30-5:00 pm (Rain or shine)
Mira Mesa Library-8405 New Salem St., 92126
They will provide seeds and cuttings to "checkout" and plant in your garden. After you have grown and harvested your vegetables or fruits you "return" them by bringing seeds or cuttings to share with others.

Creek to Bay Cleanup
Saturday April 21, 9am-12pm
Instead of turning a blind eye to the abundance of litter found across San Diego County, volunteers channeled their appreciation for San Diego’s environment into action to protect it. http://www.creektobay.org/
In 2017, ILACSD mobilized over 32,000 volunteers who removed half a million pounds of debris from San Diego County. For more information about how to get involved, visit CleanSD.org.

San Diego Earth Works-29th Annual Earth Fair
Sunday, April 22, 10am-5pm
Balboa Park

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.

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-First Sundays of the Month
Sunday, April 8, 8am (note change of date due to Easter)

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, April 15, 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, April 27, 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.

City of San Diego Commuter Survey
To create a cleaner environment for future generations, the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan calls for more people biking, walking or taking transit. In order to track progress toward these goals, the City is conducting a survey to understand how people commute.

Help San Diego win the 2018 City Nature Challenge
City Nature Challenge is a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local plants and animals over a 4-day period. And San Diego is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world, so we should have this in the bag!
From April 27-30, The Natural History museum is spearheading local effort to document as many species as possible via iNaturalist. More info at:
If you enjoy this then become a Citizen Scientist- http://www.sdnhm.org/science/atlas-projects/

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

  • Consume more content, not more energy. Surfing the web on a tablet uses six times less energy than a desktop. Check out more ways to #DoYourThing on bit.ly/GetMoreScreentime. #EUC #espsdge
  • Customers are eligible to receive a $50 instant rebate on Nest and Ecobee smart
    Thermostats. These products come with mobile apps so people can remotely control their home’s temperature anywhere anytime. Get the rebate is by visiting sdge.com/instant to generate a coupon code. Redeem the code when purchasing a qualifying thermostat
  • Water heating is the second-largest expense in your home, accounting for about 18% of your energy use. Choosing an efficient water heater can save money on water heating costs. Find out more on how to reduce your hot water use and increase energy savings on energyupgradeca.org. and at energyupgradeca.org #espsdge
  • SDG&E’s high use charge is now in effect. 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
  • You can shop, compare prices and purchase energy-efficient products – all within the SDG&E Marketplace at marketplace.sdge.com. #espsdge
  • Learn about new electricity pricing plans based on when you use energy. Peak hours are changing to 4 – 9pm. Visit sdge.com/TOUPlans to learn more #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

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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