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.
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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


The Birds of the San Diego Garden
Scripps Ranch Library- 10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Friday, July 14th, 10:00-11:30am
The program includes the common birds in Southern California gardens and how to keep them there. You will learn the birds’ names and how to identify them. Which birds only visit seasonally, from as far away as the Arctic and Central America? Who’s the most fearless, at the top of the pecking order? Which relentless hunter uses your greenery to maximize stealth and chances for an easy meal? It is an informative and entertaining glimpse at a world we often can’t see.

Whales! Whales! Whales!
Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont St., 92103
Friday, August 4th, 6:30pm
Winter is the season at Cabrillo National Monument for Gray Whales to migrate off the shores of Point Loma. From their winter feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the birthing grounds off the coast of Baja, Gray Whales boast the longest migration of any animal on earth. Come hear a few whale tales about these majestic creatures and their testament to the power of conservation.  The presenter will be Alex Warneke, MSc. - Science Communicator for the National Park Service

Ride with a Ranger-Los Penasquitos Preserve
Rancho Penasquitos Adobe-12122 Canyonside Park Dr. 92129
Saturday, August 6th & 20th, 3-6pm free
Approximately 6 mile intermediate ride to the waterfall. Learn about the flora,fauna, and history of the canyon.

Public Tour of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Saturday, August 12th, 10-11am-free
Come learn more about this jewel of the University of California system; they invite you to join a public tour. Registration is required. A map and tour details will be sent with confirmation of registration. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/august-public-tour-of-scripps-institution-of-oceanography-0812-tickets-35601136959

Partial Solar Eclipse in San Diego
Monday, August 21st
Please find out to observe this event safely. Do not look directly at the sun.
More event info at:


Garden Events/talks

SSR Garden Share
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131
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Armstrong Nursery-9939 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129
Healthy Plants: Watering & Fertilizing- Saturday, July 15th, 9:00am
Different soils and plants have different nutrient requirements. Learn simple techniques to ensure you have healthy and beautiful blooms and foliage.
Colorful, Flowering, Waterwise Plants- Saturday, July 29th, 9:00am
Waterwise gardens can be full of colorful flowers. We’ll show you perennials and shrubs that provide blooms and beauty all year long.

Walter Andersen Nursery-12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Soil: Getting the Most from Yours with Brian Robert- Saturday, July 22nd, 9:30am
Summer Fruit & Pruning with Richard Wright- Saturday, July 29th, 9:30am

Sunshine Care -12695 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Successes & Failures in your Spring Edible Garden & Preparing for Fall
Saturday, August 19th, 10:30am
RSVP [email protected]

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

Demonstration Pure Water Facility – Public Tour
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.

Solar for Homeowner
Center for Sustainable Energy-9325 Sky Park Ct. Suite 100, SD 92123
Wednesday, July 19th, 11:30am-2:00pm
Wednesday, August 16th, 5:30-8:00pm

Topics will include:
• Calculating your home’s energy use
• Properly sizing a solar PV system to meet your unique needs
• Understanding how Solar Water Heating works and what rebates are available
• Researching and comparing solar contractors
• Evaluating a contractor bid or contract

San Diego Seed Library & CA Rare Fruit Grower: 2nd Saturdays
Mira Mesa Library-8405 New Salem St., 92126
Saturday, August 12th, 2:30-5pm (Rain or shine)
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.

Coastal Roots Farm Tour-2nd Sundays
441 Saxony Rd., Encinitas 92024
Sunday, August 13th, 11:30am-1pm
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their production methods and the innovative technology. A walk through the ever evolving vegetable, herb and flower gardens. Focus is on food production, the edible labyrinth and chickens. They will also explore the vineyard, food forest, composting operation, and a pay-what-you-can Farm Stand.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Tours
4600 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad CA 92008
Tuesday, September 5th, 10-11:30am
Tuesday, September 19th, 10-11:30am
Tuesday, October 3rd, 8:30-10:00am
Tuesday, November 7th, 10:-11:30am
Tuesday, December 12th 10:-11:30am
Tours fill quickly so register now.

Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science
San Diego Central Library Gallery June 10th - September 3rd, 2017
The exhibition explores the question of consequences, challenges, and opportunities that arise from the changing climate on our planet. It aspires to proactively stimulate public dialogue about one of the most important issues of our time.

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
No Work crew till October due to hot weather
West Sycamore Staging Area-East end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131
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
No hike in July or August

West Sycamore Staging Area - East end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131
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, July 28th, sunset
Friday, August 25th, sunset
West Sycamore Staging area-east end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131
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.

Recycled Water Fill Station - 10137 Meanley Dr. 92131
Open Tuesdays (9am-1pm) & Saturdays (8am-2pm)
Residential Recycled Water Fill Station is a part of the City of San Diego's continuous efforts to provide programs and services that reduce inefficient water use. Recycled water is available to City of SD Public Utilities customers (must bring copy of your bill) for your personal use at your property. For more info & requirements: www.sandiego.gov/residential-recycled-water

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

  • Looking for an easy way to shop for energy-efficient products and get some cash back from your purchase? Learn more at marketplace.sdge.com #espsdge
  • Sign up for SDG&E’s energy alerts at bit.ly/2rNXCDs. You will be notified via text or email when your pre-set spending goal was exceeded, you’ve moved into a higher-priced electric tier and more. #espsdge
  • Save money and energy with an energy-efficient pool pump. SDG&E is now offering a $200 rebate on select models. Find out more at bit.ly/2sQZ6gj #espsdge
  • Sign up for paperless billing at www.sdge.com/myaccount #espsdge
  • Get favorable financing for energy-saving projects for your home with Residential Energy Efficiency Loan program info at www.sdge.com/save-money/financing #espsdge
  • Lower your bills with these energy-saving Spring tips. http://bit.ly/2nN6RB3 #espsdge
  • Electricity rates switched on May 1 for summer pricing. Learn more at sdge.com/my-energy-billenergy-bill. #espsdge

More tips

Greywater Rebate info and more
This is a great time to implement your low cost greywater system as rebates are still available-up to $250!

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.

Ideas for keeping your rain barrels mosquito-proof: http://www.countynewscenter.com/have-you-mosquito-proofed-your-rain-barrel/

Here is a great ways to share with your neighbors:

Buy Nothing Scripps Ranch: Join this Facebook group, a “hyper-local gift economy” currently numbering almost 500 members, 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 with our neighbors. This group is only 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, then join the local Facebook group and start sharing!

Current News

Sustainable Landscape Incentives (October 2016) are now online and open to applicants. Click HERE for information about the SLP Program.
The San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program is offering $1.75 per square foot for qualified applicants who replace water-intensive turf grass with landscaping that provides several environmental benefits. Eligible projects must include rainwater capture and detention, soil enhancements, climate-appropriate plants, water-efficient irrigation methods and are subject to site inspections.

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
Think Blue
Innovations Academy Charter School

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