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

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.

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


SSR Garden Share
Check back for updates

6th Annual Electric Vehicle Day
Liberty Station-Ingram Plaza -2751 Dewey Rd., 92106
Saturday, September 15, 10am-3pm
Join SDG&E, Cleantech San Diego, and the Center for Sustainable Energy and check out electric vehicles, home charging solutions and alternative energy services to hundreds of EV and alternative power enthusiasts.

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, September 8, 9:30am
Seed Saving-All about Seeds
Saturday, September 15, 9:30am
Fall Vegetables

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, September 8, 9am
Garden Basics

City Farmers Nursery
3110 Euclid Ave., 92105
Saturday, September 15, 10am
Rainwater harvesting-Brook Sarson of H2Ome
Learn how to harvest rainwater from simple no cost landscape solutions, to simple gravity fed storage, to high level water retention and storage.
• How much rain you can actually catch
• What kind of containment options work here in San Diego
• Costs associated with parts, installation, water delivery including and most importantly how to keep it simple and cost effective! Skip the barrel, go for the tank to get your best ROI.
• Rebate information for rainwater tanks

San Diego Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale
Balboa Park-Casa del Prado
Saturday, September 22, 9am-3pm
They have put together another great collection of plants- succulents, California natives, decorative plants, and many unusual varieties to choose from as well as other garden items. They will have many Master Gardeners on hand to answer your questions.

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, September 25, 5:45pm
Master Gardeners will discuss Earth Friendly Gardens and Horticultural Fact or Fiction - how to research what is true, what is an "old wives tale," and what is "snake oil."

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, October 6, 10am
Waterwise Landscaping with Succulents and Natives
Create a beautiful landscape with succulents and natives without it looking like a desert.

Sunshine Care
12725 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Saturday, October 20, 10:30am
Companion Planting

Solar for Homeowners-Center for Sustainable Energy
3980 Sherman St. Suite #170, 92110
Thursday, October 18, 6-8pm

Topics will include:
• Calculating your home’s energy use
• Properly sizing a solar system to meet your unique needs
• Researching and comparing solar contractors
• Evaluating a contractor bid or contract

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.

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
No Volunteer Crew till October

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
Saturday September 16, 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 – 3rd Fridays of the month- Rain or clouds cancel.
Note new date (no longer 4th Fridays)
Friday, September 21, sunset ~7pm
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.

Become a Citizen Scientist- http://www.sdnhm.org/science/atlas-projects/

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

• September is National Preparedness Month. Ensure your emergency preparedness kit is up-to-date. https://www.sdge.com/more-information/safety/emergency-preparedness/emergency-checklists #PrepareNow #espsdge
• Save yourself a phone call and use online options for information on planned and unplanned power outages. https://www.sdge.com/residential/customer-service/outage-center #espsdge
• Stay in-the-know. Take steps to keep your home and family safe from fire. https://www.sdge.com/wildfire-safety #espsdge #PrepareNow
• Get energy safety tips and emergency checklists at sdge.com/safety. #espsdge
• Project Wildlife encourages you to trim trees in the fall when they are dormant. Spring/Summer pruning can devastate nesting birds and bats and create greater chance of damage and possible diseases to trees.
• Looking to recycle 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/
• Sunscreens containing oxybenezone, found in more than 3,500 skin care products, showed major toxic effects in developing coral.https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/nov15/sunscreen-corals.html Hawaii became the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. The Environmental Working Group also found certain chemicals toxic to people. So do your homework before you buy. https://www.ewg.org

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

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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