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.


Scripps Ranch Clean Up Day
Saturday, October 21, 8am-12pm or when dumpsters are full
SRCA Community Center-11885 Cypress Canyon Rd. and SR Business Park-Meanley Dr.
Battery Recycling will also be available. Please consider donating useable items to Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other worthy non-profit.

Garden Events/talks

SSR Garden Share
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131
Sunday, October 22, 3:00-4:00pm

Evergreen Nursery
Saturday, November 4, 10:00am
13650 Carmel Valley Rd., 92130
Citrus & Avocado Varieties & Care- You will learn all about your favorite citrus and avocado varieties and the best practices.

Walter Andersen Nursery
Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am
12755 Danielson Ct., 92064
• Habitats for Birds, Butterflies & Pollinators- September 23
• Fall Veggies & Seeds- September 30
• Learn about Composting- October 7

WaterSmart Classes
Monday, October 16, 5:30-8:30pm
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center-4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92117
Transform your yard into a beautiful, water-saving landscape. To sign up http://www.watersmartsd.org/events/design-homeowners-workshop-clairemont-2
Saturday, November 4-How to Build 3 inches of Amazing Soil in 2 Months
Saturday, November 18-Choosing, Planting and Maintaining California Native Plants
Saturday, November 18-Using Laundry Water for Landscapes
Saturday, December 2-Rainwaterharvesting for Healthy Gardens

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Tuesday, October 24, 6pm
Scripps Ranch Library- 10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Our speaker will be Pat Nolan, Supervising Plant Pathologist at the County's Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures.
There are new threats to our trees, landscapes and economy from new pests such as the South American palm weevil, invasive shothole borers and the worst disease of citrus in the world-huanglongbing, also known as HLB. As of this writing, HLB has not yet been found in San Diego County but the disease is spreading rapidly in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties. She will discuss what to expect when this disease gets here. All welcome.

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

Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale
Saturday, October 28, 9am-5pm
San Diego Botanic Garden -230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas 92024
The Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society will be having a plant show and sale at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

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.

Solar for Homeowners
Wednesday, October 25, 5:30-8:00pm
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center-4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd 92117
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

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, November 5, 8am
Sunday, December 3, 8am
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
Sunday, November 19, 8am
Sunday, December 17, 8am

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, October 27, sunset
No meeting in November or December due to Holiday
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.

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

  • Keep the Green Waste Clean-Do not contaminate Green Waste with glass, plastic, plant pots, poop, dirt, rocks & bricks, and trash. Because it cannot be screened, contaminants negatively impact the quality of the compost.
  • Looking to recycle a household item hold, like batteries -check out the following website: http://www.wastefreesd.org/
  • Protect your home in case of wildfire. Get Cal Fire tips and videos on creating defensible space and hardening your home at ReadyforWildfire.org. For more tips on emergency preparedness, visit sdge.com/emergency
  • SDG&E’s high usage charge starts Nov 1 sdge.com/highusage. Sign up for bill alerts sdge.com/alerts #espsdge
  • SDG&E’s Winter Rates go into effect November 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018. Learn more at http://ow.ly/iRns30fhC9J. #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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