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.

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18th Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair
Sunday, June 11th - 12-4:30pm
Alliant University- 10455 Pomerado Rd
Don’t forget to check out Green Street.

2nd Annual Zero Waste Fair
Ocean Knoll Farm- 701 Bonita Drive, Encinitas 92024

Saturday, June 17th- 10am-1pm
Continue your journey towards zero waste This family friendly event has educational booths addressing topics such as bulk shopping, renewable energy, daily zero waste habits, and more!

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.

Garden Events/talks

SSR Garden Share
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131
Check back for updates

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

Armstrong Nursery-9939 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129
Growing Succulents & Cacti-Saturday, June 24th at 9am
Learn how to grow these low maintenance beauties. Perfect in a landscape, in containers or inside as a decorative accent.
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
Organic Insect Controls- Saturday, July 8th, 9:30am
Summer Fruit & Pruning with Richard Wright- Saturday, July 15th, 9:30am
Soil: Getting the Most from Yours with Brian Robert- Saturday, July 22nd, 9:30am

City Farmers Nursery-3110 Euclid Ave. 92105
Fertilizing & Fertilizers 101-Sunday, June 25th -8:30-10:00am
Feed your plants, and they’ll feed you! You’ll learn the basics of plant food and how to evaluate what plants in San Diego eat to thrive. We’ll cover NPK basics, using fertilizer that will work with your soil and plants special needs, all in a simple, fun approach.

Sunshine Care -12695 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Wonderful Plants of the Desert Southwest- Saturday, July 15th, 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:

Olivenhain Municipal Water Department Tour
8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido 92029
Thursday, July 13th, 8:00am-12pm
OMWD offers tours of its facilities, including Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant, and 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility. Tours begin at 8:00 a.m. at the OMWD office and end at approximately noon. Reservations must be made by noon on the Monday prior to the scheduled tour date.  All attendees must submit a signed tour release form.

Demonstration Pure Water Facility – Public Tour
North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall, 92121
Friday, July 14th, 9:30am
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
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

Fixit Clinic: 3rd Saturdays
New site to be determined
Bring your non-functioning items for possible repair. Workspace, specialty tools, and guidance provided. Whether we fix it or not, you'll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event!
Questions? Please contact [email protected]

West Sycamore
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
Sunday, June 18th, 8am, 90 minutes

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, June 23rd, sunset

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

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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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