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

 

Events

West Sycamore

Volunteer Crew-First Sundays of the Month
Sunday, May 7th, 8am
Sunday, June 4th, 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, May 21st, 8am, 90 minutes
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, April 28th, sunset
Friday, May 26th, sunset
Friday, June 23rd, sunset
http://sdaa.org/index.htm
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.

Special Scripps Ranch Event-SRCA Community Meet & Greet
Saturday, May 20th -2-6 pm
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr. 92131

The SRCA is pleased to present an all new event for Scripps Ranch civic, service, and social non-profits and our residents
We invite residents to meet with these community organizations to find out what they do, how to join, and volunteer opportunities available.
Then stay for the hosted reception during social hour and enjoy good food, libations, and the entertaining SRCA 50 Plus Blues and Folk Group band.
It’s how SRCA helps our neighborhood to “Get Connected” with each other.
http://www.scrippsranch.org/meetandgreet

Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science
La Jolla Historical Society February 11th - May 21st, 2017
Wisteria Cottage Gallery- 780 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
San Diego Central Library Gallery June 10th - September 3rd, 2017
https://lajollahistory.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/
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.
A special private showing and fundraiser with Scripps Institute of Oceanography researchers and the artists will take place on Sunday, May 7th from 4:30-7:30pm. For more information and tickets: http://soireeforccl2.brownpapertickets.com

EarthFair 2017 Balboa Park
Sunday, April 23rd -10:00am-5:00pm
Join San Diego EarthWorks in their 28th Annual Environmental Fair! The world's largest free annual environmental fair and Earth Day Celebration produced by volunteers! More info www.earthdayweb.org

Scripps Ranch Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 29th, 8am-until the dumpsters are full
Business Park-Meanley Dr. & SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131
Are you thinking of getting rid of unused items left over from Garage Day? Before you send them for disposal see if you can donate them. Check out Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations. Most will come to you for pick up. Let’s keep reusable items out of the landfill. www.sdhfh.org/ReStore/Donate-to-the-ReStore/Acceptable-Items
Batteries will be accepted on that day. If you miss it then Saturday, May 13th Mira Mesa High School 9am-1pm. They will also take fluorescent bulbs, oil, antifreeze. More info call 858 694-7000.

People's Climate March
Saturday, April 29th, 10am
http://sandiego350.org/

Afoot and Afield in San Diego County, 5th Edition!
Tuesday, May 2nd -6pm
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr. 92131
Yes, the hiking bible of our county is back and entirely updated! Co-writer Scott Turner will be here talking trails all over San Diego.

Garden Events/talks

SSR Garden Share
Sunday, May 21st, 4-5pm
SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131
Check here for any changes

Evergreen Nursery- 13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
http://www.evergreennursery.com/seminar-schedule-2017
Gardening Seminar Just For Kids (6-12 years)- Saturday, May 6th -10am
-Ideal for kids who love to garden. Each student will bring home a color bowl that they’ve planted with flowers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Citrus & Avocado Varieties & Care-Saturday, May 20th -10am

Walter Andersen Nursery-12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
http://www.walterandersen.com/
Spring/Summer Veggies with Richard Wright-Saturday, April 22nd
DIG Irrigation-Saturday, April 29th, 9:30am-10:30am RSVP required (858)513-4900
Your own Food Forest - Saturday, May 6th -9:30am
Citrus Varieties and Care-Saturday, May 27th -9:30am

City Farmers Nursery-3110 Euclid Ave. 92105
http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com/
Raising Chicken 101-Saturday, May 6th -8:30am
California Native Plants- Saturday, May 13th -9am
Gardening 101-Saturday, May 20th-8:30am
Aquaponics, Aquaculture & Hydroponics-Saturday, May 28th -10am

Spring has Sprung in San Diego
Need ideas for your garden? Checkout the County’s Garden Tours which already started in March.
April 22nd-Bernardo Gardeners Club-www.bernardogardeners.org
April 29th-Fallbrook-www.fallbrookgardenclub.org
May 6th-Clairemont- http://gardentour.clairemontonline.com/buy-tickets
May 13th-Mission Hills Walk-www.missionhillsgardenclub.org
May 13-14th-Weekend Art, Garden Tour Encinitas http://sandieguitoartguild.com/mothers-day-tour/
May 20th- Secret Garden Tour La Jolla-www.lajollahistory.org

Gardening Societies and Clubs
Here is a great website to check out many of the Clubs and Societies in San Diego:
http://www.sdfloral.org/calendar.htm

San Diego Seed Library & CA Rare Fruit Grower: 2nd Saturday
Saturday, May 13th, 2:30-5pm (Rain or shine)
Saturday, June 10th, 2:30-5pm (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.

Coastal Roots Fair Tour-2nd Sundays
Sunday, May 14th, 11:30-1pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-coastal-roots-farm-tickets-30870337009
Sunday, June 11th, 11:30-1pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-coastal-roots-farm-tickets-30870338012
441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas 92024
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.

Fixit Clinic: 3rd Saturdays
Saturday, May 13th, 12-2pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-fixit-clinic-tickets-31049502899
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]

Demonstration Pure Water Facility – Public Tour
North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, 92121
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.
https://apps.sandiego.gov/ereg/purewatersd/courses.php?grp=public

Solar for Homeowner
Center for Sustainable Energy-9325 Sky Park Ct. Suite 100, SD 92123
Thursday, April 27th- 5:30-8:00pm
http://energycenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&ccse-menu=pv-homeowner&id=2652
Thursday, May 18th -11:30am-2pm
http://energycenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&ccse-menu=pv-homeowner&id=2611
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

Spring/Summer Veggies with Richard Wright
Saturday, April 22nd, 9:30am-10:30am
Walter Andersen Poway- 12755 Danielson Ct, Poway 92064

Scripps Ranch Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 29th, 8am-until the dumpsters are full
Business Park-Meanley Dr. & SRCA Community Center 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd 92131
Are you thinking of getting rid of unused items left over from Garage Day? Before you send them for disposal see if you can donate them. Check out Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations. Most will come to you for pick up. Let’s keep reusable items out of the landfill. www.sdhfh.org/ReStore/Donate-to-the-ReStore/Acceptable-Items
Batteries will be accepted on that day. If you miss it then Saturday, May 13th Mira Mesa High School 9am-1pm. They will also take fluorescent bulbs, oil, antifreeze. More info call 858 694-7000.

Recycled Water Fill Station - 10137 Meanley Dr. 92131
Open Tuesdays (9am-1pm) & Saturdays (8am-2pm) Note closed till April 1st
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


More tips

Greywater Rebate info and more
https://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/graywater
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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