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
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Free Backyard Composting & Vermicomposting Workshop
Tecolote Nature Center- 5180 Tecolote Rd., 92110
Saturday, October 6, 10am-2pm
Want to learn how you can improve the quality of your soil, reduce waste and air pollution, while saving energy, money, and water? Learn how to compost!
Join Solana Center - you will learn the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Using trial-tested advice and interactive demonstrations, their expert will teach you all you need to know to get started with a bin that fits your needs and lifestyle.

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, October 6, 9:30am.
Organic Fertilizers
Saturday, October 13, 9:30am
Fall Vegetables with Farmer Roy

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, October 13, 9am
Cool Season Vegetables

SSR & SRCA 50Plus Joint lecture
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Friday, October 12, 10am
Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council Expo
SR Fire Station
Saturday, October 13, 10am-2pm
Learn about Fire Safety and emergency preparedness.

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, October 23, 5:45pm
Fausto Palafax owner of Mission Hills Nursery will be talking about planting for fall, vegetables and flowers.
All welcome. Interested in Gardening-join the Scripps Mesa Garden Club. They meet at the Scripps Ranch Library or tour local gardens. For more info contact Louise at [email protected]

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

SRCA Clean Up Day
Business Park (Meanley Drive) and SRCA Community Center -11885 Cypress Canyon Rd.
Saturday, October 20, 8am-12pm or until the dumpers are full (the past 3 years they filled up before 12pm.)
Please no cardboard and greenery, use home containers. Be prepared to unload your vehicle.
The ONE CELL battery recycling program will have collection boxes for household batteries.
If your items can be reused please donate them to the local San Diego Charities-many will pick home at your home.

San Diego Green Building Tour
Sunday, October 21, 10am-4pm
This event is a self-guided tour featuring a wide variety of Green homes throughout the County. You may start your tour at any of the homes and tour as many as you'd like; all for one low price. We offer these opportunities to encourage, educate and empower you to green your own home. Cost $15

San Diego Botanic Garden -230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas 92024
Saturday, October 27, 9am-5pm & Sunday, October 28, 10am-3pm
The annual Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale at the Garden. Check out award-winning show plants, available for viewing. Winners of the show are announced at 1 pm on Saturday and will be on display throughout the entire weekend.

Become a Balboa Park Tree Steward
Bring your passion — they’ll provide the training.
Through their Tree Stewards training program, you’ll gain skills in tree identification, proper planting techniques, irrigation and watering of new and established trees, and general tree maintenance issues.
Tree Stewards generally work in teams of two, depending on your assigned zone, as a secondary responsibility is to act as the eyes and ears of the Parks and Rec Department, alerting staff to concerns in your zone of the park.
Find out what it takes at:
Please email our Volunteer Coordinator for more info at [email protected] or click here to fill out a Volunteer Application. We’re currently recruiting for this position.

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-1st Sundays
Sunday, October 7, 8am

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 - Rain or clouds cancel.
Note new date (no longer 4th Fridays)
Friday, October 19, sunset
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.

Nature Walk-3rd Sundays
Sunday, October 21, 8am
Join Ranger Andrew Miller for a 90-minute guided nature walk, focused on the plant communities and animals. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water. Info and updates at www.mtrp.org/events

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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