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.
https://www.watersmartsd.org/news/new-landscape-transformation-program-increases-incentives-san-diego-county

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
http://www.watersmartsd.org/programs/rain-barrel-rebates?utm_source=WaterSource+October+18%2C+2017&utm_campaign=WaterSource+October+18%2C+2017&utm_medium=email
And info on using rainwater for irrigation
http://www.sightline.org/2015/01/07/a-green-light-for-using-rain-barrel-water-on-garden-edibles/
Greywater Rebate info and more
https://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/graywater

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

Events

SSR Garden Share
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Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024
Saturday, February 2, 10-11am
Green Living Tour
You'll see sustainability in action as you explore our worm bins, greywater systems, innovative compost projects, tool lending library, water-wise garden, and more.
https://www.solanacenter.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D1012%26reset%3D1

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, February 9, 9:30am
Composting & Compost Tea
Saturday, February 16, 9:30am
Fertilizers and Tools
Saturday, February 23, 9:30am
Seed Starting Workshop (fee)
Saturday, March 2, 9:30am
Organic Pest Control
Saturday, March 16, 9:30am
Veggie Garden Prep
Saturday, March 23, 9:30am
Jumpstart your Veggie Garden

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, February 23, 9:00am
Gardening for Beginners

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, February 2, 10am
Just for Kids
Saturday, March 2, 10am
Choosing and Caring for Fruit Trees

San Diego Fixit Clinic
Second Chance Beer Company -15378 Ave of Science #222, 92128
Saturday, February 9, 1-3pm Free
Bring your broken, non-functioning things: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. They’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance disassemble and troubleshoot your item. 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: children are heartily invited!
If you have any old tools you don’t need please bring them into to the next Fixit Clinic and/or email us at [email protected] to arrange drop off locations.
http://zerowastesandiego.org/event/san-diego-fixit-clinic-8/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-fixit-clinic-tickets-51318698609

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, February 26, 5:45pm
All About Seeds
Presented by Brijette Pena-founder of San Diego Seed Company
Tuesday, March 26, 5:45pm
All About Bees
Come hear the “buzz” about native bees in San Diego gardens as presented by Julie Serences of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
All welcome.

Solar for Homeowners-Center for Sustainable Energy
3980 Sherman St. Suite #170, 92110
Thursday, February 28, 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
Phone: 858-244-1177
Email: [email protected]
http://energycenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&ccse-menu=pv-homeowner&id=2843
Thursday, March 21, 6-8pm
http://energycenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&ccse-menu=pv-homeowner&id=2844

Ongoing Events
 
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.
http://www.carlsbaddesal.com/visit.html

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.

Coastal Roots Farm
441 Saxony Rd. Encinitas, 92024
Tours Second Sunday of every month

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

West Sycamore Events
All events unless noted at: West Sycamore Staging Area-East end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131

Volunteer Crew-1st Sundays
Sunday, February 3, 8am
Sunday, March 3, 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
Sunday, February 17, 8am
Sunday, March 17, 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.
Friday, February 15, sunset
Friday, March 15, sunset
http://sdaa.org/index.htm
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

Recycling
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
 
Info on Landscape rebate programs and more.
http://www.socalwatersmart.com/?page_id=2967
Metropolitan Water District’s Landscape Transformation program is being offered to promote water use reduction and sustainability. It aims to combine turf removal, irrigation modification and rainwater retention or filtration to support reuse or soil absorption of rainwater.
Every landscape transformation project will include:
• 5 plants per 100 square feet of area transformed
• A stormwater retention feature
• No hardscape within the transformed area, except permeable hardscape
• Replacement or modification of overhead spray sprinklers
Keeping you home warm in Winter
• Check your insulation. If your home is poorly insulated, it may be time to add some eco-friendly insulation. Add insulation blankets to the attic floor or wrap your water heater in fiberglass insulation.
• Seal leaks. Find those vulnerable areas of your home where cold air gets in and warm air escapes. Seal leaks with weather stripping. Ensure seals around ducts are in good condition. Cover unused fireplaces to prevent passage of air through the flue.
• Turn down the thermostat. One of the most energy-conscious choice you can make is to have a programmable thermostat installed. Save $75 through SDG&E’s instant rebate program by visiting sdge.com/instant.


Free WaterSmart Checkups

https://www.watersmartsd.org/news/free-watersmart-checkups-offer-savings-0

Get energy safety tips, emergency checklists and information about community safety solutions at sdge.com/safety #espsdge

https://sustainablelandscapessd.org/wp-content/uploads/SLP-Guidelines-Book-updated-January-2018.pdf
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/index.html
https://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/elearning/

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

Scripps Ranch Rain Harvesters - NBC Article

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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