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



Monthly Garden Share
Sunday, February 19th 3:00-4:00pm

SRCA Community Center -11885 Cypress Canyon Rd

West Sycamore

SSR Group Hike-Special Event
Saturday, February 11th, 9am Rain cancels
West Sycamore Canyon staging area- east end of Stonebridge Pkwy
Come join us for fun hike and get to know some of your neighbors. Dogs are permitted as long as they are on a leash. Bring a lunch which we will eat by the Visitor Center with time to check it out. Moderate 5 mile hike with some up and down.

Volunteer Crew-First Sundays of the Month
Sunday, February 5th, 8am
Sunday, March 5th 8am
West Sycamore Staging Area-east end of Stonebridge Pkwy. 92131
Get your exercise for the day AND help improve your park at the same time, by lending a hand on our West Sycamore Volunteer Crew! (weather permitting), and work until 12 noon at the latest. Please bring work gloves and wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended. Water, Gatorade and snacks are provided! For more information, contact Mission Trails Ranger Andrew Miller at amiller@mtrp.org

Nature Walk-3rd Sundays of the Month
Sunday, February 19th, 8am, 90 minutes, rain cancels
Sunday, March 19th, 8am, 90 minutes, rain cancels

16281 Sycamore Canyon Road 92064
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, February 24th, ~6-9 pm Rain or clouds cancel
Friday, March 24th, ~7-10pm- Rain or clouds cancel
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.

Garden Events/talks

Growing your own Berries
Saturday, February 4th, 9am
Armstrong Nursery -9939 Carmel Mountain Rd. 92129
Blackberries, Strawberries, and Blueberries can all be grown in San Diego. They will show you how.

San Diego Seed Library & CA Rare Fruit Grower-2nd Saturdays of the Month
Saturday, February 11th, 2:30-5:00pm
Saturday, March 11th, 2:30-5:00pm
Saturday, April 8th, 2:30-5:00pm
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. February will be Figs and cool season vegetable seeds.

Learn more about Permaculture from Geoff Lawton. (Free Movies)
Fallbrook Library's Community Room-124 South Mission Road, Fallbrook. For more info (760) 731-4650 Click for calendar.
Saturday, February 11th, 2:30-4:30: Introduction to Permaculture Design
Sunday, February 12th, 2:30-4:30: Harvesting Water the Permaculture Way
Saturday, February 18th, 2:30- 4:30: Urban Permaculture
Sunday, February 19th, 2:30- 4:30: Permaculture Soils
Saturday, February 25th, 2:30- 4:30: Establishing a Food Forest

Hawk Watch
Every Saturday morning in February-10am
Begent Ranch -Ramona Grasslands-18528 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona 92065

Coastal Roots Farm Tour
Sunday, February 12th, 11:30-1pm
Sunday, March 12th, 11:30-1pm
Sunday, April 9th, 11:30-1pm
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.

UCCE Master Gardener Spring Event
Saturday, March 18th, 8am-3:30pm
San Diego County Operations Center-5520 Overland Ave 92123
Market Place 8am-3pm
Their goal is to improve the gardening practices of San Diego County residents who grow ornamental and edible plants by providing practical information on non-commercial home horticultural and pest management related topics. Proceeds from the seminar are used to pay related expenses and to support Master Gardener public education activities.
Event includes-Seminars, Plants, Birdhouses, Garden Art, Books, Free Info and more.

Fixit Clinic-3rd Saturday of the Month
Saturday, February 18th, 12-2pm
Saturday, March 18th, 12-2pm
Saturday, April 15th, 12-2pm
Second Chance Brewery-15378 Avenue of Science #222 San Diego, CA 92128
Bring your broken, non-functioning things: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you 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!

The San Diego Solar Experience-Presented by Center for Sustainable Energy & Climate Action Campaign
Saturday, February 11th, 12-1pm (Home Tour 10am-4pm)
Rancho Bernardo High School-1310 Paseo Lucido 92128
Educational seminar and solar tour, learn the latest solar news from industry experts, without a sales pitch. More info at www.sdsolarexperience.org.

Solar for Homeowners
Wednesday, February 15th 5:30-8pm
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 92117
Thursday, March 16th, 11:30am-2pm
9325 Sky Park Court Suite 100 Discovery Rm 92123
Experts from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will explain the fundamentals of solar electricity and solar water heating, and share valuable consumer awareness tips that can help you feel more confident when evaluating solar technology for your home.
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

Zero Waste 101-with I Love A Clean San Diego
Saturday, February 25th-10-12pm
Ocean Knoll Farm-701 Bonita Dr, Encinitas 92024
Learn zero waste essentials for grocery shopping, eating out, gift giving, snack making, and more! Activities include decorating reusable produce bags and a kids’ craft corner. Participate in the Swap ‘n Shop by bringing any gently used items to exchange for another’s goods. Stick around for an opportunity drawing for great prizes.
Saturday, March 25th, 10-12pm
Ocean Knoll Farm-701 Bonita Dr, Encinitas 92024
Learn how to keep organics out of the landfill by shopping smart, storing food properly, and composting. We’ll also cover water conservation tools, such as ocean friendly gardens and laundry-to-landscape systems. Activities include making seed bombs and a kids’ craft corner. Swap ‘n Shop by bringing any gently used items to exchange. There will also be an opportunity drawing for prizes.

Spring Veggies: Prep & Planting with Richard Wright
Saturday, March 25th, 9:30-10:30am
Walter Andersen Poway- 12755 Danielson Ct, Poway 92064

Scripps Mesa Garden Club-4th Tuesdays of the Month
Scripps Ranch Library Community Room-10301 Scripps Lake Dr. 92131
Tuesday, February 28th, 5:45pm
Marcia Van Loy-Master Gardener- “Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden”
Tuesday, March 28th, 5:45pm
Diane Downey (from Surfrider) -Water Wise Front and Back Yard Garden Designs For Easy Everyday Living.

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

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

  • Schedule a free in-home gas safety check at http://bit.ly/2cWRFvA #espsdge
  • Learn how to plan for an emergency, go to: http://bit.ly/2deRnkp #espsdge
  • Customers with a qualifying medical need can save money each month on their energy bill. Check out the Medical Baseline program at http://bit.ly/2bjHj4F #espsdge
  • For 24/7 access to bill payment, locations, and outage maps, download SDG&E's free mobile app at http://bit.ly/2ciuY0D This even lets you calculate the cost of running your appliances. #espsdge
  • Keep track of energy use and costs with email or text alerts from SDG&E - these alerts give you information about your account, bill, energy use, and more! It’s Easy to Setup at http://www.sdge.com/energy-use-alerts #espsdge
  • Use less energy during peak hours & save money. If most of your electricity use is before 11 a.m. or after 6 p.m., a Whenergy plan may help you save.
    http://www.sdge.com/residential/energy-saving-videos #espsdge
  • Keep your energy bill on an even keel with SDG&E’s Level Pay Plan. It balances the highs and lows, making your energy bill more predictable. Adjustments are made quarterly. Learn more: http://www.sdge.com/customer-service/level-pay-plan #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.

Ideas for keeping your rain barrels mosquito-proof: http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/make-sure-your-rain-barrel-mosquito-proof

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 waterwaste@sandiego.gov

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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