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

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.


CarFit Event
SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd., 92131
Wednesday, June 20th, 10:00am-2:00pm
A proper fit in one's personal vehicle can greatly increase not only the driver's safety but also the safety of others. CarFit is a FREE, interactive and educational program developed by AARP that shows participants how to make their personal vehicle "fit" them to increase safety and mobility when they hit the road.
At the CarFit event you will:
. Review 12 key areas of your fit to your car, such as adequate space from the steering wheel, proper seat belt use, and properly adjusted head restraints.
. Learn how to use and adjust your safety devices.

Each checkup takes about 20 minutes- this is not a driving test or mechanical inspection. To schedule your 20-minute appointment, please sign up at www.car-fit.org or call Stephanie Keith, JFS On-the-Go, 858-673-7331
Appointment spaces are limited, so don't wait!

SSR Garden Share
Check back for updates

City Farmers Nursery
3110 Euclid Ave., 92105
Saturday, May 19, 10:00-11:30am
If You Plant It, They Will Come - Native Habitat Gardening
Presented by Don Rideout from Moosa Creek Nursery
You will learn how to use native plants and other garden elements to develop a natural habitat for butterflies, birds and other wildlife and to create year-round beauty in the garden.
They will be discussing plant selection (with an emphasis on wildlife usage), design, installation, and maintenance of a beautiful California native landscape.

Sunshine Care
12725 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Saturday, June 16th, 10:30am
Succulents From Around the World for your Garden
Kelly Griffin Manager Altman Plants
Saturday, July 21st 10:30am
Seed Saving & Successful Vegetable Production
Brijette Romstedt San Diego Seed Company
Seating limited
RSVP [email protected]

Walter Andersen Nursery
Saturday, June 9, 9:30am
Herbs with Richard Wright
Saturday, June 16, 9:30am
Summer Vegetable with Richard Wright
Saturday, June 30, 9:30am
Organic Insect Control

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, May 19, 10am
Waterwise Landscaping with Succulents and Natives
Create a beautiful landscape with succulents and natives without it looking like a desert. It can be done.

San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society
Balboa Park-Casa Del Prado
Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3
Summer Show & Sale

I Love A Clean San Diego-3rd Annual Zero Waste Fair (free event)
EUSD Farm Lab -441 Quail Gardens Rd., Encinitas, CA 92024
Saturday, June 2, 10:00am-1:00pm
Visit educational booths addressing topics such as bulk shopping, renewable energy, and daily zero waste habits. Participate in one of the hands-on activities that will be available for all ages, including a kids craft and a make-and-take project! Bring in gently used items to donate and participate in the Swap ‘n’ Shop! Swap ‘n’ Shop participants can exchange or donate those items giving them a second life and keeping them out of the landfill. Stick around to hear from a panel of zero waste experts and for our raffle where you have the opportunity to win sustainable prizes!
Get registered today!

San Diego Seed Library & CA Rare Fruit Growers
Mira Mesa Library-8405 New Salem St., 92126
Saturday, June 9, 2:30-5:00 pm (Rain or shine)
They will provide seeds and cuttings to "checkout" and plant in your garden.

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, June 2, 10:00am
Provide a garden habitat for pollinators; we can show you what works best for California. Bring your backyard to life: butterflies add beauty and usefulness to your growing garden.

Solar for Homeowners
9325 Sky Park Court -Suite 100 Discovery Room, 92123
Wednesday, June 21, 6-8:30pm

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

Design for Homeowners Workshop in Rancho Peñasquitos-Free
Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library -13330 Salmon River Rd., 92129
Saturday, June 23, 10am-1pm (space is limited-sign up early)
Taught by a local landscape expert, this workshop will teach you:
• How to convert your turf area to a water efficient landscape
• How to select plants that will thrive in our Mediterranean climate
• How to analyze your yard, identify soil, remove turf & irrigate efficiently
• How to create a professional landscape, planting & irrigation designs ready for installation!

San Diego Bike Coalition-Smart Cycling Program
10185 McKellar Ct. Qualcomm, Bldg R, 92121
Tuesday, June 5, 6:00-9:00pm
This is a great opportunity to learn how to ride your bike safely! League of American Bicyclists Certified instructors will share their wealth of knowledge and make sure you leave feeling comfortable riding on the road and in traffic. All levels of experience will benefit from this program.
This Classroom Session is Part I of the Smart Cycling Program. You will register for a Road Session Part II to complete the full Smart Cycling Program.
Session II
Mira Mesa Recreation Center
Saturday, June 9, 9:00am-3:00pm

San Diego Bike map: http://icommutesd.com/Bike/BikeMap.aspx

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr. 92131
Tuesday, June 26 5:45pm
Several Master Gardeners will discuss Earth Friendly Gardens and a hands on microgreen class.
Please RSVP to [email protected]
The program is designed to evaluate what they are doing in their own gardens. A checklist allows people to look at their gardening practices in eight areas:
Select Appropriate Plants, Nurture the Soil, Grow Food, Protect Wildlife, Reduce Waste, Practice Responsible Pest Management, Conserve Water and Protect Water Quality, Conserve Energy and Protect Air Quality.
The checklist serves as a pat on the back for gardeners who are already practicing sustainability, and starts newer gardeners off in the direction of making responsible decisions in their landscapes.

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-First Sundays of the Month
No Volunteer Crew till October

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 17, 8:00am

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, June22, 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.

Become a Citizen Scientist- http://www.sdnhm.org/science/atlas-projects/

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

Increase the performance of your heating and cooling system.
The AC Quality Care Program provides specially trained contractors to keep heating and cooling systems running at top performance. Sign up, and receive a $250 initial rebate. You’ll also get the option to receive a comprehensive system assessment and improvement analysis: the cost is $50, but the improvements could save you hundreds of dollars each year.
The assessment includes:
• A comprehensive inventory and assessment of your heating and cooling system
• Energy efficient improvements, such as cleaning the condenser coil and changing the air filter
• Installing an efficient fan control device
• A diagnostic report that provides you with a roadmap to make informed decisions when considering advanced improvements of your system—in some cases, you may be eligible for rebates up to $1,250.

• Did you know that according to the National Park Service Americans use 500millions drinking Straws every day. Straws rarely get recycled and often end up in the Ocean. Are you ready to reduce your use?
• Please don't feed bread and donuts to ducks. This long-standing tradition can't end soon enough according to a group of activists in Scripps Ranch who want to educate the public about the dangers to a duck's diet. They hope their message spreads across the county. Read more at: https://www.facebook.com/ScrippsRanchCivicAssociation/posts/10156027587633964
• Electric Vehicle owner can apply for credit from $50-$200. Applications and qualifications can be found at ww.sgde.com/evcc.
• SDG&E’s high use charge is now in effect. Keep tabs on your energy use and costs. Get customized SDG&E alerts by email, text or both. Learn more at sdge.com/alerts. #espsdge
• You can shop, compare prices and purchase energy-efficient products – all within the SDG&E Marketplace at marketplace.sdge.com. #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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