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

Rebates still available for Rain barrels
And info on using rainwater for irrigation

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


Scripps Ranch Digs Dirt-New Compost Site getting started in SR.
We are looking for 10 participants to drop off their vegetative food scraps.
Our newest compost hub is a haven for permaculture practices and building community. It isn't a farm or a community garden...it’s the backyard of Suha and Jay- permaculturists, community leaders and above all good neighbors.
We're building a network that teaches how to grow food, live healthy, share resources and build community. For more info contact Suha at [email protected] or to sign up at www.dropoff.food2soil.net
The program is in partnership with Sarah Boltwala-Mesina Executive Director Inika Small Earth Inc.- Food2Soil

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, June 1, 9am
Attracting Butterflies
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.

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, June 1, 10am
Gardening Seminar Just for Kids (6-12 years) - This seminar is ideal for kids who love to garden and love to get dirty. Each student will bring home what that they’ve planted with veggies and/or herbs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

San Diego Solar Experience
Scripps Ranch High School Library -10410 Treena St., 92131
Saturday, June 1, 10-11am
• How solar works
• Battery storage and integration
• Policy changes
• Available incentives
• Financing options
• How to choose a solar provider
• New solar rules and more!
To register: www.sdsolarexperience.org

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024
Saturday, June 1, 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.

Solar for Homeowners-Center for Sustainable Energy
3980 Sherman St. Suite #170, 92110
Thursday, June 20, 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]

Design for Homeowners Workshop
San Diego Botanic Garden -230 Quail Garden Dr., Encinitas 92024
Thursday, June 6, 5:30-8:30pm
Taught by a local landscape expert, you'll learn:
• 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

San Diego Fixit Clinic
Second Chance Beer Company-15378 Avenue of Science #222, 92128
Saturday, June 8, 1-3pm

SDG&E- Talk on Energy-Saving Programs & Time of Use (TOU) Rates
SRCA Community center-11885 Cypress canyon Rd., 92131
Wednesday, June 12, 6-7:30pm
Have your questions about Time of Use answered by Deborah Newell from SDG&E.

SIO Research Presentation.
Scripps Ranch Library-10331 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Friday, June 14, 10-11:30am
Join us for another in this very popular series of lectures. A researcher from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will discuss their research, recent advances in their field, and broader activities currently being conducted at SIO.

Sunshine Care
12725 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Saturday, June 15, 10:30am-12pm
Drip irrigation troubleshooting-Greg Alder Master Gardener

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
Del Mar Civic Center-1050 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 92014
Saturday, June 22, 9-11am
Basics of Backyard Composting & Vermicomposting
• What is composting and why it is so important
• What tools and materials you'll need
• Which items are compostable and which are not
• Harvesting and using your compost

Pure Water Day Open House
North City Water Reclamation Plant- 4949 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121
Saturday, June 22, 10am-3pm
Come learn about the future Pure Water facilities and pipelines that will soon deliver San Diego’s future water supply. Bring the entire family for a day of fun and education:
• Tour the Pure Water Demonstration Facility
• Taste the purified water
• Speak with City staff about future Pure Water facilities and pipelines
• Participate in educational youth activities
Reserve your tour spot at tours.purewatersd.org.

What’s the Buzz: Native Pollinators of San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument -1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive 92106
Saturday, June 22, 10-11am Free
California, native habitats grow increasingly scarce and fragmented, and non-native cultivated plants become big business. Insect pollinators provide crucial ecosystem services to many species of plants, yet their distribution, behavior, and impact are notably under-studied.

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10331 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, June 25, 6pm
Understanding Your Soil
Our speaker will teach the basics of soil texture and a few do-it-yourself tests and some strategies for improving garden soil.

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.

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:

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

Volunteer Crew-1st Sundays
Sunday, June 2, 8am CANCELLED

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-4th Sundays of the Month
Sunday, June 23, 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, June 21, 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

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
• Share your thoughts on San Diego Parks & Facilities at - https://publicinput.com/SDparks
• Help reduce plastic use by skipping the straws
• Please check what items can go in your recycle bins. For more info; https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/what-goes-where.pdf
• Get mulch and compost from the landfill-https://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/miramar/greenery
• Residential customers will begin to transition to Time-of-Use pricing plans in March. Be on the lookout for more details in the mail. If you want to learn more, watch their videos at sdge.com/whenmatters.
• Ev, Plug-In Hybrid Drivers can get credit on SDG&E bill. More info: https://www.sdge.com/residential/electric-vehicles/electric-vehicle-climate-credit
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


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

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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