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 & Movie
Scripps Ranch Library -10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Saturday, August 25, 3:30-5:30pm
Garden Share 3:30pm followed by
Racing to zero (2014) 59 min
Fast moving, upbeat film presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. Zero waste is one of the goals of several city CAPs, including SD.

Coastal Roots Farm
441 Saxony Rd., Encinitas 92024
Sunday, August 12, 11:30am-1pm
A behind-the-scenes glimpse of their production methods as you enjoy a gentle walk through the ever-evolving and diverse vegetable, herb, and flower gardens.

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, August 4, 9:30am
Composting & Compost Tea
Saturday, August 11, 9:30am
Success Begins in the Soil with Brian Robert
Saturday, August 25, 9:30am
Vegetable & Fruit Lore with George Allmon

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, August 11, 9am
Growing Succulents and Cacti

City Farmers Nursery
3110 Euclid Ave., 92105
Sunday, August 19, 2:30pm
Brook Sarson- H2Ome

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, August 4, 10am
Prescription Landscaping
An interesting look at some unsuspecting ways your landscape can improve the health of you, your family and the planet with different plant choices and placement.

Solar for Homeowners
9325 Sky Park Court -Suite 100 Discovery Room, 92123
Wednesday, August 16, 6-8:30pm
http://energycenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&ccse-menu=pv-homeowner&id=2795

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 Encinitas
Encinitas Community Center -1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas 92024
Tuesday, August 28. 5:30-8:30pm
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!
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=957wkybab&oeidk=a07efg6l2kr0a3baa92

People’s Climate March
Saturday, September 8
https://peoplesclimate.org/

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, September 25, 5:45pm
Master Gardeners will discuss Earth Friendly Gardens and Horticultural Fact or Fiction - how to research what is true, what is an "old wives tale," and what is "snake oil."

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.

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-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
No Walks till September

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, August 24, 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

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/

As you gear up for summer fun please keep in mind that 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

Energy Use Alerts-https://www.sdge.com/alerts. #espsdge
Even on the go, you can still keep track of your energy use and costs with email or text alerts. They can give information about these and more:
• Your pre-set spending goal was exceeded.
• Your pre-set electric or gas use level was exceeded.
• You’ve moved into a higher-priced electric tier

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

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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