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

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/

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
Scripps Ranch Library-10301Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, April 30, 6-7:30pm
Contact us for more info

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

California Native Plant Society Garden Tour
Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 10am-4pm
Entry to 14 private residential gardens staffed with interpretive docents, owners, and designers
7 additional Front Yard Inspiration on the route
Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont
An expanded array of California native plants from Moosa Creek Nursery will be available at Walter Andersen during Tour weekend.
https://www.cnpssd.org/events/gardentour2019
Other tours can be found here:
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/sd-hm-garden-tours-20190307-story.html

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, April 27, 9:30am
Attracting Birds & Wildlife to your Yard

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, April 13, 8am
Beneficial Bugs
You’ll learn which plants are best for maintaining beneficial insects as well as what they do to help your garden flourish.
Saturday, April 13, 9am
Organic Gardening
Everything you’ll need to know to start and maintain an organic garden, including building soil health and problem-solving using organic products and techniques.

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday April 20, 10am
Waterwise Landscaping with Succulents and Natives - Create a beautiful landscape with succulents and natives without it looking like a desert.

San Diego Solar Experience
Scripps Ranch High School Library -10410 Treena St., 92131
Saturday, April 13, 6-7:30pm
• 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, April 6, 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

Solar for Homeowners-Center for Sustainable Energy
3980 Sherman St. Suite #170, 92110
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]
Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm
http://energycenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&ccse-menu=pv-homeowner&id=2845Thursday, May 16, 6-8pm
http://energycenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&ccse-menu=pv-homeowner&id=2846

California Native Plant Society Garden Tour
Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 10am-4pm
Entry to 14 private residential gardens staffed with interpretive docents, owners, and designers
7 additional Front Yard Inspiration on the route
Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont
An expanded array of California native plants from Moosa Creek Nursery will be available at Walter Andersen during Tour weekend.
https://www.cnpssd.org/events/gardentour2019
Other tours can be found here:
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/sd-hm-garden-tours-20190307-story.html

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival-free
Water Conservation Garden-12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon 92019
Saturday, April 27, 9am-3pm
Celebrate the season with butterfly releases, tours, crafts, vendors.
https://thegarden.org/springfestival/

EarthFair 2019
Balboa Park
Sunday, April 28, 10am-5pm
The largest free annual environmental fair in the world. will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children's Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.
http://www.earthdayweb.org/EarthFair.html

Sierra Club Presents-The San Diego County Bird Atlas
Joyce Beers Center-3900 Vermont St., 92103
Friday, May 3, 6:30pm
Philip Unitt -Curator of birds and mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
He will address the surprises the atlas revealed, how it has been used subsequently in studies of rare species in need of conservation, how is has been used to understand birds’ response to fire and habitat fragmentation, and how it has served as the basis for modeling distributions in general.
https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z0000027ZvUQAU&mapLinkHref=https://maps.google.com/maps&daddr=Sierra%20Talks%20-%20The%20San%20Diego%20County%20Bird%[email protected],-117.153358

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024
Saturday, May 4, 10-11am
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.
http://www.solanacenter.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D1081%26reset%3D1

SR50Plus & SSR Lecture
Scripps Ranch Library- 10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
SDG&E & Fire Safe Council-Wildfire Safety
Friday, May 10, 10am
• Community Fire Safety: How SDG&E protects people, property and power lines.
• Turning Off Power for Safety: Learn about a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
• Community Resource Centers: Find out where you can go for information, water and wi-fi during a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
• Generator Safety: What you should know before buying or using a portable generator.
SRFiresafe Council will host their annual Wildfire Preparedness Day
Saturday, May 4 at Fire Station 37, 10am-2pm

SDG&E Question & Answer-Time of Use
SRCA Community Center-11885 Cypress Canyon Rd., 92131
Wednesday, June 12, 6-7:30pm
Time is running out to make a choice.

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, May 5, 8am

Sunday, June 2, 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, May 26, 8am
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, May 17, Sunset
Friday, June 21, 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
 
• 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

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

Check out these useful resources:

Join our email list

Volunteer with US!
Pick your passion- educate and inspire your neighbors.
Interested in learning more- have an idea?

Contact Us
[email protected]

Support Us
www.scrippsranch.org/join

Archives