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 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/public-utilities/sustainability/recycled-water/filling-station for more information

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/
Please check what items can go in your recycle bins. For more info: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/what-goes-where.pdf

Scripps Ranch Digs Dirt-New Compost Site getting started in SR.
Our newest compost hub is a haven for permaculture practices and building community.
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

New at our Scripps Ranch Library-our very own Seed Library.
How it works- Take a Seed, Grow a Seed, Return a Seed
Non GMO, organic, heirloom varieties available. Find the catalog/info opposite the book drop.
Still to come- related programs and workshops.
In the meantime join the Scripps Mesa Garden Club (4th Tuesday of the month-6pm) and increase your growing power.
Have suggestions?-let us and the library know.

Events

Special Event-Zero Waste Panel Discussion
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Saturday, October 19, 4-5:30pm
We will have a panel of speakers who will share information about the history and future of zero waste, how to be a zero waste consumer, local government goals for the future, and food waste/composting.
• Richard Anthony, Zero Waste San Diego - Background on Zero Waste
• Laura Anthony, SD Fixit Clinic - Bringing back the repair mentality
• Lindsey Smith - Shopping with Intent - Zero Waste Consumers
• Jennifer Jamilosa-Food2Soil - Food waste and composting

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, October 22, 6pm
Lucy Warren will talk about the history of Balboa Park.
For more info contact [email protected]

Solar for Homeowners
Center for Sustainable Energy-3980 Sherman St., Suite #170, 92110
Thursday, October 17, 6-8pm
Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm
https://sites.energycenter.org/solar/homeowners/events
Topics include:
• Calculating your home’s energy use
• Understanding time-of-use rates
• 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
Download of the presentation available on that link

The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series
Upgrade your high-water-use turf area into a WaterSmart landscape. This is done with lectures, hands-on lab work, demonstrations, homework assignments and one-on-one coaching by local landscape and irrigation professionals, all at no cost .
• Encinitas - Wednesday evenings October 2, 9, 16, 23
• Escondido - Saturday mornings October 19, 26, November 2, 9
https://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/classes/
https://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/application/

San Diego Green Homes Tour
October 19 & 20, 10am-4pm
Green Home Tours showcase some of the most innovative, ecofriendly homes in the County.
https://www.sdgreenhomestour.org/

SR Community Clean Up Day
SRCA Community Center-11885 Cypress Canyon Rd. & Meanley Dr.
Saturday, October 19, 8am-12pm or when dumpsters are full.
Please donate all useable items to a local charity.

San Diego Botanical Garden
230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20
https://www.sdbgarden.org/fall-plantsale.htm
Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale
Saturday & Sunday, October 26 &27
https://www.sdbgarden.org/cactus.htm

Ride the Tide
Saturday, October 26, 9am-2pm
A behind the scenes tour of how your neighbors are reducing their need for imported water and growing thriving gardens that contribute to the human and native ecology of the San Diego River Watershed.
https://www.sdsustainable.org/water-harvesting-bike-tour

Four Seasons Gardening
Evergreen Nursery-13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, November 2, 10am
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy your garden throughout the year? Find out how you can create a garden that looks beautiful in all four seasons. In winter can provide amazing color and contrast in the garden.

Climate Kids Concert
Peñasquitos Ranch House -12122 Black Mtn. Rd., 92129.
Saturday, November 2, 10-10:30am.
Join Ranger Michelle for a casual and family-friendly concert in the park. Dress up, dance, and sing to popular tunes re-imagined with nature themed lyrics. Bring a picnic blanket and your comfy dance shoes.

Green Living Tour
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation-137 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024
Saturday, November 2, 10-11am
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%3D1196%26reset%3D1

San Diego Pure Water Tour
North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, 92121
Saturday, November 2, 11:30am-12:30pm
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.
https://apps.sandiego.gov/ereg/purewatersd/courses.php?grp=public

Soil Shindig
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center-2550 Sunset Ave., 92154
Saturday, November 9, 1-6pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-soil-shindig-tickets-65069997113
-Vendor Fair (Food consciousness, jewelry, self-care products, & more)
-Carbon Farming Demonstration
-Community Garden Open House (& Tours)
-Botany Trail Walk &Farm Tour
-Workshop Sessions
-Seed Swap non-GMO seeds
-Activities for kids of all ages in the Children's Garden!
-Keynote Panel
-Music, Food, Bonfire

League of Women Voters San Diego Climate Change Forum
Rancho Penasquitos Library-13330 Salmon River Rd 92129
Saturday, November 9, 1-4pm
Meet other league members from Southern CA
Learn what actions other Leagues are taking for climate solutions
Learn how you can collaborate with other members

Water Conservation Garden Fall Event
12122 Cuyamaca College Dr West El Cajon 92019
Saturday, November 9, 10-3pm
Craft vendors, Plant Sale, Workshops
“Ask the Designer” landscape consultations-Advice from partner water agencies.
Reservations are recommended; call 619-660-0614 x10.
Adults and kids 12 and over – $5
https://www.watersmartsd.org/events/fall-plant-sale-el-cajon

Energy Efficiency and Solar for Homeowners
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center-4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92117
Tuesday, November 12, 5:30-8pm
Presenter-Center for Sustainable Energy
Learn how to identify the major energy consumers around your house and how to prioritize upgrades to maximize your energy and cost savings.
• Prioritize home energy upgrades
• Properly size a home solar system
• Research and find solar contractors
https://seminars.sdge.com/prod/emc00/EventSearch.htm?mid=2

Natives in Your Garden-Lucy Warren
Sunshine Care- 12725 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064
Saturday, November 16, 10:30am
RSVP [email protected]

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
Contact [email protected] for more info
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 of the Month, weather permitting
Sunday, November 3, 8am
Get your exercise and help improve your park, by lending a hand. For more information, contact Mission Trails Rangerr Dan at [email protected]

Nature Walk-4th Sundays of the Month, weather permitting
Sunday, October 20, 8am
Sundays November 24, 8am

Join Ranger Andrew Miller [email protected] for his 90-minute guided nature walk, focused on the plant communities and animals. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water.

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch-3rd Fridays of the Month- Rain or clouds cancel
Friday, October 18, sunset
Friday, November 16, sunset

Visit San Diego Astronomy Association
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. Kids are welcome.
Please, NO WHITE FLASHLIGHTS as they ruin our night-adapted vision. Red lens flashlights are fine. Please park on the street and walk in.

Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

Last month for Free Recycled Water Scripps Ranch Business Park, 10139 Meanley Dr.,
Tuesdays, 9am-1pm. & Saturdays, 8am-2pm
For more information visit https://www.sandiego.gov/residential-recycled-water
 
*People are concerned about recycling, and what we do about it, now that China is not accepting some of our items. However, we have it from reliable sources at the county that here in CA, we have several manufacturers who recycle various plastics to make other products. You can find all such information, along with where to recycle plastics, etc at:
https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/plastics/recycled

*Planning to plant your garden now as the weather cools down? Call 811 before you dig to have underground utilities marked-https://www.sdge.com/more-information/safety/gas-safety/dial-811-you-dig #energytips4U #sdge
Take advantage of off peak hours to save on your electric bill-sdge.com/whenmatters
Sign up for level Pay Plan at -sdge.com/lpp #energytips4U #sdge

*SDG&E offers plans to help EV drivers save money. Program your EV to charge during super off-peak hours https://www.sdge.com/residential/pricing-plans/about-our-pricing-plans/electric-vehicle-plans for the cheapest electricity price #espsdge

*SDG&E offers special pricing plans to help EV drivers save money. Program your EV to charge during super off-peak hours (midnight-6 a.m.) https://www.sdge.com/residential/pricing-plans/about-our-pricing-plans/electric-vehicle-plans for the cheapest electricity price #espsdge

*SDG&E’s Level Pay Program will give you a more predictable bill each month. Beat the heat
and enroll today. Visit sdge.com/levelpay (https://www.sdge.com/level-pay-plan-enrollment-form) or watch this video to learn more #espsdge

*Visit sdge.com/wildfire-safety to update your contact info to stay informed, receive fire safety information, and get tips on creating an emergency plan and kit
https://www.sdge.com/our-commitment-wildfire-safety #espsdge

* Penasquitos Garden Exchange is every 1st and 3rd. Saturdays of the month, at their library.

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:

Solar for Homeowners

Center for Sustainable Energy-3980 Sherman St., Suite #170, 92110

Thursday, October 17, 6-8pm

Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm

https://sites.energycenter.org/solar/homeowners/events

Topics include:

  • Calculating your home’s energy use
  • Understanding time-of-use rates
  • 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

Download of the presentation available on that link

The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series

Upgrade your high-water-use turf area into a WaterSmart landscape. This is done with lectures, hands-on lab work, demonstrations, homework assignments and one-on-one coaching by local landscape and irrigation professionals, all at no cost .

·         Encinitas - Wednesday evenings October 2, 9, 16, 23

·         Escondido - Saturday mornings October 19, 26, November 2, 9

https://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/classes/

https://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org/application/

San Diego Green Homes Tour

October 19 & 20, 10am-4pm

Green Home Tours showcase some of the most innovative, ecofriendly homes in the County.

https://www.sdgreenhomestour.org/

SR Community Clean Up Day

SRCA Community Center-11885 Cypress Canyon Rd. & Meanley Dr.

Saturday, October 19, 8am-12pm or when dumpsters are full.

Please donate all useable items to a local charity.

San Diego Botanical Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas

Fall Plant Sale

Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20

https://www.sdbgarden.org/fall-plantsale.htm

Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale

Saturday & Sunday, October 26 &27

https://www.sdbgarden.org/cactus.htm

Ride the Tide

Saturday, October 26, 9am-2pm

A behind the scenes tour of how your neighbors are reducing their need for imported water and growing thriving gardens that contribute to the human and native ecology of the San Diego River Watershed.

https://www.sdsustainable.org/water-harvesting-bike-tour

Four Seasons Gardening

Evergreen Nursery-13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130

Saturday, November 2, 10am

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy your garden throughout the year? Find out how you can create a garden that looks beautiful in all four seasons. In winter can provide amazing color and contrast in the garden.  

Climate Kids Concert

Peñasquitos Ranch House -12122 Black Mtn. Rd., 92129.

Saturday, November 2, 10-10:30am.

Join Ranger Michelle for a casual and family-friendly concert in the park. Dress up, dance, and sing to popular tunes re-imagined with nature themed lyrics. Bring a picnic blanket and your comfy dance shoes.

Green Living Tour

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation-137 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024

Saturday, November 2, 10-11am

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%3D1196%26reset%3D1

San Diego Pure Water Tour

North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, 92121

Saturday, November 2, 11:30am-12:30pm

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.

https://apps.sandiego.gov/ereg/purewatersd/courses.php?grp=public

 

Soil Shindig

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center-2550 Sunset Ave., 92154

Saturday, November 9, 1-6pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-soil-shindig-tickets-65069997113

·         -Vendor Fair (Food consciousness, jewelry, self-care products, & more)

·         -Carbon Farming Demonstration

·         -Community Garden Open House (& Tours)

·         -Botany Trail Walk &Farm Tour
-Workshop Sessions
-Seed Swap non-GMO seeds
-Activities for kids of all ages in the Children's Garden!
-Keynote Panel
-Music, Food, Bonfire

League of Women Voters San Diego Climate Change Forum

Rancho Penasquitos Library-13330 Salmon River Rd 92129

Saturday, November 9, 1-4pm

Meet other league members from Southern CA

Learn what actions other Leagues are taking for climate solutions

Learn how you can collaborate with other members

Water Conservation Garden Fall Event

12122 Cuyamaca College Dr West  El Cajon 92019

Saturday, November 9, 10-3pm

Craft vendors, Plant Sale, Workshops

“Ask the Designer” landscape consultations-Advice from partner water agencies.

Reservations are recommended; call 619-660-0614 x10.

Adults and kids 12 and over – $5

https://www.watersmartsd.org/events/fall-plant-sale-el-cajon

Energy Efficiency and Solar for Homeowners

SDG&E Energy Innovation Center-4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92117

Tuesday, November 12, 5:30-8pm

Presenter-Center for Sustainable Energy

Learn how to identify the major energy consumers around your house and how to prioritize upgrades to maximize your energy and cost savings.

·         Prioritize home energy upgrades

·         Properly size a home solar system

·         Research and find solar contractors

https://seminars.sdge.com/prod/emc00/EventSearch.htm?mid=2

Natives in Your Garden-Lucy Warren

Sunshine Care- 12725 Monte Vista Rd., Poway 92064

Saturday, November 16, 10:30am

RSVP [email protected]

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