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

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.

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

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


SSR Garden Share-
Email [email protected] for updates of time & place.

SRCA Holiday Party

Scripps Ranch Library- 10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Saturday, December 14, 2pm
Family Concert
Performances by:
• Bella Voci Women’s Singing Group
• Scripps Theatre Arts students (4-19)
• Pianists from the neighborhood
Food and Refreshments
bring a toy for Rady’s Children Hospital Auxiliary - all ages, boys and girls. Should be new, no stuffed animals or toy guns or religious or violent themes.

SSR Hike
Iron Mountain Trailhead
Saturday, January 4, 8:30am
We will hike to the Ramona Overlook, starting at the Iron Mountain trailhead at Poway Rd. and Highway 67. It is less traveled than the trail to Iron Mountain, but it goes through some of the most beautiful and diverse chaparral around. It has incredible views that are all the more amazing in that you are inside the city limits of Poway. Leader will be Lee Gordon from CA native Plant Society.

Walter Andersen Nursery
12755 Danielson Ct., Poway 92064
Saturday, January 4, 9:30am
Fruit Tree Pruning & Spraying with Richard Wright

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, January 4, 10am
Planning, Feeding, and Pruning Your Garden in The Winter
If you love gardening then you love San Diego. We are fortunate enough to be able to be outside in our garden all year long. Lots of people are buried in snow while we are able to do the feeding, planting, and pruning necessary to have that beautiful garden throughout the year

Natural Wonders in a Sustainable Backyard Garden
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Saturday, January 18, 3:30pm
Our speaker will be Jeanie Anderson. Birds of our local area have been her focus for over 14 years as she has lead 2 Christmas Bird Counts for the San Diego Audubon Society in Balboa Park and Lake Hodges and walks in Los Penasquitos.
She has a Certified Wildlife Backyard Habitat for over 22 years. Features include 4 large rain barrels, several compost systems, water sources for wildlife, brush piles, many natives, a hummingbird feeder, desert tortoise home, barn owl box and more.
Her orchard of fruit trees is a revolving buffet for wildlife over the course of the year.
Join us for a fascinating look from an avid bird, photographer and wildlife lover.

New- Walking/Hiking: (Adults only please. No Pets)
Every Tuesday, starting on January 21, 8:30am at Miramar Lake, except on 2nd Tuesdays of the month we will be at Lakeview Park (off of Mira Lago).
Meet near restrooms. When we are at the lake, the lake manager will give us an introduction to Nordic Pole Walking and the boating options at the lake.

Kickstart Your Veggie Garden
The Water Conservation Garden -12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon CA 92019
Saturday, January 25, 10-11:30 am
Vegetable planting season is just around the corner and Brijette Pena gets you growing! Receive expert advice along with a seed pack of seasonal veggies from her San Diego Seed Company!
And check out the Conservation Garden for great ideas for low water plants and more.

Organic Winter Vegetable Production
Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, January 28, 6pm
Farmer Roy will discuss planting the last of your cool season veggies. Learn what to plant and how to care for them. It’s also time to get ready for your favorite spring/ summer vegetable production so soil preparation is the key.

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
Scripps Mesa Garden Club-4th Tuesday of the month -6pm
Scripps Ranch Library

Contact [email protected] for more info
Here is a great website to check out many of the Clubs and Societies in San Diego:

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

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, January 5, 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, December 22, 8am
Sunday, January 26, 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, December 20, sunset
Friday, January 17, sunset


Monthly Energy & Safety Updates

• Starting in January it’s time to buy your Bareroot fruit trees

• Create or Update your Personal Disaster Plan with a newer version. Info at Readysandiego.org

• To reduce your energy usage, visit sdge.com/energy-tips

• Did you know you can schedule a free gas furnace and appliance check with SDG&E?. Learn more on sdge.com/gascheck

• Sign up for power outage notifications: Go to sdge.com/MyAccount. Click on the “Alerts and Subscriptions” tab. Select “Outage Notifications” from the drop-down menu. Choose how you want to stay informed, e.g. email, text and/or phone. #safetytips4U #sdge

• Help create a Vision for Public Transit – go to ElevateSD2020.com

• Want to be more ecofriendly-check out these two San Diego Companies trying to make a difference. https://shopwithgoodintent.com/ and https://www.earthwellrefill.com/

• With Wildfire season upon us check out SDG&E for info on Power Shutoffs and more.
And make sure your safety measures and contact info are up to date.

• 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


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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