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

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
And info on using rainwater for irrigation
Greywater Rebate info and more

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


SSR Garden Share
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Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024
Saturday, January 5, 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.

Hawk Watch -Wildlife Research Institute Program
18528 Highland Valley Rd., Ramona 92065
Saturdays in January & February 10am Rain or Shine
Suggested arrival 9:30am free parking coffee & donuts
Bring Binoculars, warm clothing, sturdy shoes.

Armstrong Nursery
9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
Saturday, January 5 & 12, 10:30am
Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting

SDG&E- Talk on Energy-Saving Programs & Time of Use rates
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Thursday, January 10, 11am
Find more ways to save money and energy with their energy-saving programs.
Understand time of use. Have your questions answered.

Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd. 92130
Saturday, January 5, 10am
Planning, Feeding, and Pruning Your Garden in The Winter -. 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. They will discuss all these things and more.

SSR & SRCA 50Plus Joint lecture
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Friday, January 11, 10am
Climate Change

Climate change can be a divisive subject, but it does not need to be. Authorities trusted by both “sides” - political conservatives (the military, oil companies) and progressives (environmental organizations) - agree on the basics of climate change. A possible solution that is supported by oil companies, environmental organizations, Republicans, and Democrats. This solution is projected to create 2.8 million jobs in the US, increase our GDP, save 225,000 lives, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50% within the first 20 years of its implementation. We will also cover some of the common misbeliefs regarding climate change, and finish with a question and answer session.

San Diego Fixit Clinic
Second Chance Beer Company -15378 Ave of Science #222, 92128
Saturday, January 12, 1-3pm Free
Bring your broken, non-functioning things: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. They’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!
If you have any old tools you don’t need please bring them into to the next Fixit Clinic and/or email us at [email protected] to arrange drop off locations.

Scripps Mesa Garden Club
Scripps Ranch Library-10301 Scripps Lake Dr., 92131
Tuesday, January 22, 5:45pm
Amazing World of Bats with SR resident naturalist Don Endicott
This multi-media presentation features photographs, video, audio clips and
specimens from the San Diego Natural History Museum to help us all understand and
appreciate our nocturnal neighbors. All welcome.

Solar for Homeowners-Center for Sustainable Energy
3980 Sherman St. Suite #170, 92110
Thursday, January 24, 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]

Ongoing Events
Become a Balboa Park Tree Steward

Bring your passion — they’ll provide the training.
Through their Tree Stewards training program, you’ll gain skills in tree identification, proper planting techniques, irrigation and watering of new and established trees, and general tree maintenance issues.
Tree Stewards generally work in teams of two, depending on your assigned zone, as a secondary responsibility is to act as the eyes and ears of the Parks and Rec Department, alerting staff to concerns in your zone of the park.
Find out what it takes at:
Please email our Volunteer Coordinator for more info at [email protected] or click here to fill out a Volunteer Application. We’re currently recruiting for this position.

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, December 2, 8am

Sunday, January 6, 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, December 16, 8am
Sunday, January 20, 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, December 21 sunset
Friday, January 18, 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

Info on Landscape rebate programs and more.
Metropolitan Water District’s Landscape Transformation program is being offered to promote water use reduction and sustainability. It aims to combine turf removal, irrigation modification and rainwater retention or filtration to support reuse or soil absorption of rainwater.
Every landscape transformation project will include:
• 5 plants per 100 square feet of area transformed
• A stormwater retention feature
• No hardscape within the transformed area, except permeable hardscape
• Replacement or modification of overhead spray sprinklers
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

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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