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IS LA MESA READY FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS? SUSTAIN LA MESA FESTIVAL OCT. 8 AIMS FOR IT

By Kristin Kjaero

September 25, 2011 (La Mesa)--As the City of La Mesa prepares for its centennial in 2012, it is looking towards the future with the fourth annual "Sustain La Mesa” Environmental Festival as well as “Our Planet Our Home” K-12 Environmental Literacy and Art Contest, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park.

 The largest festival thus far is chock full of cutting edge information which can help you not only sustain the environment, but ultimately your budget as well.  Monarch butterflies will be released as a grand finale.

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WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN AND COUNTY WATERSHED PROTECTION PROGRAM UNVEIL NEW EXHIBIT

 

October 2, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)—The Water Conservation Garden, in partnership with the San Diego County Watershed Protection Program, has opened a new exhibit that highlights storm water pollution prevention.  The  public is invited to view the new exhibit any time during its normal operating hours—9am-4pm, 7 days a week.  The new exhibit features a permeable pavement installation, complete with re-circulating fountain, situated alongside a straw bale house with a green, living roof.  Funding for the exhibit comes from a generous grant from the County of San Diego’s Watershed Protection Program.

BRIGHT IDEAS: LEARN HOW TO SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY ON SAN DIEGO SOLAR HOMES TOUR OCT. 1

 

 

September 30, 2011 (San Diego) –  San Diegans are taking to the streets to combat rising energy costs Saturday, October 1 during the twelth Annual San Diego Solar Tour,  part of the non-profit American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event. 

 

FREE E-WASTE RECYCLING OCT. 8 IN LA MESA

September 24, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Do you have E-Waste?  Are obsolete computers, monitors, laptops, TVs, printers, cell phones, faxes, VCR & DVD players, stereos, cameras, etc. (working or not) cluttering your closets?  Are they taking your car’s rightful place in the garage?  

 
Here’s your chance to clean house! Load ‘em up!  Bring to the parking lot of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM), 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 between 10am and 4pm, Saturday, October 8, 2011.  There is no drop-off fee. Proceeds benefit the church and Mother Earth!
 
 
 
 

RIVER PARK FOUNDATION TO HOST 17TH ANNUAL NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY EVENT SEPT.24 IN SANTEE

 

 

 

September 21, 2011 (Santee) – On September 24, 2011, The San Diego River Park foundation and the Friends of Santee’s River Park will host a National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event at Town Center Park in Santee on the banks of the San Diego River. Starting at 9am, volunteers will continue habitat restoration efforts aimed at removing invasive, nonnative plants that are detrimental to the river and its wildlife.


NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY - TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT, CORONA, CA SEPT 24

 

 
September 20, 2011 (Corona, CA) -- On September 24, 2011, more than 180,000 volunteers at over 2,000 sites throughout the United States are expected to volunteer to help restore the beauty and vitality of our public lands as part of the 18th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD).  We would like to invite the students and parents of your school to participate in this event.

 

 
The United States Forest Service, Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco Ranger District will be conducting invasive plant removal, trail repair, trash cleanup, graffiti removal, facility repairs, to assist in this national effort.
 
 

OTAY WATER OFFERS POST-POWER OUTAGE TIPS ON IRRIGATION

 

 

 
September 16, 2011 (Spring Valley) - With the recent power outage, now is the perfect time to check your irrigation system to make sure everything is working correctly and avoid overwatering. Keep in mind that when power is lost to irrigation clocks or timers that do not have backup battery power, they will revert to the manufacturer’s default setting of 10 minutes every day, typically at noon, and irrigate up to 70 minutes per week. 
 

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN HOSTS A FRESH CROP OF FALL/WINTER EVENTS

 

 

Fall Home & Garden Festival, Backyard Flock, Build a Scarecrow, Tamale Making 101, From Laundry to Landscape, Small Space Garden, and Gardening on a Rooftop

 

September 3, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)--The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College invites the public to enjoy its 2011 fall and winter events.  Gardening classes help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants.  Classes are taught by professionals , with offerings for both adults and children. 

 

Scroll down for details on new classes sprouting up this season.

CLEANTECH AND GREEN ECONOMY SECTOR LEADERS TO SHARE LATEST INFO ON GREEN JOBS & GREEN ECONOMY SEPT. 15 AT SAN DIEGO SEMINAR

 

September 3, 2011 (San Diego) -- “San Diego CleanTech Beach: Riding The Green Jobs and Economy Wave” is an event to designed to help people countywide launch or expand clean technology careers, start-ups and community initiatives by providing briefings from leaders in the green economy sector.

 

RAMONA LIBRARY’S SO GREEN IT’S GOLD

County Library is Recognized for Sustainable Design with LEED Gold Certification



September 2, 2011 (Ramona) -- The Ramona Library sits on the town’s historical main street, and some residents have visited on horseback. But proof the library belongs to the future came this week when it became one of a handful of public buildings in the region to achieve LEED Gold Certification, an internationally recognized standard for sustainable, environmentally-friendly building design.
 

SDG&E PRESENTS $71k CHECK FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN NEW POLICE STATION

 

August 24, 2011 (El Cajon) -- At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, August 23rd, San Diego Gas & Electric representatives presented a sizeable check to the El Cajon City Council. The check for $71, 340.00 was for the City’s hard work and leadership in energy efficient building for the new El Cajon Police Station.

LOCAL PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GLOBAL STUDY ON WIND FARM IMPACTS

 

Can chickens provide early warnings of wind turbine health dangers?

 

By Miriam Raftery
August 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Like those proverbial canaries in the coal mine, chickens near wind farms may provide early clues to potential harm to health of humans and animals. That’s the contention of Hamish Cumming, a farmer battling proposed wind turbines near his home in Australia.

 

He has written a letter to East County Magazine seeking help from people living near wind farms locally (and in other locations) to document cases of shell-less eggs, dead chickens, or other animals that suffer internal hemmorrhaging.

HELP PLAN LA MESA’S COMMUNITY GARDEN: AUGUST 31 AT HELIX HIGH


August 20, 2011 (La Mesa) – Do you live, work or attend school in La Mesa? The city invites you to help plan and build a community garden. A meeting will be held Wednesday, August 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Helix Charter school campus, 7323 University Avenue, Room 1300, La Mesa.

“Tell us what you would like to see there and how you would like to help with the garden,” an invitation from the City states.

WHAT A HOOT! OWL PROWL AT MISSION TRAILS

August 11, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Join Mission Trails Regional Park's trail guide and resident birder, Jeanne Raimond, for a special evening guided walk in search of resident owls on August 12 and August 19.

 

 

Meet at 7:30 p.m. in the dirt parking lot on the corner of Bushy Hill Drive and Father Junipero Serra Trail, across from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground entrance.

 

GATHER ALL YOUR PLANT KNOWLEDGE IN ONE PLACE


Looking for a new plant for your garden or architectural endeavor?

 

By Matt Kopjak

 

August 4, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Choosing the right plant for your garden can be a daunting task, but with Plants-Pedia you can sift through 48,000 plants from the USDA plants database and narrow down your choices, complete with charts and images. You can filter your options by growth period, soil texture, lifespan, shade tolerance, temperature, toxicity, fire tolerance, drought tolerance and more, depending on your needs. This tool is simple enough for the average gardener and has enough advanced options to be useful for even the most experienced botanist.

STUDY FINDS SEMPRA CROSS-BORDER TRANSMISSION PROJECT COULD COST 15,000 U.S. JOBS & $300 MILLION IN LOST TAXES; SEMPRA CALLS STUDY “BIASED”

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Sempra Energy has asked the U.S. Department of Energy for a presidential permit to construct a cross-border transmission line called Energia Sierra Juarez to import electricity from Sempra facilities in Mexico. The line would cross the border near Jacumba in San Diego’s East County.
 

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON LARGEST HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN AIMED AT “BALANCING” RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT & DESERT CONSERVATION

 

July 31, 2011 (Sacramento) -- The Federal and State Renewable Energy Action Team (REAT) launched a joint environmental review for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP or Plan) that seeks to streamline permitting of renewable energy facilities for seven counties in the California desert, including San Diego and Imperial Counties.

 

Public meetings are set for August 16 and 24, with written comments encouraged for those who cannot attend.

MAYOR SANDERS ANNOUNCES GROUP SAVINGS PROGRAM FOR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES & SOLAR INSTALLATIONS

 

“Reduce then Produce” part of San Diego Summer of Energy Independence

July 26, 2011 (San Diego) — San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today a new citywide program that provides special savings on home energy efficiency upgrades and solar energy installations. It's all part of the San Diego Summer of Energy Independence. The program is now under way; to participate, homeowners must sign up by October 20, 2011.

POWERLINK OPPONENTS FILE APPEAL

July 22, 2011 (San Diego's East County)-- Opponents of the Sunrise Powerlink have appealed a lower court decision in their federal lawsuit challenging construction of the project across federal lands to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and are preparing an opening brief, a spokesman for plaintiffs’ attorneys has informed ECM.

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CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ENERGY BILL THAT SHE SAYS WOULD HURT SAN DIEGO’S CLEANTECH INNOVATION

 

by Shannon Michael

July 21, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has issued a press release blasting an energy spending bill that seeks to gut funding for clean energy, including biomass and solar programs. The bill would hit San Diego hard, since it has a large concentration of clean technology companies, Davis indicated. 

“San Diego has 767 clean technology companies and has become an innovation hub, especially in solar power, energy storage, and advanced biofuels,” said Davis. “If we’re going to remain competitive in the global economy, we must invest in clean energy innovation.” According to the San Diego Association of Governments, the algae energy section alone provides the region with 410 direct jobs and $108 million in economic activity each year.

GET A FREE ORGANIC GARDEN—AND HELP TO BUILD IT

 
July 11, 2011 (San Diego) – Victory Gardens San Diego (VGSD) has kits available to help you start an organic garden – and they’re free to those who cannot afford to buy one. (Others may purchase one for a suggested donation in the $150-$350 range, depending on size). Chose from a raised planter bed or in-ground beds for your garden. In addition to getting plants, irrigation, gopher prevention materials and more, you will also receive a site visit from a project manager and get free advice from experts on how to grow fresh vegetables and fruits in your new garden.
 

SDG&E SIGNS RENEWABLE CONTRACTS FOR NEARLY 200 MW OF GREEN ENERGY

 

 
 
 
July 11, 2011 (San Diego) – Since January 1, 2011, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has added more than 1,200 megawatts (MW) of clean, green energy to its renewable portfolio. Today, the utility announced it has signed two more contracts: a 25-year power purchase agreement for 150 megawatts (MW) of solar power with Solar Gen 2 LLC and a one-year contract for 40 MW of geothermal power with Silicon Valley Power.
 

SHEAR JOY: SUMMER FRUIT PRUNING WORKSHOP


  
June 30, 2011 (La Mesa) -- On Saturday, July 9, La Mesa Live Well and Grow is holding a free Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop from 12:00 to 2:00pm. The Workshop will be held in the La Mesa Police Department Community Room at 8085 University Avenue.
 
Learn about new garden volunteer and educational programs in and around La Mesa including gardening classes, backyard garden builds and fruit tree harvesting for donation to nonprofits serving neighbors with limited incomes. 
 

HELP OUR ENVIRONMENT WHILE HELPING SAN DIEGO KIDS: RECYCLE E-WASTES JUNE 25-26

 

June 16, 2011 (El Cajon) -- In order to create a cleaner environment for our community, the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an electronic waste [e-waste] recycling collection event on Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26, 2011, in the parking lot of Westfield Parkway, directly in front of the Best Buy, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. 

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