Green Scene

UNIVERSITY VOLUNTEERS HELP WOOD DUCK NESTING PROJECT AT SANTEE LAKES


December 3, 2011 (Santee) -- On a warm fall afternoon, students from the Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) drove through the gates of Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve to help with a very special project – the Wood Duck Nesting Project. This project rehabilitates nesting homes for the native Wood Duck population ‐ PLNU has volunteered to participate in this project for the past four years.
 

FIRST “GREEN” TAXIS COME TO SAN DIEGO AIRPORT

Program provides rebates and incentives for hybrid cabs
 
November 29, 2011(San Diego) -- The first “green” taxis at San Diego International Airport made their official debut Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, as part of an initiative to bring hybrid vehicles into the taxi fleet involving the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), Mossy Toyota and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
 

MISSION TRAILS ASKS HELP TO WIN $25,000: VOTE DAILY THROUGH DEC. 1

 

November 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, which graciously donated space at its beautiful visitor center to benefit our nonprofit with our "Summerfest" event, has asked for our help--and yours. 

KIDS GROW GREEN GIANTS IN THE BONNIE PLANTS COLOSSAL CABBAGE CONTEST


November 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Its easy going and growing green with the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.  Kids across America are learning to garden and some are earning a lot of “green” participating in Bonnie’s Cabbage Program.

This season, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states dug in and got hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages, reaping hefty harvests and holding high hopes to win “best in state” and receive a $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.
 

GREENSMART TECHNICAL COLLEGE COMING TO SAN DIEGO—ALONG WITH ELECTRIC CAR ENGINE MANUFACTURING PLANT

 

An ECM exclusive special report


Amptran is developing an electric engine with capacity to travel 400 miles between charges using lithium air technology. The break-through could revolutionize the car industry --and eliminate U.S. dependence on OPEC Mideast oil

By Miriam Raftery

AIR RESOURCES BOARD KICKS OFF NEW ROUND OF CLEAN VEHICLE REBATES

 15 million available, Board Member Ron Roberts presents first check in San Diego


November 18, 2011 (San Diego) — San Diego County Supervisor Ronald Roberts, a member of the California Air Resources Board (ARB), presented the first rebate check issued from $15 million allocated by ARB for clean vehicles to Kim Adelman of Poway, Calif.
  

NEW RECYCLING PROGRAM TAKES USED COOKING OIL AND LEAVES CLEANER AIR

 

November 15, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Don’t waste your Thanksgiving leftovers or risk clogging drains to dispose of grease! You can now drop off used cooking oil and grease for recycling at the EDCO Station in La Mesa or four other EDCO recycling buyback centers in the county. 

This free service is provided by EDCO and New Leaf Biofuel, both locally-owned companies.

SDG&E’S 6TH ANNUAL LED LIGHT EXCHANGE BRINGS ENERGY SAVINGS TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON


November  14, 2011 (San Diego) -- The holidays are right around the corner and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) wants to help San Diegans become more energy efficient this holiday season.  For the sixth year, SDG&E will be offering complimentary light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) to customers throughout San Diego County during the company’s annual LED Holiday Lighting Exchanges.

ENVIROFAIR AT LOS COCHES CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL & PUBLIC INVITED TO EAST COUNTY CLEANUP AND RECYCLING EVENT NOV. 15

 
November 14, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Los Coches Middle School's EnviroFair is an all-day event, with students cycling through a series of booths, presentations and hands-on activities. The cleanup is open to the public and will remove trash and recyclables from the areas around Los Coches Creek School.

PADRE DAM MWD DEDICATES WATER RECYCLING FACILITY TO RAY STOYER


November 13, 2011 (Santee) -- On Monday, November 7th, Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors honored Ray Stoyer and celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Santee Lakes by renaming the Santee water recycling facility the Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility.

TOP GREEN LEADERS BRIEF ON GREEN JOBS, BUSINESS START-UP SUCCESS STRATEGIES NOV. 16

November 13, 2011 (San Diego) -- Green Experts Academy, San Diego is offering a recession-friendly registration of $23 base ticket price to its workshops and seminars at the academy. The fee includes a catered meal, beverages, parking and reports from the seminar briefings. The seminar includes top Green leader briefings, a workshop for attendees to focus on thier career, business or organizational goals, and real-time policy brainstorming that wil be shared with the staff of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.
 
 
 
 

PUBLIC INVITED TO EAST COUNTY CLEANUP AND RECYCLING EVENT NOV. 15

 Event Follows EnviroFair for Los Coches Creek Students on “America Recycles Day”


November 11 (2011) -- The community is invited to join “America Recycles Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with a neighborhood cleanup and recycling event, which follows an all day “EnviroFair” for students at Los Coches Creek Middle School in Blossom Valley.
  

FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: A 2-PART EVENT TO CHANGE SAN DIEGO’S FUTURE, STARTS THIS WEEKEND AT QUALCOMM HQ

November 8, 2011 (San Diego)--UnitedGREEN’s Forging a Sustainable Future event series begins on November 12 and 13 at Irwin M. Jacobs Hall at Qualcomm Corporate Headquarters in Sorrento Valley. This two-part event covers a wide array of topics including green building, green job training, building sustainable communities, community redevelopment, renewable energy sources, community- centered architecture, and green transportation. The goal of the conference is to plan for economic, environmental, and cultural sustainability in the San Diego/Tijuana region. View video of ECM publisher Mark Hanson of Lakeside discussing this global event (click screen above).

PLANTING THE SEEDS OF TOMORROW - ARBOR DAY DEC. 3 AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK

 

November 9, 2011 (San Diego)-- Mission Trails Regional Park will celebrate Arbor Day at the picnic area near the Visitor and Interpretive Center on Saturday, December 3  at 9 a.m. The public is invited to assist in planting trees including Engleman Oak trees and other native plants.

RIVER AND COMMUNITY CLEANUP SET IN SANTEE NOV. 12

November 5, 2011 (Santee) -- The Friends of Santee’s River Park and the San Diego River Park Foundation are seeking volunteers to donate a few hours of their time to help the Community of Santee and the San Diego River be clean and healthy. River Scouting teams have identified several trash and former camp sites that need to be removed before the winter rain washes it into the river.
 
 
 
 
 

SUSTAINABLE HOMES TOUR NOV. 5 SHOWCASES CREATIVE LIVING—FROM A STRAW BALE HOME TO AN AIRPLANE HANGER

 
November 4, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Lakeside River Park Conservancy will host a Sustainable Homes Tour on Saturday, November 5. The tour includes about 10 sites on tour, including many in East County.
 
 
These homes have a variety of sustainable applications from the construction of the homes, products, landscape and conservation. The variation from new build construction to renovations of older homes provides a broad display of opportunities and ideas for the next home owner touring the sites.

ASK THE DESIGNER LANDSCAPE CONSULTATIONS DURING FALL HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL NOV. 5

November 4, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden is offering a 20 minute landscape design consultation at the Fall Garden & Home Festival. A professional designer who focuses on drought tolerant landscapes will meet with you. After the meeting, you'll leave with design ideas, and a list of plants.

 



Bring photos of your house and the area you want designed. Also provide the dimensions of the space, and photos of design styles you like.

 

FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: 2-PART CONFERENCE STARTS NOV. 12-13 IN SAN DIEGO: LT. GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM AMONG SPEAKERS

 

 Part 2 on March 3-4 to feature Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.


 

November 3, 2011 (San Diego) – UnitedGREEN, a division of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition and sister organization of East County Magazine, will present Forging a Sustainable Future, a two-part conference that aspires to foster alliances between businesses, government and grassroots organizations to build a green future not only for San Diego, but our nation and the world.

 

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will keynote the event.

AT HOME IN DEERHORN VALLEY: AN ARTIST'S STRAW BALE STUDIO RISES FROM THE ASHES, DOUBLING AS COMMUNITY CENTER

"At Home” is a new series highlighting creative homes and lifestyles in San Diego East County communities.

 

 


By

Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

 

 

“Straw bale building is like a barn raising—a wonderful, friendly activity that reaches out and brings people together.” – Kim Hamilton

October 30, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) – Four years after the Harris Fire burned down their barn, Kim Hamilton and Rob Deason celebrate completion of a new art and music studio made with straw-bale construction and hands-on help from friends, family and neighbors.  Since the community also lost its former gathering place at a local fire station, the new studio doubles as a meeting room for the Deerhorn Valley Community Association.

The new structure is both fire resistant and green--built of natural, sustainable materials with insulating qualities ideal for the climate extremes found in this rural community.   

SUSTAINABLE, GREEN HOME REMODELING FOCUS OF FREE WORKSHOP, NOV. 2

All-day event to teach energy efficiency and green building
 

October 29, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego homeowners and home contractors interested in remodeling can learn how to make homes more efficient, safe, healthy and comfortable during an all-day workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). The workshop and parking are free and open to the public.

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GARDENING ON A ROOFTOP OCTOBER 22

October 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Garden will offer a new class, Gardening on a Rooftop on Saturday, October 22, 9:30-11:30am, and will feature a permeable pavement seminar during its Fall Garden and Home Festival on November 5.  Check the event’s website, www.gardenandhomefest.org for an updated seminar schedule as the festival nears.
 

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

 

October 9, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)—The Water Conservation Garden’s Executive Director, Marty Eberhardt, has announced her retirement, effective February 1, 2012, after over seven years of service to the non-profit organization. Eberhardt has been the Executive Director of The Garden since August 2004.  

 

OUR PLANET, OUR HOME AWARDS FOR OCTOBER 8

 
October 7, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa is taking steps to increase environmental awareness within the community and to sustain its environment. This commitment includes: 

• The Environmental Sustainability Commission 
• Annual "Sustain La Mesa" Environmental Festival 
• “Our Planet, Our Home” Environmental Literacy & Art Contest

The Environmental Sustainability Commission will present the 4th Annual "Sustain La Mesa" Environmental Festival on Saturday October 8, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Harry Griffen Park. The festival features:


AN OASIS IN EAST COUNTY'S "FOOD DESERT?" BACKCOUNTRY COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB MEETS OCTOBER 6

 

 Come get your hands dirty and show off your green thumb

 
 
October 6, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Rural areas in East County are considered a "food desert" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meaning low income residents have to travel long distances to access fresh foods. But that may soon change--since residents are cooking up plans to create  a community garden.
 
 
At the first meeting of the Backcountry Garden Club, 24 interested neighbors showed up. Julie Atherton with the Mountain Empire Community Center, said she expects to see at least double that number at the next meeting on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.

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