environment

SDG&E DONATES TO SUPPORT PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

 
May 14, 2012 (Palomar)--Rick Barclay, Chairman of Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park, is pleased to announce a $20,000 pledge from SDG&E that will help keep the park open and expand its educational programs for visitors and underserved communities. Palomar is one of 70 state parks slated for permanent closure due to recent budget cutbacks. Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park is the non-profit association working to close the gap between the park's revenue and operating expenses through community donations in order to keep the park open.

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LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS SAN DIEGO ENDORSES BOB FILNER FOR MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO

 
May 9, 2012 (San Diego)—The League of Conservation Voters San Diego has endorsed Congressman Bob Filner in the San Diego Mayoral election. 

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LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS SAN DIEGO ENDORSES BOB FILNER FOR MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO

May 8, 2012 (San Diego)—The League of Conservation Voters San Diego has endorsed Congressman Bob Filner in the San Diego Mayoral election. 


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CREEK TO BAY CLEANUP DAY APRIL 28

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
April 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The City of San Diego passed a resolution today declaring April 28th Creek to Bay cleanup day.  According to Council Member Sherri Leightner (District One) this “will encourage all residents of the City of San Diego to take care of the environment.” 

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG: GREEN YOUR ‘SPRING CLEANING’ WITH EARTH-FRIENDLY TIPS FROM WASTE MANAGEMENT

 

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- Just in time for the season’s most notorious task, Waste Management has come up with a list of five tips to not only motivate Spring cleaning efforts, but ways to go about doing it in a natural, safe way for the environment. Turns out, trading-in the chemicals and expensive cleaning products for a little know-how will yield the same sparkling results without releasing potentially damaging toxins into the air, giving you more time to smell the flowers over the ammonia.

 


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JULIAN’S FIRST FILM FESTIVAL, “WILD AND SCENIC ON TOUR” SHOWCASES FILMS, FILMMAKERS AND MUSIC MAY 4-6

 
April 28, 2012 (Julian) -- Awe-inspiring footage, amazing adventures, terrible tragedy, and incredible people all rolled up into Julian’s first ever film festival, The Wild and Scenic on Tour. The event, slated for May 4 - 6, 2012, is a benefit for Volcan Mountain Foundation.  

 


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SOLAR DONE RIGHT SUPPORTS LOCAL ALTERNATIVES TO REMOTE MASSIVE ENERGY PROJECTS

Coalition seeks to protect public lands, launches “Energy Democracy” sign-up
 
It is currently cheaper, on a per-watt basis, to install a small rooftop system in Germany than it is to install a giant desert installation in the US.
 
By Ariele Johannson
 
April 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Driving through the southwestern deserts, I’ve long been impressed by the ocotillo, a cactus-like tree with straight branches angling upwards to the sun, ablaze with red blooms. This thorny desert tree is an apt metaphor for the ways different people view energy issues-- especially proposed industrial solar and wind power projects in remote wilderness areas. Like the ocotillo, these programs and policies have a wide array of angles from which to be viewed.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: IRONY AT BUCKMAN SPRINGS

 

March 31, 2012 (Buckman Springs) -- Cynthia Rowley found irony in this sign posted by SDG&E at a Powerlink tower site in Buckman springs.

"It's right behind my house where we would hike," she said of the posted environmentally sensitive area, where the greatest damage to the environment has been caused by SDG&E itself. "Now there are 10 towers on the east side. It's caused me so much sorrow," Rowley wrote.

 


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THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO’S PROPOSED LANDFILL PROJECT VIOLATES CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT, SIERRA CLUB SAYS

 
March 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit to rescind the City of San Diego’s uninformed decision to pursue managed competition of the Miramar Landfill. The lawsuit alleges that the City violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which would require a public review of environmental consequences before the City could take substantial steps to frame and define a project to privatize San Diego’s public landfill.

 


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RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF

 
Rain Brings Urban Runoff To County Beaches                       
    
March 26, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall.  Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff. 

 


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SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC NAMED NATIONAL CLIMATE LEADER

San Diego Utility Recognized for GHG Reductions and Energy Efficiency
March 4, 2012 (San Diego) --  San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was nationally recognized last week with the Organizational Leadership Award at the inaugural Climate Leadership Awards in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Climate Leadership Awards recognize organizations that go beyond business as usual in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and The Climate Registry (TCR). 

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SAN DIEGO SOLAR ENERGY SYMPOSIUM MARCH 6

 
February 28, 2012 (San Diego)-- San Diego leads the nation in rooftop and on-site solar installations.  According to a recent report from e Environment California Research & Policy Center, over 4,500 installations and 37 MW peak capacity for the city--15,700 installations—have been made within San Diego Gas & Electric’s service territory.  Now the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), CleanTECH San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are offering a solar energy symposium on March 6 at the University of San Diego to discuss the future of solar energy in the region.

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DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SAVE MONEY ON A GREAT “GREEN” EVENT: ROBERT F. KENNEDY KEYNOTES SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE MARCH 3-4 AT SDSU

By Nancy Clement

 
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead
 
 
February 23, 2012 (La Mesa) - Did you know The United States ranks only 50th out of 151 countries of the world in sustainability,  according to http://www.ssfindex.com/results-2010/ranking-all-countries/
 

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INTERNATIONAL PHYSICIANS’ GROUP CALLS FOR HALT TO WIRELESS SMART METERS

 
Organization tells CPUC that smart meters pose health risks, especially for children

 
January 24, 2012 (San Diego)--The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has become the first national physicians’ group to adopt a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters.
 
The group sent a  resolution to the California Public Utilities Commission opposing smart meters due to health risks and calling on the CPUC to take preventative actions to protect public health. 

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RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO BEACHES: NO SWIMMING FOR 72 HOURS, COUNTY WARNS

 
January 23, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall.  Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.   Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. 

 


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CUYAMACA COLLEGE OFFERS INTRO TO GREEN BUILDING CAREERS—WITH FREE TRAINING


January 19, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – 
For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a four-week introductory course free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. 

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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.
 

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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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YOUTH OPPORTUNITY ON THE CITY OF LA MESA’S ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

 

 

May 22, 2011 (La Mesa) --The City is currently looking for a youth representative to serve on the Environmental Sustainability Commission. Applicants must live within the city limits of La Mesa and not be more than 21 years of age. Applications may be obtained by accessing the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.com or from the City Clerk’s office in La Mesa City Hall,

8130 Allison Avenue
, during normal business hours.

The purpose of the Commission is to advise the City Council on how the actions and policies of the City may preserve and enhance the quality of La Mesa’s environment, address the effects of climate change and assist in the identification of measures that will improve environmental sustainability in La Mesa and the region.

 


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SEMPRA ENERGY FOUNDATION SETS $1 MILLION ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


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"OUR PLANET, OUR HOME" ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY CONTEST ANNOUNCED

June 12, 2009 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Committee invites students in grades K-12 to submit a poem or work of art in which they reflect upon the environment. The new “Our Planet, Our Home” environmental literacy contest is open to youths living or attending schools within the La Mesa-Spring Valley or Grossmont Union High School Districts.

Entrants need not submit work through their school; individual submissions are also accepted. Sixteen entries will be honored for special recognition, two in poetry and two in art for each of four age categories:


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