News & Updates
Reduce Energy Use During Summer Peak Times
Aug 16 2016
According to a state report, there could be a need for greater than normal energy conservation across Southern California. Since the power grid is interconnected throughout the state, our partners at SDG&E may need to ask customers to help by reducing their energy use.
Education Key to Reducing Waste at Switchfoot Bro-Am
Jul 18 2016
Events can provide a powerful opportunity to educate the public about recycling and waste. During last year's Bro-Am on July 11, 2015, Solana Center, in partnership with the Rob Machado Foundation, with support from the City of Encinitas and Hurley, put together a Green Team of volunteers that resulted in the diversion of 83% of the...
Save Energy While You're Chillin' at Home
Jun 27 2016
Summer doesn’t have to mean higher energy bills! Not only does summertime bring changes to the weather, but soon, SDG&E customers will see a change in how they are billed for electricity. Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a new electric rate structure statewide. For SDG&E customers, this will result...
Summer 2016 Newsletter
Jun 27 2016
Update from our Executive Director: This summer we are introducing our Less to Landfill program for organizations that generate food waste. Solana Center works with restaurants, grocery stores, and school central kitchens to identify areas to prevent and minimize food waste. The goal is to keep edible and compostable material out of...
Toward Zero Waste Events
Jun 20 2016
Events generate tons of food waste and single-use items that are sent to landfills. Zero waste events reduce the amount of harmful greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere by organic material when buried in a landfill. They are also a powerful way to change the public's perceptions about waste and make people more aware of their...
Encinitas Partnership Reduces City’s Carbon Footprint and Educates Residents
Jun 20 2016
Solana Center is well known for the free composting workshops, funded by the City of Encinitas, that we provide for Encinitas residents. In addition to being your local experts on composting and building healthy soil, we’re partnering with the City of Encinitas on a number of exciting waste diversion initiatives.
New Law Produces Mid-Scale Composting Workshops
Jun 6 2016
It is no longer business as usual in California. A new state law requires schools, businesses and other generators of organic waste (i.e. food scraps and landscape trimmings) to divert it from ending up in landfills, where it creates an environmental problem. As of April 1, 2016, Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) mandates that commercial...
Brighten Your Days with Energy Savings
May 31 2016
Don’t let May Gray cloud your spirits. Here are some solutions that can help you save the planet and some money! SDG&E offers a variety of tools to help -- from saving water or conserving energy using your smartphone, to earning credits on your energy bill to determining if you are eligible to receive a discount on your energy bill...
Meet the Eco Container!
May 24 2016
What is the Eco Container? The Eco Container, sponsored by Kashi, is a re-purposed shipping container that Solana Center is transforming into a center for environmental innovation. By demonstrating solar energy, a greywater demo system, rain barrels, composting, drought tolerant landscaping and California-friendly gardens, the Eco...