News & Updates
Making San Diego Schools More Eco-friendly
Dec 6 2016
Solana Center makes school lunch recycling a no-brainer. Thanks to SDG&E’s Environmental Champions funding, our educators recently worked with the staff and students at San Ysidro School District to reduce lunch waste and send less to the landfill. San Ysidro School District has 5,230 students in grades k-8 and a high percentage of...
Encinitas Passes Ban to be Foam Free
Dec 6 2016
We are proud to have contributed to the historic Styrofoam™ (Expanded Polystyrene foam) food container ban in Encinitas. The Encinitas City Council voted in favor of a ban on November 9th, 2016. Solana Center partnered with the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project to raise awareness and educate the community about the environmental impacts of ...
San Diegans Save $$$ and Water with Discounted Rain Barrels
Dec 5 2016
Solana Center teamed up with the San Diego County Water Authority to encourage San Diegans to save water this winter – and take advantage of a regional $75 rebate that will be reduced on January 1 with a special discount on rain barrels.
Rainwater: Catch it Solana Beach
Dec 1 2016
The City of Solana Beach is encouraging residents to save water by teaming up with Solana Center for Environmental Innovation to offer discounted rain barrels. Recently, the San Diego region has received some much-needed rain. However, one week of rain doesn't make up for four years of historic drought. The discounted rain barrels are...
Bright Ideas for the Holidays
Nov 27 2016
Now that Daylight Savings Time has ended, lighting your home earlier in the evening can increase your energy use and cost. Plan ahead to make the holiday season brighter, safer, and more affordable. Deck the Halls with LEDs Did you know that one of the easiest ways to lower your electricity use is to switch to energy-efficient lighting...
Support Global WORMing!
Nov 19 2016
Want to learn an environmentally-friendly way to turn your food waste into nutrient rich castings for your plants or garden beds? Join us on Saturday, December 3rd for a vermicomposting (composting with worms) workshop. We'll teach you all about how fun and easy it is to use Red Wriggler worms to compost your food waste. This is a great...
Don't get left in the dark!
Oct 24 2016
In addition to Halloween, did you know that October is Fire Prevention Month? Living in Southern California means living with fire, earthquakes and other potential emergencies. Emergencies can be downright scary! So carve out some time to create your Power Plan. Our partner, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) offers these safety...
Fall 2016 Newsletter
Oct 12 2016
Update from our Executive Director: We are witnessing a shift in thinking regarding disposal of resources. Increasingly, state legislation (learn about newly-passed AB1383) and local efforts (read about our school district-wide programs) are guiding us to a future of landfills free of recyclables, edibles, and compostables.
Leading School Districts Toward Zero Waste
Oct 5 2016
Solana Center volunteer with waste sorting station.[/caption] Solana Center educators have been back to school! Our education team is working with a number of school districts to address new state organics recycling laws and provide waste reduction and prevention education for students and staff. Solana Center applies a closed loop...
Adults with Special Needs Learn to Reduce Food Waste
Oct 2 2016
Oceanside, CA – By learning how to compost their kitchen waste, residents of TERI’s McNealy House, a residential home in Oceanside for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, has reduced the amount of organic waste it sends to the landfill, and the resulting carbon emissions.