Environmental Educator Reports from Brazil
May 29 2018
Environmental Educator, Larissa Amaral is a certified Master Composter and is currently getting her BA in Sustainability and minoring in Management at San Diego State University. She is currently studying abroad on the island of Florianopolis, Brazil.
Volunteer Spotlight - Lucas Kurlan
May 28 2018
What is your background in sustainability? I have always cared about the natural world. In high school, I was deeply involved in an environmental club, as well as having been and continuing to be engaged in local politics. I have spent a lot of time teaching myself about environmental issues, and am a staunch advocate for reducing light pollution, designing...
Easy Ways to Rat-Proof Your Compost Bin
May 28 2018
A common misconception and one we are often asked about is whether composting will attract rats. Rats are quite prevalent in San Diego, particularly roof (or tree) rats. Palm tree and other dense vegetation (bougainvillea, honeysuckle) provide ideal habitats. Food is often supplied from fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and bird feeders. Compost bins are...
Methane Limiting Legislation Brings Change
May 28 2018
It is a very exciting time for those of us concerned with food waste! For over 20 years, Solana Center has been promoting various ways to divert organic material from ending up in our landfills. In the 1990s, Solana Center planned and applied for permits to develop a commercial composting facility in Valley Center. That project didn’t come to fruition, but...
Toast to Compost Event Celebrates Solana Center Volunteers
May 23 2018
Our annual volunteer appreciation event, Toast to Compost, was held at the Infield Farm of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Over 50 guests, volunteers and staff members gathered in our new outdoor classroom in front of Solana Center's Eco Container to celebrate all the hard work and amazing dedication our volunteers have given this year. We celebrated with a...
Upcoming Events - May & June 2018
May 15 2018
Green Living Tour of Solana Center This year marks our 35th anniversary of serving the San Diego community! Join us at our home base in Encinitas as we walk you through easy, earth-friendly solutions to address issues around water, waste, and soil health that can be incorporated into your life and home. At our FREE Green Living Tour, you'll see...
Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!
Apr 15 2018
1. Attend EarthFair Featuring more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children's Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse, EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. This year's...
Solana Center, County Team Up to Offer Discounted Rain Barrels
Mar 22 2018
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation and the County of San Diego have teamed up to offer discounted rain barrels to encourage rainwater harvesting. Don't miss this opportunity to pay $55 per rain barrel (after rebate) on up to 2 rain barrels per household. By using rain barrels, San Diegans will conserve water, reduce runoff pollution and save money...
Volunteer Spotlight - Jill Giraud
Mar 7 2018
Solana Center volunteer, Jill Giraud shares how she got involved with Solana Center and why she generously donates her time. How did you find Solana Center and why do you volunteer with us? I have been on Solana Center’s mailing list for years, and have bought composters and rain barrels here. I read about all the advertised compost trainings and sadly...
Figeater Beetle Grubs in Your Compost?
Mar 6 2018
Rotline Question: I found these GIANT two-inch grubs in my compost. My neighbor said they are the Japanese beetle. Should I be concerned? Don’t worry, be happy, these are compost helpers that have little to no negative impact in your garden. Large grubs like you describe are most likely the larvae of the big iridescent green Figeater beetle, Cotinis...