America Recycles Day is November 15th!
Nov 5 2014
Solana Center is proud to take the Recycling at Work pledge and join other businesses and organizations in increasing recycling at our workplace. Every action adds up to making a difference. Check out America Recycles Day for information on how you can take the pledge, get involved, or join an event!
Did you know that compost saves water?
Oct 29 2014
Your gardens and landscapes require a lot of water to keep them looking lush and healthy. Unfortunately, here in southern California, we are suffering from rapidly depleting freshwater reserves. So while there are many good reasons to compost, using 100% organic matter to help retain our precious resource, fresh water, it is at the top on our list. Compost...
Solana Center Supports New Environmental Regulations
Oct 23 2014
As a key educator and advocate for composting within San Diego, Solana Center applauds Governor Jerry Brown’s support for environmental initiatives in California. In September Governor Brown signed two new assembly bills, AB 1826 and AB 1594, which aim to improve air quality in California by diverting organic materials from the landfill. Read our Executive...
Compost Tea & Leachate
Sep 29 2014
What is Compost Tea & Leachate? Compost tea, which includes vermicompost tea, is a nutrient-rich liquid created by steeping finished compost or vermicompost in water. The compost infuses the water with beneficial nutrients and is sometimes sprayed on foliage to reduce pests and disease or used as a soil drench around plants to enrich the soil in the...
Have you heard about our Green Living Workshops?
Sep 22 2014
In August we launched our Green Living Workshop series with resounding success. Our premier workshop, Residential Solar Energy presented by San Diego County Solar in August, sold out in less than 24 hours! Our September workshop was lead by Hive Savers owner, Quentin Alexander, and covered the history and future of beekeeping, the anatomy and work of...
Can my child's lunch be made zero waste, without paying for school lunches?
Aug 26 2014
Yes, it can. By making school lunches more eco-friendly, and by continuing encouragements to recycle and compost, major gains in lunch waste reduction can be achieved. Some helpful guidelines are… The containers that are used for the food should be reusable. (No chip bags, juice boxes, or food wrap. Also, no throw-away utensils; metal or durable plastic...
Hot Tips for Hot Days
May 27 2014
We’ve faced some pretty hot days here in San Diego. Here are some tips for how to handle compost during summer months, conserve water and energy, and of course, how to protect your worms from sunburn! Compost tips for hot summer months: Hot weather dries out compost. Be sure to add water so your compost has the water level of a wrung-out rag. You can also...
Zeroing in on Zero Waste
May 13 2014
If you’re a reader of our blog, we know you also likely keep posted on the latest environmental topics. Recently, you may have heard the term “zero waste.” This idea is not new but now is gaining momentum and attention. So what is zero waste? Basically, the concept suggests we reduce waste to zero (or as close as possible) by re-purposing the waste or...