What to do with WEEDS!
Mar 20 2015
The winter rains have helped green our landscapes but what to do with the weeds? Many can be eliminated by cutting them down and covering the area with a thick layer of mulch. Those greens weeds contain many nutrients so they are a great addition to your compost pile but it is best to remove them before they go to seed. Use gloves when removing stinging...
Oceanside Celebrates Earth Month 2015
Mar 20 2015
What are you doing for Earth Day? Whatever part of San Diego County you're in -- there's an Earth Day celebration for you! Oceanside is home to North County's largest Earth Day celebration on April 19, 2015. Bring the whole family to this free event. Can't make it on the 19th? No problem! The City of Oceanside is celebrating environmental awareness...
Barriers to Zero -- How to Reduce Food Waste
Mar 12 2015
Hello Zero Wasters, We waste an awful lot of food. On average, Americans throw away 20 lbs of food waste per person per month. The impacts of this are many fold. On the "upstream" side, think about the time, energy and water resources that were used to grow, harvest, process, package, transport and store all of our food. On the "downstream" side, our...
Spring into Energy Savings and Safety at Home
Mar 10 2015
Did you know that one of the easiest ways to start to live sustainably is to look at how you are using energy at home? Solana Center for Environmental Innovation has partnered with SDG&E to provide these tools to understand where you can save time, energy and money. Spring is the perfect time to take a fresh look on how to make changes that will have...
Fire Mountain Residents Continue Zero Wasting
Mar 4 2015
This February, we partnered with City of Oceanside for an eight week program to empower the Fire Mountain community to go green and reduce unnecessary waste through a series of weekend workshops! This past weekend, we kept it moving by engaging in a hands-on assessment of how to keep items out of the landfill. We dissected and scrutinized brave and...
Dig It! Organic Garden Festival
Feb 26 2015
This looks like the perfect festival for garden lovers! Our friends at Jimbo's Naturally are hosting an Organic Garden Festival at their Escondido location. Check it out for farmer demonstrations, advice, tips and the chance to speak to the growers directly!
Troubleshooting Your Traditional Compost Bin: Master Composter Training Tips
Feb 25 2015
Compost is a very forgiving process. There are many "roads to Rome," and no two compost piles are alike. But sometimes things don't seem to be going exactly how you want them to. Here are some common compost concerns and how to handle them. Every composter begins with their own unique blend of compostable materials and expectations. Composting is a dynamic...
Let’s Talk Trash! The 5 R’s to Zero Waste
Feb 22 2015
The City of Oceanside is committed to waste diversion and recycling. Our goal is Zero Waste and we encourage and challenge everyone who lives, works, and visits Oceanside to embrace the Road to Zero Waste. Zero Waste is an achievable goal and to help everyone achieve this goal it is important to remember and follow the 5 R’s of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse...
Successful launch to Love Your Planet program!!
Feb 16 2015
Thanks to all who were able to attend the first team workshop. We appreciated all your questions and contributions. We've got great teams and we're excited for our next workshops (in two weeks). Thanks tons to the wonderful folks who opened their homes and patios for our presentations. And thanks also to our dedicated Master Composter volunteers. They stand...