Winter Quarterly Newsletter – 2023

Dear Eco-Stewards, As the winter season arrives, we are looking forward to several exciting educational events, including the On-Farm Composting Course starting in January in Ramona and the ever-popular Master Composter Course starting in February in Escondido. These courses only happen once a year, so grab your spot now if you’ve been waiting for your chance to participate! Secondly, thank you to all…

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Frugal Ways to Reduce Your Climate Footprint

In the age of Teslas, solar panels, and buying organic, it can feel like sustainable choices are only for the rich. But the facts show otherwise, with the “wealthiest 1% of people in the world putting out as much carbon pollution as the poorest two-thirds,” according to a November 2023 Oxfam report. Generally, working class…

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Borrow an Induction Cooktop at Solana Center!

Induction cooking does not emit fumes, protecting you and your household from dangerous carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and more. It also uses less energy and heats & cools more quickly than either gas and standard electric stoves. Solana Center now offers induction cooktop loaners as part of the San Diego Green Building Council’s Electric Home Cooktop…

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Fall Quarterly Newsletter – 2023

Dear neighbors, If you were one of the many people who made a last-minute rain barrel purchase, I’m sure your barrels filled during the recent storms! 🌧 Store Notes: Solana Center’s store will be closed tomorrow, September 2nd for the Labor Day weekend. Our batteries and lightbulb recycling program is closed until further notice due to difficulty with the City of Encinitas’ hauler…

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Climate Solutions: Find Tools for Your Environmental Journey!

Visit our Climate Solutions Resource Center in Encinitas, CA where we offer accessible environmental resources and programming.  Each of us can take climate action by starting where we are with what we have. We provide sparks for climate action around the following concepts: (Explore more in our Climate Solutions Map!) Food Waste Prevention Preventing food…

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Summer Quarterly Newsletter – 2023

Dear Friends, Summer in San Diego means a slew of natural wonders. Least Terns, an endangered subspecies, migrate to Mission Bay, the Santa Margarita River Mouth, and other select spots from April through September. In July, the world’s largest gathering of leopard sharks will appear off of the coast of La Jolla. August 12 – 13, we can…

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Pre-Composting Appliances: Do They Work?

We get questions about pre-composting appliances often these days. Our verdict: While food scrap dryers and grinders can do amazing things, they cannot make compost in less than several months’ time. They are also not the most effective way to reduce your environmental footprint at home. The Dirt on Countertop “Composters” There are several kitchen…

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Let’s Talk About Organics Recycling

Solana Center is proud to work with a majority of jurisdictions in the San Diego region to help with organics green bin distribution and provide education on what goes where as both residents and businesses begin participating in this important program spurred by SB 1383 legislation. At the start of summer 2021, EDCO distributed kitchen…

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Spring Quarterly Newsletter – 2023

Dear Solana Center Supporter, Spring is arriving in San Diego County. As grunions rush our beaches and the Carlsbad Flower Fields bloom in vivid bursts of color, as gray whales skirt our coast on their migratory path and honeybee colonies search for new places to call home, we honor the privileges and responsibilities we carry…

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