Dr. Bronner’s Is Reducing Its Plastic Use

🌎 Dr. Bronner’s is taking bold steps to reduce plastic production and pollution. 🌎 How? 🌈 All of Dr. Bronner’s plastic bottles are 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, reducing new plastic production 🧴 🌈 The B Corp recently introduced a new paper soap refill carton. This carton is made with 80% less plastic and uses fewer…

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Climate Solutions: How to Recycle Your Coffee Pods

Sustainability and equity in coffee are multilayered. Growing the crop is a water- and often land-intensive process, and plenty of conventional farmers use pesticides and underpay workers to create cheap coffee. By buying that coffee, we as consumers incentivize exploitation. We may also be risking more expensive coffee in the future, as climate change is…

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Lazy Acres: 1% for the Planet Nonprofit Partnership

Lazy Acres natural foods grocery products

Thank you Lazy Acres Natural Market for partnering with Solana Center for Environmental Innovation as a beneficiary of the 1% program! In 2023 we were one of the first local nonprofits selected for the enviro-tokens program. The enviro-tokens program offered Lazy Acres customers the option to donate 10 cents to the nonprofit of their choice…

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It’s Time to Install Your Rain Barrel

Did you know that rainwater is the best water for plants? Though San Diego’s average rainfall is less than 12 inches a year, a rain barrel configured to receive water from your home’s downspouts can help you store up to 50 gallons of free, untreated water on your property. Think about misty mornings too. Water…

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DIY: How to build your own in-ground worm bin

An in-ground worm bin is an alternative to multi-layer worm bins that sit above ground level. Though an in-ground bin can be made from various materials, a simple and cost-effective bin can be made with a 5-gallon bucket; we’ll share how in this tutorial in a few simple steps! In-ground worm bins have a number…

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How are local governments implementing climate resilience plans, and how can you help?

Local governments are addressing the issue of climate-intensified flooding, as well as wildfire and heat risks, through a combination of: 1) Climate change mitigation, or reducing the emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in our atmosphere; and 2) Climate change adaptation, or responding to climate change that’s already in the pipeline. The City of San Diego’s 2022…

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Protection: Initiatives that help our communities and ecosystems thrive

At Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, we center our work around four pillars: protection, conservation, education, and innovation. Each pillar provides the structure needed to fully address the impacts of climate change in the San Diego region: –Protection, or the safeguarding of the rights of humans and living things to healthy environments with sufficient natural resources; –Conservation, or the…

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SB 1383 Update: Organics Recycling Compliance Enforcement Changes in 2024

Senate Bill 1383, or the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction law, requires that businesses implement programs to ensure organic materials are no longer put in the trash, with edible food being donated and the rest sorted for organic waste recycling. Before the start of 2024, jurisdictions were required to visit Tier One and Tier Two (see…

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Case Study: Food Cycle Community Compost Program

At the end of 2023, Solana Center made the difficult decision to end the Food Cycle Community Compost program. With the rollout of curbside green recycling bins, we had seen a steady participation decline, and continuing the program was no longer sustainable for our organization. We are so grateful for all of the residents and…

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Build Healthy Soils with Free Assistance to Secure up to $100,000 Grant Funding!

Join Solana Center for Environmental Innovation (Solana Center) for a free technical assistance webinar for farmers and ranchers to learn more about applying for up to $100,000 in state grant funding. Assistance is provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Healthy Soils Program (HSP) for farmers to implement conservation management practices that…

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