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Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

aka Solana Center   |   Encinitas, CA   |  http://www.solanacenter.org/

Mission

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation's mission is to mobilize the local community to address the region’s most pressing environmental issues and enact impactful change, with a focus on soil, waste, and water.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Jessica Toth

Main address

137 N El Camino Real

Encinitas, CA 92024 USA

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Formerly known as

Solana Recyclers

EIN

33-0009949

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Solana Center’s vision is a future with landfills and oceans free of our discarded resources. Our mission is to enable waste prevention and closed-loop reprocessing of all divertable resources.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Waste Solutions

Solana Center’s Food Cycle program is a results-oriented solution to the problem of food waste in San Diego, creating environmental disposal solutions for businesses, individuals, and local governments for any type of food waste, whether it’s pre- or post-consumer. The San Diego region does not currently have any large scale solutions to the growing environmental problem of non-edible organic waste in our landfills--a problem that releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leads to climate change--despite the desperate need in the region. Solana Center is at the center of this solvable problem with our zero waste and food recovery programs that work to reduce the amount of waste in our landfills. Solana Center’s award-winning Food Cycle model revolutionizes the way San Diegans think about waste and has received the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (the first time food waste was recognized). Food Cycle finds the best uses for surplus food, whether through composting, feeding animals, or creating biofuels to keep non-edible organics out of landfills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We’re fortunate in San Diego to have accessible, high-quality beaches, rivers, lakes and lagoons that are part of healthy watersheds. Enjoying and protecting our water resources are vital to our quality of life. At Solana Center we value our water resources and encourage everyone to keep our waters and watersheds clean by reducing waste and runoff, eliminating harmful pesticides and toxic cleaning products and reusing resources effectively at our homes and businesses. Through rain barrel sales, community outreach, school programs, and other community engagement we encourage San Diegans to take advantage of the limited rain and dew we receive by capturing water on your property, keeping runoff from storm drains and waterways and reusing it for landscapes and other uses where it’s needed, as well as teaching about the importance of our watersheds, and how we can keep them clean.

Population(s) Served

Solana Center’s environmental education is the bedrock of our commitment to the San Diego community. We’ve been educating about environmental issues in the region for more than 35 years, on topics ranging from composting and watershed management to to zero waste and recycling. Webinars, workshops, community event booths, and corporate trainings allows us to share the message of environmental change with more people throughout the San Diego region, including to historically underserved communities that do not receive sponsorship from local government agencies for environmental education. Solana Center turns hundreds of part-time gardeners into Master Composters each year, and educates thousands more on the science and environmental impacts of composting, food waste, recycling and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Solana Center is the go-to site in the region to facilitate environmental change by individuals, both at work and at home. Last year our ewaste and uwaste recycling program saw 1,800 drop-offs from local residents of their electronic waste, light bulbs, and batteries to be recycled, keeping 20 tons of waste from the landfill. Need tools to update your garden but don’t want to buy them for a one-time project? Solana Center has a Garden Tool Library where local residents can borrow a variety of items such as basic garden spades, pruning tools, post-drivers, and long-handled fruit pickers to use in home, school or community garden projects. In addition to tool lending and ewaste and waste recycling Solana Center offers a store to purchase composting supplies, rain barrels, bins, and worms. mes and gardens.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Solana Center’s expertise in food waste prevention, composting education, single-use plastics elimination, and stormwater pollution prevention combined with our extensive knowledge of related California environmental requirements led to our work creating effective, accessible solutions for local jurisdictions to help businesses and residents address environmental issues and enable compliance with state and local laws. Our offerings include a combination of extensive outreach campaigns, webinar and video educational offerings, technical consulting, and sector specific resources and surveys. With our consulting and support, jurisdictions can reach businesses and residents in the San Diego region to be educated on zero waste, organic waste diversion, curbside organics pickups, and other environmental compliance regulations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Gallons of water saved over due to the organization's services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conserving & Protecting Water Resources

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our rain barrel program, Solana Center works to save rainwater from becoming dangerous runoff and polluting our waterways.

Pounds of food waste diverted from landfill

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Waste Solutions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our various food waste programs, Solana Center facilitates the diversion of hundreds of thousands of pounds of food waste from the landfill every year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to help reduce what goes into landfills, protect our waterways, and improve the soil so that future generations can continue to reap the beauty and bounty of our region without destroying our natural resources.

Since 1983, Solana Center has been at the forefront of environmental innovation. With the help of our dedicated supporters, volunteers, and staff, we have become a leader in addressing the region's most pressing environmental issues and enacting impactful change, such as:

-Educating our community on environmental issues and solutions
-Diverting waste throughout San Diego from landfills, reducing greenhouse gases
-Saving water as well as keeping our watersheds healthy and clean
-Consulting with local jurisdictions and businesses on innovative regional solutions in soil, waste, and water toward addressing the climate crisis

We provide education, consulting, and other resources to enable homes, schools, governments, and businesses to go green. We are thrilled with our results educating adults and youth about the important environmental issues in our community.

Most pressing is our work to prevent and divert organic material, especially food waste, from being landfilled.

Solana Center works tirelessly towards our mission and goals with a dedicated staff and passionate volunteers. Our 15+ dedicated staff have received recognition by students, class participants, the California governor, & national organizations for our programming and innovative spirit. Solana Center’s work is supplemented by more than 450 passionate volunteers who give thousands of hours of their time to our mission every year.

Since we began diverting waste in North County, we have kept millions of pounds of recyclables, electronics, used oil filters, motor oil, and organic waste out of our landfills and waterways. Each year, we reach more than 30,000 San Diego County residents with our environmental education and outreach.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Bishop

Habitat Restoration Sciences, Inc

Term: 2017 -

Mary Ann Stone

Community Volunteer

Jeff Bishop

APS General Contractor

Margaret Stockton

Community Volunteer

Natalie Knopp

Kashi

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/24/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.