Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
Our mission is to mobilize the local community through innovative outreach and provide consulting services to businesses and jurisdictions in order to address the region’s most pressing environmental issues and enact impactful change.
137 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024 USA
food waste, zero waste, sustainability, compost, recycling, composting, water protection, environmental education
Management & Technical Assistance (C02)
Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)
Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)
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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.
Conserving & Protecting Water Resources
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. In our work with cities and other local jurisdictions, we assist in eliminating toxic pesticides by properly disposing of such items and reducing the impact of motor oil on our waterways through our motor oil program. Our Green Living Tours share effective tips for reducing water and energy use that people can implement as soon as they get home
Education and Outreach
Solana Center is a county-wide resource to advise businesses, schools and jurisdictions on the science of, and best location for, composting activities. In the U.S. 35 million tons of compostable food is sent to landfills each year. Our composting classes and workshops teach San Diegans how to effectively reuse unused food resources, turning what was once waste into useful, nutrient-rich soil for growing food, soil retention, and healthy landscapes. Our composting workshop offerings range from school assemblies to five-week courses, composting installations, demonstration site selection and implementation, curriculum development, and community outreach. Solana Center offers a variety of workshops, including composting, vermicomposting (with worms), teacher training, larger-scale composting such as on-farm composting and mid-scale composting, and bokashi (turning previously unusable meats and oils into usable soil resources). 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.
Buy, Borrow, and Recycle
Solana Center is the go-to site in the region to facilitate environmental change by individuals, both at work and at home. 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 San Diego County residents can borrow a variety of items such as basic garden spades, pruning tools, post-drivers, and long-handled fruit pickers to use in your home, school or community garden project. In addition to tool lending, Solana Center offers recycling of electronic and universal waste, and a store to purchase composting supplies, rain barrels, bins, and worms. We also offer monthly tours of our facility to show Green Living practices for homes, schools and businesses. Visit us in Encinitas to get hands on help with greening your homes and gardens.
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Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
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as of 11/12/2018
Environmental Science Associates
Term: 2017 -
Mary Ann Stone
APS General Contractor
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