News & Updates
Summer 2016 Newsletter
Jun 27 2016
Update from our Executive Director: This summer we are introducing our Less to Landfill program for organizations that generate food waste. Solana Center works with restaurants, grocery stores, and school central kitchens to identify areas to prevent and minimize food waste. The goal is to keep edible and compostable material out of...
Toward Zero Waste Events
Jun 20 2016
Events generate tons of food waste and single-use items that are sent to landfills. Zero waste events reduce the amount of harmful greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere by organic material when buried in a landfill. They are also a powerful way to change the public's perceptions about waste and make people more aware of their...
Encinitas Partnership Reduces City’s Carbon Footprint and Educates Residents
Jun 20 2016
Solana Center is well known for the free composting workshops, funded by the City of Encinitas, that we provide for Encinitas residents. In addition to being your local experts on composting and building healthy soil, we’re partnering with the City of Encinitas on a number of exciting waste diversion initiatives.
New Law Produces Mid-Scale Composting Workshops
Jun 6 2016
It is no longer business as usual in California. A new state law requires schools, businesses and other generators of organic waste (i.e. food scraps and landscape trimmings) to divert it from ending up in landfills, where it creates an environmental problem. As of April 1, 2016, Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) mandates that commercial...
Brighten Your Days with Energy Savings
May 31 2016
Don’t let May Gray cloud your spirits. Here are some solutions that can help you save the planet and some money! SDG&E offers a variety of tools to help -- from saving water or conserving energy using your smartphone, to earning credits on your energy bill to determining if you are eligible to receive a discount on your energy bill...
Meet the Eco Container!
May 24 2016
What is the Eco Container? The Eco Container, sponsored by Kashi, is a re-purposed shipping container that Solana Center is transforming into a center for environmental innovation. By demonstrating solar energy, a greywater demo system, rain barrels, composting, drought tolerant landscaping and California-friendly gardens, the Eco...
April Brings Changes to Electric Rates
Apr 17 2016
SolanaCenter was excited to be at San Diego Gas & Electric's Annual Earth Fair![/caption] San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers should expect to see changes in their bills as electric rates are consolidated from three tiers to two tiers. Why? In late 2013, California passed a law, Assembly Bill (AB) 327, to modernize...
Solana Center to Provide Environmental Education at Del Mar Fairgrounds
Apr 15 2016
The Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors approved a partnership with Solana Center for Environmental Innovation to provide environmental education programming at the historic facility. The partnership will expose new audiences to the importance of ecological sustainability and creating healthy...
Composting Provides Benefits and Solutions for Local Growers
Mar 31 2016
San Diego County is home to more small farms (less than 10 acres) than any other county in the U.S. and an ever growing number of community gardens, both of which often produce much more organic material than typical residences. Composting offers solutions for managing large amounts of organic matter and recycles the minerals and...