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[ WFSD FAQ: Top Recycling Questions from 2016 ]

This is a pretty interesting read of Frequently Asked Questions from I LOVE A CLEAN SAN DIEGO.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-old-tv-set-fridge-dump-image8258770

Did you know I Love A Clean San Diego received more than 13,000 inquiries in 2016 through the WasteFreeSD.org database and call center combined? That’s right! WasteFreeSD.org answers all your recycling questions and it is just a click away! With that in mind, Ani, our incredible Recycling Programs Manager, has created our newest recurring blog series that features frequently asked questions from WasteFreeSD.org that we will be calling WFSD FAQ!

This year I Love A Clean San Diego staff worked hard to build WasteFreeSD.org into a Zero Waste Database. The redesigned site houses information beyond recycling including repair options, reduction tips, and donation locations. We thought we would share with our readers the top recycling questions we received last year. Any guess on what the number one most asked about item (non-hazardous) was in 2016? Drumroll, please! It was…refrigerators!

2016’s Top three most asked about items (non-hazardous):

  1. As previously mentioned, refrigerators were the number one item residents are looking to recycle. Refrigerators are bulky and most residents call to inquire about pickup services, fees apply. Some recyclers that accept appliances will actually pay you for bringing it to their facility to recycle, it’s a few cents a pound but hey anything helps! The redesigned WasteFreeSD.org allows for users to search for repair services including services that repair refrigerators. Make appliances last longer with proper maintenance and hire a professional to fix.
  2. It’s no surprise that as new technology rolls out people are looking for the latest and greatest. Televisions ranked second as the most asked about item for recycling. There are plenty of recycling options for electronics including e-waste collection events and household hazardous waste collection facilities. Some businesses even offer pickup services, fees apply. Opt to buy any new technology, televisions were made to last! Believe it or not, there are still places that repair televisions, at a reasonable price.

For the full article….CLICK HERE!

[ San Diego Airport’s Good Traveler Program Receives Sustainability Award ]

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San Diego International Airport‘s so-called “The Good Traveler” program won the Best Innovation in Sustainability award Friday.

The program received the award from the Airport Council International-North America at its Airport Concessions Awards.

The Good Traveler program was launched in 2015 to encourage sustainable travel by enabling travelers to offset the environmental impact of their journey in an affordable, easy and meaningful way, according to a statement released by airport officials.
Through The Good Traveler, passengers can purchase carbon offsets and merchandise online at the goodtraveler.org or at select locations, with proceeds going toward conservation projects that help counteract the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

To Read the entire article from Times of San Diego…Click Here. 

[ Earth Day-friendly recycling tips from San Diego experts ]

Have you helped out Mother Earth lately? Have you donated more than 10,000 pounds of clothing and other reusable items to charity? Yup…that’s a lot! How about collecting 103,000 gallons of water from your dripping airdreamstime_xl_4877209 (2) (300x179)

conditioner? Maybe you have fed excess fish to the wolves?

If you have not done any of the above, then you are not one of the top business recyclers recognized this month at the city of San Diego’s 25th annual Waste Reduction Awards Ceremony. But that doesn’t mean you can’t follow their lead.

Earth Day is just around the corner on April 22nd. San Diego is gearing up for EarthWork’s annual EarthFair taking over Balboa Park on April 23.

To get tips from San Diego’s, top recycling experts and information on this amazing event… CLICK HERE! 

[ Featured For April: Friends of the Earth ]

Friends-o-the-Earth591x218Friends of the Earth is an international environmental protection organization that “strives for a more healthy and just world”. Their work pushes for reforms politically on a large scale as well as smaller community networks focused on the preservation of shared Earth resources.

“We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.” – FOE

Together they have 75 national member groups collaborating for the international conservation effort, representing more than two million activist in more than 60 countries. In the United States, FOE works with Congressmen, state authorities and community groups in all 50 states to urge policymakers and community leaders to “work towards a healthy envirornment for all people.”

Throughout their 47-year history, Friends of the Earth has been working “to change the perception of the public, media and policy makers” and institute global environmental protection efforts. Their main efforts go specifically to curbing the environmental degradationon drivers like public investment, granting corporations the right to pollute, or other factors on federal and state levels.

What Makes FOE Different:
– They fight for what’s needed over the longer term for all creatures on our planet, not for what is easy or popular in the short term
– They are a loud and fearless voice for the environment and have been for 47 years
– They act globally and locally, with a worldwide networks of activist in 75 countries (and counting)
– They know that solving deep-rooted environmental problems requires exposing and fighting the economic forces that fuel them
– They employ a variety of tactics such as policy analysis, grassroots activism, litigation and creative communication to win their campaigns fairly.

What FOE Has Achieved:
– Limits the Air pollution from Ships
– Persuaded Thousands of Grocery Stores to Commit to Not Selling Genetically Engineered Salmon
– Stopped Construction of Dangerous Nuclear Reactors
– Exposed Corruption in the Review of the Keystone XL tar sands oil Pipeline.

On an international level they have collaborated to bring projects like the Climate Justice and Energy Program giving communities the right to choose thier own sustainable energy sources, and working with the UN negotiators to agree on climate finance and ending deforestation.

They also have started a Food Sovereignty program aimed to halt genetically modified organisms from human consumption. FOE is also responsible for the Forest and Biodiversity program that campaigns against illegal logging and deforestation and works with communities to manage their forest as well as opposing and exposing the negative impacts of monoculture plantations of cromps like sugar cane, palm oil and soy.

In a statement on their website FOE describes their battles to protect the environment as, “Hard work. But the pressures facing our planet and it’s people are too important for us to compromise.”

Find out more about ‘Friends of the Earth’ here.

[ BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical ]

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Enter to win tickets to Beautiful at the San Diego Civic Theatre, August 2-7

 

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony Award-winning inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

In honor of the play’s hit song, “I Feel the Earth Move,” we want you to write in and tell us the “1 Thing” you do to help reduce your carbon footprint on Earth. Enter below for your chance to win tickets to “Beautiful,” at the San Diego Civic Theatre, August 2-7.

 

Click here to enter to win tickets to Beautiful!

[ These Edible Six-Pack Rings Could Save Lives ]

What a fantastic idea! No longer will sea birds and animals get caught, nor will these turn into unsightly trash.

Take a look at a short video detailing a new edible six-pack ring here.

[ San Diego Coastkeeper Comments on Quality of Life Dashboard Released Today ]

SDBeach-dreamstime_s_6663953SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2016 — Water: we need it to live, to work and to thrive. That’s why San Diego Coastkeeper, which protects fishable, swimmable and drinkable water, says that the Quality of Life Dashboard released today shows a grave need for the region to invest in water quality and water conservation.

Published once a year by the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Equinox Project, the Quality of Life Dashboard assesses the top economic and environmental indicators to gauge the region’s progress toward sustainability. Among its 15 indicators, the beach water quality data show the number of beach advisories increased in 2015. Its 2015 water use category gave a thumbs up for a 14 percent decrease in the county’s per capita residential water use, though, says Coastkeeper, this mark was below the mandatory reduction limits set by the state.

“Our own scientific data show that the historic drought is causing low water levels and increased water quality problems across San Diego County,” said Matt O’Malley, San Diego Coastkeeper Waterkeeper. While the organization has not yet released its 2015 Water Quality Report, it says that an early analysis shows that the drought has again negatively affected water quality, making it worse than Coastkeeper’s 2014 water quality scores show. “We’re not surprised to see more beach advisories in 2015 as a result, and this means that many of our region’s inland waterways are suffering.”

“On the water quantity side, we continue to be alarmed that our water suppliers have pushed back so forcefully against meaningful conservation in the face of water scarcity,” O’Malley said in reference to lobbying efforts by the water agencies in 2016 that resulted in the State Water Resources Control Board weakening drought measures. The better, longer-term strategy, according to Coastkeeper, would have been for the agencies to put their large lobbying budgets into an aggressive campaign to further pursue long-term reductions in water demand.

“This year’s dashboard, a celebration of the quality of life we love here in San Diego, reminds us why we must continue to work in partnership with all stakeholders towards multi-benefit solutions that address both water quality and water supply,” said O’Malley. “Prioritizing solutions like  stormwater capture and potable water recycling will provide our region with much-needed water resources while reducing or eliminating pollution in our waters.”

San Diego Coastkeeper says that it will continue to push for better conservation leadership in San Diego County and support more projects to help the region capture and reuse stormwater runoff and pursue wastewater recycling facilities. The organization is set to release its 2015 Water Quality Report in the next week.

[ How Picking Up After Your Dog Can Protect the Environment ]

(StatePoint) Dog waste doesn’t vanish when it rains. Classified as an environmental pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency, it gets washed into nearby waterways and can make people, wildlife and other dogs sick.

PHOTO SOURCE: (c) Earth Rated

PHOTO SOURCE: (c) Earth Rated

Indeed, one gram of dog waste can contain over 23 million bacteria, and no matter where you live, the ecosystem isn’t built to handle the extra waste.

Being a responsible dog owner includes picking up after your pet using thick, leak-proof bags to prevent contamination of local water. Don’t flush it either; many towns can’t handle dog waste bacteria when treating wastewater, and even flushable poop bags can clog plumbing.

Under today’s FTC regulations defining requirements for product labeling, there are currently no dog waste bag manufacturers that can claim biodegradability, since the bags cannot be proven to break down completely in a landfill within a specified timeline. Some companies however, continue to label their bags as “biodegradable,” which doesn’t guarantee they’re different from unlabeled counterparts.

Look for responsible companies doing their part to reduce their footprint and give back to the community. For example, Earth Rated, an affordable option, uses recycled materials in packaging and in the core of their rolls of dog waste bags.

More dog waste pick-up tips are available at www.earthrated.com

Don’t forget: After you bag it, properly dispose of it.

[ Are Your Favorite Restaurants and Stores Going Green? ]

(StatePoint) Some of your favorite restaurant chains and major supermarkets are teaming up with conservation groups and interested citizens to help protect the environment and sustain fisheries long term.Shopping Cart (640x427)

Consumers and major chains like McDonalds and Costco are increasingly voicing their concerns about sustainability issues that impact the planet and what we put on our family’s plates.

You may not realize it, but the largest canyons in the world are not found on land, but actually deep in the ocean off the coast of Alaska. These areas are teeming with marine life significant to the ecosystem and the economy. While out of sight, experts say these important canyons should not be out of mind for families when they make decisions about where to shop and at which chain restaurants they choose to dine.

“The fragile corals and sponges in the Bering Sea canyons are valuable habitat, providing food, spawning and nursery zones, and shelter for commercially important fish and crab species and an array of marine life at the base of the food chain,” says Jackie Dragon, senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace. “When massive and heavy fishing gear comes in contact with slow-growing, fragile corals and sponges, the fishing gear wins, and the ecosystem loses.”

Fishery managers on the east coast have already taken measures to restrict bottom-contact fishing in areas that contain known deep-sea coral or sponge communities, a policy aligned with guidance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. However, efforts to enact such measures in the highly productive, so-called “Green Belt” in the Bering Sea have proven controversial, and have been vocally opposed by fishing group lobbyists.

“The Bering Sea is America’s ‘fish basket’ and it makes sense to protect the ecosystem that puts food on our supermarket shelves,” says Dragon. “Alaska has a reputation for having the finest fisheries management, but on this issue they need to catch up with fisheries on the east coast.”

More than a dozen of the largest supermarket chains and seafood buyers, including Safeway, McDonalds and Costco have joined conservation groups and hundreds of thousands of citizens in urging fishing restrictions that scientists say would protect these ecosystems, helping to sustain the fisheries long term. More about these efforts can be found at www.BeringSeaCanyons.org.

Greenpeace recently released its 9th annual Carting Away the Oceans report, which gives consumers a look into how their local supermarkets are scoring on sustainable seafood. Learn where your supermarket stands on protecting the Bering Sea canyons here: www.greenpeace.org/usa/research/carting-away-the-oceans-2015.

“This is the first time that supermarkets and big buyers of fish fillets have ever brought their substantial weight to bear on these policy decisions” says Dragon. “Consumers can make an impact by shopping at stores and eating in restaurants that support sustainable fishing.”

[ San Diego Audubon Announces Everest International Consultants as ReWild Mission Bay Project Consultant ]

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Firm to develop plans to enhance and restore up to 170 acres of wetlands in Mission Bay

SAN DIEGO, January 5, 2016 – San Diego Audubon Society, an organization dedicated to fostering the protection and appreciation of local birds, wildlife, and their habitats, announces Everest International Consultants as its ReWild Mission Bay project consultant.

ReWild Mission Bay aims to restore the wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay along Pacific Beach Drive at the mouth of Rose Creek.

“We selected Everest International for the ReWild project because they understand the importance of recreation, public access, and community input in developing restoration plans for the area,” says Rebecca Schwartz, project manager for ReWild Mission Bay. “The Everest team will balance data analysis, alternative plan development, and stakeholder outreach to protect and restore this part of Mission Bay.”

The Everest International team, including Nordby Biological, AECOM, and New West Land Company, has extensive experience in estuarine biology and ecology, coastal processes, habitat architecture, and wetlands engineering, which it will use to ensure ReWild develops creative and sustainable restoration alternatives.

As the project leader, San Diego Audubon will now work with Everest International to spearhead the second half of a three-year planning process that includes collecting community input and generating plans to restore precious wetlands on this part of Mission Bay.

In 2016, Everest International will work with San Diego Audubon and partners, stakeholders, and community members to document existing and historical conditions, identify opportunities and constraints, and design restoration plans. By May 2017, this process plans to yield at least three versions of a community-informed wetlands restoration plan. From there, the City of San Diego will need to approve a plan. Next steps include permitting and, ultimately, restoration of the area’s wetlands.

Wetlands, including marshes, mud flats, riverbanks, and more, play an important role in San Diego’s quality of life as they attract wildlife, foster a diverse ecosystem, improve water quality, and protect communities from flooding by providing a cushion during high tides. Today, only five percent of the historic 4,000 acres of Mission Bay wetlands remain, making ReWild Mission Bay a critical and time-sensitive project for the area.

Rewildmissionbay.org serves as a resource to anyone curious, interested, or passionate about restoring Mission Bay wetlands with a wealth of information and opportunities to get involved.

 

For more information about Everest International Consultants, click here.