Speaker Date Topic
Field Trip Sep 25, 2018
EV West Tour
EV West Tour

On September 25th at 4 PM, we'll be visiting EV West in San Marcos, for a tour of their facility. EV West is well-known for their conversions of standard gas-engine vehicles into Electric Vehicles. So well-known, they had a recent visit from Jay Leno for his show Jay Leno's Garage (http://www.cnbc.com/live-tv/jay-lenos-garage)

In addition to the conversions, EV West supplies parts for anyone interested in doing a conversion themselves. See their website at http://evwest.com.
For a taste of what kind of work is going on at EV West, check out this video: https://youtu.be/W5iMDNheY4Y and their instagram @EVWestdotcom<https://instagram.com/evwestdotcom>

If you are not in the Eco Rotary Club, please shoot a quick email to info@sbeco.org if you'll be joining us. We have plenty of room for guests.

EV West
1788 La Costa Meadows Dr, Suite 107, San Marcos, CA 92078

Club Assembly Oct 02, 2018
Field Trip Oct 09, 2018
Leichtag Foundation

Jim Farley will lead us on a tour of the Foundation grounds and bring us up to speed on what's new at the Leichtag Foundation, starting at 4PM

Leichtag Commons is a 67.5 acre agricultural property less than one mile from the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Encinitas, CA. Purchased by the Leichtag Foundation in December 2012, Leichtag Commons is a nexus of social enterprise, innovative agriculture, educational programs, and vibrant community life. The Commons is home to Coastal Roots Farm, which includes a production farm, vineyard, food forest and more; The Hive, a co-working space for over 30 nonprofits and social entrepreneurs; and more than 900,000 square feet of greenhouse space occupied by seven agricultural tenants.

Jim is the Foundation’s President and CEO, a position he has held since 2007 when the Foundation became independent. Prior to that appointment, Jim served as General Counsel of the Foundation from 1995 – 2007 when he was practicing as an attorney.

Jim’s professional background and diverse community leadership experience catalyzed the Foundation’s purchase of Leichtag Commons. He is a mentor and takes particular pride in being a champion of young leaders. He is a frequent presenter about the power of place in community engagement and in developing new models of social change.

A longtime San Diegan whose community activism dates back to his youth, Jim draws upon many years of volunteer leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. Currently, Jim serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Funders Network, an international organization dedicated to Jewish philanthropy and social enterprise. In past years, he served as President of the Board of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities and the Quail Botanical Garden Foundation doing business as San Diego Botanic Garden and as a member of The San Diego Foundation’s Board of Governors.

Jim is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned a law degree from California Western School of Law and a Master’s in Taxation from New York University. He practiced law for 33 years. He and his wife live in Carlsbad, California. They have two married children and six grandchildren. Jim is a passionate horticulturalist, an avid reader, and a lover of music.

441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024

Community Service Oct 14, 2018
San Dieguito County Park
San Dieguito County Park

We volunteer every second Sunday of the month from 8 to 10 am at San Dieguito County Park. We will be removing invasive species and/or planting native species, anything the park needs to keep on being a enjoyable natural space.

The address is 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014. We meet at the upper gate. It is free to park inside for volunteers.

Bring your hat, water, gloves (recommended), and wear close-toe shoes.

Kids are allowed under adults supervision. Feel free to bring a friend too.


Bob Hemphill Oct 16, 2018
Puerto Rico’s Electric Agony - a case study
Puerto Rico’s Electric Agony - a case study

A case study of what went wrong and why, and how to fix and avoid it in the future.

Bob is a graduate of Yale University.  He was an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam and a Green Beret.  Bob served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in Energy Department, Deputy Manager of Power at Tennessee Valley Authority, and was one of the initial partners in the electric company AES, which went from a $1mil startup to $7 billion publicly traded company.  He was also the CEO of AES Solar, a startup which went from nothing to 51 solar plants and $2.5 bill of assets in five years.  He is also the author of two books about energy and international business. Currently, Bob is the Founder and CEO of Sunshine Soldiers, a non-profit focusing on renewable energy education.

Mike Levin Oct 23, 2018
A conversation with Mike Levin, candidate for the 49th Congressional District
A conversation with Mike Levin, candidate for the 49th Congressional District

Rotary is a non partisan organization. We have invited the two major candidates in the 49th District race for the US House of Representatives to give us their view on a number of issues including transition to a clean energy economy, safely cleaning up the nuclear waste at San Onofre, addressing the issue of off shore drilling in CA waters. Mr. Levin has accepted our offer to speak and we will clear our event calendar if Ms Harkey is able to fit us into our Tuesday evening schedule prior to the election Nov 6th.

Mike is the Democratic candidate for the 49th District to US Congress. We'll hear his views about climate change, a woman's right to choose, the Affordable Care Act,  gun violence as well as other issues of local concern.  Mike is a graduate of Stanford University and Duke Law school. He is  married to Chrissy . They have 2 school age children.

We will set aside some time for your questions to the candidate.


On the Town Oct 30, 2018
Viewpoint Brewing Co.
Viewpoint Brewing Co.

Spacious venue offering house-brewed beer & gastropub fare in an industrial-chic waterfront setting.

The address is 2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar, CA 92014

More about this venue: https://www.viewpointbrewing.com/

Sally Schifman Nov 06, 2018
Using CEQA for Project Design and Mitigation

Rincon Consultants Senior Environmental Planner, Sally Schifman, has more than a decade of experience in city planning, development review, and environmental impact analyses for public and private entities throughout California. Her areas of expertise include planning and zoning administration, CEQA/NEPA analysis and compliance, technical studies, and interagency regulatory permitting. For several years prior to joining Rincon, Sally was a planner with the City of Oceanside, where she prepared planning studies and staff reports for a variety of projects.

Kris Bautista Nov 13, 2018
Statewide Environmental Fellowships with Local Government Commission

Kriselda Bautista is the CivicSpark™ Regional Coordinator for the Greater Los Angeles and San Diego regions supporting CivicSpark™ fellows and project partners as they implement climate, water and opportunity access solutions throughout the state. Her academic pursuits at UC Irvine led her to the world of environmentalism and sustainability, where community efforts go hand in hand with helping local governments plan consciously for the future. As a former CivicSpark™ member in the Sierra region and a Regional Coordinator for the Central Inland region (Sierra Nevada, Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley), she amassed expertise in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas inventories, natural environment education, and urban-rural community engagement. Kriselda is excited to be back in in Southern California helping communities meet their sustainability goals.

On The Town Nov 20, 2018
Field Trip Nov 27, 2018
Dickinson Conservatory at the SD Botanic Garden
Dickinson Conservatory at the SD Botanic Garden

Our tour will be lead by Julian Duval the current CEO and will  meet Dr  Ari Novy  the incoming CEO.

The new Conservatory will be a New Community Hub for Learning and Growing Together!

The Dickinson Family Education Conservatory will be a magnificent 7,400 sq. ft. facility, set in the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden, designed to:
Grow Education – Sharing knowledge and experiences of the natural world
Grow Engagement – Connecting our community members with nature
Grow Conservation – Building stewardship and respect for the environment

The construction of the conservatory is currently going on and should be done for our tour. To have an update please visit their website  https://www.sdbgarden.org/conservatory.htm

Sarah Heirendt Dec 11, 2018
Hands of Peace - Empowering Young People to Raise their Voices as Leaders for Change
Hands of Peace - Empowering Young People to Raise their Voices as Leaders for Change

As San Diego Site Director for Hands of peace, Sarah Heirendt is responsible for overseeing the annual three-week summer program that brings together 50 Israeli, Palestinian and American youth right here in Carlsbad, and other year-round projects that take place in the San Diego area. This includes community education and outreach, participant and volunteer recruitment, alumni engagement and event planning as well as coordination and execution of the many details that go into the summer program. 

Sarah served as the San Diego Assistant Program Director in 2016 as well as one of the leadership training facilitators. She received her BA from Vanguard University in Cultural Anthropology and her MS from George Mason University in Conflict Resolution. 

She has worked for multiple non-profits specializing in community development.  While studying and traveling abroad, her interest in the Middle East peace process developed firsthand when she volunteered at a refugee camp near Nablus in the West Bank.

Note: Heirendt is pronounced “HI-rent”

Holiday Party Dec 18, 2018

This year holiday party will be hosted by Bill and Sally Dean.