Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club

Newsletter of the Month
November 2020


Focusing on Zero Waste

Dear Members and Friends of the Eco-Rotary,

Our zero waste committee led by Julie Morisot is challenging all members of the club to reduce their waste at home! Over the course of the coming weeks, the committee will help members do an audit of their trash and recycling bins and provide ways to divert waste from landfill and cut down on plastic.
I know many of our members are doing a fantastic job of reducing waste, this is an opportunity to take it to the next level.
Here are the steps involved:
  1. Assessment
  2. Goal Setting
  3. Creating a Plan
  4. Implementation
  5. Measure results
  6. Reassess
  7. Adjust
For now, we are focusing on  assessing what you find in your bins. Create categories of the type of waste you find in your garbage and recycling bins. Dump out the contents of each bin on to a tarp and sort by category, starting with your recyclables to avoid any contamination.  Log the contents of each category and return the waste back to the bins. Additional information will be shared on our website, social media and in December newsletter.
As the campaign season ends, we are left with campaign yard signs! We would like to encourage members and readers of our newsletter to come up with creative ideas on how to repurpose them. Thus we are organizing a contest!
Repurpose your campaign yard sign contest: Scoring will be based on functionality with the most weight, then creativity. Bonus points will be awarded to ideas that follow Rotary or club themes.  Send me (at carterstafford-at-msn-dot-com) photos of the completed project, this will be judged by a committee. Deadline to submit your ideas is November 21st.The prize will be awarded at our Holiday Party on December 15th.
Yours in Rotary,
Carter Stafford
Club President 2020-21

Upcoming Events

Speaker Program

Due to the ongoing health crisis we are experiencing, we have moved our club meetings to an online format. We are extremely happy to be able to continue our mission to educate our members and our community despite the challenges!
All guests are welcome to attend presentation meetings. Please RSVP for each meeting you would like to attend.
Moving Through Climate Grief Toward Hope & Action
We are extremely pleased to host Shawna Weaver, on October 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. 
While climate action has increased still little is understood about the emotional toll of climate change. Anxiety, depression, and burnout are common among environmental advocates but also among the general public, as climate change becomes more apparent and predictions become direr.
Please join us for this interesting talk on climate grief
California Chaparral
Join us on November 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. as we host Richard Halsey, Director of the California Chaparral Institute.

Richard loves sharing the magic of Nature best but is sometimes forced to lead CCI's efforts to take government agencies to court when they plan things that would destroy that magic. Join us for this presentation to learn more about the California Chaparral, its beauty and diversity, and how to protect it. 

Community Service at San Dieguito County Park

We are pleased to volunteer at San Dieguito County Park every month. Our next project will be scheduled in January 2021. Stay tuned!

Visit our website for more information.

Community Service with Produce Good

Starting December 6, 2020, the club will provide a weekly support to Produce Good by collecting unsold fruits and vegetables from vendors of the Solana Beach Farmers' Market on Sundays. The gleaned produce will then be donated to local pantries and food banks to help the surrounding community. 
Volunteer opportunity! Please contact Amelie Catheline by replying to this newsletter if you would like to get involved.

An Eco Conscious Lifestyle

Spotlight of the month

Through the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Foundation, Rotarians of the club are supporting several nonprofit organizations which missions help the environmental cause. Every year, our foundation applies for matching grants through the Rotary district 5340 to increase our impact. This month, we would like to highlight one of these organizations: Latrines for Life.

The Solana Beach ECO Rotary Club (ECO) is supporting a Sanitation Project designed to build four latrines, which includes the Tippy-tap soap hand washing station. The recipient families live in the poor rural area of Kos Khel in Cambodia, where decent toilet facilities are big issues. In addition, each family will receive a ceramic water filter to provide clean drinking water. The project will be managed through a local non-profit organization, Latrines for Life, and its partner NGO in Cambodia; Solidarity Fund for Rural Development (SFRD), which to date has constructed 214 latrines. The latrines are a "double-pit" system with an attached ceramic squatting base surrounded by a simple enclosure. The latrines will be constructed over a period of three months with the help of the families receiving the latrine. Education materials on proper hygiene and the importance of hand washing are attached to each latrine privacy enclosure. Also, group training seminars will be conducted to give instructions to families on the use and maintenance of the ceramic water filter provided.

This project is supported through $500 raised through the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Foundation and matched by the District 5340 to reach a total of $1,000.

In the photos we see one of the recipient families of the latrine/tippy-tap project - built in previous years, funded by Rotary clubs. To the right we see children using the tippy-tap hand washing station.


Events in North County San Diego

Many groups in the San Diego region are very active in promoting efforts and action taken to address environmental challenges.

Due to the ongoing physical distancing requirements, many organizations have adopted new gathering formats. Check out your favorite organization's website regularly as they may have transitioned to an online platform. Most of them are continuing taking action to protect our environment!

Eco-Rotarians are leaders and key players of other various groups in our community. Because it is critical to collaborate and share events and information as much as possible to support each other, I encourage everyone to follow San Diego Climate Action Network, which provides a great calendar of events happening in the region. If your organization has transitioned to an online format, contact SDCAN to promote your online events!

Clean Earth 4 Kids holds a weekly virtual webinar on Thursdays, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss important updates on environmental policies and regulations. The youth board provides updates on regulation and roll backs related to climate change, wildlife and ecosystem protection, clean air, clean water, toxic free neighborhoods and zero waste.

Visit their website to register and attend their meetings.


North County Climate Change Alliance

Climate-smart water management for San Diego’s Future
with Matt O'Maley

Join this free event on November 12, 2020 at 5:30 (PT)

Matt O’Malley, Executive Director and Managing Attorney, San Diego CoastKeeper will be the guest speaker for this Zoom meeting.

San Diego CoastKeeper is a major force in transforming the San Diego region into a leader in sustainable water management, guided by engaged and informed communities, and protective of a healthy environment that supports high biodiversity, resilient ecosystems, and thriving neighborhoods.

Please register here, in advance for this Zoom meeting.
There is no charge for this online event, but you must register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Citizens' Climate Lobby

The next meeting of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is Saturday, November 14. The International virtual meeting is at 10:00 AM and will feature Tia Nelson, daughter of Gaylord Nelson the founder of Earth Day and former Democratic Senator from Wisconsin. If you are interested please contact Larry Kramer at larrykramerccl-at-gmail-dot-com for the zoom information. 

What Happened Last Month? 

The month of October was filled with three amazing speakers and a great community service project. We started the month by listening to Lily and Jimmy Thai who build schools in Vietnam and the Philippines. They help bring education to underserved children through their organization Build a School Foundation Inc.!
We then received Dan Meyer who brings nature inside buildings and houses by creating living greenwalls. GrowUp has developed a technique to grow plants indoor while recycling water, beautifying indoor space, and creating a healthy environment for occupants. 
Lastly, we hosted Pat Phelan, from Optify Financial, who helps professional families invest in sustainable and socially responsible funds.  Sustainable investing is a powerful way to support the environment. For example, those investments will support renewable energy rather than the fossil fuel industry, or companies that show a commitment to a fair and just work environment for their employees.

Service Project at San Dieguito County Park

Projects at San Dieguito County Park are always fun and fulfilling. On October 18th, we help transplanted Aloe Vera baby plants to new pots and cover the metal framework of the green house that will be used to grow new plants for the park.

The full team at the end of our shift! 



Taking care of transplanting the Aloe Vera.


Covering the green house framework with fencing reed. This will become a great hoop house that will be used as a nursery.



Helping the Legacy Project
by San Diego Green Building Council
at Olivewood Gardens

Several Rotary Clubs near National City have come together to participate in the Legacy Project organized by San Diego Green Building Council. Rotarians from  Solana Beach Eco Rotary club, Chula Vista Sunrise, and Chula Vista Eastlake came together to clean, remove weed and build benches

The project is centered around an outdoor garden Master Plan which includes the installation of a blueberry garden, community mural, and outdoor lounge.

The Legacy Project responds to the need for healthy food education, production, and access. It also speaks to the social equity pillar of sustainability. Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center's historic 7.85-acre property in National City, California serves as an inclusive and interactive, indoor-outdoor classroom for San Diegans of South Bay. They are driven to build healthy families in their local environment. They do this through science-based nutrition education, hands-on gardening lessons, cooking classes, and leadership development programs for both the youth and adults. Learn more about Olivewood Garden's mission and programs here.

Top pictures: Group picture and Rotarians at work
Bottom pictures: Eco Rotarian John O. and other volunteers building a bench



Additional Information

We support Tree San Diego's mission

Tree San Diego has launched their project Branch Out San Diego funded by the California Climate Investments and CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. The Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club is a proud supporter of this urban forestry and education program.

  • The official project launch date was October 1; Tree San Diego has since received revised scopes of work from CalFIRE and will be meeting with partnering agencies in the next few weeks to create canvassing and mapping plans so they can get started with urban forestry expansion efforts!
  • A new project email has been created for all participating residents and partners who are involved in this project: ​
  • Taylor Guitars has featured the Branch Out SD project and Tree San Diego board members in their recent Wood & Steel Magazine article! Read more ​here.
  • Plans to expand tree plantings on multiple Indian reservations will be shared once mapping platforms are completed. These maps will be shared publicly once the first tree is in the ground!
  • Multispectral imaging flights will begin in the Winter before trees are planted. These images will provide comparative imagery to track change detection of newly added trees in select areas.
  • Tree Steward training materials have all been moved onto a virtual platform.
Branch Out SD will directly impact quality of life in disadvantaged communities and help local jurisdictions reach their urban forest expansion initiatives in adopted climate action plans. Some of the project’s highlighted deliverables and objectives are:
  • Planting 1,575 trees on residential properties and Indian reservations
  • Fostering community engagement and environmental awareness
  • Providing inclusive urban forestry training workshops to residents
  • Provide added GHG reductions for city Climate Action Plans
  • Providing aerial imaging data for cities to use in urban forestry plans

Tree San Diego is seeking additional Board Members

In short, Tree San Diego is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to increasing the quality and density of San Diego’s urban forest. They collaborate with local and state government agencies, nonprofits, community organizations and businesses to plant the right trees in the right places with the right care. They are committed to San Diego County’s urban forest for the benefit of people, the environment, and the future. Interested in supporting Tree San Diego? TSD is seeking new Board members. Please download their flyer here for more information.
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