To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Sustainable Ramona will salute Ramona residents, farmers and businesses who are involved in sustainable enterprises.
Throughout the month of April, the organization will highlight energy-efficient residences, tree-planting to reduce fire danger and carbon dioxide emissions, sustainable-farming vineyards, recycling to reduce landfill impacts, water-purifying from restaurant run-off, horse manure composting, and clean-air transportation.
The “salutes” will be featured on the organization’s Facebook page, @SustainableRamona, and website, SustainableRamona.com. In addition, there will be Zoom and Facebook Live presentations, and a live onsite tour of a vineyard.
Sustainable Ramona co-founder Joyce Strand said the salutes show Ramonans are starting to get involved in sustainability efforts and care about environmental issues, and they are intended to encourage others to think of ways they can help make sustainability happen, too.
Some of the participants put time, money and effort into developing their projects to share creative ideas about incorporating sustainability as people garden, drive to work and engage in recycling, Strand added.
“Horse manure composting has generated the most interest,” said Strand, noting that sustainable practices have benefits such as improving soil, reducing the cost of electricity, and reducing greenhouse gases. “Horse manure creates two greenhouse gases and cannot be mixed with other garbage. It’s in its own category. It makes wonderful compost if it’s done right.”
Watch for the Sustainable Ramona Salute on the following topics:
- Wednesday: Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright Builder. Sustainable House through Recycled Materials: Hacienda Aden.
- Friday: Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery, first and only Certified Sustainable winery in San Diego County.
- Monday: Jeri and Dave Billick, Composting Horse Manure at Home.
- Wednesday, April 14: Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright Builder. Using Nature to Cool a Residence: Gunderson Rogers Residence.
- Friday, April 16: Steve Wiehe Recycling Specialist, county of San Diego Department of Public Works. Recycling in Ramona.
- Tuesday, April 20: Rob Lewallen. How to Build a Sustainable House: Truck Trail House.
- Thursday, April 22 11 a.m. — Earth Day: Vineyard Grant James – tour of their sustainable farming in the morning followed by wine-pairing lunch in the vineyard. Bring your own lunch or purchase box lunch for $10. Sign-ups required. Go to email@example.com to sign up.
- Thursday, April 22 — Earth Day. Video. “What’s Next? Micro-grid for Ramona?”
- Friday, April 23: Bob and Betsy Macomber. The Complete Sustainable House: Vista Cielo.
- Monday, April 26: Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright builder. Bio-Retention basins for water at commercial restaurant to be purified before going to the ocean: Panda Express.
- Thursday, April 29 , noon: Corey Permann, Customer Engagement project manager, Clean Transportation, San Diego Gas & Electric on “SDG&E’s Clean Transportation Initiatives” Zoom presentation for the community.
All of these sustainable projects contribute toward the reduction of greenhouse gases, Sustainable Ramona leaders said.
According to a report by the county of San Diego, in 2014 the top five greenhouse gas contributors in San Diego County were on-road transportation, electricity, solid waste, natural gas and agriculture. Ramona has contributed toward greenhouse gas reduction in these categories — with more to come.
Earth Day was originally conceived in the late 1960s by then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin to highlight the Earth’s environment and alert the public about pollution. The concept grew as a grassroots movement and the day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. It has become a worldwide event commemorated annually on that date.
Sustainable Ramona is a grassroots group organized to foster sustainability in Ramona. The mission of Sustainable Ramona is to lead the transition to a sustainable climate with a healthy economy via education, connections, projects, promotions, and ultimately a profitable, independent electricity-producing area (micro-grid). To date, the group has sponsored educational forums on the San Diego County Climate Action Plan, waste management, worm farming, composting and renewable energy.