Friday, December 2, 2016

Opportunity to comment on County Waste Reduction Strategy-- Comments due Dec 5th

The County is developing its strategy for reaching Zero Waste by 2040.  Here is the draft proposal Draft San Diego County Waste Proposal

Comments are due MONDAY, DECEMBER 5!  Please comment even if to say you agree with the approach.

Thanks to Supervisor Dave Roberts for his vigilance in getting this kind of information out to the public.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

We're Official! Escondido Neighbors United now part of the Environmental Center of San Diego

Dear Friends, Readers, and Supporters,
After three years of going it alone, Escondido Neighbors United has decided to take the next step--incorporating.
Well, sort of.
Our friends at the ECO-San Diego have offered to sponsor us under their incorporation since we support the same causes and are working for the same changes in the region.
This will have numerable benefits for ENU, but here are the two biggest.

1.  Your donations are now tax-deductible!
If you would like to donate to the work of ENU, your donations are now deductible under applicable laws.  Make your check out to ECO San Diego and write ENU in the memo. 

Please donations send to:
      ECO SD c/o Pam Heatherington,
      16973 Hierba Dr.
      San Diego, CA 92128

We are all volunteer, but your donations will help us print informational materials, secure support for our activities, and organize community events.

You are also invited to become a member of Environmental Center of San Diego

2.  We can now apply for grants to support our work-- and we will be.
If you have grant-writing expertise or ideas about grants, please let us know.

In 2016, Escondido Neighbors United:
  • Continued our advocacy for remediation of the Chatham Waste Site
  • Testified at governmental hearings to try to improve the Oak Creek Project and cleanup Felicita Creek
  • Secured new soil vapor monitoring wells in our neighborhoods.
  • Secured listing of Felicita Creek on the list of impaired waterbodies.
  • Created the Watershed Weeders and Seeders to help remove invasive plants and collect and spread native seeds in our area. 
  • Toured elected officials in our area and educated them about our local issues.
  • Joined and supported coalitions of groups working to protect our rural, urban, and wildlife communities. 
  • Operated a Community Updates Blog sharing information about our community
  • Established our 'Jewels of Escondido' notices for places and events that make Escondido a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
As we plan our activities for 2017, we'd love to hear from you about what you'd like to work on in 2017!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

West Coast Ocean Forum Sierra Club Free Event -- Nov. 5th 1-4 PM

Whether we believe it or not, our lives depend on the ocean.  The Sierra Club is holding an important forum on Nov. 5th.  Here is the info and where to sign up West Coast Ocean Forum 

Here is the notice

How can we enhance our coast's biodiversity and environmental health while mitigating the impacts of climate change, overharvesting, and pollution in our oceans?
The Sierra Club's Marine Action Team is excited to announce our upcoming West Coast Forum on marine and coastal issues.
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1pm - 4 pm
Where:  La Jolla, CA
This forum is free and open to the public, with lunch refreshments and a meet-and-greet beforehand.   The forum will touch on a variety of important issues and offers a unique opportunity for you to network with activists, other environmental groups, elected officials, agency personnel, and policy makers. Guest speakers (list here ) will examine such topics as endangered species, climate change and offshore oil, aquaculture, ecosystem based fishery management, National Ocean Policy, and tools to effectively protect and preserve our ocean ecosystems for the future.
West Coast Ocean Forum