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Sustain San Diego
                              An eNewsletter from the
San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership
Spring 2010
in this issue
:: Partnership brings aboard 15 new members
:: Partnership seeking volunteers
:: Member spotlight: Streeter Printing
:: Going social with Twitter
:: Earth Day turns 40
:: Sustaina-Tips: Leave your car behind!
:: Going Green in the Workplace Today
A letter from Partnership President Elaine Rosenberger 
Partnership achieves nonprofit status
 


Dear members and friends of the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership:
 
We've finally made it!I'm pleased to announce that last Friday, March 26, we received official confirmation from the Internal Revenue Service that the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership has achieved 501c3 status and is now officially a Non-Profit Organization.
 
This is a significant milestone for the Partnership, and I want to thank the Board, members and friends of the Partnership who worked so hard to make this possible.
 
Our new status means the Partnership can now apply for grants and receive contributions and donations. Also, any contributions and donations to the Partnership are now tax-deductible.
 
Congratulations everybody - we finally made it!
elaine    
 
  
 
 
 
 

Elaine M. Rosenberger, President 

Partnership brings aboard 15 new members
 
Fifteen new members have joined the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership recently, underscoring the Partnership's role as the largest consortium of business, government, academic and community organizations supporting a sustainable future for the San Diego region. 
 
The Partnership is pleased to welcome the following new members:
 
  1. PCL Construction Services, Inc.     
  2. American Society of Landscape Architects     
  3. Pure Water Technology     
  4. Multimodal Solutions     
  5. SEMA Architects         
  6. Green House         
  7. Royal Jute         
  8. San Diego Workforce Partnership     
  9. San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau     
  10. Wertz McDade Wallace Moot & Brower     
  11. Hines-Petco Park         
  12. Housing and Urban Development  
  13. Point Loma Nazarene University     
  14. Corporate Business Associates     
  15. Society for Marketing Professional Services
  
To find out more about these and other members of the Partnership, visit the members section of the Partnership website. 
Partnership seeking volunteers
The Sustainability Partnership is currently seeking volunteers for the following opportunities:
  • Intern to take notes at Partnership Board meetings
  • Journalist, writer or journalism student to write  stories about  Partnership members
In addition, all Partnership committees
have a variety of volunteer opportunities. Benefits of volunteering for the Partnership include:
  • Subscription to the Partnership newsletter
  • Invitation to Partnership events
  • Alerts about other sustainability-related events and opportunities
  • An opportunity to network with other sustainability-minded individuals and organizations
To volunteer for the Partnership, submit this simple online form or visit the Participate Page of the Partnership Web site.
Member Spotlight 
Streeter Printing:      San Diego's sustainability printer

Streeter Printing

Streeter Printing has been providing high- quality commercial print services to local, regional and national companies for 30 years.Known for its top-notch customer service and impeccable quality, Streeter set its sites on creating and supporting sustainability more than 5 years ago.

 

Many may have trouble reconciling commercial printing with sustainability, but Streeter Printing has been able to create an effective sustainable practices program that works. The company not only recommends and specifies recycled and sustainably managed paper, it has eliminated chemical developers for its metal plating system, utilizes soy- and vegetable-based inks and recycles everything ... from paper to aliminum printing plates. And, according to a report generated by Fiber Resources in 2009, Streeter's practices saved over 622 trees, 13,176 gallons of oil, and 256,200 gallons of water ... and diverted over 73,000 pounds of waste from landfills.

 

Feel free to contact either Adrienne Streeter or Darryl DiRuscio for a tour of their facility. Both Adrienne and Darryl are Co-Chairs of the Partnership's Communications Committee and can be reached at  858/566.0866 or info@streeterprinting.com.

 

Streeter Printing is located at 9880 Via Pasar, Suite C in San Diego, CA 92126. On the web, the can be found at:   www.streeterprinting.com

Going social with:
 

Twitter logo

by Tedi Jackson
 

Have you ventured into the world of social networking? If you have then, you'll want to follow the Partnership on Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service, and LinkedIn, a professional networking tool. If you haven't yet, then this could be your opportunity to dive into the realm of social media and get connected. Between these two sites there are close to 70 million users worldwide in over 200 countries, and the numbers are growing every day.

 

The Partnership's Twitter handle "@sdrsp" will allow you to receive updates about sustainability events, news about our members and what they're doing to be green, and eco-interest items from around the nation and the world. You can visit the partnership Twitter page at http://twitter.com/sdrsp.

 

On LinkedIn, the Partnership has a group entitled, the "San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership". When you're on the site, LinkedIn.com, simply go to "groups" and search for our name.

 

Between these two forums, we have new ways to stay in touch, learn of hot topics and share ideas and newsworthy tidbits with other people interested in sustainability.

 

In the near future, look for the Partnership on Facebook, one of the most popular social networking sites.

 

If you have news items that you'd like to share with the Partnership and you're not yet connected in these social forums, always feel free to send us a note via the Partnership website or got there to contact someone from the Partnership. If it's a good fit, we'll be sure to post your info using our new social media tools.

 
See you on the web!
Earth Day turns 40
Earth Day 40
 
It has been 40 years since a rag-tag crowd gathered on the Washington Mall to usher in the very first Earth Day.
 
This year, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Partnership would like to highlight two of its member organizations who hosted special Earth Day events, which attracted thousands of people to Balboa Park and North County.

EarthFair 2010 
EartFair 2010Sunday, April 18
Balboa Park, 
San Diego
 
Partnership member San Diego Earthworks sponsors the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. This year, EarthFair drew some 60,000 visitors and featured more than 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Kids' Activity Area, three entertainment venues, the Children's Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery art show and the Cleaner Car Concourse.

Sunday, April 25
Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside
 
Partnership member Mission San Luis Rey (pictured above) hosted this annual event that attracted approximately 4,000 attendees each year. This family-friendly, interactive event featured exhibitors, games, a food court and more.
Sustaina-Tips 
Leave your car behind!
Part one of a two-part series on sustainable
transportation
 
 carpool lane

Driving alone in your car is not the most sustainable form of transportation. Fortunately, you have choices. San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operates 679 buses, 75% of them use environmentally
friendly natural gas. MTS also has 134 light rail "trolley" cars.
 
Annually, there are some 92 million passengers who ride these two
popular options. If you haven't used MTS, you could be spending money needlessly. There are MTS routes that cover most of San Diego County. You can plan your next trip at: www.sdmts.com/Tripplanner.asp
 
Getting involved in a Rideshare Program is also a sustainable practice. If you want to start your own carpool/vanpool, you can either
use an online carpool network service or try to find riders through your personal networking. Your personal network can be workmates, classmates or neighbors.
 
For your Rideshare to succeed, look for a fair system such as sharing the cost of gas or sharing the driving. Also choose people who you are compatible with to be in your Rideshare Program. Finally, commit to using the Rideshare Program, even if it is for a few days a week. 
 
By getting out of your car and using alternative transportation, you will save gasoline, alleviate traffic, help the environment ... and, with carpool lanes, maybe even get to work faster!
 
Stay tuned for part two: Tips on Walking, Bicycling and Combining Trips. 
 
Going Green in the Workplace Today
Mark your calendar

The Partnership's policy committees focus on major sustainability issues facing the San Diego region. They also put on workshops where Partnership members and others can learn about sustainability issues and best practices and network with others interested in sustainability. Coming soon: 
 
Going Green In the Workplace Today
Wednesday, May 19, 8-11:30 am 
City of San Diego Environmental Services Department Building, Main Auditorium
9601 Ridgehaven Court
San Diego, CA 
 
Presented by the Partnership's Green Products and Materials Committee in partnership with the Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee, this workshop will cover how to green your office, including simple practices that can be implemented today to help your company become more sustainable. 
 
The interactive workshop is designed for purchasing managers, facilities managers, and policy makers within organizations, schools, government and small to medium sized businesses. While other aspects of sustainability such as water and energy use will intersect with topics in the workshop, the focus is on the "what" and the "how" of increasing use of green products and materials and sustainable solid materials ... as well as recycling and reducing solid waste.
 
The 3-1/2-hour workshop will feature speakers, vendors, an interactive panel and breakout sessions.
Attendees will be sent a pre-event survey to facilitate problem identification and solutions during the workshop.
 
The goal of the workshop is for the professional to take away at least one customized action item to increase sustainability in their organization, as well as information to assist in the completion of their task. 
 
To RSVP for the workshop, email Brooks Paul at brooks.pauly@yahoo.com by 5/13/10, and stay tuned to the Partnership website for more information on the workshop.