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Water Conservation Zoom Symposium

Monday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Sept. 24

First of a Series of Presentations to Offer Resource Suggestions to Improve Sustainability in Ramona.

“Variety and expertise to inspire every water user in Ramona”

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For zoom information, email

Green Your Garden with Greywater

Monday, Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30

With Laura Allen

Laura Allen is a founding member of Greywater Action and has spent a decade exploring low-tech, urban sustainable water solutions. She leads classes and workshops on the urban ecological sanitation technologies of rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse, and composting toilets. She also works with the Greywater Alliance to help remove institutional barriers to sustainable water use.

Safe, Sustainable, and Reclaimed Water Supplies at Ramona Municipal Water District

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6:30-7:30

With: Jim Hickle

Jim Hickle is the president of the board for the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD), where he has served for seven years. He is married with three children and has lived in Ramona for 27 years. He is also Chairman, SDSU ME Dept. Advisory Board. As an employee at Caterpillar for 28 years, he has held various leadership roles in Operations, Engineering and Market Development. He currently is Operational Excellence Advisor for Caterpillar’s Energy and Transportation Division. He has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from SDSU.

Weather Outlook 2021: Trends and Impacts to Agriculture

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6:30-7:30:

With: Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass is a Science Fellow and Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, where he develops predictive, analytical software solutions to manage weather risk for global production agriculture.

Getting More Fruits and Vegetables from Less Water

Date: Thursday, Sept. 23, 6:30-7:30

With: Greg Alder

Greg Adler is a Master Gardener with the University of California Cooperative Extension in San Diego County and creator of The Yard Posts, a website that helps gardeners in Southern California grow food at home.

Pool2Pond: Water Resources in Your Backyard Oasis

Date: Friday, Sept. 24, 6:30-7:30

With: Bob Lloyd

Bob Lloyd is the founder of PureVidaAquatics. He specializes in permaculture/rain collection, sustainable organic ponds, swimming pools, and water. He has more than 40 years of experience with aquatic systems, and 30 years with organic gardening. With degrees in and a love of and for Microbiology, he is qualified to help design aquatic systems.

Earth Month Schedule:

Intro to Earth Month

To celebrate Earth Day, Sustainable Ramona will salute Ramona residents, farmers, businesses who have produced sustainable undertakings.

Throughout the month of April, the organization will highlight energy-efficient residences, tree-planting to reduce fire danger and carbon dioxide, sustainable-farming vineyards, recycling to reduce land-fill, water-purifying from restaurant run-off, horse manure composting, and clean-air transportation.

The “Salutes” will be included on the organization’s Facebook page (@SustainableRamona) and website ( In addition, there will be zoom and Facebook-live presentations, and a live on-site tour of a vineyard.

Mon, April 5th

Ramona residents Donna and Larry Barnes have planted more than sixty trees on their property as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) that is sponsored by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Wed, April 7

Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright Builder. Sustainable House through Recycled Materials: Hacienda Aden.

Fri, April 9

Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery. First and only Certified Sustainable winery in San Diego County.

Mon, April 12

Jeri and Dave Billick, Composting Horse Manure at Home.

Wed, April 14

Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright Builder. Using Nature to Cool a Residence: Gunderson Rogers Residence.

Fri, April 16

Steve Wiehe Recycling Specialist; County of San Diego; Department of Public Works. Recycling in Ramona.

Tue, April 20

Rob Lewallen. How to Build a Sustainable House: Truck Trail House.

Thu, April 22

EARTH DAY – 11am

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 to sign up.

Fri, April 23

Bob and Betsy Macomber. The Complete Sustainable House: Vista Cielo.

Mon, April 26

Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright Builder. Bio-Retention basins for water at commercial restaurant to be purified before going to ocean: Panda Express.

Thu, April 29


Corey Permann, Customer Engagement Project, Manager, Clean transportation, SDGE on “SDGE’s Clean Transportation Initiatives” Zoom presentation for community. If interested in participating, send email to for zoom-in information.

In Summary

All of these sustainable projects contribute toward the reduction of greenhouse gases. 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 us about pollution. The concept grew as a grass-roots movement and the day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. It has become a worldwide event commemorated annually on that date.

Help Shape and Prepare for Ramona’s Future

Join Sustainable Ramona Group

Sustainable Ramona, a grass roots group organized to foster sustainability in Ramona, is seeking dedicated volunteer participants to expand the group.

Sustainable Ramona is exploring the benefits to us here in Ramona of curtailing greenhouse gases and the financial opportunities that will accompany these actions going forward. What new business opportunities will evolve? For what new careers can our children train? How will our gardens or farmlands improve? What new ways can we help manage solid waste to reduce landfills? Will the grapes for our wine be improved? Will our electric bills decrease? Will we have fewer power outages? How will we be better prepared for fires and drought? How will electric cars impact Main Street? How can we as a community profit from our vast amounts of sun and wind?

If you’re interested in participating in the Sustainable Ramona group, contact us here.

    Future of Transportation– January 2020 Tony Seba

    The movement towards renewable energy replacing fossil fuels has passed an important milestone. The COST of creating new renewable energy capacity has dropped below the cost of new fossil fuel energy capacity. This means that the conversion to renewable energy is not just an environmental necessity, but it has become an economic inevitability. There is no turning back. This is why Tesla and all of the world’s major auto companies are working so hard to create new electric vehicles to compete for this future market.

    To understand the economic and technological forces that will significantly change our transportation patterns, take an hour to view this presentation by an international consultant to the transportation industry.

    Our Vision

    Ramona to become a leading community in the change to land-and-people-friendly climate  with growing economy and its own micro-grid with power that the community uses and sells.

    Our Mission

    Lead the transition to a sustainable climate in Ramona with a growing economy via education, connections, projects, promotions, advocacy, and ultimately a profitable, independent electricity-producing area (micro-grid).

    Our Goals

    • Advance knowledge through education to address future job needs, home owner opportunities, growing business markets, agricultural changes, water requirements, etc.
    • Reach out to other community, County, and State groups to connect and maximize ongoing activities.

    Our Objectives

    • Plan and promote local Ramona activities that support sustainability through Earth Day 2021 event
    • Create a community garden by end of 2022
    • Offer presentations monthly for each of the key areas: renewable energy, transportation, electrification of buildings, weather explanation, firesafe, water usage, waste management