Earth Day 2021 — First Sustainable Ramona Earth Day Celebration One Year Ago

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.