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From Factoid Friday to breaking news on quality of life and sustainability issues in the region, our blog shines a spotlight on critical issues in the San Diego region and simple ways you can help to solve them.

Potential Opportunities for Water Conservation Posted April 14, 2014

“Conserve, conserve, conserve” is a motto San Diegans have gotten used to hearing over the past decade. In light of Governor Brown’s recent drought declaration, San Diegans are once again being asked to conserve water due to a third consecutive dry year. Although the San Diego region responded well to conservation measures implemented during the 2009-2011 drought, water consumption has been on the rise in recent years. 

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Equinox Center Wraps up Spring 2014 BoardNEXT Program Posted March 20, 2014

BoardNEXT training sessions were intense and productive, packed with valuable lessons for our aspiring nonprofit board members. Session 3 stressed the importance of effective communication, while also giving participants a crash course in lobbying. Our final and fourth session kicked off with a review, but turned a sharp focus on how our participants can find a nonprofit board that's right for them now that they are equipped with invaluable information and confidence. 

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First Annual Zero Waste Symposium - A Paradigm Shift Posted March 12, 2014

The philosophy and principles behind “zero waste" are related to a paradigm shift from waste management to resource management. In doing so, you look at the economic value of the materials thrown away. That’s according to Zero Waste San Diego Director Rich Flammer, who spoke at the first annual “Zero Waste Symposium: Keys to Sustainability” on Feb. 4. 

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Equinox Center's Leaders 2020 Launches BoardNEXT Posted February 26, 2014

BoardNEXT is off and running. A new Leaders 2020 program, BoardNEXT will help bridge the gap between young professionals and nonprofit boards. The inaugural BoardNEXT class is an enthusiastic group of young professionals, eager to start learning about how to make a difference in the nonprofit world.

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Feb. 25 Stormwater Forum: A Recap Posted February 26, 2014

It was standing room only at the Feb. 25 Stormwater Forum co-hosted by Equinox Center, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, San Diego Coastkeeper and the Building Industry Association of San Diego. Bringing together business leaders, public agency representatives and environmentalists, the forum was able to move forward the discussion on stormwater pollution and costs, and what regulatory agencies are hoping to achieve with the new Regional MS4 stormwater permit.

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Equinox Center Releases Electric Vehicles Backgrounder Posted January 27, 2014

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Electric vehicle (EV) sales have increased significantly in recent years, with San Diego ranking 3rd on ChargePoint’s list of EV hotspots within the U.S. So, what’s behind this surge in electric vehicle sales? What does it mean for the environment and possibly jobs? Is San Diego County ready for more EVs? To learn more about electric vehicles, check out this new report and executive summary from Equinox Center.

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Encinitas is latest city to consider reducing plastic bags Posted November 21, 2013

Great news! The Encinitas City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to move forward with a plastic bag reduction ordinance. This puts Encinitas on track to phase out plastic bags as soon as next year, adding to the momentum building across the San Diego region toward reducing single-use plastic bags.

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Equinox Center Co-Sponsors a Screening of "Plastic Paradise" Posted November 14, 2013

San Diego kicked off its 14th Asian Film Festival last weekend and Plastic Paradise was featured as one of its films. Plastic Paradise was a 7-year endeavor by Yahoo sportscaster Angela Sun to uncover the truth behind all the plastic debris that ends up in the Pacific Ocean. Known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” this island of plastic trash is affecting marine life, our food chain and our health. Read more to learn about the film and when it will be screened next.

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Equinox Center Releases Analysis on Impacts of Plastic Bag Bans Posted October 22, 2013

The City of San Diego decided last month to examine a new policy to reduce single use plastic bags. Today, Equinox Center released a study that says the proposed policy could lead to a decrease of nearly 350 million single-use bags annually in San Diego, improving the environment with little to no long-term impacts on consumers and retailers. See the executive summary or full report for more.

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Equinox Center Visits El Corazon Compost Facility Posted October 16, 2013

What’s the connection between beer and composting? On Oct. 10th, Equinox Center staff had the pleasure of touring the El Corazon Compost Facility in Oceanside, which reuses beer waste provided by Stone Brewing Co. in the composting process. The facility is also home to the city’s curbside green waste program, producing mulch and “compost tea” free of cost for residents. 

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