Sunday, September 11th


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Good morning and welcome to another edition of living better in San Diego public service presentation of the at a town San Diego radio stations and Gary Lee. I love the clean San Diego is doing their part to promote awareness of environmental issues including resource conservation. Waste reduction and recycling community enhancement and pollution prevention helped make San Diego a better place to live. They are San Diego's most influential advocate for sustainability. Joining us this morning as I love the cream San Diego executive director polling markets welcome Pauline. I pray through here I stand down the the show and it's great to have a lot of clean San Diego on let's start with a little background information on the organization. Share. So I let it continue started in 1954. As the war against littler. And sound relieved to combat. This negative effects of glitter than citizens have. But engaging. Volunteers to come out and clean up and the organization in the late sixties changed. They're too little bit and less and less negative. And you know about awareness that more of positive so they changed the names our tagline which is I love a clean and the Asia. And only men empowering sandy against a really take a look at the health and beauty of the standing environment so does that fit the mission then. Yes the mission is siesta actively conserve and we get through example and through education and prevention. Two in conserving enhance India. And now know what is it about I love a clean San Diego there's lots of organizations out there. That do similar work what is it about I love a clean San Diego that makes you different or unique in the others. It's a great question there are other environmental nonprofits here. And we do things a little differently you we are county Wyeth and lead to focus on inland areas as well as the beaches in the days. And so we don't support lawsuits are props are fans were apolitical all. So we believe by education and that and we can create behavior change. And really focus on the small things that people can do each day in their life to make an over arching you know larger impact on the region. What what down thing he mentioned you you do some work and in the as well aside from the the beach communities what what kind of work you do in minutes it is as clean up as well. Sir so are our programs are two fold so once prevention through education and awareness campaigns that we've been doing. As an intern for 62 years and the other part is. Is our our prevention are education programs and so. 80% of marine debris comes from land based sources so our focus is really to indeed to remove litter. And the inland areas before it makes its way to the beaches bays. And so we're doing that through I mentioned prevention programs that are going into schools and talking about. Pollution prevention and why litters harmful. Meant how that connects. It through water water sheds here out to the beaches bays and how everybody can gain and loss of stopping. That pollution from spreading incentive to be today. And then we're also educating on our resource says. And you know more about recycle eating and refusing to purchase plastic and how you can reuse and repair. And our education programs golf through the county. Okay we're in talks about some of those programs and in a little more deaths in just just a minute but how long have you been with high levels in San Diego. I've been with your organization eleven years. And I came as a program manager and now for ten years I've been leading organization as the executive director. And see you know what is it would journey to the organization was. And the situation I had an experience I had back when I was in middle school. I grew up going to the beach you know each some. Was. My favorite beach dining and under a wave I swam up underneath the plastic bag. Black plastic back idol so I couldn't I couldn't see it can breathe that I a you know finally realized at that it was something on my head and remember dead. But they're really angered me how that classic I mean it's way in there and almost choked me and I'm sure I was doing damage to it the marine environments so I've. Felt compelled you know to answer really give back and use my time here attack. To stop. To stop plastics and to improve the health of San Diego. So this has been kind of like a mission for you since that happened yes I had you know different different carriers before this but that is. What's led let need to you know varied background with small business and other aspects including my ammerman our backgrounds now. But I will continue such active tinian because the nameless so coli and the that that we Wear. That we are an apolitical and and really doing great work with our educational programs and using our our voices enough power to act creates. Let's talk about some of those programs let's let's talk about the education program what is it exactly that your. You're teaching the kids. So I'd like to say that we navigate. The outstanding and navigate through emerging environmental issues. In San Diego so all of those. In our minds are like I mentioned pollution. And through our community later and you know different plumes of concern that are affecting our water quality and our our very costly for our terrorism and our and our economy. But we also talk about resource conservation so that is it's as simple as you know turning off the lights but also looking at a reusable. And just producing less stuff and trying to refuse. With our purchasing power things that are house of this. Or really can be broken down there are put back into it our our economy so that's it bigger kind of broader. Statement of the topics we speak to K through twelve. To use author of the county but I'd like to emphasizes the small the small things that we emphasize that people can do every day. Not as easy to grab onto and create habits within. Children and then we often find they are our biggest spokespeople. I had to talk to their parents wiring recycling or hated knowing thinking I can't for the battery in the trash. I learned this at school today because were out there. 700 presentations. A year earlier why. To 30000. Use and won't tell you yes. Yes all over the counting her out. You know in them all and downs in DC bureau in a camp penalty and then and all of the academy. What kind of response to your from the kids in and the staff from the schools. Very positive. And we are. Lucky to have some of these presentations funded either by local jurisdictions. Or by corporations. And so we are we contacted teachers and it's a free you know it's a free program for them. So. We've seen that the word of mouth. Is really spreading in terms of teachers really liking us come in that's. Programs and standards based they relate the material of the teachers testing and has. Involving their curriculum and it's just a fun and they you know way that where. Where presenting information that the kids really got to teach him. We get letters friend you know children in elementary school law that we get high schoolers who want to work for Russert intern with us. Because you are educators there are so great inspiring and and the kids are really. Open to the positive. The contents and being empowered that they can really make a difference. So so the teachers are the ones that contact you. We contact the teachers salt and but now we have seven reputation that's on score that's that yes sometimes the teachers contact us as well. And you go out into other communities well at fairs in in other events around the county what what what he'd do these these events. So our organizations and focusing on you know awareness for 62 years so it's important for us to go out and talked to people so we'll go to different. You know festivals and that town different you know different Muni event. And we talk about the programs we have and you know sometimes we're talking now what can put recycling banner. We have a water conservation display at Texas where water comes from and how much water is used. To making a hamburger eating and so it's really just about creating awareness and then also. Providing. Tips and takeaways that people can bring home and their office. And another. Program. Among other things handy because sustainable. Living workshops. Do these happen all the county or any one particular area. We've spend. Really navigating. How old to break down the zero waste in this this discussion the city's calving and making commitments are sitting in Calumet zero waste and so we're really breaking that down. Two adults and kids what that looks like him every day. Everyday level so the sustainable series workshops was piloted our man in conjunction with the city events and yes. And we held four of them. And and you know we are looking to replicate them that we don't have any on them they calendar quite yet. We also have been educating businesses. And India we just finished a green business solutions workshop and we're talking about how their businesses can mean more sustainable. What does your waste clean and went and the laws that are coming down the pike from the city and state level that will affect businesses. And also apartment. On the surface we know how important is to. Conserve. And protect our environment but what what does it mean for the future. Of San Diego for our planet if we don't start making some changes. Great question. So knives Sony Sony is I can't but. You know every every year were pulling out half a million pounds of trash and Indio. It's getting a little less but you know whoa what we're finding is that if we're if we're not pulling in south ward are creating awareness about these items in the internment. The of the litter will be there and it will continue to be there self. Flight kind of contributes to play itself. You know it's import our programs also touch on prevention so we can reduce the amount we learn here in kind of put herself out of business by. Our our landfills are overcrowded so we can't continue to dispose of items that like we have and we also can't you know our our oceans there are polluted with. The plastic can have a huge floating. Pacific in the Pacific tire that's followed by a degree of plastic and so that's all coming from our country and other countries near ass and so. And must we want this win with plastic and cigarette it's. And we need this to make some changes and unless we want another landfill opening up at the Parker down the street. We need is to make some changes on power considering our resources and and making better choices. Yeah we've got you something. You know we're going to be swimming with plastic bags and and hand them over and like he did but what does sound Europe electric vehicle outreach program. And we took a look at ourselves to you know walk the walk and not only talked the talk and and and so I mentioned are. Focus on resource conservation and so we actually. These days electric vehicle off. We have that's Fiat and focus where we're driving all around counting during presentations in cleanups and we wanted to. Made. You know do that more sustainably so where. And emitting less carbon from our and by using our electric via call where reducing the amount of storm water pollution causes less brake dust we're just you know contributing less to the greenhouse gas emissions so we're helping do our part with client change. And then we're also doing awareness like I mentioned that all these benefits for electric vehicles too to the community. Mostly to businesses and business owners because. San Diego's is under a pilot and got some attention to really put into more infrastructure into our our cities hit it to make electric vehicle. You know that those catch on and businesses to give incentives to people to drive. Electric vehicles to work so there's your lord. He definitely seeing more more. I'm electrical vehicle. Parking spaces and in things like that San Diego. Yes and there's so many more pretty cool and hip and affordable models. And that's also literally get the word out about citizens by showing our little Kia and yet. It helps to have for you guys to be driving one of those vehicles when you go to these events. Now now we're gonna talk about a big event of yours. This coming up here real soon we'll talk about Justin and I wanna I wanna talk a little bit about. Re cycling and why it's so important that we do we second and again we've just touched on some of that and you have be cycling database what's that. Shares so the team looks just for answers for their environmental questions and so cents seventies we've been answering calls. From the community asking for things like how I recycle my phone book. In Johnson out tied to changing where others. Curbside recycling bins and the answers are a little easier for some of those things but there's still a lot of questions about what do I do with more of my household hazardous waste items. Pollute and batteries and fertilizers and and not answer is not it's not as simple as you think depending on your items opinion community to pentium zip code and what the city. May offer of that response is is different each person so we have an online database and then we also answer. We answer calls two to answer those questions. The recycling thing. You know I I have ever wants while have to go and find out what it is that that is recyclable via CNN and the thing with plastic bags what what's the deal with class Vazquez. From what I understand you can't put them and recycle bin. So I am plastic bags that sort of small plastic mats on the thin film a couple of grocery stores he just like what does the bags you get a grocery stores. Plastic wrapping around different things. Can't cannot go in the curbside in the blue men. The recycle bin that you put out. It gets caught in the machine Iranian. That separates us out of recyclables. Soul it is so. In his law offers certain big Hershey stores. Certain. Size that they collect those plastic backs. So you'll find bonds and mouse and how to have noticed that yet that you can put that that the plastic film in those things. So they are recyclable but it's after implement it that curbside cursed dismissed their machines scratch yes and I think something else that's interesting is the plastic cutlery. That is too small and that's also a problem recycling centers than those. You know classic for sentenced ending at a party cannot be recycled so. We really talk about more and reusable items and to get away from the disposable when it's. So ideally you'd have. Thicker plastic harder plastic sort of potentially could be used over and over are even better you know that'll one. Yemen and then that batteries another thing I think a lot of people. We're concerned with on on how to do that you know cellphone batteries and and others. Sarah and so you can log on to waste for EST. Dot org and that's our database and and type in those. Those items because I case and it depends where you're at in which item at. But again if we can use our reusable o.s and buy products that could be you know recharged or at least have a longer lifespan that would really really. Cut down on disposal and and you know need for proper disposal of house. Items and you and you have a pulse and a tooth for you recycling we deal and so. We've we've promoter database their audience is there but on also on our. Number it's 10237. Blue you can policy if you question he can't. Navigate through I'm okay and is is that as 24 airline. You know it's. A warm lying so meaning a give back to you. If you leave the math all through certain parts of the day and certain parts are our lives so. Were there to help. And now now I love a clean San Diego. Has monthly cleanups right. We deal yes Leah. Focus on different area you know cleaning up certain area we do want 12 a month. But we also have large countywide cleanups that on the one day we'll clean up several different locations. That once we get those twice a year. And the monthly ones. These just these ones or again in the end cleanups is they it depends. We do a lot of work with the Tijuana river rallying town. In south today and so we have a whole month dedicate sentences that that area hazards. More than enough work there are sent to dig out of that that watershed unfortunately. But there's often times where are mother north Carolinians are from beaches antsy confined now on our website revoked we've got. The list of upcoming clean up some locations. And you can also sign up for. And some of the things that you find that these beach cleanups I have heard there's some pretty wild stuff which time. Yes well I always think of the one we found a man can the top had been manic and five for a gallon jar of pickles false call. Had another big bucket of fish heads that unless and as pleasant. And so you know just some families. Some really strange you know trophies from back in the nineteen hundreds and now. Some things of value and it's. You know something's really have forgotten and illegally disposed of that. The ones that we. We really got to get that. Yeah yeah now you mentioned two countywide events. You have one coming up. Saturday before we start talking about that what's the other one the chief half. In the spring. We have creek today. And it's just like coastal cleanup day isn't there one can have here. We focus a lot on inland areas and soul. Here's a neighborhood Arab you know and then an area Aaron in almost every neighborhood that's. That you can hope come out clean up until last. That's what that's going to deal with Leno once in the spring and then once in the fall. And so it's. I you know we know it is kind of rain here but in the spring where picking up after the rain technically and then and if in the fall. Were making sure that all the debris is gone before some of the reins right. I mean there's no rain so important because he knew about litter transports through. Through wind and and other means besides water to make its way down into the beaches in the days so it's very important. And I'm sure bit summertime down by the beaches it just adds answer to that anyway yes doesn't necessarily have to come from in lending us. I'm sure people are not doing their part right there at the beach to yes we ask those out there and it. They're packing pack in in packet out mentality. Because you know we do we do see that during this the popular summer holidays let's just had. You know Labor Day there infrastructures a little late and then for the amount of people coming out. So we actually work can do a coalition to set up temporary recycling trash can so. Indians might have seen and those out referred favored a memorial van fourth of July holiday. So now the big the big event your other. Countywide event coming up this Saturday September 17 this is your coastal cleanup day tell us about that. Yes coastal cleanup day is one of our largest and volunteer. Events of the year and wean this year have a 112 sites. For. We have a majority of those sites at inland areas different street sweeps and different canyons. Parks and so really there is a that there is a spot almost in every neighborhood and that's kind of the purpose and the NN has to get seen me and Al. To explore their nearby nature and and really see firsthand the harmful effects of litter. It's all ages and so it's a very family friendly event. And you know I heard Irvin and so to put it in a different perspective. For me they said once you come out to clean up it's almost like the gateway drug for environmental stewardship so. We do those see that. People feel more empowered once. They've contributed to it keeping San Diego clean that you know they're gonna continue to do that for her her there and you know the future and. Bat and if it's in their neighborhood. Makes a big difference if you're out there cleaning up your own neighborhood. Yes and we feel that instills some pride to write that you know with their neighborhood and and and chilly you know great for kids. To see once they've spent a bunch of time picking up cigarette butts you know that that is maybe not something that they want a literary and start. And since we be sending agree powerful message and it's. The next generation is not aware of a list then you know we have no hope that keeps rightly so this is. As about you know making deposits and making a fine we have scout patches. We have photo contests mean a lot of incentives previous talk so cards. For you and I everything Indian to come out to us than three hours with us on Saturday morning. And that's why so important just to get. The word out Clinton the youth in San Diego County. Incidents and and a lot of education programs we talk about how can they can get involved and so we're so thankful that the students are really coming out after hearing a message in their school. The clean up we want we'll have all the materials for all the supplies needed to clean up on. Coastal clean and day but we are emphasizing hampering your own. Initiative we've been doing this for couple years we want to limit the amount of plastic that we're providing so if people can bring in commits have pledging to bring. Like a bucket to clean. It's put items that they find in. Or Andorra work public gardening glove that can cut down on the amount of rubber clubs that we have. And or a single use. As he's in the breeze the water so we can cut down on single use plastic bottles but. We love's place for everybody. If he can bring those items though that helps us reduce our waist while cleaning up and comfortable shoes controversial episode. And it depends where I you know our our and then let's say is cleanup day dot org and has the list of the 112 sites. And so. You know I would recommend probably close as she's in most places but sheriff had Abidjan each year that you might want to athletic life. And so vis vis site has. Directions and more instructions on what you might need at those locations and and what time is an all star. Starts at 9 AM us from 9 AM to 12 o'clock and under and file locations. So so somebody can go to the website and pick the location they want them to show up. Yes you we're asking you what to register ahead of time and they can but the we're also accepting walk ons and mark champions all out in the community are ready fracture and walk ons and ready for. For see India got to come out and and represent you know if I love to clean the NE AL and we're asking everybody else to do that his. And how might they mean. Most get a lot of volunteers for for this type of an event what how many volunteers you typically have for for this event. Share last year he had 7600. Volunteers. They remove 94. Tons of debris which is almost 200000 pounds. And we're looking wearing now we've got. You know over 6000 registered since salaries. He now we want that we wanna be 8000 this year and I had no clue attendance numbers and a yes that's a lot of trash that you picked up. It is NN that's scary. Yeah you bring up the numbers. 94 times yet and so. If you do come out we're looking for. More volunteers at some of those inland areas where we're finding a larger pieces and heavier pieces of trash that. Mattresses and you know all. You know different different items that that are really clogging up our waterways so. If you wanna really you know dig and then get a little bit of work out where looking for some of the canyons spots. That that have. Some larger items into space in to clean itself. Areas and city heights public fight sites there or trend drive traffic to that and there those spots some Logan heights. So the sites that are. In green mean go and we need more people there OK okay and on the let's say the sites that are read those are ones that aren't eligible each Max capacity. Now you are nonprofit organization. How can people help you with your mission think ulyetza we are so that means were funded. By the generosity of individuals and different foundations and corporations so. If you or your businesses interested in partnering with us. We knew we are always looking for that and you can and and learn more a little bit on a web saner also you know contact myself. There's ways to donate online there's also some really cool merchandise. Including stainless steel straws. For purchase and that stainless steel restaurants yes and so we find so many plastic straws in the in the iron men and and so we've and then contributing your selling us this famous still straws. Because they're reusable strive selling that idea and like you hear cold cocked a really cool so I've heard again and again. I and that's a way that and the proceeds from those can go back to supporting our programs and you know when I hear it to make tons here we're just trying to cover costs to run these programs and keeps in the Asia. A beautiful place and keep educating. The youth of tomorrow here so. If you compounds are wets it's got more information for joining him again you web site clean ST dot org. You on social media we are on everything pay interest as to whether. Insert gram piece (%expletive) So. You confine all those links on our website. All right and coastal cleanup day coming up this Saturday September 17 beginning at eight in the mornings and night and I Lauren and I'm. And was there a separate website for that that was an. Has it there it links to our regular let's say it's either one but is this event let's say is cleanup day dot York morning and Saturday. Nine to noon on seventeen. Come on out. You needs more volunteers out there so hopefully. We get some of Mallory Dell today announces a call call out so he loves San Diego help keep the sphere. Pauline thanks for being on the show today with the I appreciate appreciate all that you do and I love clean San Diego we all do. And almost that this to have a hand in making San Diego veterans and greener place to live thank you I appreciate you having me on. That concludes another edition of living veteran San Diego the opinions expressed on living veteran San Diego do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of the staff and management. Of the and it comes San Diego radio stations episodes of living veteran San Diego are available on the station's website. John next week when my guest will be from the San Diego LG BT community center. Until man. Gary late have a great week.