Making a Difference, 1,000 Pounds of Trash at a Time

Today’s blog post comes from our wonderful Marketing Intern and cleanup expert, Bri Lobato! image

This past beautiful fall morning in San Diego, we came together with Karl Strauss to host a cleanup along the Rose Canyon bike paths and surrounding San Clemente Canyon. Tucked between an active railroad and the I-5 freeway, it offers pleasant views of Rose Canyon’s coastal sage and chaparral-covered hills. It is a car-free space to exercise and unwind without the dangers and sounds of road traffic. San Diego is a very hilly region of Southern California, so during and after rainfall events trash and debris collect in canyons such as this one. Not only does this cause an eyesore for anyone using the paths, but eventually the collected debris is bound to reach storm drains and our ocean.


Community members of all ages were invited to help clean up and join a fun mixer at the new Karl Strauss tasting room (planted just about a football field away from the start of the off- road bike path) directly following. 21+ volunteers were given a voucher for a free brew immediately following the cleanup, and able to choose from their 20-tap array of options! The most impactful and fun cleanups bring people together. The outdoor patio suddenly became a place where everyone was talking about the crazy items they found, sharing information on how they like to stay involved in the community, and enjoying a cold one while they were at it!image_3

The results! Thanks to our 134 volunteers who cleaned up 750 pounds of trash and 158 pounds of recycling!
The results! Thanks to our 134 volunteers who cleaned up 750 pounds of trash and 158 pounds of recycling!

134 volunteers, 908 pounds of trash and recyclables taken care of, 1 HUGE difference was made! A huge thank you to ecoATM for sponsoring the event and bringing out lots of helpful individuals, and big thanks to all of the families, cyclists, and other San Diegans who took a couple hours out of their Saturday to participate! We hope to pair up with more of San Diego’s breweries in the future for cleanups such as this one.


Interested in volunteering for an event? Check out our upcoming volunteer projects!


Cheers to Stone Brewery, Keeping Our Summer Social Sustainable!

Today’s blog post comes from our Education Coordinator, Erika Bjorkquist, who is an expert on “green” beerErika-team

Summer is upon us! One of my favorite things to do after a long day in the sun is to relax with an ice-cold beer. And in San Diego, we are lucky to have so many award-winning microbreweries at our fingertips. But did you know that when you reach out for that Levitation IPA, you are actually helping the environment?

Stone Brewery World Bistro and Gardens just opened a new location walking distance from ILACSD’s offices. Along with bocce and movies, Stone is also on the forefront of sustainability. Sustainability has not always been a word associated with beer…until now. Many local breweries have decided that green beer isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. From their ingredients to their delivery trucks, Stone Brewery World Bistro and Gardens practices many forms of sustainability.

As an environmentally conscious person, I’m stoked that a local business promotes renewable energy through their use of solar panels and has a water reclamation system that prevents 30,000 gallons of wastewater from entering the sewer system each day. However, what I really care about is the food and beer.  Being vegan I have become aware of what ingredients are in food and I recently discovered that not all beers are vegan – weird. I’m happy to report, according to Barnivore, Stone’s beers are vegan! Often I am frustrated by salads as the only vegan options available; Stone has a smorgasbord of vegan friendly options!  They have even gone a step further through the promotion of their Meatless Monday Menu, preventing 110,448 lbs. of CO2 from being released annually. Not only am I eating a nutritious and tasty meal, but I know that it is coming from quality ingredients, since Stone Brewery also uses all-natural ingredients in their beers and local, organic produce in their restaurant. Also, they are the largest purchaser of local, organic produce in San Diego County. Talk about supporting local businesses! Some of the extra food is composted and the spent grain from brewing is repurposed.

Cheers to a great (and sustainable) summer!
Cheers to a great (and sustainable) summer!

Just writing this is making me thirsty! Haven’t visited Stone yet? No problem! Check out their sustainable practices on July 20th at I Love A Clean San Diego’s Summer Social. Support a local business and nonprofit organization! Tickets are $35 and include two craft beers (or house wine for you non-beer drinkers), food, and a commemorative pint glass. There will also be aauction and raffle that include two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and a week-long stay at a private vacation home in Kona, Hawaii, Bocce ball, a growler toss, and other fun games, and for kids, a visit from Papa Smurf and Smurfette, to promote their new film The Smurfs 2, “America the Bluetiful”! Take the opportunity to soak up the summer sun, mix and mingle with other eco-minded San Diegans, and experience the new Stone Brewing Liberty Station on July 20th!

Click to register for our summer social, guaranteed to be full of good, clean, fun!
Click to register for our Summer Social, guaranteed to be full of good, clean, fun!