Throughout the month of December, South Bay Sustainable Communities Network will host a series of events and workshops aimed to educate the community on sustainable practices. 

The South Bay Sustainable Communities Network is a nonprofit organization that aims to build healthy and sustainable communities through education and community engagement. The nonprofit is composting over 3,000 scraps of food monthly and is partnered with 12 communities.  A student-led program “Youth 4 a Sustainable Future” is underway as students will educate their peers on food waste sorting and the link to our climate crisis.  

Members of the public who wish to participate in the following events must RSVP at (619)738-4188 or email  

Community Clean-up and Dumpster Disposal Event – Saturday, Dec. 4th at 8:30 a.m. 

This will be the last clean-up of the year in Southwest Chula Vista in partnership with Caltrans who will be hosting the Disposal event. 

Succulent Pinecone Hanging Ornaments – Sunday, Dec. 5th at 10 a.m.  

Space is limited to create one of a kind hanging ornaments. Workshop supplies require a $5 donation, but instruction is free. 

Worm Compost 101 Workshop – Sunday, Dec. 12th at 10 a.m.  

Participants will learn the benefits of worms eating food scraps. Participants will go home with worms and a new worm bin donated by the City of Chula Vista. 

Olivewood Gardens Tour – Saturday, Dec. 18th at 10 a.m.

Participants will go on a historical tour of the 7.85 acre property of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City. SBSC partners with Olivewood Gardens to educate communities about the importance of neighborhood composting and food waste reduction.

Winter Solstice Hike – Tuesday, Dec. 21st at 6 a.m.

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and it is also the first day of Winter. On Cowels Mt., the Kumeyaay gathered for generations to wait for the sun to rise and split over the mountains indicating a time to celebrate the winter solstice. Participants will hike two-thirds up Cowels Mt. at a gathering point. The hike is described as full of switchbacks. Hikers are advised to pack water, a flashlight and wear layers of clothing for the hike. Hikers will gather by 6:40 a.m and finish at approximately 7:35 a.m. 







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