Our Programs

For the first time in ILACSD history, we'd like to debut our interactive map that demonstrates ILACSD's expansive reach and impact across San Diego County. Click here or the image below to view our interactive map, created by volunteer Clean Committee member, Travis White, and see how ILACSD continues to lead and educate our community to actively conserve and enhance our environment.

Program Partners

Many organizations in San Diego County have joined forces with ILACSD in order to support our mission of environmental education. The following organizations have been extremely valuable in helping us develop our unique and influential programs. You can view our additional Program Partners here. Learn more about this exciting opportunity contact Pauline Martinson at 619.704.2770.

R-1-EARTH Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste Outreach, and Watershed Education Campaign
R-1-Earth County of San Diego

Partner: County of San Diego

This program focuses on San Diego County's unincorporated areas. The campaigning goals are:

  • Provide, run, and maintain a recycling and household hazardous waste hotline and website with over 800 centers
  • Create and conduct a campaign to educate residents about the safe disposal of medical needles and sharps
  • Conduct used oil recycling and general recycling point-of-purchase marketing campaigns
  • Deliver community source reduction, and recycling presentations to elementary schools and student groups
  • Deliver more than 166 watershed education presentations to high school classes each year
  • Conduct used oil filter exchange campaigns at certified used oil collection centers
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Stormwater Outreach and Education Program
City of Chula Vista Storm Water Pollution Prevention Think Blue San Diego

Partner: Think Blue, City of San Diego

I Love A Clean San Diego’s partnership with Think Blue, the City of San Diego’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Division, works to educate the public about storm drain pollution in several ways including:

  • Conducting 120 presentations a year to San Diego high school students to teach them about the negative impacts storm drain pollution has on their environment and health, and identifies ways to prevent this problem.
  • Engaging and empowering San Diego City students through the Think Blue Brigade, a city-wide club aimed to keep San Diego’s beaches, bays and waterways clean.
  • Developing several initiatives to reach out to San Diego’s Spanish speaking population regarding storm water pollution. This includes identifying and attending large scale events aimed at the Latino community such as the Latino Film Festival
  • Managing and handing out storm drain stenciling supplies to individuals and companies who want to stencil anti-dumping messages near storm drains in their communities. 
    • ILACSD also helped to create an educational video instructing residents about the proper way to stencil these messages. 
    • Over 4,000 storm drains have been stenciled through this program.
  • Attending various community events to pass out information regarding storm drain pollution and engaging with the public about this serious issue.
  • Conducting outreach to marinas to provide pollution prevention tips to the boating community.
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San Diego Bay WURMP: Watershed Urban Runoff Management Program
City of Poway

Partners:  Cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, La Mesa and Lemon Grove; Port of San Diego, San Diego Regional Airport Authority

  • The (WURMP) Group is a coalition of cities and government agencies working together to decrease the pollutants that run into San Diego Bay through urban runoff systems.
  • I Love A Clean San Diego delivers interactive presentations to high school students in cities whose runoff affects the Bay.  ILACSD helps these students identify the types and sources of pollution that affects this vital water body and ways they can keep it healthy.
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Employee Give Back Program
City of Chula Vista Conservation and Environmental Services Department Sempra Energy Foundation

Partner: Sempra Energy Foundation

The Sempra Energy Foundation’s Employee Give Back Program encourages Sempra employees to generously volunteer their time during September’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day organized by I Love A Clean San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper.  Aside from removing litter the employees engaged in several activities at five sites throughout San Diego County during 2009’s Coastal Cleanup Day, including:

  • Mural painting
  • Storm drain stenciling
  • Native planting
  • Landscape work
  • A kayaking cleanup
  • Trail maintenance
  • Hiking bridge repair
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Adopt-A-Beach Program
Adopt-A-Beach Program

Partner: California Coastal Commission

I Love A Clean San Diego is the San Diego County coordinator for the Adopt-A-Beach program, a statewide beach cleanup program aimed at curbing marine debris. The San Diego portion of the program is one of the largest and most developed statewide and includes a website allowing volunteers to find out about the program specifics and register for the program online. Visit the program website at www.AdoptSD.org for more information.

ILACSD has also developed a signage program to recognize adopters at over 100 beach and inland canyon locations countywide.

Recently, the San Diego County Adopt-A-Beach program was expanded to include 15 inland sites, the only program in the state to do so. Through this program, ILACSD delivers 30 presentations each year to first time adopters, educating them on the effects of marine debris. In total, over 10,000 volunteers are involved in the Adopt-A-Beach program each year in San Diego County.

Once a year, this program expands to involve San Diego elementary school students, through Kids’ Ocean Day. Over 1,000 students participate in this multi-day presentation and cleanup event.

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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
Adopt-A-Beach Program

Partner: Keep America Beautiful and Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter

I Love A Clean San Diego receives grant funding each year from Keep America Beautiful to combat the large cigarette butt litter issue facing local beaches, neighborhoods, and outdoor areas. ILACSD partners with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter to install permanent ashcans throughout San Diego County, and has launched programs in beach area communities including La Jolla, Oceanside, and Point Loma, and recently expanded the program inland in 2012 to include North Park and La Mesa. The successful program has an average 55% decrease in cigarette butt litter, proving that smokers can make the right disposal choice when proper infrastructure is available.

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Clean Beach Coalition
Adopt-A-Beach Program

Partner: City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department and FreePB.org

I Love A Clean San Diego leads the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition alongside partners at the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, FreePB.org, and local police, lifeguards, and sponsors to tackle the excess of litter at local beaches during popular summer holiday weekends. The program involves the placement of over 200 temporary trash and recycling bins directly on the sand over Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day holiday weekends. These bins are necessary in keeping beaches free from litter when hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists alike flock to the coast during long weekends each summer. Without this extra infrastructure, trash cans would be overflowing and recyclables would go to waste. Visit the program website for more information about this valuable program: www.cleanbeachcoalition.org. You can also be an sponsor of the Clean Beach Coalition: learn more about how you can sponsor the CBC and download the sponsorship packet here.

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