Mission Statement

The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department is committed to protecting, restoring, and enhancing natural resources on the Soboba Reservation for all tribal members past, present, and future.

What We Do

The Environmental Department works to raise awareness of all aspects of the environment. This includes solid waste issues, pollution prevention, water and air quality, conservation measures, household hazardous waste disposal, and many other areas. In addition to community outreach and education efforts such as participating in community events, the department also hosts an annual Tribal Earth Day event and community clean up days. We also conduct surface water quality testing on streams running through the reservation, collect and manage geographical data, and create programs to address environmental concerns.

An easy way to begin learning about the environment around you is to visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website and use MyEnvironment

 

Happy Holidays

from the

Soboba Tribal Environmental Department

It's the season for friends and family so the Soboba Tribal Enviornmental Department sends out it's warmest wishes for everyone to have safe and happy holidays.

 

Holiday Food

With all of the celebrating being done in the winter months, there also comes a significant amount of waste. According to the EPA (2016), 20% of non-food waste increases between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day. That amounts to approximately 5 million extra tons of non-food waste! We also waste a substantial amount of food each year in spoilage.

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Question:  What percentage of food that enters our homes is never consumed?  

A. 10%    B. 15%    C. 25%     D. 35% 

If you answered C. 25%, you are correct. This means that approximately ¼ of the food that we purchase doesn’t even get eaten. What’s more shocking is that we can also measure the food waste in pounds, which comes to about 1 pound wasted per person each day in the United States (EarthShare, 2016). So this holiday season when celebrating with family and friends, try these few suggestions to help reduce food and non-food waste, save cost and protect our Earth because this is the only one we’ve got!

  • Purchase tablecloths or bamboo place settings that can be reused for additional holidays and events instead of plastic or paper tablecloths that will be thrown out afterwards.

  • Have a candlelight feast by using LED candles or candles that do not contain paraffin wax because the paraffin wax emits dangerous chemicals such as carbon dioxide. The soft lighting will also make for a relaxing holiday.

  • Have your guests bring their own containers for leftovers. This prevents over-usage of plastic bags, foil and plastic wrap.

  • The holidays are the best times to use your good china, so use your real dishes instead of paper plates and plastic utensils. This will save a substantial amount of waste.

  • Purchase fresh and organic vegetables, fruits, breads and pies from local growers. This helps the economy in our community and is typically fresher and not riddled with pesticides.

  • Stick your plates straight into the dishwasher without wasting all that water for a pre-rinse in the sink – you’ll save more than 6,000 gallons of water each year (Just Energy, 2012).

  • Use natural decorations you can find outside your home and in nature. Materials such as pinecones, gourds, leaves and acorns are perfect decorations for fall and winter.

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Holiday Celebrations

 

During holiday celebrations gifts are exchanged, food is purchased and prepared, family and friends travel to see one another and

The following are a tips for the holidays that may benefit you and your family, as well as increase the quality of the environment in your homes and community:

 

  • Use newspaper comics, paper bags, magazines, or fabric such as an old shirt, blanket, tablecloth or scarf as Christmas wrapping.
  • Old Christmas cards, cereal boxes or any recyclable material can also be used to make gift tags.
  • Replace old Christmas lights indoors and outdoors with LED lights. They last longer, use less energy, and will save you up to 90% or more on power costs.
  • While out shopping for the holidays use recyclable bags (canvas, cloth, totes, etc.) to reduce the usage of plastic bags.
  • Purchase gifts and supplies at locally owned stores and shops to support the local community. This will also prevent having to travel long distances, which not only saves time and wear and tear on your vehicle but also burns less fuel and emits less hazardous emissions when you stay local.

 

Above all, make sure to thank your family and friends for being a part of your holidays and a part of your lives. Life is short and every moment counts, so embrace the time together and love one another.