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
Tip of the Month
Participate in this year's Earth Hour to help conserve energy and lessen your impact on the Environment.
Earth Hour is a yearly event where one hour of one day is dedicated to saving energy. Participants will turn off all lights and anything else that requires energy to contribute to the Global Earth Hour event.
Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights off event to raise awareness about Climate Change. More than 162 countries and territories worldwide have participated in this event.
Ways to participate during Earth Hour:
- Unplug accessories (ex: phone chargers, TVs, computers, etc.)
- Turn off all lights, use candles for lighting instead
- Refrain from using appliances, and unplug the appliances not in use
- Refrain from using motor vehicles
- Turn off heater/air conditioner
Once Earth Hour is over, you can continue to use less energy than before, here's how:
- Insulate walls of your house
- Insulate your water heater
- Plant leafy, shade-providing trees in the Southwest area of your property
- Keep A/C thermostat around 77-80 degrees fahrenheit
- Keep heater thermostat around 68 degrees fahrenheit
- Use lighter roofing shingles to reflect the sun
- Set up a charging station and plug everything into a power bar/strip and turn it on only when needed
- Switch to CFL or LED lights
- Choose Energy Star appliances
- Check walls, doors and windows for drafts and seal up leaks--up to 40% of heat loss is from these areas
- Go for a walk instead of watching TV or booting up a computer!