Encinitas Environmental Commission honors groups


The City of Encinitas Environmental Commission recently announced the winners of the 2015 Encinitas Environmental Award:

Non-profit/individual: Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

For-profit business: GoodOnYa Organic Deli

“We’re very proud of our history serving the community of Encinitas,” said Solana Center’s executive director, Jessica Toth. “Solana Center’s innovative programs, such as composting education, waste diversion and rain barrel sales, enable environmentally progressive Encinitans to incorporate sustainable practices into their daily lives.”

Solana Center ( has a long history of promoting sustainable practices, from reducing and recycling waste, to composting, environmental education, pollution prevention and watershed protection.

GoodOnYa Deli ( stresses environmental and organic awareness throughout their operations, not just in their food, but also in their foodware, their to-go ware, their hand soap, and even how they clean their restaurant.

Toth and Kristen Buchanan of GoodOnYa win environmentally themed artwork by Encinitas artists Tom Scott and Arte Mattson. City Councilmember Lisa Shaffer presented their awards at the Surfing Madonna Run at Moonlight Beach in October.

The Encinitas Environmental Award Program recognizes organizations and individuals in Encinitas who have achieved outstanding environmental goals. It is co-sponsored by the City of Encinitas and the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project.