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Hillcrest Business Association forms sustainability committee

(This post originally appeared HERE in San Diego Uptown News.

SAN DIEGO -- The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) held their first sustainability committee meeting Tuesday, June 18 at Snooze – An A.M. Eatery.

The committee is headed by current board member Nicholas Papantonakis of Snooze and HBA staff member Cassandra Ramhap, and Ramhap said the first meeting was in part to discuss three focus areas: zero waste events, business and community education, and a potential community garden. The committee was formed out of increased “interest and passion for a more sustainable Hillcrest,” Ramhap said, emphasizing the importance to reach both businesses and residents.

“This committee really believes in a strong relationship between business owners and residents in Hillcrest. There is no way we can do this divided.”

As an initial step, the committee will be auditing the HBA’s Sunday Farmers Market on June 30, where they will walk the market and observe ways to help make it more sustainable. Ten people attended the first meeting, and Ramhap said they welcome more participation, including at the June 30 Farmers Market walkthrough.

“People are really excited and enthusiastic,” she said.

Regular meetings will be held at the HBA office, 3737 Fifth Ave., the third Tuesday of each month at 2:30 p.m., with the next scheduled for July 16. For more information and to participate call 619-299-3330.