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Year in Review


Equinox Center is Protecting San Diego’s Quality of Life for Current and Future Generations Since 2009, Equinox Center has served as a credible resource for San Diego County residents on all ends of the political spectrum who believe that unplanned growth threatens both our economy and our environment. As the only non-partisan, regional entity focused on integrated and innovative solutions, Equinox Center inspires, informs and engages decision makers and the public with the end goal of smart policies that drive intelligent growth. We envision a future in which: •

All regions of the County thrive economically and are globally competitive in attracting top talent and businesses Our neighborhoods are walkable and bikeable and connected by convenient, cost-effective and environmentally sound transportation options We have ample and affordable housing alternatives and all residents have access to natural areas, parks and pristine beaches Clean, cost effective and reliable energy and water systems make it a safe bet for companies to plant roots and grow in our region Instances of air and water pollution are so rare they make headline news.

Our Mission

To ensure a healthy environment, strong economy and vibrant communities for the San Diego region, Equinox Center researches and advances innovative solutions to balance regional growth with finite natural resources.

In this past year, Equinox Center grew its network of leaders and engaged citizens by 100 percent, to more than 2,000 engaged individuals and companies.

Engaging. Informing. Inspiring.

Our Impact

Examples of Equinox Center’s accomplishments July 2011 through June 2012 include:


Drove smart municipal policy. The City of Del Mar instituted new policies to reduce waste partly as a result of our findings on Del Mar waste rates.



Board Member Melanie Venter and Jason Anderson of CleanTech San Diego

Put quality of life issues on front burner in 2012 elections. We highlighted how candidates in key races throughout the county were (or were not) addressing quality of life issues in their platforms.

Produced groundbreaking research. We identified innovative solutions to the region’s growth challenges in our 2012 San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard, received by hundreds of regional leaders.

Provided expert testimony and counsel. We testified before the San Diego City Council’s Committee on Economic Development as they revised the City’s economic development strategy on quality of life.

Launched Leaders 2020. Our civic engagement network of more than 300 young leaders focuses on advancing environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for growth. Robust media partnerships and video campaigns. Through frequent communications, we inform residents and galvanize the public behind smart solutions to our regional sustainability challenges.


Forward to the Future

In the coming year, Equinox Center will focus efforts on the following new and continuing programs: The 2013 San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard—expand the reach and influence of our signature publication. Leaders 2020—broaden and increase impact of our civic engagement network of Millennials. Sustainable Water Portfolio—drive smart water policy by convening key influencers and policy makers around our H2Overview research. Quality of Life Champion Awards—inspire action by honoring businesses, policy makers and individuals who have demonstrated sustainability achievements. Corporate Social Responsibility—engage regional businesses in efficiency practices that help their bottom line and reduce pollution in the region.

Financial Summary Revenue Breakdown Corporate Contributions 12%

Interest income and other (less than 1%)

Foundation Contributions 43% Individual Contributions 54%

Total contributions: $274,447


We are grateful for the generosity of our many supporters who contribute to Equinox Center.

Steward’s Council ($10,000+ per year for three years) Marty Brown Aaron and Lori Contorer Scott Grimes/Orca Fund Larry Marcus Scott Peters and Lynn Gorguze Donors ($500+) AMN Healthcare AT&T Victoria Baron David Brown Bruce Bekkar Scott Benson Bob and Darcy Bingham Eric and Jenni Busboom Callan Capital County of San Diego Ellis Family Foundation Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund Roi Ewell Todd Gutschow Phyllis Huckabee

Ellen Kirk Leichtag Foundation William and Shenell Malloy Mary Matava Mintz Levin Nicole Nakagawa The Parker Foundation Qualcomm Foundation Quidel Corporation The San Diego Foundation SDG&E SeaWorld Lisa Shaffer Tayman Industries Union Bank Wells Fargo Foundation

Fiscal Year 2012 (July 2011 through June 2012) Expenses

Management 3%

Fundraising 13%

Program Services 84%

Total expenses: $260,493

What people are saying about Equinox Center "Equinox Center is a spectacular resource for San Diego and I applaud the work they are doing to chart a more sustainable future for our region." - Carl DeMaio, Former San Diego City Councilmember

“Equinox Center is making a difference by engaging and educating young professionals about key environmental issues facing our region, including resource conservation, renewable energy, and creating a sustainable future. SDG&E is proud to support Equinox Center’s Leaders 2020 civic engagement program through our Environmental Champions initiative.” - Pedro Villegas, Director of Community Relations, SDG&E

"Our region benefits from an organization like Equinox Center that raises good questions and convenes stakeholders on issues that affect our quality of life. I know I can turn to Equinox for balanced analysis of the issues that matter to me, such as air and water quality, transportation and land conservation.” - Christine Kehoe, California State Senator

The Equinox Network

Equinox staff would not be able to accomplish what we do without our extraordinary network of advisors and volunteers: Board of Directors Robert Bingham Marty Brown, Elcelyx Therapeutics Charles Butler, American Faucet and Coatings Corporation Aaron Contorer, Contorer Foundation Trevor Callan (Chairman), Callan Capital Roi Ewell, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Scott Grimes, Orca Fund Phyllis Huckabee, Quidel Corporation Bill Malloy, Malloy and Company Lori Pfeiler, San Diego Habitat for Humanity Dane Chapin, USAopoly Melanie Venter, Venter PR Staff (Through June 2012) Ann Tartre, Executive Director Emma Leggat, Communications Director Christina Lewis, Fund Development Coordinator Strategic Advisors Bruce Bekkar Reed Caldwell Jared Criscuolo

For information, contact: Ann Tartre, Executive Director 545 Second Street, Suite 3 Encinitas CA 92024 (760) 230-2960

Malcolm Davies Janie DeCelles Paul Eichen Jeremy Hayden Katherine Kennedy Ellen Kirk David Lynn Larry Marcus Marion Paul Diane Rosenberg Blake Tye Olaf Walter

Communications Task Force Bruce Bigelow Larry Marcus Tricia Whittemore Pam Hardy Scott Tritt Melanie Venter

Volunteers Kirby Brady Billy Brownlow Gabrielle Clifford Emily Corner Research and Policy Task Force Sarah Harvey Rita Kreig Scott Anders Dave Louie Marty Brown Jocelyn Maggard Martyn Collins Ben Perlman Aaron Contorer Ashley Phillips Scott Grimes Kristine Schindler Cynthia Morgan Andrew Talbert Andrew Narwold Dylan Wood Lori Pfeiler Keith Solar Dr. Mark Thiemens Blake Tye Leaders 2020 Steering Committee Kirby Brady Sarah Dawe Kyle Dupree Stephen Heverly Georgette Kakridas Pauline Ma Chandler Martin Sterling McHale Anthony Mendiola Melanie Venter

Equinox Center Year in Review 2011-2012  

Equinox Center shares its accomplishements and financials for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Also examined is goals for the upcoming year and a than...

Equinox Center Year in Review 2011-2012  

Equinox Center shares its accomplishements and financials for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Also examined is goals for the upcoming year and a than...