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For more than 20 years, GreenUP has been central and eastern Ontario's leading organization focused on issues of environmental education, sustainability, and stewardship. GreenUP is a non-profit charity and an active community organization that offers dozens of programs and services to those living in the Peterborough & Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. GreenUP's programs focus on facilitating positive action and provide the tools to make small changes in the home or cottage that can create a large and lasting impact on our environment. You can follow GreenUP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Little Lake rising above the retaining walls and flooding the parking lot at Ashburnham Lock 20 at Beavermead Park in Peterborough. Over 100mm of rain has already fallen in Peterborough since the beginning of May. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

Dealing with heavy rain and planning for future flooding

Help protect your home from water damage by installing rain barrels and a rain garden.
GreenUP offers many resources, products, events, and workshops during the month of May. The GreenUP Ecology Plant Sale is an annual fundraiser that happens each May where you can pick up a variety of veggies, locally adapted wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. Join GreenUP this year on Sunday, May 21st from noon to 4 p.m. for their biggest sale of the year.

Make your May even greener with GreenUP events and workshops

Rain barrels, Ecology Park plant sale, seeds, Community Shifting Gears, and cycling.
On National Volunteer Week, GreenUP recognizes and celebrates all of the volunteers who have brought such incredible enthusiasm and fun to Peterborough Pulse, the city's largest outdoor recreation, open streets event.

Volunteers power the heartbeat of Peterborough Pulse

Contribute to a happier and healthier Peterborough by volunteering at this year's open streets event.
An active and sustainable commute is good for your health and the environment. This May, the Shifting Gears Community Challenge offers workshops, services, and incentives to get more community members, workplaces, and schools making the shift to walking, biking, and transit to get around town. (Photo: GreenUP)

Make the shift this spring to active and sustainable transportation

Community Shifting Gears challenge encourages you walk, bike, carpool, or ride transit.
While spring cleaning this year, look for products that are phosphate-free, non-toxic, and water or vegetable based. Check the label and look for a list of ingredients that is easy to understand. Non-chemical, natural cleaners are better for your health and the environment. (Photo: GreenUP)

How to do spring cleaning the green way

Avoid chemical cleaners this year for a healthier home and a healthier environment
The new Bike Night program on Thursdays offers tune-ups, workshops, and group rides to get you on your bike this spring. And check out the SPARK Spin bicycle routes offered during the SPARK Photo Festival in April.

Get cycling this spring with free Thursday Bike Nights

New weekly program offers family-friendly workshops, tune-ups, group rides and more.
A "stoop and scoop" sign at Roger's Cove in Peterborough's East City with Little Lake in the background. The most environmentally friendly thing you can do with your dog's poop is to take it home and flush it down the toilet. If that's too much work for you, at least ensure you pick it up and dispose of it in the garbage. Don't leave it lying around where rainwater will eventually carry it into our waterways, creating problems for plant life, wildlife, humans, and pets. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

Stoop and scoop to help our waterways

Tips on how to dispose your pet waste properly.
A properly installed rain barrel, as seen here, can efficiently store rain water for use on your garden during drier periods. Reductions in outdoor water use by using rain barrels and drought tolerant landscaping methods can help you to reduce your water footprint.

Why waste water?

Tips for reducing the amount of wastewater inside and outside your home.
GreenUP's Ausma Clappsion stocks the shelves at the GreenUP Store and Resource Centre with varieties of heirloom tomato seeds. Also available are many varieties of untreated, non-GMO seeds including herbs, beans, beets, cucumber, zucchini, squash, radish, and more. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Eager gardeners can start growing seeds indoors right now

Tips on how to get ready for spring planting
Learning how to use transit is a fun way for youth to explore their independence and a safe alternative to driving. Grade 8 students across Peterborough will receive a free transit pass to use over the March Break, and families can purchase a day pass for up to 2 adults and 4 children to ride the bus all day for only $8.00

Grade 8 students ride Peterborough Transit for free during March Break

Transit Quest program helps prepare students for a future using public transportation.

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