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Articles by GreenUP

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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.
This year, the GreenUP Store sold 160 rain barrels, with $3,500 in subsidies for Peterborough Utilities Group customers. If you own a rain barrel, you can help protect your investment for years to come by preparing it for the cold weather now.

It’s time to winterize your rain barrel

Four easy steps to ensure your rain barrel lasts for many years.
Tom Reburn Jr., owner and operator of Leon's Peterborough, accessed lighting upgrade incentives in the amount of $4,120 with an ongoing estimated savings of $430 per month, and $5,000 annually, with newly installed energy efficient LED lighting (photo: Peterborough Distribution Inc.)

Leon’s Peterborough benefits from going green

Energy retrofit program saves retailer energy, cuts maintenance costs, and provides better lighting.
Making homemade Halloween decorations is a great way to reuse items laying around the house, cut down on disposable, single use decor, save money, and the planet. This house on Park Street in Peterborough has made a spooky front yard display with tree bark, scrap wood, and a little spray paint. (Photo: GreenUP)

Five tips for a green Halloween

How to make your Halloween more environmentally friendly.
GreenUP Ecology Park Garden Market Coordinator and resident tree expert, Vern Bastable, assists customers with choosing the right tree for their planting site. Staff will be on hand at The Little Autumn Tree Sale on October 16th with sale trees, shrubs, and plants starting at only $1. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Autumn is the best time to plant a tree

Choose the right tree at Ecology Park's fall tree sale on October 16.
Children from St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School, dressed as ECO-Superheros, celebrate the kick off of Car Free Wednesdays with Cool Captain Climate before joining their school on a group walk to St. Alphonsus Church. (Photo: Lindsay Stroud, GreenUP Manager of Transportation and Urban Design Programs)

Car Free Wednesdays help children get active and healthy

Walking to school makes students more alert and prepared to learn.
A child attending the Open Hive! event on September 24th holds a frame from one of the GreenUp Ecology Park's hives. Open Hive! Is a newcomer beekeeping drop-in session which is part of the GreenUP Community Beekeeping Program where attendees can explore the wonders of beekeeping and pollination ecology. (Photo: Karen Halley)

5 un-bee-lievable facts about honeybees

With photos from GreenUP Ecology Park's Open Hive! event on September 24.
The King Street Pulse Pop-Up on September 17 featured a bike show highlighting unique bikes such as cargos, commuters, hybrids, and fixed gears. Pictured here is a unique kid-sized bike add-on that attaches to the rear of an adult bike, which help kids to build confidence in riding and to learn the rules of the road.

Trading in four wheels for two

Bicycles have become a practical urban transportation alternative to cars.
Valerie Hubbeard, manager of Kingan Home Hardware in downtown Peterborough, received rebates for energy-efficient upgrades that have helped the business to save 70,000 kilowatt hours, about the same amount of energy consumed by six Canadian homes in a year (photo: Peterborough Distribution Inc.)

Home Hardware in downtown Peterborough saves big with energy efficiency incentives

Green Business Peterborough and Peterborough Distribution Inc. bring energy and cost savings to local small businesses.
Vermicompost is an excellent organic fertilizer and soil conditioner, with higher levels of nitrates and most other important plant nutrients than regular compost (photo: Wikipedia)

Worms are a gardener’s best friend

Learn how to make your own worm compost and reduce food waste at GreenUP workshop on September 24.
A group of summer campers at GreenUP Ecology Park raise their cups as they enjoy flavoured water they made with sumac berries, lemon, and the added sweetness of honey from the GreenUP Ecology Park bees. Naturally flavoured water is a healthy alternative to sodas and juices containing high levels of sugar and fructose.

Naturally flavoured water is a healthy alternative for kids

Instead of buying sugary soda and juices, infuse tap water with flavours from local plants.


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