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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.
Maggie Lightfoot passes a bottle of tap water over the counter to GreenUP Water Programs Coordinator Dylan Radcliffe at Black Honey Coffee House on Hunter Street, Peterborough. Black Honey is one of many businesses that have signed up as part of, an online app mapping businesses in the city where anyone can fill up their reusable water bottle for free. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

New online interactive map makes it easy to fill your water bottle around town

Decrease your use of single-use plastic bottles by using to find out where you can get free refills.
Scott Murison, co-owner at Wild Rock in Peterborough, cycling to work in the winter. Winter Bike to Work day is coming up on February 10th, an opportunity for the rest of us to get active and give winter biking a try. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough Moves)

Celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day on February 10

Leave the car behind next Friday and try cycling to work.
Volunteer fixer Kathryn Bahun helps an attendee of Repair Café Peterborough sew a patch on his jean jacket. Repair Café sewists can help you patch, stitch, and fix all sorts of clothing and apparel items, for free! Fixing rips and tears and updating with patches and custom embellishments helps clothing last longer, prevents un-necessary consumption of new items, and keeps clothes out of landfills.

Choosing fast fashion has environmental impacts across the globe

Tips for reducing your clothing, and carbon, foodprint.
This year at ReFrame Film Festival, GreenUP is sponsoring The Eagle Huntress, the kickoff feature film being screened on Thursday, January 26th. This cinematically breathtaking film takes the viewer into one of the word's last true wildernesses, following the story of Aisholpan, a 13 year old who defies gender norms to chase her dreams of becoming an Eagle Hunter.

Explore the environment through film at ReFrame Film Festival

Three-day festival kicks off with feature film The Eagle Huntress on January 26.
The GreenUP Store carries Clean and Green Ice Melter by Swish, an alternative to salt that's gentle on vegetation, concrete, water, and floors. It's not corrosive and is completely safe to handle with bare hands, so it's safer around children and pets, too. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Clearing the way without salt this winter

Environmentally friendly alternatives are also more effective at lower temperatures.
Bird watching is a great family activity. It provides children with the opportunity to develop an interest in local wildlife. With some patience and by being very still, you can even train Chickadees to feed right from your hand – an experience that is sure to bring joy to all. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Help our feathered friends this winter by becoming a backyard birder

Watching and feeding birds is a great activity for the entire family.
In 2016, GreenUP provided nature-related education to more than 1,600 students at Ecology Park, including the "Open Hive!" event this past fall as part of the GreenUP Community Beekeeping Program (photo: Karen Halley)

Five environmental successes in 2016 for the Peterborough area

GreenUp looks back at its accomplishments as the environmental organization enters its 25th year.
Unique environmentally friendly stocking stuffers have been specially selected at the GreenUP Store to allow you the freedom to shop with confidence knowing that anything you choose has been carefully sourced to meet high environmental standards.

10 eco-friendly stocking stuffers under $10

Unique gifts that make you feel good too, with all proceeds supporting environmental programs in our community.
In celebration of GreenUP’s 25th year, plans are being made to make improvements to the facilities at GreenUP Ecology Park which is located on Ashburnham Drive, in the heart of Peterborough (graphic: GreenUP)

Improvements to Ecology Park are in the works for GreenUP’s 25th year

Plans include improving the teaching shelter, replacing the hand washing station, and adding a drinking water station.
Switching to eco-friendly gift wrapping does not mean you have to forgo the excitement. Old books, magazines, and maps can be repurposed into decorative envelopes and bows while pinecones, birch bark, and small sprigs of evergreen can add decorative personal touches to your gifts. (Photo: GreenUP)

That’s a holiday wrap!

Reduce excessive waste this holiday season with these great ideas for gift wrapping the green way.


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