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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.
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.
Cuttings from Sumac, Spruce, Cedar, Birch, and Dogwood, and more, make beautiful natural holiday decorations, as seen outside the GreenUP Store on Aylmer Street. Holiday decorations made with natural items are simple to create and will biodegrade at the end of the season. (Photo: Karen Halley)

10 tips for planning a green holiday party

How to celebrate sustainably when entertaining friends and family.
Lansdowne Place has been recognized locally and nationally for its commitment to sustainability. Here the mall's security manager Keith Correia, marketing director Emily Dart, and operations manager Mario Serracino Place launch "A Greener Way to Clean Your Tray" in the Lansdowne Place Food Court. (Photo courtesy of Lansdowne Place)

Peterborough mall is community leader in sustainable business practices

Lansdowne Place's green initiatives include energy efficiency, waste diversion, recycling, and more.
Pesticide use is the suspected cause of the collapse of the bee colony at GreenUP's Ecology Park. This frame from one of the GreenUP Community Bee Keeping Program hives shows the diversity of pollen sources that honeybees are finding here in Peterborough. The variation of colour seen in each of the cells is caused by different types of pollen being collected and brought back to the hive. (Photo: Karen Halley, GreenUP)

Bee colony at GreenUP Ecology Park dies

Colony collapse disorder a reminder of importance of taking action to protect pollinators.
Heathy and smart water conservation habits can start early. The bathroom is a great place for kids to learn to turn the tap off when they brush, flush only the 3Ps, and take shorter showers. Each person in your household can save 15-20 litres of water per minute by turning off the tap while they brush.

Five simple tips for saving water in your home

Proper use of water makes treatment facilities more efficient and protects local waterways.
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.


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