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For more than 30 years, Peterborough GreenUP has been central and eastern Ontario's leading environmental organization focused on education, sustainability, and stewardship. GreenUP is a non-profit charitable organization and an active community organization that offers dozens of programs and services to those living in Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes. For more information, visit
James Harley, co-owner of Harley Farms in Keene, cuts hay. While the agriculture sector is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, it also produces 10 per cent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, not including the use of fossil fuels. The Net Zero Farms pilot project will subsidize a cohort of local agriculture businesses to join Green Economy Peterborough, where they will be supported to measure their footprint, learn from one another, and expand our regional understanding of local opportunities for climate action. (Photo: Veronica Price Jones / Harley Farms)

Pilot project will explore how Peterborough-area farms can measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Through Green Economy Peterborough's Net Zero Farms, GreenUP will also help local farms in their efforts to avoid climate change's damaging impacts.
Trent Health in Motion physiotherapists and co-owners Reanna Montopoli and Michael Williams. Longtime participants in the Shifting Gears Commuter Challenge, Trent Health in Motion is a member of Green Economy Peterborough that recognizes active commuting as a great contribution to emissions reduction for their business. (Photo: Terri Lyn Thomas / Kaspi Creative)

Green Economy Peterborough helps local businesses take action against climate change

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency is also good for the bottom line.
The Bethune Street bikeway, stretching from McDonnel Street to Townsend Street, is the first street in the City of Peterborough that best serves cyclists and pedestrians over cars and trucks. Pictured is a cyclist using Bethune Street while, in the background, an elderly couple walks beside a newly built pollinator garden. (Photo: Tegan Moss / GreenUP)

Bethune Street bikeway is a milestone in Peterborough’s journey towards climate resilience

Overhaul of Bethune Street supports active transportation with stormwater infrastructure safeguarding against climate-related storms.
A student-led bike club rides through Rogers Cove park in Peterborough's East City. Active school travel helps school-aged children meet the recommendation to accumulate at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, which is associated with improved physical and mental health. (Photo: GreenUP)

Active school travel in Peterborough means a safer and healthier community

Active School Travel Peterborough champions the idea that children and their families deserve secure routes to walk, bike, and roll.
Orchard stewards planting fruit trees in City of Peterborough public parks last fall with the Edible Infrastructure program that GreenUP helps lead alongside Nourish. As well as producing food for people and animals, trees help mitigate the effects of climate change. (Photo: Jessica Todd / GreenUP)

Plant a tree this fall and invest in the future

Trees help fight the effects of climate change by cleaning and cooling the air, reducing flooding and erosion, and acting as a carbon sink.
To help encourage families to decrease waste by packing litterless lunches when kids go back to school, Peterborough GreenUP has launched a new colouring contest where a randomly chosen winner will receive a Planet Box Launch container worth $80. Details about the contest, which closes August 25, can be found on @ptbogreenup on Facebook. (Photo: Eileen Kimmett / GreenUP)

Litterless lunches can decrease waste on garbage day when the kids go back to...

The City of Peterborough's new garbage and compost collection program coincides with the fall school season.
Wild raspberry (Rubus idaeus), called Miskomin in Anishinaabemowan, produces berries similar to the cultivated ones you find in grocery stores. They are delicious fresh or in various jams or jellies. As well, a mild tea can be brewed from the plant's leaves. (Photo: Jessica Todd / GreenUP)

The 10 principles of mindful foraging in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

Both our urban and rural environment can sustain edible wild plants.
Peterborough resident Cass Stabler in her front yard rain garden surrounded by wild bergamot, a native plant that flowers from mid to late summer and is adored by many native pollinators. Stabler applied for and received a rain garden subsidy from the City of Peterborough in 2020, the first year the program was offered. (Photo: Hayley Goodchild / GreenUP)

Two Peterborough residents showcase the benefits of their front yard rain gardens

Eligible property owners can receive up to $1,000 to offset the cost of installing a rain garden.
A view of the Trans Canada Trail system off of Jackson Creek Trail in Peterborough during one of this summer's smoke-filled days caused by wildfires in Quebec and northeastern Ontario. As a result of climate change, Canadian ecosystems are becoming drier and the severity and length of the wildfire season is increasing. (Photo: Lili Paradi / GreenUP)

This summer’s smoke-filled days are a call for environmental action in Peterborough

While wildfires can be crucial to ecosystem stability, climate change is making them more severe and widespread.
Deanna VandenBroek moved into a 1940s bungalow in Peterborough with an oil furnace, a mostly uninsulated basement, and an attic with less than half of the insulation of today's building code. She now has a heat pump, hot water heater, and insulation which is up to code, and has reduced her greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent. (Photo: Clara Blakelock / GreenUP)

How two Peterborough homeowners ‘electrified’ their homes

By choosing electric appliances when possible, Deanna VandenBroek and Lou Arbour heat their home and water with more efficiency and fewer emissions.

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