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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.
GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program is inviting Warsaw residents to explore how to conserve and protect water in Warsaw and create a Warsaw Water Action Plan. The SUN team has already installed 218 square metre of planted shoreline on the Indian River at the Warsaw Community Centre, as well as and a rain garden at the Warsaw municipal office that absorbs and filters up to 170,000 litres of water annually, reducing flooding risk by preventing this water from flowing unchecked into the Indian River. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

GreenUP program aims to protect the Indian River and reduce flood risk in Warsaw

Warsaw residents invited to participate in creating a water action plan as part of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program.
Students gather for a climate change protest at Peterborough City Hall in a still from "You(th)". The short film by local high school student Nico Ossa opens the 16th annual ReFrame Film Festival at Showplace Performance Centre on Thursday, January 23rd, accompaning the award-winning feature-length Peruvian documentary "Máxima" that premiered at Hot Docs 2019. Both documentaries speak to the power of individuals to make change. (Photo courtesy of ReFrame)

Your guide to environmental documentaries at the ReFrame Film Festival in downtown Peterborough

Themes at 16th annual festival running from January 23 to 26 range from sustainability and climate change to social justice and indigenous rights.
You take small steps in 2020 that will have big impacts on the environment. Making a conscious decision to take local vacations at unique destinations like the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area east of Peterborough can dramatically reduce pollution and CO2 emissions, while leaving you with more money in your bank account and more time to actually enjoy your destination. (Photo courtesy of Otonabee Region Conservation Authority)

Three small changes you can make in 2020 that will be good for you...

Eat more plant-based protein, bike more often, and take a local vacation.
Cyclists use the bike and walking trail near Beavermead Park at Ashburnham Road in Peterborough. A shift towards using a bike for daily trips around town can work to decrease your personal greenhouse gas emissions, and how a shift towards creating an even more bike-friendly Peterborough can help our region move towards its emission targets for 2030 and 2050. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Want to reduce greenhouse gases? Bikes can do that.

The final story in a 2019 series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous.
According to York University historian Jennifer Bonnell, mid-century urban planners were more interested in overcoming nature than incorporating it into urban planning. In the era of climate change, these planning decisions have ultimately resulted in issues such as flooding. GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) Program seeks to avoid such issues in the future by cultivating a more sustainable relationship with urban nature. This creative rendering of a potential pocket park is part of the East City-Curtis Neighbourhood Action Plan developed through the SUN program. (Illustration: Nic Cooper / BrushPoint Art)

History can teach us important lessons about urban nature in an era of climate...

GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods Program looks to the past to plan for the future
The GreenUP Store in downtown Peterborough has unique environmentally friendly and locally made gifts and stocking stuffers for any budget. When you choose local by shopping at GreenUP, you are supporting the environment both by reducing waste and by directly supporting the environmental work of the non-profit charity. You can also purchase gift certificates and, when you combine a donation to GreenUP with the purchase of a gift certificate, GreenUP will send you the gift certificate in a personalized donation holiday card that you can gift to friends or family. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Choose local and support the environment with 15 green gift ideas from GreenUP

When you buy eco-friendly products and handcrafted local goods from the GreenUP Store, you also directly support GreenUP's environmental programs.
Every year, GreenUP educators introduce over 1,000 children to the wonders of nature in Ecology Park, a five-acre urban sanctuary in the heart of Peterborough. In this photo, children learn about the development of monarch butterflies. Instilling both passion and appreciation for nature in our children is fundamental to encouraging future behaviours that protect the environment and reduce our impact on our local environment. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Help keep Peterborough’s heart green with a donation to GreenUP’s Ecology Park

Community donations will be used to increase the park's accessibility, add solar panels to children's education shelter, and more.
Winter weather gets us thinking about road safety again. There are many behaviours we adopt to keep each other safe on the streets, but there are also ways that road design can keep us safe, and it turns out that the safety benefits of adding bike infrastructure are better for all road users. (Photo: GreenUP)

Want to improve road safety? Bikes can do that.

The sixth in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous.
The first commercial Christmas card was sold in Britain in 1843, after civil servant Sir Henry Cole decided he was too busy to write individual Christmas greetings and asked artist John Callcott Horsley to design a card he could fill out. The idea caught on, and mass-produced greeting cards soon replaced hand-written greetings in most of Europe and North America. Today, despite the ubiquity of the internet, the greeting card industry still produces seven billion physical cards each year with annual sales of $7.5 billion. It is estimated that producing and sending all these cards generates as many as 1.1 million tons of carbon dioxide. (Public domain photo)

The good and bad environmental news about greeting cards

GreenUP shares some alternatives to mailing out mass-produced greeting cards this holiday season.
Local Anishinaabe artist Tia Cavanagh (left) with Kim and Mark Zippel in front of a canoe made by Anishinaabe master birchbark canoe builder Chuck Commanda from the community of Kitigan Zibi in Quebec. The canoe is currently on display at the entrance to Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism Visitor Centre, immediately opposite the Jiimaan'ndewemgadnong pocket park site outside of Euphoria Wellness Spa in downtown Peterborough. Kim and Mark Zippel sponsored the two canoe-themed public art pieces that Cavanagh is currently working on for the Jiimaan'ndewemgadnong site. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

The heart of the canoe beats in downtown Peterborough

Local Anishinaabe artist Tia Cavanagh creating art for Jiimaan'ndewemgadnong pocket park project.

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