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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.
Volunteers who have helped plant gardens at the Depave Paradise projects that GreenUP has hosted in recent years have enjoyed the chance to build their friendship with nature and their local community by giving back a healthier greenspace where once there was only asphalt. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Connecting with nature: if your friend was in trouble, would you help?

Looking at our relationship with nature as a friendship provides a framework for understanding and taking action on climate change.
Over three days, 18 volunteers moved 37 cubic yards of material to create this new 100-square-metre Depave Paradise garden in Lakefield, at Winfield Shores Harbour. The goal of Depave Paradise is to use people power to remove pavement and allow rain to soak into the ground where it lands. This reduces localized flooding and improves the health of urban watersheds. (Photo: Genevieve Ramage)

New green spaces in Lakefield and Peterborough have ecological and social benefits

Two GreenUP projects create urban gardens at Winfield Shores Harbour and at Five Counties Children's Centre.
Hayley Goodchild of Peterborough GreenUP and Shaelyn Wabegijig of the Kawartha World Issues Centre are the project coordinators for a local initiative to implement five priority areas (Indigenous leadership, poverty eradication, clean water and sanitation, quality education, and climate action) from the 17 sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015. After working on the initaitive since last year, the pair recently met for the first time in person at GreenUP's Ecology Park. (Photo: Genevieve Ramage)

Coming together to build a better Nogojiwanong/Peterborough and a better world

Next steps from five action teams on implementing the United Nations' sustainable development goals locally.
Cyclists enjoying the popular Rotary Greenway Trail in Peterborough's East City in 2017. When non-cyclists see people on bikes, they may want to take part but may need some support to develop skills or access equipment. GreenUP's 'Finding Balance' pilot program in 2020 was created to meet that need. (Photo: Lindsay Stroud)

Helping Peterborough residents overcome the barriers to try cycling

GreenUP's 'Finding Balance' program provided adults with skills, knowledge, and confidence to use bicycles for affordable transportation or for fun.
One of Leif Einarson's children copies out the Ojibwe words and their pronunciations provided as an additional resource in Joanne Robertson's "The Water Walker", one of 10 books, recorded talks, and more recommended by Peterborough GreenUP. (Photo: Leif Einarson)

A top 10 summer listening list for truth and reconciliation

GreenUP's recommendations for books and recorded talks to open conversations, including with kids.
Members of the Salad Club watch as Jill Bishop of the Nourish Project harvests some homegrown salad greens. Participants in the Salad Club received microgreen starter kits and container gardening supplies through the Growing Together While Apart project, with funding from the United Way Peterborough and District and the Government of Canada. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Growing food together can help fight the loneliness epidemic in Peterborough

GreenUP and Nourish Project's 'Growing Together While Apart' project highlights the value of participating in collective work.
It's better for students' health and the environment if they have active transportation options when they head back for in-person learning in the fall. Pictured are parents, guardians, teachers, school staff, and other community members in May 2019 during a walkabout of the Immaculate Conception School area in Peterborough's East City, an important opportunity to hear directly from community experts about active school travel challenges and opportunities. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Planning for how kids get to school when they head back for in-person learning...

Active School Travel Peterborough expanding school travel planning to include Selwyn Township.
GreenUP program coordinator Sara Crouthers, pictured enjoying a hike with her son at Sibbald Point Provincial Park, explains that the traumatic injustices faced by the world's Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour also extend to the environmental movement. (Photo courtesy of Sara Crouthers)

Finding your place in support of environmental justice for Black, Indigenous, and people of...

Coming from a place of white privilege, mainstream environmentalism often disregards the unique positions of BIPOC people.
GreenUP's executive director Brianna Salmon plants a native grass at Jiimaan'ndewemgadnong Pocket Park, located at the corner of King and Water Streets in downtown Peterborough. Native plants are an ideal choice for a low-maintenance garden, as their root systems can accommodate both drought and heavy rainfall. (Photo: GreenUP)

How to maintain a gorgeous garden with less work and less water

GreenUP shares five tips to help ensure your plants grow healthy and robust roots to survive drought.
According to a recent Statistics Canada report, 80 per cent of people currently working from home due to the pandemic would like to continue with this arrangement for at least half of their worktime once the pandemic is over. (Photo: Lyn Jones)

Peterborough’s Shifting Gears Transportation Challenge shifts gears to accommodate working from home

GreenUP's Shifting Gears team is offering guides for employers on developing an e-work policy and for employees on adjusting to e-work.

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