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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.
A scuba diver collects plastic water bottles from the ocean floor near Xiaoliuqiu Island on the south coast of Taiwan in 2017. Most single-use plastic water bottles do not get recycled but end up in the environment, where they can take up to 800 years to fully decompose. Using reusable drinking water containers instead of single-use plastic bottles is a simple step towards a more sustainable lifestyle. (Photo: Huai Su)

Boycotting single-use plastic water bottles is a big step towards a sustainable lifestyle

Manufacturing, distributing, and disposing of plastic water bottles eaves a huge carbon footprint.
As part of the NeighbourPLAN project for the Jackson Park-Brookdale neighbourhood in Peterborough, residents explored the neighbourhood on foot and shared their stories of living in the neighbourhood. Residents have now created "A Vision for the Jackson Park-Brookdale Neighbourhood", a document featuring innovative ideas that address residents' concerns and build upon existing assets. A celebration of the vision will take place on June 19, 2019 at Highland Heights Public School. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Residents of Jackson-Park Brookdale in Peterborough create a new vision for their neighbourhood

NeighbourPLAN project envisions a more connected community with safer and more accessible streets and sidewalks.
This certified Water Wise garden in Peterborough's East City features many common Water Wise elements including the use of ground cover, the lack of lawn, and drought-tolerant plants. In this week's column, GreenUP shares the the best tips on how you can create a low-maintenance and thriving garden this year. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Want a low-maintenance garden this year?

How you can work with natural water conditions to create thriving gardens.
Students attending the 2018 Peterborough Children's Water Festival hold up their favourite invertebrates. The Otonabee Conservation activity centre allowed children to get up close with many aquatic bugs and insects to understand how their unique features allow them to live in water. Last year's festival had registration numbers, prompting the festival's steering committee to add a third day in 2019. (Photo: Karen Halley / GreenUP)

Peterborough Children’s Water Festival expands with an extra day of hands-on water education

18th annual event for Peterborough-area elementary school students runs from May 18 to 20 at Riverview Park and Zoo.
A bumblebee sits atop a coneflower, a native wildflower that is an excellent source of nectar for many pollinators, and adds natural beauty to any garden. GreenUP Ecology Park specializes in carrying native plants and locally adapted species. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Bring nature back into your garden this year with native plants

Many varieties available at GreenUP Ecology Park Garden Market, which opens for 2019 growing season with annual plant sale on May 18th.
Bike riding is an excellent way for all ages to build a little physical activity into the day and it's a lot of fun too. (Photo: Lindsay Stroud)

Want to promote active living? Bikes can do that.

The third in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous.
Customers at last year's GreenUP Ecology Park Plant Sale show off their plant purchases. This year, this annual fundraiser for Ecology Park will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Attention all gardeners! The GreenUP Ecology Park Annual Plant Sale returns on May 18

Other green events in May include Shifting Gears, Jane's Walk Peterborough, a water conservation and rain-proofing workshop, and more.
Exposure to nature is important for all of us, but especially for children. Children benefit from a higher dose of nature, as they experience a reduction in stress, an increase in creativity, building of self-esteem, and enhanced concentration skills. Spring is the perfect time to encourage kids to reduce screen time and head outside to explore local urban green space.

Get a healthy dose of ‘Vitamin N’ by exploring Peterborough parks and waterways this...

Research shows exposure to greenspace improves physical and mental health, especially for children,
The annual Shifting Gears community challenge in May encourages people to try other transportation options such as carpooling, a great way to save on gas and time and sometimes get a few extra zzz's during your commute. New online carpool matching tools are available this year through Shifting Gears. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Shifting Gears returns in May to challenge Peterborough residents to try new ways to...

Sign up and start walking, biking, car pooling, or taking public transit.
GreenUP's NeighbourPLAN program engages residents in reimagining public spaces in three neighbourhoods in Peterborough, including the Downtown Jackson Creek neighbourhood. At a NeighbourPLAN event in the Downtown Jackson Creek neighbourhood, residents were ask to write down one aspect of the neighbourhood they enjoy. (Photo: Francis Nasca)

NeighbourPLAN encourages Peterborough residents to re-imagine public spaces

GreenUP program unveiling a portrait of the Downtown Jackson Creek neighbourhood on April 27.

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