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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.
For zero-waste lunches, resuable stainless steel containers are a great option. Unlike plastic containers, they are hard wearing, long lasting, and free of BPA and other harmful toxins. (Photo: GreenUP)

Start the school year off right with plastic-free, zero-waste lunches

Help your kids help the environment with reusable stainless steel containers, fabric snack bags, refillable drink boxes, home-baked snacks, and more.
A highlight of GreenUP Ecology Park's Family Night is the Lantern Walk, where participants can make their very own lantern and travel the park's winding nature trails. This year's event, which takes place on Thursday, August 15th, also features a scavenger hunt, bike decorating, bubble making, and face painting. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Celebrate the waning days of summer at GreenUP Ecology Park’s Family Night and Lantern...

Evening event on August 15 also features a scavenger hunt, bike decorating, bubble making, face painting, and more.
If you're a budget-conscious post-secondary school student, you might be tempted to buy cheaper, single-use items. But it's more cost-effective in the long term to invest in eco-friendly reusable items, such as these plastic-free storage bags. Not only are they long-lasting, durable, and microwave, dishwasher, freezer, and oven safe, but they are easier to store when space is at a premium, unlike plastic storage containers. (Photo: Benjamin Hargreaves)

Living on a student budget doesn’t mean you can’t go green

For a bit more money upfront, you can save money in the long run and shrink your waste footprint.
The GreenUP Water Wise program recognizes residents that have adopted Water Wise landscaping practices, such as reducing the amount of lawn in their yard, planting drought-tolerant native species, and using a rain barrel, all of which help to reduce reliance on municipal water. (Photo: GreenUP)

You don’t have to run the sprinkler for a healthy lawn

For a Water Wise lawn, dethatch, mow high when dry, use a rain barrel, or swap grass for other ground cover.
The Peterborough Public Library is one of 78 organizations and businesses in the Kawarthas participating in GreenUP's BlueW program, where you can fill up your reusable water bottle with municipal tap water at no charge. Look for the BlueW sticker, or use the online map at the BlueWPtbo website to find a location where you can fill up. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Stay hydrated this summer wherever you are by filling up your reusable water bottle...

Kawarthas businesses and organizations participating in BlueW program offer municipal tap water with no strings.
On Saturday, July 27th, the streets of downtown Peterborough will be turned into an urban playground for Peterborough Pulse 2019. The fifth anniversary of the Open Streets event will see businesses, community organizations, and volunteers fill downtown with activities, displays, and installations while many hundreds of people walk, cycle, skateboard, roller skate and more through car-free downtown streets. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough Pulse)

Now a beloved summer event, Pulse returns to downtown Peterborough on July 27

Fifth anniversary Open Streets event brings community together with more than 50 family-friendly activities.
Periwinkle is frequently found at garden centres and sold as ornamental ground cover, but this non-native plant is extremely invasive in Ontario. Native plant alternatives include wild ginger, wild strawberry, or mayapple. (Photo: James Miller)

Showcase our natural heritage by replacing invasive plants with native ones in your garden

Understanding the difference between Ontario's native, aggressive, and invasive plants.
A Grade 5 student from Monsignor O'Donahue Catholic Elementary School demonstrates her riding skills on the Bike Playground, while funders and partners of the Pedal Power program look on. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Pedal Power teaches Peterborough Grade 5 students cycling skills and builds confidence

Program offered by GreenUP and B!KE has the potential to reach all youth in the community.
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.

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