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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
Seed dispersal mechanisms are important for biodiversity conservation and maintaining healthy ecosystems, as they allow new plants to grow away from their parents in areas with less competition. A cedar waxwing prepares to eat the berries of a European buckthorn, a non-native and invasive species whose seeds are primarily spread through birds consuming the berries as a food source. Humans can also be responsible for spreading the seeds of invasive plants. (Photo: Jessica Todd / GreenUP)

Why seed dispersal is important for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems

You can help stop the spread of invasive plants by planting, sharing, and buying non-invasive native plants and seeds.
By providing financial assistance to homeowners retrofitting their homes, the Canada Greener Homes Grant and Home Efficiency Rebate Plus programs supported actions to combat climate change, increased energy efficiency and comfort, and helped reduce energy bills. The federal government is no longer accepting applications for either program. (Photo: Clara Blakelock / GreenUP)

It’s still worth retrofitting your home despite end of federal government’s green rebate programs

Peterborough GreenUP says Energuide assessments identify where you can save energy and money and reduce emissions.
Available at the GreenUP Store & Resource Centre, these unique upcycled totes, pouches, and clutches created by Spruce Moose and Peterborough artist Brianna Gosselin make great gifts that are good for the environment and can be used all year round. (Photo: Eileen Kimmett / GreenUP)

Embrace the love of local environmentally friendly gifts

Choose to give an experience, or make a meaningful purchase that avoids waste at the Peterborough GreenUP store.
The Lamothe family of Woodleigh Farms in Cavan, one of the participants in Green Economy Peterborough's Net Zero Farms pilot project that assists farmers in incorporating environmentally sustainable practices into their operations. (Photo courtesy of Woodleigh Farms)

Peterborough farmers demonstrate how environmentally friendly practices can save money

Carrot Top Organics and Woodleigh Farms are two of the participants in Green Economy Peterborough's Net Zero Farms pilot program.
New for 2024, Peterborough GreenUP's Urban Bike Adventures week-long summer day camp will empower youth ages 9 to 12 to navigate the city by bicycle. The camp runs for eight weeks during July and August based out of GreenUP's Aylmer Street location in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Jessica Todd / GreenUP)

Peterborough GreenUP introduces new ‘urban bike adventures’ summer camp for kids

Week-long day camp running over eight weeks in July and August will empower youth aged 9-12 to navigate the city by bicycle.
Rowan Irwin of the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board's Youth Leadership in Sustainability class and her quote for "Imagine. The City We Want", a video installation accessible using QR codes at the GreenUP Store, Artspace, Peterborough Public Library, Market Hall, Showplace, and the Art Gallery of Peterborough as part of the 2024 ReFrame Film Festival running from January 25 to February 4, 2024. Students in the class were asked to envision the results of climate action in the City of Peterborough two decades from now. (Photo: Cam Douglas / Youth Leadership in Sustainability)

Environmental installations are a highlight of the 2024 ReFrame Film Festival

YLS student videos imagine the results of climate action in Peterborough in 2044, and Laurel Paluck's 'Underlying' exhibition features a whale made of salvaged plastic.
The 2024 ReFrame Film Festival, running from January 25 to February 4, includes a number of short and feature-length environmental films that take a look at the impact of positive action. "The Engine Inside" tells the stories of six everyday people from all over the globe who reveal the unique power of the bicycle to change lives and build a better world. Presented in partnership with GreenUP, the feature-length documentary screens at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 26 at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of ReFrame)

ReFrame Film Festival boasts environmental films that take a look at the impact of...

Peterborough GreenUP and ReFrame highlight six feature-length and short documentaries screening during the festival from January 25 to February 4.
Wild Rock Outfitters in Peterborough is committed to climate action and promoting environmentally conscious enjoyment of the outdoors. To reduce emissions, Wild Rock decided in 2022 to no longer offer their overseas cycling tours through Wild Rock Travel. As loved as these tours were, the business has received a lot of support from customers for this decision and is now offering rewarding journeys closer to home. (Photo courtesy of Tori Silvera / Wild Rock Outfitters)

How Peterborough businesses can make green resolutions for a healthier future

Wild Rock Outfitters, Jigsaw Organizing Solutions, and Lake Edge Cottages are three local businesses adopting sustainability practices as a business decision.
The Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) 2023 cohort cycle a 22-kilometre route through Peterborough's bikeways to learn more about the City of Peterborough Cycling Master Plan. (Photo: Cameron Douglas / YLS)

Green wishes for 2024 from Peterborough youth

19 participants in the Youth Leadership in Sustainability program share their environmental hopes with GreenUP.
In 2023, the City of Peterborough added another safe cycleway - the Bethune Street Bike Boulevard - to help advance active transportation for all ages and abilities. Green Communities Canada's recent Collective Impact Report for 2022-2023 found that participants in member communities' active travel programs walked or biked the equivalent of 115 trips from the coasts of BC to Newfoundland, resulting in 216.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions reductions for the calendar year. (Photo: Lili Paradi / GreenUP)

Celebrating Peterborough’s contribution to a greener Canada

A member of Green Communities Canada, GreenUP reflects on the collective local impact on national climate goals over the past two years.

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