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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
GreenUP staff and volunteers from the Trent Learning Garden constructed Ecology Park's first air prune bed in spring 2024. This structure will be used to propagate tap-rooted trees and shrubs. (Hayley Goodchild / GreenUP)

Peterborough’s Ecology Park returns to its roots with new plant propagation initiative

GreenUP staff are using the 'propagation station' to experiment with growing nursery stock using minimal energy and irrigation.
Jadyn Gay, Becky Waldman, and Mark Stewart of the Peterborough Public Library celebrate the library's new electric delivery van, the first fully electric vehicle in the City of Peterborough's fleet. The library will use the van for outreach events and to move materials between library kiosk locations and the new library branch opening at the Miskin Law Community Complex at Morrow Park. (Photo: City of Peterborough)

How the Peterborough Public Library is helping to rewrite the climate change story

Library staff formed a 'green team', grew a pollinator garden, host a community seed exchange, operate a book bike and electric delivery van, and more.
As part of Peterborough GreenUP's first annual Shifting Gears challenge in April 2004, "Paddling Puppeteers" Glen Caradus and Donald Fraser are interviewed by CHEX News Watch in 2004 to encourage the community to move towards more sustainable modes of transportation. (Photo: GreenUP)

Peterborough GreenUP celebrates 20 years of sustainable transportation with Shifting Gears

For two decades, annual May Challenge has encouraged residents to choose walking, biking, public transit, or telecommuting over solo car rides.
Emily and Norm Lamothe of Cavan's Woodleigh Farms received the "Rookie of the Year" award at Green Economy Peterborough's third annual Leadership in Sustainability Awards on May 16, 2024. Also pictured are Jackie Donaldson (left) of Green Economy Peterborough and Karen Lynch of Peterborough County. (Photo: Natalie Stephenson / GreenUP)

Green Economy Peterborough celebrates local businesses for championing sustainability

Annual Leadership in Sustainability Awards recognize Woodleigh Farms, Engage Engineering, Charlotte Products, Trent Health in Motion, Lake Edge Cottages, and more.
Elder Dorothy Taylor of Curve Lake First Nation leads a sacred water teaching at the Peterborough Children's Water Festival in 2023. (Photo: Lili Paradi)

Peterborough Children’s Water Festival returns to Riverview Park and Zoo on May 28 and...

22nd anniversary of the educational festival will ask the questions 'How does water take care of me?' and 'How do I take care of water?'
Young red oak saplings in their first year of growth at GreenUP's Ecology Park Native Plant & Tree Nursery. Red oak leaves, stems, and acorns are a food source for various mammals such as deer and squirrels and bird species such as woodpeckers. You can give young trees a forever home by visiting the Ecology Park Native Plant & Tree Nursery when it opens for the season on May 18, 2024. (Photo: Hayley Goodchild / GreenUP)

The journey from seed to flourishing tree takes time, effort, and resources

Give a young tree its forever home when Peterborough GreenUP's Ecology Park Native Plant & Tree Nursery opens for the season on May 18.
Co-owners of Green Economy Peterborough member Trent Health in Motion, Reanna Montopoli and Michael Williams are active transportation advocates. In addition to sponsoring the 2024 Peterborough & the Kawarthas Cycling Summit: Safe Streets for Everyone, Montopoli recently spoke at a Green Economy Peterborough event on the value of creating a bike-friendly workplace. (Photo: Jackie Donaldson)

Creating a bike-friendly workplace is good for employees, customers, and the environment

Workplaces can also participate in Peterborough GreenUP's 20th anniversary Shifting Gears May Challenge.
Delivered in collaboration with GreenUP, the City of Peterborough's Rain Garden Subsidy Program subsidizes the cost of installing a rain garden to a maximum of $1,000 per applicant. Purple coneflower (echinacea purpurea) is an herbaceous perennial that is a popular choice for rain gardens. (Photo: GreenUP)

Rain gardens can beautify your yard and help the environment too

City of Peterborough offers a subsidy up to $1,000 to help homeowners install a rain garden on their property.
The Peterborough and the Kawarthas Cycling Summit, with the theme "Safe Streets for Everyone," takes place on April 24 and 25, 2024 at Showplace Performance Centre's Nexicom Studio and McDonnel Street Activity Centre. A portion of Bethune Street in downtown Peterborough reopened in the summer of 2023 as Canada's first purpose-built street to give priority to bicycles and other active transportation users. (Photo: Lili Paradi / GreenUP)

Making urban streets safer for everyone is focus of Peterborough and the Kawarthas cycling...

Summit on April 24 and 25 features safe street experts Ian Lockwood, Dr. Sara Whitehead, and Valerie Smith.
Climate change is associated with a variety of health hazards, including extreme temperatures and reduced air quality. Pictured is wildfire smoke in Peterborough during summer 2023. Some people are more vulnerable than others to the health impacts of climate change. (Photo: Tegan Moss / GreenUP)

Peterborough Public Health is working to reduce the health impacts of climate change

Some groups are more vulnerable than others to extreme weather events or extreme temperatures.

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