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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.
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.
Organizing guru Marie Kondo's books and popular Netflix show have resulted in a surge of donations to thrift shops around the world. If you're purging this spring, consider donating clothing, toys, sheets, and other gently used items to a local non-profit or charitable organization. (Photo: Nextflix)

Spring cleaning? ‘Spark joy’ by donating gently used items to community organizations

Donating your unwanted clothes, linens, toys, tools and more keeps them out of the landfill
GreenUP's Taylor Wilkes prepares to plant creeping juniper, a drought-tolerant ground cover, at a home in the Kawartha Heights neighbourhood of Peterborough where the conventional lawn was removed in order to install a water-wise garden. (Photo: GreenUP)

Rethink your lawn this year

Consider planting drought-tolerant grasses, ground cover like clover, and pollinator-attracting native flowers.
Children at the 2018 Curve Lake Summer Day Camp, while participating in the GreenUP Wonders of Water Program, created this poster featuring their love notes to water. The theme of World Water Day 2019 on Friday, March 22nd is "Leaving no one behind": whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. More than two billion people live without safe water at home, and those of us who have easy access to potable water should take the time on Friday to show our gratitude. Children at the 2018 Curve Lake Summer Day Camp created a poster featuring their love notes to water, while participating in the GreenUP Wonders of Water Program. (Photo: Karen O'Krafka)

On World Water Day this Friday, show your gratitude to water

More than two billion people around the world, including many indigenous peoples, live without safe water at home
On July 15, 2004, a small but spectacular storm dumped more than 150 mm of rain in parts of the City of Peterborough in less than an hour. The city's sewer system couldn't cope with the huge volume of water, leading to back-ups and basement flooding. Around 12,500 tons of materials were placed in the landfill in the two weeks following the flood. (Photo: City of Peterborough)

Tips for flood-proofing your home this spring

Install a sump pit and pump, keep storm drains clear, get a rain barrel, create a rain garden, and more.
A vendor at last year's Seedy Sunday Peterborough help attendees select from a variety of organic vegetable and herb seeds. The 2019 event takes place on Sunday, March 10th from noon to 5 p.m. at Emmanuel East United Church. (Photo: Jillian Bishop)

Gardeners get ready for spring at Seedy Sunday on March 10

Locally grown and adapted heirloom seeds available at 14th annual event at Emmanuel East United Church in Peterborough.
The Transit Quest program encourages students in grade eight to use Peterborough Transit by providing them with a free transit pass over the March Break. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Three programs encourage young Peterborough students to become life-long public transit riders

On the Bus for grade 3 students, Transit Quest for grade 8 students on March Break, and School Trip by Transit for class trips.
Jaime Akiyama, GreenUP's Transportation and Urban Design Program Coordinator, rides her bike along the George Street bike lane in Peterborough, with her panniers loaded up after shopping downtown. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Want to build a vibrant downtown? Bikes can do that.

The second in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous.
GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program is looking at ways to make the Kawartha Heights and East City-Curtis Creek neighbourhoods in Peterborough more sustainable. Here, students from James Strath Public School install a garden in the Kawartha Heights neighbourhood, as part of the planting phase of the SUN program. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Peterborough is planning for a sustainable future, one neighbourhood at a time

Changes at the neighbourhood level can impact the wider urban environment.

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