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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.
Children ride their bikes at the Rotary Greenway Trail at Douro Street in Peterborough's East City. Current cycling stats in Peterborough reflect that there are great opportunities to improve equity for groups like children and women in cycling. Women represent less than one third of cyclists in Peterborough, and less than two per cent of students in Peterborough use bikes to get to and from school. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Want to make life more affordable and equitable? Bikes can do that.

The fifth in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous
GreenUP's Ecology Park manager and resident tree expert Vern Bastable helps customers choose the right tree. The annual autumn tree sale takes place at Ecology Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Help out our leafy neighbours and plant a tree this fall

Save money on select trees and shrubs and get good free advice at Ecology Park's annual autumn tree sale on October 5.
On Saturday, October 5th, GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program invites the public to enjoy a community celebration and BioBlitz at Kawartha Heights Park in Peterborough. During the BioBlitz, GreenUP's expert volunteers will help you learn about the fascinating plants and animals living within the park. The event also includes tree planting, a live performance by Washboard Hank, and the official release of the Kawartha Heights and East City-Curtis Creek Neighbourhood Action Plans. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Learn about biodiversity and mitigating climate change at October 5th BioBlitz in Peterborough

Community celebration at Kawartha Heights Park will also see release of two Neighbourhood Action Plans.
The new Pedalboro party bike tours that allow participants to visit downtown Peterborough establishments via a 15-passenger bike is one example of cycle tourism. Downtown Peterborough, one of only five bike-friendly business areas in Ontario according to Ontario By Bike,is a natural location for bike-themed experiences. (Photo courtesy of Pedalboro)

Want to attract tourists? Bikes can do that.

The fourth in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous.
GreenUP's Depave Paradise Program and the Downtown Vibrancy Project continue working with community partners and volunteers to create new green spaces in downtown Peterborough. A new garden was planted at Euphoria Wellness Spa this summer and, in October, three "pocket parks" will be created. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

GreenUP is creating pockets of paradise in downtown Peterborough this fall

Depave Paradise program's three new 'pocket parks' will transform more pavement into green space.
Active and Safe Routes to School Peterborough is challenging families to walk, bike, or bus to and from school this year. Planning ahead to make time for disruptions as you walk with your kids can make time for meaningful family moments and new relationships with neighbours and crossing guards. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Take the back-to-school challenge and walk, bike, or bus instead of driving

Four ways to help your family make transportation choices that are better for your health, school safety, and the environment.
Peterborough GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program planted more than 2,400 native species of plants in 2018 and 2019. Many of these species have a low-water need and help to alleviate stress on Peterborough's water system during the peak seasons. (Photo: GreenUP)

Sustainable planting in Peterborough neighbourhoods is helping to mitigate climate change

GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program has so far landscaped more than 1,600 square metres, with more to come.
Would you put this dirty peanut butter container in your blue box? If the answer is yes, you're being part of the problem and not the solution. One of the main reasons the blue box program is not as effective as it can be is because of contamination. It takes time and expense to remove unclean items from the recycling stream or, even worse, the presence of these items can contaminate other recyclable materials during processing, making them all un-recyclable. (Photo: GreenUP)

Don’t make your recyclables un-recyclable

Putting unclean items into your blue box, or items that can't be recycled, is making a mess of our recycling program.
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.

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