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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.
Like those of many businesses and organizations, GreenUP employees have been working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured is Jenn McCallum, GreenUP's water programs coordinator, working at her home desk. The benefits of working from home include increased productivity, better work-life balance, reduced costs for employers, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and more. (Photo courtesy of Jenn McCallum)

Working from home has benefits for employees, employers, and the environment

GreenUp explains how experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic are changing the future of remote working.
Rachel Dillon, who recently completed her MSc in environmental and life sciences at Trent University, holding an eastern fox snake. Fox snakes are non-venomous and endangered in Ontario. According to the Reptile and Amphibian Atlas of Ontario, people often mistake the fox snake for a rattlesnake or a copperhead; there is only one rare species of rattlesnake in Ontario and copperhead snakes are not found in our province. (Photo: Rachel Dillon)

How to overcome your fear of Ontario’s snakes and learn to appreciate them

Ontario has 17 species of snakes that play an important ecological role and only one, the endangered massasauga, is venomous.
Rio Holland paints his love of water with a Love Drop activity, just one of the many activities available for children through GreenUP's Wonders of Water Water Wednesday online content. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Celebrate Water Wednesday with GreenUP and take action to conserve water

Explore the wonders of water online with stories, videos, and activities each week.
The COVID-19 pandemic may result in some permanent changes to how people use transportation, turning to bikes instead of cars. Eileen purchased a new bike when her car broke down this spring. Now that she has a sweet ride down the trail to her job at Brant Basics in downtown Peterborough, she’s not planning on shifting back to driving. Along with a more healthy commute, she also doesn't have to spend money on gas or worry about parking anymore. (Photo: GreenUP)

Peterborough residents are pedalling through the pandemic

June is Bike Month, and you can help build a more bike-friendly Peterborough.
Before schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grade 8 students at Monsignor O'Donaghue Catholic Elementary School showed off a newly installed water bottle refill station at the school, part of a student-led project called "CAPS off Water", an acronym representing the conservation, awareness, protection, and stewardship of water. GreenUP has awarded the students its School Engagement Award for their work on the project. Pictured from left to right: Shannon Elliott, Molly Sharman, Jacob Colocci, John Velasquez, Cooper Cook, and Noah Bowler. (Photo: GreenUP)

Celebrate these Peterborough students who led a water conservation project at their school

Monsignor O'Donaghue grade 8 students inspired after watching documentary on plastic pollution in the world's oceans.
Blitz the poodle mix belongs to Jenn McCallum, GreenUP's water programs coordinator. They've been enjoying many walks during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Jenn has shaved down her hair so any ticks and their bites are more noticeable. "We check her for ticks after walks and we carry a tick remover with us during walks. For ourselves, we wear closed-toed shoes and pants while we are out to avoid tick bites.”

How to protect yourself and your pets from Lyme disease-causing ticks

Tips on preventing tick bites and checking for ticks and removing them.
A rain garden on Welsh Street in Peterborough. The native shrubs and trees in the garden have deep-growing roots that absorb the rain and provide habitat for pollinators. Rain gardens are designed with both an inlet and an outlet, often using stone such as pea gravel or river stone. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Add a rain garden to your property with help from the City of Peterborough...

New Rain Garden Subsidy Program offers qualifying residents up to $500, with GreenUP providing online workshops,
Part of the NeighbourPLAN vision for the Downtown Jackson Creek neighbourhood, this illustration shows what Rubidge Street at Hunter Street could look like with a curb bump-out, buffered bike lane, and dedicated parking. All of these components fit into the currently paved roadway by reducing the drive lanes. (Rendering: Basterfield & Associates Inc. Landscape Architects)

Resident-centred planning for Peterborough neighbourhoods continues during COVID-19

GreenUP's NeighbourPLAN program releases a portrait of Talwood and a vision for Downtown Jackson Creek.
This bud is from a butternut tree. A cousin of the walnut, the butternut tree has long and graceful compound leaves and produces a crop of nuts in the fall. Intentional planning is important when planting a butternut, because toxins from its roots will affect many other plants, like vegetables, evergreens, and fruit trees. Butternuts are now endangered in Ontario due to butternut canker, so planting these trees will increase the chances of finding some that are resistant to the disease. Butternut trees can be tapped like maple trees to collect sap and make sweet syrup. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

How to choose the best trees for your yard this planting season

Fun planning activities include taking a walk through your neighbourhood for tree 'window shopping'.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this week is also National Volunteer Week. In 2019, volunteers with Peterborough GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood program planted more than 1,200 square metres of gardens, including native species of plants that have a low-water need. (Photo: GreenUP)

Celebrating Canada’s volunteers and Earth Day during COVID-19

Volunteers have stepped up even more during the pandemic, and you can still help the environment even without community clean-ups.

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