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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.
Rethinking your gift wrapping to include natural, recyclable, compostable, and reusable items like pine cones, twine, and kraft paper will help you to reduce holiday waste and your environmental impact this holiday season.

Wrap your gifts the green way and reduce waste over the holidays

Avoid these four items on the holiday wrapping naughty list.
The official ribbon cutting of the new Ecology Park Children's Education Shelter on November 20, 2018. GreenUP will use donations received this holiday season to enhance the open-air classroom in the shelter by replacing the woodchip surface instead the shelter with permeable accessible flooring that will enable the space to be used by all persons. Other areas of Ecology Park that are to be made accessible include parking, the washroom, pathways, and more. (Photo: GreenUP)

GreenUP seeking donations to make Ecology Park accessible for everyone

Organization plans to add accessible parking, facilities, washroom, pathways, and more
Three Sisters, a local eco-landscaping social enterprise, makes hand-crafted bee houses designed to house native bees. A unique and eco-friendly gift for the gardener on your list, you can get them at the GreenUP Store in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Three Sisters)

Support local non-profits and charities by shopping at the GreenUp store on ‘Green Friday’

Hand-sewn items using up-cycled fabrics, holiday wreaths and bee houses, hand-crafted wooden toys and decorations, and more.
With preparation and planning, winter cycling can be an active, safe, and fun part of your day, whether you're walking the kids to school, commuting, or heading out for groceries. (Photo: EnviroCentre)

Let it snow! Gear up for winter cycling

Tips for staying active over the winter whether you choose to walk or bike
Fallen leaves make for a beautiful sight in the Heritage Park neighbourhood in Peterborough. Leaves left on the ground over the winter are also beneficial for protecting plants and providing overwintering sites for insects and hibernating animals. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Tired of raking? Make your fallen leaves work for you this autumn

Leave them for insects and animals, mulch them for your garden, compost them, or use them for a no-dig garden.
The Great Horned Owl is one of 11 species of owls known in Ontario. Owls are adapted for life in the dark, with a highly developed sense of sight and pinpoint hearing. As predators of mice, moles, and voles, owls have an important ecological niche. (Photo: Alex Galt / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Why we shouldn’t fear bats, spiders, and owls

The ecological value of animals long associated with Halloween.
At two recent Pulse Pop-ups in Peterborough's East City, Sharleen from Boho Fab (far right) led attendees in hula hoop activities along with whimsical hoop performances for residents to enjoy. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Peterborough residents reclaim their neighbourhood streets with Pulse Pop-ups

Streets closed to cars and opened up for play, food, fun, and community togetherness.
It takes 2,650 litres of water to produce a single cotton t-shirt, and Canadians throw away more than 12 million tonnes of clothing and textiles every year, 95 per cent of which could be reused or recycled. Pictured is part of an interactive art installation about textile waste in Graffiti Alley of Toronto’s Fashion District created by Value Village Thift Store for "Textile Tuesday" during Waste Reduction Week, which takes place until October 21st. (Photo: Value Village / Instagram)

Waste Reduction Week encourages us to change our behaviour

Canadians throw out far too much food, clothing, plastics, and more.
Vern Bastable, Manager of GreenUP Ecology Park in Peterborough, helps a customer at the Ecology Park Garden Market select the right tree for her yard. Fall is the best time to plant a tree, when the soil conditions become perfect for tree routes to establish themselves. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Autumn tree sale at Ecology Park in Peterborough on October 13

With cool weather and lots of rain, fall is the best time to plant a tree
Volunteers remove pavement at the corner of Brock St. and Park St. in Peterborough, where a busy walkway in front of The Wine Shoppe on Park was transformed in 2016 from asphalt into a beautiful garden to divert 200 cubic meters of stormwater. GreenUP's fourth and largest Depave Paradise project will take place at the new Downtown Vibrancy Project site at the south end of Millennium Park, behind the No Frills parking lot, on October 11 and 12, 2018. (Photo: GreenUP)

GreenUP seeking volunteers to help ‘Depave Paradise’ on October 11 and 12

Largest Depave project yet will remove asphalt from section of Water Street in downtown Peterborough and replace it with a rain garden.

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