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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.
This holiday season, your stockings can hold the best gifts, including what's best for the planet. The GreenUP Store at 378 Aylmer Street North in downtown Peterborough has plenty of green gift options from local makers are more. Gift certificates are available in-store and online at (Photo: Kristen LaRocque)

Shop local and shop green with affordable stocking stuffers (and more) from Peterborough GreenUP

The GreenUP Store carries a curated selection of sustainable products as well as handcrafted goods from over 40 local makers.
Over the past few years with community support, Peterborough GreenUP has developed safe and accessible naturalized infrastructure at Ecology Park which is used by thousands of children during camps and education programs. This Giving Tuesday, GreenUP needs your help in ensuring that these buildings and the natural environment at Ecology Park remains secure, accessible, and open for programming. (Photo: Jessica Todd, GreenUP Communications Assistant)

Build back our community spaces by donating to Peterborough GreenUP

Donations will support safe and secure infrastructure and education programs at Ecology Park, as well as replacing native plants lost in the May derecho storm.
Peterborough GreenUP's Climate Change Resource for Schools is a blueprint for local educators to integrate climate education into the school curriculum to help them teach students about climate change and how to address it. Active school travel is a climate action that students and schools can explore to shape how students travel to and from school in safe and active ways. (Photo: GreenUP)

Peterborough GreenUP’s climate action resource for schools helps empower a climate-literate generation

Recent study found less than half of 500 Canadian students surveyed had learned about climate change at school.
Patricia Wilson, founder of the Peterborough-based Diverse Nature Collective, helping a turtle safely cross the road. With conservation organizations, environmental groups, and non-profit organizations lacking diverse representation, the Diverse Nature Collective has created its own space for BIPOC voices in the Kawarthas to thrive and be part of the environmental conversation. (Photo: Patricia Wilson)

The environmental movement needs meaningful representation of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour

Diverse Nature Collective founder Patricia Wilson explains the impact of 'environmental racism'.
Come springtime, rain barrels can work in tandem with a rain garden to provide you with curb appeal, vegetable growing capabilities, and reduced risk of flooding. What's not to like? If you already have a rain barrel, a few simple steps to prepare it for winter storage will ensure your rain barrel is ready to do its job again next year. (Photo: GreenUP)

Get your rain barrel ready for the spring by winterizing it now

Properly preparing and storing rain barrels over the colder months will extend their longevity.
The myth that the economy, and especially the fossil fuel industry, is driven by demand is a self-fulfilling prophecy that causes economic crises. The fossil fuel industry is driven by supply and, as economist Julia Steinberger points out, we can do far better with far less by transitioning off fossil fuels. (Photo: Leif Einarson)

Landmark court ruling against Shell shows legal accountability is climate action

Peterborough GreenUP debunks three myths perpetuated by fossil fuel companies, including a demand-driven fossil fuel economy.
An example of a commercial waste system designed to maximize waste diversion. Colour-coded bins, restrictive openings, bins placed close together, and clear signage are all identified as key opportunities to increase stream separation, resulting in less material headed to landfill. (Photo courtesy of Busch Systems)

Waste management provides opportunities for Peterborough businesses

Green Economy Peterborough challenges local businesses to look for opportunities to lower organizational waste
The Sustainable Technologies Green Parking Lot program at the Living City Campus at the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan is setting an example of various practices that can be used to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional asphalt parking lots. The parking lot design features several low impact development practices, including permeable pavement, rain gardens, bioretention areas, and infiltration trenches. (Photo: Toronto Area Conservation Authority)

How we can transform Peterborough parking lots from grey to green

GreenUP's 'In Search of Parking Lot Paradise' pop-up engagement event takes place in Market Plaza on George Street from October 16 to 18.
Anne and Steve Wildfong, owners of Lake Edge Cottages Inc., received over $85,000 from the federal Tourism Relief Fund to improve their environmental impact. A member of Green Economy Peterborough, Lake Edge Cottages is beginning construction this fall as they work toward installing solar panels, electric car chargers, and signage. (Photo courtesy of Steve and Anne Wildfong)

How Peterborough businesses can ‘get the green’ to become more sustainable

Green Economy Peterborough shares information about new green grants and loans and the successes of two of its members.
A bird perches on the stump of a tree in Beavermead Park after the May 2022 derecho storm that destroyed or damaged trees and green spaces across Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. Ecological grief is a relatively new term for a recent phenomenon that explains the intense feelings that people may experience as a result of climate-related losses to species, ecosystems and landscapes. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

‘Stump Stories’ aim to help Peterborough residents process ecological grief from May derecho storm

Kawartha World Issues Centre invites personal stories and reflection on the role of trees in the local environment.

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