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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.
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.
Brightly coloured Rudbeckia flowers bloom in front of the gazebo at GreenUP Ecology Park at 1899 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough. Enjoy a fall picnic, a stroll, or a bike ride through the trails and gardens at Ecology Park to take in the beauty of autumn. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

It’s time to ‘fall’ in love with Peterborough’s Ecology Park

Stroll through the park and enjoy monarch butterflies, squirrels, honeybees, and changing leaves and seasonal blooms.
The Holy Cross Bee Club is a teacher-led group of 12 students who steward three hives at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough. At Myrtle's Kitchen at Peterborough Public Health on September 17, 2018, Holy Cross Bee Club member Emily Berardi uses a comb to uncap the honey cells in trays that were removed from the hives, before the trays are placed in a honey extractor to remove the honey using centrifugal force. Holy Cross Bee Club member Jacob Duda helps to drain honey from the honey extractor into buckets, that will then go through several stages of filtering. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Peterborough high school student beekeepers achieve sweet success

Members of the Holy Cross Bee Club extract honey from hives they've been tending since spring.
From uneaten leftovers to untouched fruits and vegetables to food that is forgotten, households waste more food than restaurants, hotels, stores, and farms combined. Around $1,500 worth of food per household gets thrown out every year -- around one out of six bags of groceries per week!

Did you know almost half of all wasted food comes from our own homes?

Find out more about the impact of food waste and what you can do at 'Food ... too good to waste' event in Peterborough on September 27.
The Wine Shoppe on Park, on the corner of Park and Brock Streets in Peterborough, is one of many local businesses taking environmental actions to green their business. In 2016, The Wine Shoppe worked with GreenUP to DePave an area outside their front entrance, replacing pavement with a garden. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Many Peterborough businesses are going green

BE Catering, The Wine Shoppe on Park, and Engage Engineering are some of the businesses taking environmental actions.
Active and Safe Routes to School Peterborough is a group of local organizations addressing health and environmental issues related to school travel. The group has a vision for all students to have the opportunity to walk, roll, or bus to and from school as a part of their daily school experience. This vision was born because we know that walking, rolling, or busing benefits students, makes school zones safer, and is good for the environment. (Supplied photo)

Let’s get our kids walking, biking, scooting, and busing to school this year

Active & Safe Routes to School promotes healthier children and a healthier environment.
Getting kids involved in packing their own litterless lunches will help to reduce food waste. Incorporate fun, functional, and waste-free packaging alternatives like stainless steel containers, fabric sandwich bags, beeswax wrap, and mason jars. (Photo: GreenUP)

Master the litterless lunch this upcoming school year

Package-free lunches are simple, save you money, and help the environment.
The GreenUP Water Wise program recognizes residents that have adopted Water Wise landscaping practices, such as reducing the amount of lawn in their yard, planting rough-tolerant native species, and using a rain barrel, all of which help to reduce reliance on municipal water. (Photo: GreenUP)

How to use less water in your yard and garden this summer

Water Wise techniques reduce water consumption and ensure every drop is used to its full potential.
GreenUP's top 10 list of green summer books provides you with a variety of reads that are sure to keep you relaxed, healthy, and informed this summer while you are cottaging, camping, beaching, or relaxing in your own backyard. Most are available for loan from the Peterborough Public Library. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Top 10 environmental books for your summer reading list

GreenUP staff picks of green classics ranging from novels to non-fiction to children's books.

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