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Articles by GreenUP

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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.
Taylor Wilkes (right) and companions paddling down the Trent River in the summer of 2021. For Wilkes, the journey was an opportunity to reflect on colonial privilege while using an Indigenous mode of transportation. (Photo: Jenn McCallum)

Paddling the Trent-Severn Waterway: reflections on colonial privilege

The last in a series about a 2021 paddling trip from the Otonabee River to the mouth of the Trent River at Lake Ontario.
Native plants selected in GreenUP's Water Wise Garden Starter Kits, like this wild bergamot growing at GreenUP Ecology Park, are well suited to the dry conditions experienced during a Peterborough summer. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Five tips for a gorgeous garden that needs less work and less water

GreenUP explains how choosing the right plants means your garden will thrive during both drought and heavy rain.

Paddling the Trent-Severn Waterway: travel tips and species observations along the Otonabee and Trent...

The second in a series about a 2021 paddling trip from the Otonabee River to the mouth of the Trent River at Lake Ontario.
Some of the damage at the entrance to Ecology Park in Peterborough caused by the May 21, 2022 wind storm symbolizes the opportunity for healing during the month of June, which is National Indigenous History Month. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

June is a time for healing, for truth, and for coming together as a...

From Indigenous truth and reconciliation to addressing environmental racism, the long days and bright sun shine a light on the work we need to be doing together.
In 2012, the City of Peterborough, Peterborough County and its eight townships, and the two local First Nations adopted the Greater Peterborough Area Community Sustainability Plan. Since then, the community has changed and evolved as have the definitions of sustainability and related local programs and initiatives. Sustainable Peterborough's recently approved 2021-2031 Strategic Plan focuses on local implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. (Photo courtesy of Sustainable Peterborough)

Sustainable Peterborough’s new 10-year strategic plan focuses on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Community-based partnership has helped secure over $1 million in funding for projects to advance local sustainability.
For the first time since the pandemic began, the spring opening event at the Ecology Park Nursery on May 21, 2022 will feature many annuals and veggies grown by students in the horticultural program at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Peterborough’s Ecology Park Nursery opens for the season on May 21

GreenUP's Vern Bastable explains why native plants, shrubs, and trees are the best choice for your garden.
Guest columnist Paul Baines takes a selfie with other paddlers as they approach the mouth of the Trent River at the end of their 150-kilometre journey along the Trent-Severn Waterway. (Photo: Paul Baines)

Paddlers connect with the watershed during 150-kilometre journey along the Trent-Severn Waterway

The first in a series about a 2021 paddling trip from the Otonabee River to the mouth of the Trent River at Lake Ontario.
A t-shirt from the 2017 Peterborough Children's Water Festival featuring "Water is Life" in three languages, including Ojibway. Although the 20th annual Peterborough Children's Water Festival returns in a virtual format for the second year in a row, the festival will continue to use traditional Indigenous teachings to help students understand their essential relationship to water and to the earth. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Peterborough-area children will learn all about water on Water Wednesdays throughout May

This year's virtual Peterborough Children's Water Festival to reach over 2,300 Grade 2 to 5 students.
In his new book "The Book of Nature Connection", Camp Kawartha executive director and nature sommelier Jacob Rodenburg provides 70 sensory activities you can use to connect with nature, including collecting fragrant natural items to create your own "scent cocktail." (Photo: Jacob Rodenburg)

Disconnect from tech and connect to nature using the wonder of your senses

Camp Kawartha's Jacob Rodenburg shares a few of the 70 sensory activities from his new book 'The Book of Nature Connection'.
The past two years have had a profound impact on many workplaces, activating a shift in organizational design and employee engagement. According to a recent Statistics Canada report, 80 per cent of people who worked from home due to the pandemic would like to continue with this arrangement for at least half of their work time. (Photo: Lyn Jones)

How Peterborough workplaces can make the shift into sustainability this spring

Hybrid workplaces, Shifting Gears Challenge, and Green Economy Peterborough are three opportunities supporting renewal, sustainability, and wellness at the workplace.

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