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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.
A vendor at last year's Seedy Sunday Peterborough help attendees select from a variety of organic vegetable and herb seeds. The 2019 event takes place on Sunday, March 10th from noon to 5 p.m. at Emmanuel East United Church. (Photo: Jillian Bishop)

Gardeners get ready for spring at Seedy Sunday on March 10

Locally grown and adapted heirloom seeds available at 14th annual event at Emmanuel East United Church in Peterborough.
The Transit Quest program encourages students in grade eight to use Peterborough Transit by providing them with a free transit pass over the March Break. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Three programs encourage young Peterborough students to become life-long public transit riders

On the Bus for grade 3 students, Transit Quest for grade 8 students on March Break, and School Trip by Transit for class trips.
Jaime Akiyama, GreenUP's Transportation and Urban Design Program Coordinator, rides her bike along the George Street bike lane in Peterborough, with her panniers loaded up after shopping downtown. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Want to build a vibrant downtown? Bikes can do that.

The second in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous.
GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program is looking at ways to make the Kawartha Heights and East City-Curtis Creek neighbourhoods in Peterborough more sustainable. Here, students from James Strath Public School install a garden in the Kawartha Heights neighbourhood, as part of the planting phase of the SUN program. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Peterborough is planning for a sustainable future, one neighbourhood at a time

Changes at the neighbourhood level can impact the wider urban environment.
Manon Gagnon of Atelier Frankie is a felt and fibre artist who creates whimsical works of art like these mushrooms. She is one of more than 40 local artisans whose handmade products and crafts are available at the GreenUP Store at 378 Aylmer Street North in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Manon Gagnon)

This year, give your Valentine a green gift that gives back

Support local artisans by buying handmade eco-friendly gifts from The GreenUP Store and win a free gift basket.
Rather than spreading salt around your property, consider more environmentally alternatives like sand, non-clumping kitty litter, or even fireplace ashes. The GreenUP Store also carries Clean and Green Ice Melter by Swish, an ice-melter that's gentle on vegetation, concrete, water, and floors. It's not corrosive and is completely safe to handle with bare hands, so it's safer around children and pets too. It also more effective than salt when it's extremely cold, as it will continues to melt ice at -22° C. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Salt isn’t the only way to keep from slipping this winter

Alternatives are available that work at lower temperatures and are better for the environment.
This year's ReFrame Film Festival features environmentally themes feature-length and short films, including "The Guardians" by filmmakers Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran, a visually dazzling meditation on the delicate balance between human and nature that elegantly interweaves the lives of the iconic monarch butterfly with an indigenous community in Mexico. Both depend on the same ancient forest for their survival and now face an uncertain future. The film screens at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough on Sunday, January 27, 2019. (Photo: Eidolon Films)

Explore films with environmental themes at the ReFrame Film Festival

This year's festival features documentaries on climate change, species extinction, food security, farming, youth, innovation, and more;
Münster is considered Germany's most bicycle-friendly city. In 1991, a photographer commissioned by the city's planning department took a series of photographs for a three-panelled poster that showed the space required to transport 72 people by either bicycle, car, or bus. The transportation photo has since become an iconic representation of how single-occupancy cars take up a disproportionate amount of road space. (Photo: City of Münster)

Reduce traffic congestion? Bikes can do that.

The first in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous.
Feeding chickadees is a favourite winter activity of GreenUP's Dawn Pond. Here one feeds from seeds placed on her toque. Watching and feeding birds is just one of several activities you can enjoy during the winter even if there's little or no snow on the ground. (Photo: Dylan Pond)

You don’t need snow to have winter outdoor fun

Try outdoor or indoor skating, hiking, bird feeding, cycling, and more.
The Danish concept of "hygge" (pronounced "hue-gah") is about embracing the coziness of the winter season, which can include cuddling up with a blanket and a hot drink at home or heading outside to enjoy nature. GreenUP's Lindsay Stroud combines both at GreenUP Ecology Park with some treats of warm cider and homemade cookies. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Cozy up to winter like the Danes with ‘hygge’

How to stay healthy and happy during the cold and dark months.

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