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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.
Peterborough Pulse returns to downtown Peterborough for its third year on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The day-long open streets event is its biggest yet, with 3.8 kilometres of streets and trails. Pictured is the inaugural event held in July 2015. (Photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)

This year’s Peterborough Pulse is bigger than ever

Open streets event on July 15 in downtown Peterborough features 3.8 kilometres of activities, entertainment, art, and more.
This summer, enjoy the outdoors and all the benefits it can provide for healthy childhood development. Balancing the risks with appropriate precautions and taking preventative measures for things like black-legged ticks, will allow your family to experience fun in nature, at the cottage, or at camp this summer. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Be tick smart and let your kids enjoy the outdoors this summer

Put your mind at ease by learning the facts about ticks and how to take precautions.
Family and friends enjoy a rest and a snack at GreenUP Ecology Park, along the Trans Canada Trail in East City, Peterborough. Summer is the perfect time to maximize outdoor time, which is essential for healthy childhood development and is beneficial for the physical and emotional health of all ages. (Photo: GreenUP)

School’s out! Tuck away the devices and spend time outdoors

Getting active outside is healthy for the whole family.
One way to make your kids' parties greener this summer is to nix the loot bags and involve your little partiers in a take-home craft instead. There will be less waste from individually packaged treats, less cost, and a lot more fun. Here children make take-home lanterns at last year’s GreenUP Ecology Park Family Night. (Photo: GreenUP)

Top 10 tips for greening your summer parties

How to keep the planet in mind when hosting your next summer soiree.
A cyclist passes a parked car on River Road in Peterborough, while the driver of a truck gives ample space when passing the cyclist. Giving a minimum of one metre of space when passing a cyclist is the law. The one-metre cushion is designed to keep everyone safe on our roads. (Photo: Lindsay Stroud)

One-metre law aims to make Ontario roads safer for cyclists

Motorists must leave one metre of space when passing a cyclist.
An attendee of the Peterborough Children's Water Festival participates in The Wild Rice Dance-off activity centre where children take turns wearing moccasins and dancing in a large cauldron of wild rice, a traditional practice used to remove the chaff from the grain of rice. (Photo: Karen Halley)

First Nations teachings highlight the Peterborough Children’s Water Festival

Annual festival held in May teaches kids about our relationship with water.
Children at the Peterborough Children's Water Festival learn about the benefits of drinking municipal tap water at the PTBO H20 mobile tap water station. This 'water buggy' provides a supply of fresh tap water to refill reusable bottles and can be used as a drinking fountain, too. Watch for the Peterborough Utilities' PTBO H20 at community events throughout the Peterborough area this summer, and fill up your reusable water bottle for free. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Why are people still buying bottled water?

Municipal tap water is the best choice for drinking water.
A group of cyclists gather at the Lakefield Trailhead just outside of Lakefield, after riding from Peterborough along the trail during a recent group tour. International Trails Day offers several opportunities to celebrate our local trails with guided or self-led events on foot or bicycle, on June 2nd and 3rd. (Photo: Jaime Akiyama)

Celebrate our local trails on International Trails Day

Trail-related activities taking place on Saturday, June 3 in Peterborough, Lakefield, Millbrook, and more.
GreenUP Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you make veggie, annual and perennial, shrub and tree choices for your garden at the Annual Ecology Park Plant Sale this Sunday, May 21st noon to 4 p.m. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Gardening with wild and local plants is the natural choice

GreenUP's Annual Ecology Park Plant Sale takes place May 21 in Peterborough.
Little Lake rising above the retaining walls and flooding the parking lot at Ashburnham Lock 20 at Beavermead Park in Peterborough. Over 100mm of rain has already fallen in Peterborough since the beginning of May. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

Dealing with heavy rain and planning for future flooding

Help protect your home from water damage by installing rain barrels and a rain garden.


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