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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.
GreenUP Water Programs Coordinator Jenn McCallum places a BlueW Ptbo decal in the window at Black Honey Café on Hunter Street in downtown Peterborough. Look for the decal across the Kawarthas at businesses and public service buildings, marking them as destinations for re-filling up your reusable water bottle for free, or check for a full listing. (Photo: Karen Halley / GreenUP)

Where to fill up your water bottle for free in the Kawarthas

GreenUp's BlueW program promotes safe and environmentally friendly municipal tap water.
The GreenUP Ecology Park is one of Peterborough's hidden gems. Located beside Beavermead Park, the five-acre park offers display gardens and naturalized areas, a native plant nursery, children's programs, a garden market, skills-building workshops, hands-on displays, and more. (Photo: GreenUP)

Ecology Park is an oasis of nature hidden in the heart of Peterborough

Showcase of sustainable landscape ideas and resources is managed by GreenUP staff and volunteers.
Ontario is home to over 300 different species of bee including the bumblebee, an important agricultural pollinator. Like other native wild bees, bumblebees are experiencing a decline in population because of habitat loss, the mechanisation of agriculture, and pesticides. There are things you can do to help protect pollinators, including bees. (Photo: Wikipedia)

What you can do to help Ontario’s troubled native bees

National Pollinator Week celebrates pollinators and raises awareness about how to protect them,
Students attending this 2018 Peterborough Children’s Water Festival hold up their favourite invertebrates. The Otonabee Conservation activity centre allows children to get up close with many aquatic bugs and insects to understand how their unique features allow them to live in water. This year's festival, which took place on June 6th and 7th, had registration numbers. (Photo: Karen Halley / GreenUP)

Peterborough Children’s Water Festival helps kids discover the importance of water

This year's festival on June 6 and 7 saw record attendance and 36 activity centres.
GreenUP staff enjoy a picnic at Ecology Park in Peterborough using waste-free and reusable alternatives to disposable and single-use food packing options. Stainless steel containers, water bottles, reusable drinking boxes, lunch bags, totes, and fabric snack bags -- available at the GreenUP Store -- will help you create a convenient, nutritious, and fun picnic. (Photo: Vern Bastable / GreenUP)

Your guide to a waste-free picnic season

Avoid the waste without losing the taste with these tips from GreenUP.
Pulse Pop-Ups are neighbourhood-scaled open street events, also known internationally as play streets, where neighbours turn their residential streets into spaces for playing and gathering for music, food, arts, and play. This Pulse Pop-Up on Harvey Street in Peterborough included a bike playground, as shown, a jug band, pop-up bike lanes, chalk murals, a BBQ, and more. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Streets aren’t just for cars … they’re for people too

GreenUP programs help residents re-imagine their neighbourhoods with streets that are safe for all.
In 2017, 100in1Day Toronto set up a swing, games, balloons, bubbles, and other activities in an alleyway to animate the space in a positive, fun, and playful way. This year, Peterborough will be one of 13 Canadian cities participating in 100in1Day on June 2nd, 2018. The possibilities of your local event are limited only by your imagination. (Photo: Nicole Bruun-Myyer / 100in1Day Toronto)

100in1Day festival demonstrates collective power of small actions

Day of grassroots activities on June 2 will celebrate active citizenship in Peterborough.
Gardeners at the annual GreenUP Ecology Park Plant Sale on May 20, 2018 can choose from over 150 species of edible and native plants, shrubs, and trees that thrive in our region of Ontario. Selecting locally adapted native species to plant ensures that you are also providing habitat for wildlife and food sources for pollinators. (Photo: GreenUP)

Start your gardening season off right at the Ecology Park Plant Sale on Sunday

GreenUP fundraiser offers 150 species of native and local plants grown in region's actual conditions.
Connor Overbaugh, Summer Waste Technician with the City of Peterborough, helps Peterborough resident Jenn McCallum install a composter as part of the new partnership program with GreenUP called "Kitchen to Compost: Too Good To Waste". Peterborough residents can sign up to have a composter delivered and installed for $20. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Tips to get you composting during Compost Awareness Week

Become aware of your waste habits and learn how to change them.
May is a month of rejuvenation, growth, and great green events! GreenUP offers many resources, products, events, and workshops in May, including the official start of the gardening season, The Annual GreenUP Ecology Park Plant Sale on May 20th from noon to 4 p.m. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

GreenUP welcomes spring with great green events in May

Events include annual Ecology Park Plant Sale, Shifting Gears, Thursday Bike Nights, Kids on Bikes Ptbo, and Rain Garden Tour.

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