Authors Articles by Matt Higgs

Articles by Matt Higgs

Matt Higgs
75 Articles
Matt Higgs was GreenUP's Communications and Marketing Specialist and authored a weekly column focused on all things environmental that was published in the Peterborough Examiner and on A native of New Brunswick, Matt has called the Kawarthas and Northumberland home since 2008. Follow GreenUP on Twitter or connect with them on Facebook.
Peterborough Distribution Inc.'s Small Business Lighting program helps small businesses decrease their electricity bills and promote a culture of conservation.

Lighting program helping small businesses save money

Cut costs and conserve power with up to $1,500 in free energy-efficient lighting.
Bee-friendly flowers like liatris and purple cone flower (echinacea) are just two of many species that can be added to your backyard to help pollinators (photo: ForestWander Nature Photography)

Is your garden killing bees?

Study finds over half of home garden plants sold in garden centres contain pesticide harmful to bees.

Love Your Lake program improving water quality and lake health

Shoreline restoration program expands to Kasshabog Lake for the 2014 season
Volunteers lift chunks of asphalt in front of the Brock Mission to expose the soil underneath. The space will be transformed into a garden, which will allow rainwater to soak into the ground, diverting it from nearby storm drains.

From parking lots to paradise

Peterborough one of five Canadian cities converting asphalt to green space in an effort to mitigate flooding.
Peterborough's Amanda Newell is the proprietor of Element Ecological, a business that specializes in eco-friendly products and services to better manage outdoor spaces (photo courtesy Elemental Ecological)

Local business achieving environmental excellence

Elemental Ecological just one of dozens of green businesses operating in the Peterborough area.
Investing in a rain gauge like this one will allow you to keep track of how much water you apply to your lawn and prevent overwatering; most lawns require no more than an inch of water each week (Photo: Peterborough GreenUP)

Summer watering tips for a healthy lawn

Watering your lawn during the correct times of the day and using water stored in rain barrels are smart ideas.
A Japanese White Pine bonsai on display at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum (photo: Sage Ross)

Discover the art of bonsai at weekend workshops

Learn about the traditional Japanese art form at Peterborough's Ecology Park on Sunday, June 8
A group of local cyclists ride the Trans Canada Trail through Beavermead Park. The Trans Canada Trail and other trails in the City and County will be celebrated during International Trails week which runs June 1st to 7th. (Photo: Peterborough GreenUP).

Celebrate local trails during International Trails Week

Third annual festival culminates with International Trails Day on Saturday, June 7th.
Shifting Gears Ambassador Brianna Salmon, Kieran Andrews of Wild Rock Outfitters, and Sue Sauve of the City of Peterborough show off their bikes for the kick off of the Shifting Gears Workplace Challenge (photo: Peterborough GreenUP)

Peterborough commuters shifting gears in May

Making greener transportation choices can save money and benefit the community.
Bees, like this honeybee at GreenUP Ecology Park, have become increasingly scarce in recent years; we can help bees and other pollinators by planting native plants, providing habitat, and reducing pesticide use (photo: Peterborough GreenUP)

Create a bee-friendly garden to help pollinators

You can buy plants at the annual plant sale at Ecology Park in Peterborough on Sunday, May 18.

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