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Celebrating Winter Walk Day & Winter Bike to Work Day on two feet or two wheels

January 30th, 2017 by Karen Halley

By February, these snowy, cold winter mornings have many of us thinking that it would be great to leave the car at home. Wouldn’t it be so nice to forego all of the de-icing, shovelling, windshield cleaning, and scraping? If only you didn’t have to bundle up the kids and stuff snow pants and puf...

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Clearing the way without salt this winter

January 11th, 2017 by Karen Halley

January is here and we are all in full winter mode. The skating rink is open on the canal, Armour Hill is scattered with toboggans, and snowmen can be spotted in yards on every block. While winter is a favourite season for many outdoor activities, getting around can be stressful in snowy and icy ...

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Five Environmental Successes for Peterborough area in 2016

January 10th, 2017 by Karen Halley

GreenUP has now entered its 25th year as Peterborough’s local resource for environmentally healthy and sustainable action in our community. In that time, GreenUP has grown to become central and eastern Ontario’s leading organization focused on issues of environmental education, sustainability, ...

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Improvements to Ecology Park are in the works for GreenUP’s 25th Year

December 15th, 2016 by Karen Halley

2017 is GreenUP’s 25th year! For each of those 25 years, GreenUP has been offering opportunities for learning, skill-building, and environmental action in our community. Over that time, the landscape has shifted dramatically, but with generous community support from volunteers, donors, and fund...

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That’s a Wrap!

December 7th, 2016 by Karen Halley

Last year in Canada, over the holidays retailers sold us over $500 million in televisions and audio equipment, along with over $400 million in toys and games, almost $200 million in sports equipment, and $122 million in jewellery and watches. All those gifts, given traditionally each year while c...

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10 tips for planning a green holiday party

December 7th, 2016 by Karen Halley

The holidays can be associated with excess. Each year, Canadians increase their waste by 45 percent between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That is almost half a million tonnes of holiday waste going into the landfills each year. With a few simple actions, we can reduce our holiday footprint and enjoy t...

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GreenUP is the recipient of two Ptbo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards!

November 23rd, 2016 by Karen Halley

Congratulations to GreenUP Executive Director, Brianna Salmon for being awarded one of the 4 under 40 awards at the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Business Excellence Awards on October 19th. The ‘4-under-40’ awards recognize individuals in the Peterborough community who are under the age...

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GreenUP Ecology Park Hive Collapse

November 17th, 2016 by Karen Halley

In it’s first year, the GreenUP Community Bee Keeping program attracted twelve local beekeepers who stewarded six honeybee hives at five locations in Peterborough including GreenUP Ecology Park, Liftlock Community Garden, Lock 20 – Parks Canada, Greenwood United Church, and Holy Cross Secondary ...

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Water: from the Otonabee River to our bodies, and back again

November 11th, 2016 by Karen Halley

By Jenn McCallum, GreenUP Coordinator of Water Education Programs What is colourless and odourless, has a powerful erosive force, and is essential for all life? If you answered ‘water’, then you are correct. Water also makes up about 50-75% of the human body, depending on age, sex, and body f...

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Winterizing your rain barrel in 4 easy steps

November 4th, 2016 by Karen Halley

This year, the GreenUP Store sold 160 rain barrels with $3500 of subsidies given out by the Peterborough Utilities Group. $25 subsidies went to PUG customers to help encourage re-use of rainwater and the reduction of municipal water for use for gardens and lawns. Those of you who used a rain barr...

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