This October, the Every Metre Counts website will launch as part of International Walk to School Month activities. What is Every Metre Counts? Every Metre Counts is an online hub to find information to help you walk or roll to school or the bus stop. While the site is mainly geared to the school community, … More Put on your walking shoes or helmet because Every Metre Counts!
“General awesomeness all round,” said Claudette Sims referring to Halton Master Gardeners. However, this statement also rings true for the Fall Tree and Garden Care event held on September 13, 2018. Eric Torkelson, a City of Burlington arborist, was entertaining and knowledgeable keeping the audience engaged throughout his presentation. Key points included: The right tree … More Fall Tips for Tree and Garden Care
It’s hard to believe that another school year is about to begin. With students gearing up to go back to school next week, it seems like a good time to remind those of you doing school drop-off and pick up by vehicle to please turn your engine off while you wait. If “idling gets you … More A back to school reminder for drivers. Turn your engines off while you wait.
Did you enjoy caring for your vegetable and flower gardens this summer? With fall just around the corner, are you wondering what you need to do now to ensure healthy trees and gardens in the spring? If so, we have the perfect event for you! The Burlington Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) in partnership with the … More Fall Tree and Garden Care Event
Are you enjoying your summer staycation in your backyard pool? Summer started a little late this year, but July has brought great pool weather. While backyard pools are a lot of fun and create lifelong memories, it’s important to follow some basic environmentally-friendly actions. Before providing tips about pool maintenance, please see the next section … More Enviro tips to maintain your pool this summer
It can be easy to look at the negative side of our environmental situation at times. You may hear things like, “When will our atmosphere have so many greenhouse gases that our weather patterns are no longer predictable?” This is what is called a negative tipping point. What if instead of looking at the situation … More Sustainable Hamilton Burlington recognizes leaders dedicated to a green economy
Are you planning to renovate your home? While many residents are excited about kitchen or bathroom renovations, what is often forgotten are the potential savings from less visually appealing upgrades such as added insulation and new high-performance windows. There are currently many programs offered through the Green Ontario Fund to help you save energy, make … More This spring take steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency
With the seemingly never-ending winter this year, is it possible that springtime temperatures have finally sprung? We’ll be optimistic and assume “yes!” With the warmer temperatures, many start to think about gardening and growing fresh, local food. If you’ve never grown your own food but want to enjoy the satisfaction of doing so along with … More Learn about growing your own local food
In 2007, residents in Sydney, Australia created a movement by turning their lights off for one hour in support of climate change. This marked the beginning of Earth Hour. The following year, 35 countries participated in this World Wildlife Fund initiative and last year, on Earth Hour’s 10th anniversary, millions of individuals, businesses and organizations … More Connect2Earth this Earth Hour
Spring is around the corner. You can sense the anticipation and see an extra bounce in everyone’s step, especially on a sunny, warm day. Spring also brings fond memories of children happily splashing in puddles. As the popular saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Unfortunately today our rain often falls in more intense storms … More Get a Home Flood Protection Assessment to Reduce Your Home’s Flood Risk
Burlington is not the only community dealing with climate change. Every community is feeling the impacts and costs of a changing climate — increasing severe weather events, such as flooding and ice storms, heat alerts, and more freeze-thaw cycles which are hard on infrastructure like roads (noticed any potholes lately?!), bridges and culverts. To … More Taking action today for a better tomorrow
Last fall, Nelson became the third high school in Burlington after Aldershot and Hayden to participate in the People and Places in Halton (P2H) program. P2H is a partnership between the individual high school, the City of Burlington and the Halton Region Health Department where a series of guest presenters are invited to engage students … More Nelson students share suggestions for a liveable community
When it comes to global issues such as climate change, do you feel overwhelmed and wonder whether one person can really have an impact? What if each and every one of us does one thing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Collectively, we will make a difference. And, maybe that one small thing you do will … More 18 Ways to Show You Care for Our Planet in 2018 (Part 2)
When it comes to global issues such as climate change, do you feel overwhelmed and wonder whether one person can really have an impact? What if each and every one of us does just one thing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Collectively, we will make a difference. And, maybe that one small thing you do … More 18 Ways to Show You Care for Our Planet in 2018
Thank you to BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association for hosting another successful event, called Connect the Dots, in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. The event helped to raise awareness of the Foundation’s Blue Dot movement, a campaign to include the right to a healthy environment within the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and to inspire … More Connect the Dots
It’s that time of year! The holidays are fast approaching and the Halton Environment Network (HEN) want to make it easier for you to remain low-impact in this busy time! There’s nothing better than bringing family together to share food and gifts, but we do want to be mindful and ensure that our gifts leave … More Stay Graciously Green this Holiday Season
Are you interested in growing your own local food? Do you live in an apartment, condominium or a townhouse and don’t have space to plant a garden? The City of Burlington has a solution that might work for you. From experienced gardeners to beginners, anyone can apply to rent a ground-based or raised accessible plot … More Community garden applications due on Nov. 30
Are you a Halton teacher (grades K to 12) or administrator interested in advancing environmental education in your school? If yes, the Ontario EcoSchools workshop is for you. Interested teachers and administrators are invited to attend a free information session to ask questions and learn from experienced Ontario EcoSchools teachers and administrators. Date: Nov. 18, … More Halton teachers and administrators: Ontario EcoSchools hosts an environmental education workshop Nov. 18
Thank you to the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) for hosting the ‘Green Home Renos 101 – Local Stories’ event at Burlington Public Library – Central Branch on Oct. 25, 2017. Three homeowners spoke about their personal green renovation experiences resulting in more comfortable homes with lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Their … More Green Home Renos – Local Stories Revealed
Are you planning to renovate your home? Are you interested in greening your home, reducing your energy costs and improving your home’s beauty, comfort and value? Then the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee has a free event for you! Event Details Learn from three local residents who have completed green home renovations and visit displays by … More Green Home Renos 101 – Local Stories
Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) is an event to raise awareness about local sustainable energy initiatives and technologies that encourages businesses, organizations, community cooperatives, First Nations groups, municipalities and homeowners to open their doors and welcome the public for free. Who is participating in Burlington? The Feilders Green Home Tour is a GEDO event registered … More Local green home opens its doors
If you or someone you know has a swimming pool, spa or hot tub, please take a moment to learn about environmental issues to consider before you, or the company you hire, drain the water. Before providing some tips, two terms – storm sewer and sanitary sewer – need to be explained. Is there a … More Empty your pool, spa or hot tub the right way
The City of Burlington joins 40 communities across the country that have completed the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (now known as ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability), to help municipalities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The … More Reaching a milestone, or five…
Thank you to the Awareness Subcommittee members of the Burlington Sustainable Development Advisory Committee for helping to plan a great Let’s Live Green event. Thank you also to the exhibitors and presenters who provided practical information about how we can all do our part to reduce our impact on the environment. Here are a few … More Let’s Live Green!
If you are passionate about sustainable growth and environmental and rural protection, the Official Plan is an important policy document to be aware of and to get involved in. The City of Burlington wants to hear from residents about the city’s draft new Official Plan. The plan will be used to guide decision making on … More Burlington’s Draft New Official Plan – What Do You Think?