For most of us, 2020 has been a year unlike any other that we have experienced in our lifetime. With the year almost over, I thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight some environmentally related initiatives that have taken place in Burlington this year. In January, Burlington staff began using an updated template … More 2020: A Year in Review
In April 2020, Burlington City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan. The Plan identified and laid out a path for the community as a whole to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to as close to zero as possible by the year 2050. One of the major sources of GHG emissions in Burlington is transportation. Let’s … More Take Action to Reduce Your Impact – Register for Upcoming Events
With physical distancing due to COVID-19, many organizations are staying engaged with residents by creating and promoting different activities that you can do or learn at home. This post highlights some of the environmentally related or nature-based activities that are currently available. Since early April, the Royal Botanical Gardens has been running interactive content on … More Enviro Fun @ Home
Climate change has been described as a wicked or complex problem as there isn’t a single, simple solution. This could result in individuals becoming overwhelmed and believing that they can’t make a difference, so they continue with their current behaviour. However, as I always highlight in this blog; every individual action matters as ‘collectively we … More Do one thing … Put on your sweater
International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is an annual celebration of active transportation, such as walking and rolling, taking place around the world every October. Hundreds of Ontario schools participate in IWALK each year, with many holding their events on IWALK Day – Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Help to grow the active school travel movement … More October is International Walk to School Month
It’s hard to believe that another school year is here and with it comes a friendly reminder about idling. In an ideal world, it would be great if your kids walked or rolled to school. However, if you are doing school drop-off and pick up by vehicle, please turn your engine off while you wait. … More A back to school reminder for drivers: Turn your engines off while you wait.
Are you a creative and environmentally minded person? If so, this might appeal to you. The Halton Green Screens Amateur Film Festival is about getting our local community involved in environmental stewardship. Who can participate? The Film Festival is open to all residents of Halton, of all ages, including post-secondary students who are currently away … More Halton Green Screens Amateur Film Festival 2019
Twelve years ago, residents in Sydney, Australia created a movement by turning their lights off for one hour for climate change. This was the beginning of Earth Hour. Last year, 188 countries and territories celebrated Earth Hour. Earth Hour 2018-2020 is about our connection to nature and the impacts climate change will have on our … More Connect2Earth this Earth Hour
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!
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
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
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)
Earth Hour is a global movement of communities around the world to raise awareness of climate change and to showcase actions that we can all take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Are you ready for Earth Hour? This year, Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m. local time.What is the … More This Earth Hour, shine a light on climate action
March 22 is World Water Day and in Burlington, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge wants you to take a Great Big Sip. What is Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington? Burlington is one of 45 communities across Ontario chosen to promote children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating. Every nine months, communities are given a … More Be part of the Great Big Sip on March 22
Do you currently drive to work without any passengers? Have you ever considered carpooling? Continue reading to find out how to get started. What are the benefits of carpooling? Economic benefits include savings on gas*, vehicle wear-and-tear and parking fees (assuming you and/or your carpool partner currently pay for parking). Calculate your potential savings by … More Drive Together, Save Together
Take the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge Teachers, don’t miss your chance to register for the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC). Sign up by Jan. 22 to participate in this free, fun, educational challenge to raise awareness about energy related issues. What is the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge about? Registered Canadian classrooms from Kindergarten to grade … More Turn over a new leaf in your classroom
Well, it’s not actually my birthday but it’s my Take Action Burlington blog’s birthday. Last November, I finally took the step of entering the social media world, at least for work purposes. No, I still don’t have a personal social media account even though everyone around me thinks I’m a little behind the times. However, … More Happy Birthday to Me!
Earlier this month, I profiled the Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) store in Burlington. This time, I am featuring another local business Edge Imaging as recommended by Burlington Hydro Inc.’s manager of corporate communications, Christine Hallas. Edge Imaging is a proud Burlington company in the school and sports photography business employing close to 300 people. In … More Edge Imaging – Preserving memories and the environment
Congratulations to Burlington’s Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store who was presented with the 2015 Mayor’s Green Business Award at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Gala earlier this year. The MEC store in Burlington was nominated by the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee. “More than ever, sustainability and green initiatives need to be our priorities,” said Burlington … More MEC Burlington wins the Mayor’s Green Business Award
The City of Burlington adopted a Corporate Energy Management Plan in 2013. While work on energy matters was well underway before the plan was approved by City Council, the plan helped staff to focus their efforts on ongoing projects and initiatives resulting in continuous improvement in energy conservation and dollars saved. Since most of us … More Indoor Swimming Pools Energy Competition Winding Down