On June 17, 2019 City of Burlington sustainability staff presented Take Action Burlington – An Update on Our Local Environment to Council. This report provides an overview on the state of Burlington’s environment including information on local sustainability efforts and actions that can be taken. This is the first of five posts about the report. … More Take Action Burlington – An Update on Our Local Environment
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
On Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, Burlington’s City Council unanimously passed a motion to declare a climate emergency, joining over 400 local governments around the world. There were 12 delegations in support of the declaration – ten in person and two written. What is a climate emergency? A climate emergency helps to raise the profile that … More City of Burlington declares climate emergency
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
Are you interested in learning more about climate change and how cities like Burlington can take action? If yes, then you should consider attending the Cities in Action – Bay Area Climate Change Summit taking place from March 25 to 28, 2019 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. You can attend one, two or … More Cities in Action – Bay Area Climate Change Summit
Happy New Year! Did you make a resolution for 2019? Now that we’re in the second week of the year, have you kept your resolution? Let’s face it; many of us make such grand resolutions that they’re difficult to keep. What if we made a resolution to do one thing? Since this is an environmental … More Do one thing
The Halton Climate Collective (HCC) is hosting a meeting about the challenges, opportunities and ways to help our community deal with a changing climate. In Burlington, this includes more rainfall over a shorter time frame with the potential of flooding and more heat waves. What can you do? Join us as we share ideas to … More Let’s talk about climate change
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’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.
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 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
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
Take action and come to Tansley Woods Community Centre on Saturday, May 27 between 1 and 5 p.m. as we have a great event planned for you! With 30 exhibitors and eight presentations, there will be something for every member of the family. There will be lots of practical ideas to help you reduce your … More Let’s Live Green Burlington!
This year, let’s all continue to take action to reduce our impact on the environment. If you don’t know where to begin, start with small changes. If everyone carried out simple tasks such as turning the car engine off while waiting, putting waste in the right bin, and walking or cycling for short trips, collectively … More Take Action to Save Energy
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!
Last night Tom Thomson Public School (P.S.) celebrated their fourth Eco Night. The City of Burlington was one of many groups invited to attend the event. City staff set up a display and spoke with teachers, students and parents regarding some of the city’s initiatives including: Idling awareness – Tell your parents to turn their … More Tom Thomson Public School Celebrates Eco Night
Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow is province’s guiding document for environmental education. I was drawn to this title as it is “à propos” to what we strive for in the environmental field. Decisions we make today impact our future and who better to relay this message to than our youth? I reviewed Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow … More Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow
Idling Awareness in Burlington We’re back this week with more on idling. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment or share their thoughts about our last idling blog. In 2014, Halton Region conducted an Air Quality and Climate Change survey to determine knowledge, opinions, attitudes and/or behaviours related to a variety of … More Idling Awareness in Burlington
If idling gets you nowhere, why do so many people idle their vehicles unnecessarily instead of turning their engines off? Myths: Idling is the best way to warm up a vehicle. Turning a vehicle on and off produces more emissions than letting a vehicle idle. Reality: The best way to warm up a vehicle is … More Idling Gets You Nowhere
In 1990, the City of Burlington declared itself a sustainable development community: a community that is in harmony with its environment and strives to provide its citizens with safe, comfortable livelihoods. The Burlington Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) was subsequently established as a volunteer citizen committee appointed by Burlington City Council to advise on issues that … More Celebrating 25 years!