On June 17, 2019 City of Burlington sustainability staff presented the 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 second in a series of five … More Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment – Land
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
‘Tis the season for festive lights, gatherings with friends and family, and creating new memories. Many of us celebrate by exchanging gifts, which can produce a lot of waste. Have you ever given or received a gift that has so much excess packaging you actually need to use tools to get it out of the … More Create memories, not garbage
I live in a condominium. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough space or sunlight to plant a vegetable garden. A few years ago, I was excited to learn a new community garden would be built in my neighbourhood park. I filled in an application for that growing season and crossed by fingers. You know that saying, “third … More A gardener’s story
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
“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
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
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
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
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!
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!
Congratulations to BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association on their 10th anniversary. BurlingtonGreen is a local, citizen-led, nonpartisan, not-for-profit environmental agency with a continued focus on awareness, action and advocacy. Their grassroots work began in 2007 around a kitchen table where local citizens gathered with an aim to make a difference to help the planet locally. Since then … More BurlingtonGreen celebrates 10 years!
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!
Since May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity, I asked City of Burlington staff Meghan Hunter and Brian McKelvey to highlight some of the things that the city is doing to protect biodiversity locally. Before I start though, I should likely highlight what is biodiversity? Basically, biodiversity is the variety of life on … More International Day for Biological Diversity
Spring has sprung and even though it doesn’t feel like spring, there are a number of community events taking place. These include clean-up events (one of which will be profiled in an upcoming blog), an eco-film festival, events hosted by the city’s Sustainable Development Committee and Burlington Cycling Committee and more. Please visit http://www.burlington.ca/environment regularly … More Upcoming Local Environmental Events
Burlington’s newest and largest community garden will be constructed this spring. Located in Maple Park alongside Maple Avenue, north of the parking lot, there will be a minimum of 33 ground plots and two raised accessible plots available for $50 per season. People may commute by Burlington Transit (Route 10), walking and cycling. Parking and … More New Maple Park Community Garden Opening Soon