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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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!
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
March 22 is World Water Day; a day to raise awareness about the importance of fresh water and its proper care. Living close to the Great Lakes might lead us to believe that our fresh water is an endless resource. Unfortunately, this seems to lead to waste. Think back to the summer months when you … More Celebrate World Water Day
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!
Next week, about 4,000 Halton students from grades two to five will be embarking upon a great adventure to participate in the 11th annual Halton Children’s Water Festival at Kelso Conservation Area. What better way to learn – about water science and technology, water conservation and protection, water health and safety, and water and society … More Splish, splash … it’s time for outdoor learning and fun
Have you ever wondered why dogs are not permitted on Burlington’s beaches and why we ask that you do not feed the waterfowl? Are we being overly bureaucratic, trying to stop people from having fun, or is there a reason behind these rules? These rules are in place to protect our water quality. And, as … More Help keep our creeks and lakes clean
Are you looking for a fun and interactive activity to carry out in your neighbourhood? If so, consider participating in Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road program that the City of Burlington has been promoting locally since 2005. What is this program about? As I mentioned in my last blog about emptying your pool water … More Paint the city yellow!
I know it’s still the middle of summer and some of you might be enjoying your ‘staycation’ in your backyard swimming pool. However, at some point, you are going to have to empty some or all of the water from your swimming pool, hot tub or spa (referred to as pool water from now on). … More Empty your pool, spa or hot tub the right way
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
Do you live next to a creek, valley or floodplain? You can help keep our creek systems healthy by mulching grass cuttings on your property and collecting loose garden material and other debris to be placed out for collection. While you might think that placing grass clippings and other natural material outside your yard is … More Let’s Work Together to Maintain Healthy Creek Systems