2022: A Year in Review

It’s hard to believe we started the Take Action Burlington blog seven years ago as a place to highlight the City of Burlington’s environmental accomplishments, profile community initiatives and events, and promote tips for home, work and play to reduce our collective footprint. Since then, we have published 173 posts and over the past five … More 2022: A Year in Review

Halton Children’s Water Festival – A Successful Return

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the Halton Children’s Water Festival returned to Kelso Conservation Area this past September and welcomed back about 700 students for an in-person program focused on protecting water in our community. This was the 15th year for the festival which has educated about 50,000 elementary school students with the … More Halton Children’s Water Festival – A Successful Return

October Workshops: Working with Nature to Create Healthy Gardens

Conservation Halton’s Healthy Neighboursheds workshops are back this month. Register to attend one, two or all three online Zoom sessions. This year, there’s also an in-person workshop. All sessions are $8 each. See below for additional details. Virtual Zoom Workshops, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Getting Started: How “Rainscaping” Can Protect Your Property – Oct. … More October Workshops: Working with Nature to Create Healthy Gardens

City Council Approves Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather

On July 12, 2022, Burlington City Council approved Burlington’s first climate adaptation plan called Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB): A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather. Background With this new plan, the City of Burlington is now addressing both aspects of climate change: Climate mitigation, or reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through the … More City Council Approves Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather

Eco-friendly tips to maintain your pool, hot tub and spa this summer

The popularity of backyard staycations and pools increased when travel plans were altered over the last two years. While backyard pools offer a refreshing and fun option creating many lifelong memories, it’s important to follow some basic environmentally-friendly actions. Good eco-friendly pool, spa and hot tub maintenance starts with knowing about sanitary and storm sewers … More Eco-friendly tips to maintain your pool, hot tub and spa this summer

Burlington’s first plan on climate adaptation before City Council in July

Burlington’s first plan on climate adaptation called Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather will be considered at the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services (EICS) committee meeting on July 7, 2022. The plan was first presented as a draft to the EICS committee on May 5, 2022. Background … More Burlington’s first plan on climate adaptation before City Council in July

The Future of the Reusable Economy – Registration Now Open

Throughout the pandemic, we saw an increase in the single-use plastics, especially in the food industry. According to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup annual reports, the single-use food and beverage category made up 15.3 per cent of the litter found in 2019,  26.6 per cent in 2020 and 32 percent in 2021. Each year, the … More The Future of the Reusable Economy – Registration Now Open

Review the Climate Resilient Burlington Draft Plan and Take Our Survey(s)

Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB): A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather is a plan about climate adaptation. Background The City of Burlington already has two plans about climate mitigation (to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change). They are the Corporate Energy and Emissions Plan: 2019-2024 and … More Review the Climate Resilient Burlington Draft Plan and Take Our Survey(s)

Create a healthy and environmentally friendly yard. Upcoming workshops and a rain barrel fundraiser!

Healthy Neighboursheds Conservation Halton is hosting their popular Healthy Neighboursheds homeowner workshop series this month. Register to attend one or all of the online sessions which cost $8 per session. All sessions take place on a Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Getting Started! Learning to Go with the Flow – April 6, 2022 Find … More Create a healthy and environmentally friendly yard. Upcoming workshops and a rain barrel fundraiser!

Eco tips to maintain your pool, hot tub and spa this summer

When travel plans were cancelled or altered due to COVID-19, companies saw a big surge in interest in backyard pools. While backyard pools offer a refreshing and fun option creating many lifelong memories, it’s important to follow some basic environmentally-friendly actions. Good eco-friendly pool, spa and hot tub maintenance actually starts with knowing about sanitary … More Eco tips to maintain your pool, hot tub and spa this summer

Get a Home Flood Protection Assessment and Reduce Your Risk

Our climate is changing. Burlington is already experiencing warmer, wetter and wilder weather. In 2014, about two months’ worth of rain fell during eight hours affecting 3,000 households and resulting in $90 million in insured damages. Since then, the City of Burlington, Halton Region and Conservation Halton have carried out studies and implemented changes to … More Get a Home Flood Protection Assessment and Reduce Your Risk

Eco tips to maintain your pool, hot tub and spa this summer

With summer travel plans altered due to COVID-19, backyard staycations and pools are increasing in popularity. While backyard pools offer a refreshing and fun option creating many lifelong memories, it’s important to follow some basic environmentally-friendly actions. Good eco-friendly pool, spa and hot tub maintenance actually starts with knowing about sanitary and storm sewers. Did … More Eco tips to maintain your pool, hot tub and spa this summer

Enviro Fun @ Home

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

Flush only the three P’s … Poop, Pee and Toilet Paper!

Did you know that ‘flushable’ wipes are actually NOT flushable? While you might see the wipes go down your toilet bowl, it’s what you’re not seeing that is having a great impact. (Wipes vs. Toilet Paper video concept and creative courtesy of Metro Vancouver). While toilet paper breaks down quickly, wipes do not. Wipes twist … More Flush only the three P’s … Poop, Pee and Toilet Paper!

Learn more about climate action in Burlington on Nov. 12

Did you know that Burlington City Council declared a climate emergency? Come out and hear about some projects and initiatives city staff are working on with respect to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to our new climate. There will be five presentations with time for Q&As: Climate Change Projections and Impacts in Burlington City … More Learn more about climate action in Burlington on Nov. 12

Check out the Generation Green Youth Un-conference

Are you or do you know a Halton youth in grade seven to 12 interested in learning about climate action in a fun, engaging and interactive way? If so, you need to check out the Generation Green Youth Un-conference designed by youth for youth. What’s in it for you: Engage in climate action leadership Be … More Check out the Generation Green Youth Un-conference

Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment – Water

Earlier this summer, Burlington sustainability staff presented Take Action Burlington – An Update on Our Local Environment to Council. This report gives an overview on the state of Burlington’s environment including information on local sustainability efforts and actions that can be taken. This is the fourth in a series of five blog posts about the … More Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment – Water

Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment – Land

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

Eco-friendly tips to maintain your pool, spa and hot tub this summer

Summer is finally here! Wasn’t it a pleasant surprise that our first official weekend of summer truly felt like summer? I’m sure those of you with backyard pools finally enjoyed a swim. While backyard pools are a lot of fun and create lifelong memories, it’s important to follow some basic environmentally-friendly actions. Good eco-friendly pool, … More Eco-friendly tips to maintain your pool, spa and hot tub this summer

Take Action Burlington – An Update on Our Local Environment

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