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
Did you know that in 1990, the City of Burlington declared itself a Sustainable Development Community and created the Sustainable Development Committee (SDC), a volunteer citizen advisory committee to City Council? In 2015, the SDC celebrated their 25th anniversary with past and present members in honour of their accomplishments. The SDC have been using the … More We’ve improved our Principles and Objectives of Sustainable Development … What do you think?
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
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
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
‘Tis the season for bright festive lights, eggnog, candy canes, Santa Claus, celebrations with our loved ones and creating new memories. Many of us celebrate by exchanging gifts with our family and friends, which can produce a lot of waste. Have you ever given or received a gift that has so much excess packaging you … More Create memories, not garbage
Remember when the thought of seeing electric vehicles (EVs) on our roads seemed to be more science fiction than reality? And even then, the prototypes were expensive and so futuristic looking that it was unlikely that they would become something anyone could ever actually own or drive. Well, the car of the future has arrived, … More Ready, set, charge!
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!
It’s that time of year again… no pun intended. What time of year, you ask? It’s time to turn our clocks back. Or is it forward? I think I have finally remembered the “fall back, spring forward” phrase. Then again, maybe not since I had to look it up as I was writing this post. … More What to do when you “fall back?”
Since October 17 – 23 marks the 15th year that Waste Reduction Week has been celebrated across Canada, I thought I’d use this opportunity to ask those using our city buildings and outdoor spaces to think before you throw and place your waste in the right bin. In 2009, the City of Burlington piloted outdoor … More Think Before You Throw
Last Friday, Burlington Hydro held their second open house. Just like last year, it was intentionally planned on a PA Day and catered to both youth and adults. I was invited to attend representing the City of Burlington but since I was double booked, I was only able to attend the event in the afternoon. … More Burlington Hydro puts on an electrifying event
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
Every June, we are given that extra bit of encouragement to go outdoors, get active and celebrate our natural environment. If the longer, warmer and sun-filled days aren’t enough incentive, perhaps the dates that celebrate the environment will help inspire you to Think Outside the Car. They include: World Environment Day – celebrated every June … More Think Outside the Car
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
Have you made plans for Mother’s Day on May 8? Are you looking for a unique and free event? How about a fun-filled, outdoor walk full of enlightening conversation about the things going on around Spencer Smith and Beachway parks? You’re in luck as members of the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) have done all … More Discover Our Beach!
Clean Up Events to Celebrate Earth Day: April 18-23 Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970? Though we should be thankful for our wonderful planet every single day, April 22 is a day where many celebrate Mother Earth. A common way of acknowledging Earth Day is to roll up our … More Help Mother Nature with a spring cleaning and greening
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