Lowering our carbon footprint comes in many shapes and forms and is a crucial step to reduce the impacts of climate change. Actions and activities can be big or small, but all are important. Below are some examples of everyday changes we can apply to our lives to live more sustainably. Big actions: Purchasing a … More Share your Switch contest!
It’s hard to believe but it’s in the middle of summer already. How did that happen? And unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you may have noticed some extreme weather events happening around the world along with an extreme (and at times horrifying) wildfire season in Canada and the US. Earlier this year, … More Mow green to lower emissions and noise
April 8, 2021 update: Due to the current stay-at-home order, Burlington’s Community Clean-Up has been postponed until the order is lifted. Once that happens, the opportunity will then be extended through to the end of October. Spring has sprung. The days are getting longer, outdoor temperatures are rising, spring bulbs are emerging, and early spring … More Register for BurlingtonGreen’s Annual Community Clean Up
Happy New Year! With a new year comes hope for positive change. The last Take Action Burlington blog post of 2020 presented a Year in Review. This blog post will present some of the upcoming programs, initiatives and reports related to the environment planned so far for 2021. Climate Change Adapting to a Changing Climate … More 2021 Environmental Action Sneak Peek
For most of us, 2020 has been a year unlike any other that we have experienced in our lifetime. With the year almost over, I thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight some environmentally related initiatives that have taken place in Burlington this year. In January, Burlington staff began using an updated template … More 2020: A Year in Review
In April 2020, Burlington City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan. The Plan identified and laid out a path for the community as a whole to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to as close to zero as possible by the year 2050. One of the major sources of GHG emissions in Burlington is transportation. Let’s … More Take Action to Reduce Your Impact – Register for Upcoming Events
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
Earlier this summer, 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 last in a series of five blog posts … More Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment – Waste
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
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)
Thank you to the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) for hosting the ‘Green Home Renos 101 – Local Stories’ event at Burlington Public Library – Central Branch on Oct. 25, 2017. Three homeowners spoke about their personal green renovation experiences resulting in more comfortable homes with lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Their … More Green Home Renos – Local Stories Revealed
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
Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) is an event to raise awareness about local sustainable energy initiatives and technologies that encourages businesses, organizations, community cooperatives, First Nations groups, municipalities and homeowners to open their doors and welcome the public for free. Who is participating in Burlington? The Feilders Green Home Tour is a GEDO event registered … More Local green home opens its doors
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!
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!
‘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!
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
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
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
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