Did you know that the City of Burlington declared a Climate Emergency earlier this year? We are developing a Climate Action Plan and making decisions using a climate lens on City projects. But we can’t do it alone, so we’ve been out and about all summer asking Burlington residents to weigh in. We’ve had some … More Burlington Climate Action Plan – Public Open House
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
International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is an annual celebration of active transportation, such as walking and rolling, taking place around the world every October. Hundreds of Ontario schools participate in IWALK each year, with many holding their events on IWALK Day – Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Help to grow the active school travel movement … More October is International Walk to School Month
The third annual Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz is on Sept. 20 and 21, 2019. The event brings together experts, citizen scientists and people like you to discover and document the wonderful biodiversity in our region. Whether you are an expert naturalist or just want to learn more about the plants and animals calling … More Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz and Plant Sale
It’s hard to believe that another school year is here and with it comes a friendly reminder about idling. In an ideal world, it would be great if your kids walked or rolled to school. However, if you are doing school drop-off and pick up by vehicle, please turn your engine off while you wait. … More A back to school reminder for drivers: Turn your engines off while you wait.
In April 2019, the City of Burlington declared a Climate Emergency. In June, staff presented City Council with a Climate Action Update Report (item 4.2). This report highlights actions the City is involved in to address climate change and a proposed process to develop the community Climate Action Plan. The City has made a commitment … More Help us develop Burlington’s Climate Action Plan
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 and highlights local sustainability efforts and actions that can be taken. This is the third of five posts about the report. This post … More Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment – Air
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
The Burlington Sustainable Development Committee is hosting a Yellow Fish Road event as part of 100in1Day Burlington on June 1 and you’re invited! What is 100in1Day? 100in1Day is part of a growing global movement of citizen driven change, where people take ownership of their city and together, create a better place to live. Last year … More Join the 100in1Day Yellow Fish Road Painting Event
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
Conservation Halton is hosting their popular Healthy Neighboursheds workshop series this month in Burlington. Getting Started! Learning to Go with the Flow – April 11 Find out how storm water is managed in your community and how it connects to you and your home. Learn the newest trends in residential landscaping and how you can … More Create a healthy yard this spring
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
Did you know that this week is Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada? To celebrate, this month’s blog posts are dedicated to actions you can take to keep your ‘stuff’ out of the landfill. Check out my last post if you missed it about how to recycle child car and booster seats. Now that the … More Recycle your VHS and media tapes
Did you know that it’s almost Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada? To celebrate WRW the third week of October, this month’s “Take Action Burlington” posts are dedicated to what you can do to keep your old things out of the landfill. Child car and booster seats Unless you have little ones in your life … More Don’t throw out your child car and booster seats. Recycle them!
This October, the Every Metre Counts website will launch as part of International Walk to School Month activities. What is Every Metre Counts? Every Metre Counts is an online hub to find information to help you walk or roll to school or the bus stop. While the site is mainly geared to the school community, … More Put on your walking shoes or helmet because Every Metre Counts!
“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
It’s hard to believe that another school year is about to begin. With students gearing up to go back to school next week, it seems like a good time to remind those of you doing school drop-off and pick up by vehicle to please turn your engine off while you wait. If “idling gets you … More A back to school reminder for drivers. Turn your engines off while you wait.
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
Many Burlington area construction companies now realize that going above and beyond for the environment is a win-win-win: It makes good business sense as it can improve their reputation, promote their business, and help their long-term success in the marketplace. If you’re a building contractor, helping the environment can: reduce your overall operating costs, improve … More Rethink your construction and demolition waste
It can be easy to look at the negative side of our environmental situation at times. You may hear things like, “When will our atmosphere have so many greenhouse gases that our weather patterns are no longer predictable?” This is what is called a negative tipping point. What if instead of looking at the situation … More Sustainable Hamilton Burlington recognizes leaders dedicated to a green economy
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