January 2020 not only brings a new year but also a new decade. From a climate change perspective, this is a very important decade as the impacts of our daily decisions need to be considered now more than ever. Please continue reading to find out why. The Science The International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) … More Use a climate lens for personal decision-making
The City of Burlington is excited to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM). This coalition of city leaders around the world are tackling climate change by pledging to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (mitigation) and preparing for the future impacts of climate change (adaptation). Burlington is also one of 25 … More Burlington joins the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Did you know there are 27 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in downtown Burlington? The city’s first public EV charging station was installed in the parking garage at 414 Locust St. in 2015. A second charging station was added in 2017 at the same location. Both charging stations have two ports each allowing a … More Ready, set, charge!
Burlington’s draft Climate Action Plan (BCAP) is now available and we want to hear from you. Check out the plan by clicking on the links below: Staff report on the Climate Action Plan Appendix A – Burlington Climate Action Plan (draft) Appendix B – Climate Action Plan Engagement Strategy Take the Climate Action Plan survey … More We want to hear from you on the draft Burlington Climate Action Plan
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
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