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 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
Thank you to everyone who completed the community survey posted in March on getinvolvedburlington.ca/electric-mobility-strategy. Your contribution helped us understand the opportunities and barriers to supporting electric mobility in Burlington including EVs (electric vehicles), e-bikes or e-scooters (the stand-up kind). BurlingtonGreen and City staff have reviewed the results and also interviewed community stakeholders. Based on these … More We want to hear from you about Burlington’s Electric Mobility Strategy – part 2!
The City of Burlington is currently updating and replacing the 2010 Urban Forest Management Plan with a new Urban Forest Master Plan. Background The updated Master Plan will provide strategic direction to manage the urban forest in response to new challenges including urban development, climate change and extreme weather, and invasive pests. The City of … More Burlington’s Urban Forest Master Plan Update: We Want To Hear From You!
Have you installed renewable energy technology at your home, business or cottage? If so, we would like to hear from you! Was your experience positive or negative? What motivated you to try renewable energy? And if you haven’t installed renewable energy, that’s okay. We would still like to hear from you too. What is stopping … More Renewable Energy – To install or not?
In April 2022, Nature Canada announced that Burlington and Hamilton are Canada’s latest cities to be certified Bird Friendly City. This recognition could not have been achieved without the dedication of the volunteers and community groups that make up Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington. What is a Bird Friendly City? The Bird Friendly City certification program … More Burlington is a Certified Bird Friendly City
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
Every year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. The City of Burlington’s sustainability and forestry staff along with Burlington Hydro, Burlington Green and Plug’n Drive hosted the Action on Climate Earth Day event in the Central Arena parking lot. Thank you to the organizations who helped us make this a successful event and to … More Action on Climate Earth Day Event – Thank You
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)
The City of Burlington and Burlington Hydro, with BurlingtonGreen and Plug’n Drive, are hosting Earth Day activities in the parking lot at Central Arena on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three initiatives, one location 1. MEET Electric Vehicle Experts The City and Burlington Hydro are sponsoring Plug’n Drive’s Mobile EV Education … More Join Us for the Action on Climate Earth Day Event
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!
Are you interested in testing an Electric Vehicle (EV)? Plug’n Drive is coming to town with their MEET – Mobile Electric vehicle Education Trailer. They will have four different EV models available for test drives and EV specialists ready to answer all your questions in a sales-free, no pressure environment. Plug’n Drive MEET event details: … More Come MEET Plug’n Drive and Test Drive an EV
Did you know that 98 percent of homes built before 2017 need to be retrofitted by 2050 for the cities of Burlington and Hamilton to reach their carbon reduction goals? If you are a homeowner interested in learning how to incorporate best practice energy-efficiency upgrades in home renovations that improve comfort, resilience, peace of mind, GHG reductions, … More Home Energy Retrofit Orientation Program Webinars
Do you drive an electric vehicle (EV) or are you interested in buying one? Then check out the community survey on getinvolvedburlington.ca to tell us about your experience in owning an EV or your thoughts about purchasing one (or why you might not). If you have more of an interest in micro mobility (cycling and … More Electric Mobility – We want to hear from you!
Are you a student in grade 7 to 12 wanting to take climate action? Do you need some community involvement hours for high school graduation? If you answered ‘yes,’ you might be interested in an upcoming opportunity through Generation Green. What is Generation Green? Generation Green is designed for youth by youth wanting to take … More Generation Green Drives Climate Action
On Aug. 5, 2021, we published ‘Mow green to lower emissions and noise’ to encourage Burlington residents to make the switch to battery powered and/or plug-in electric landscape equipment. Making the switch reduces greenhouse gas and air emissions and has the co-benefit of reducing noise pollution in our neighbourhoods. One of the questions that was … More How do I retire my gas-powered equipment?
Did you know that the City of Burlington has an idling control bylaw to limit unnecessary idling and that idling for more than one minute can result in a $120 ticket? Idling and Climate Change In April 2019, Burlington City Council passed a Climate Emergency Declaration “that Council and staff immediately increase the priority of … More Idling gets you nowhere. Turn your engines OFF!
Professional development is a key process that improves yourself and fast-tracks advancement in your career through ongoing training and learning. This can be completed through on-the-job training sessions, employer-sponsored licensing, and certification processes, or independently with your own money and on your own time. To many, professional development is an opportunity to align your personal … More Professional Development in 2022 with a Focus on Sustainability
The City of Burlington recently received an overall ‘B’ rating from the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) for our climate reporting in 2021. CDP is a non-profit charity providing a global climate action reporting platform for businesses and all levels of government. You might be thinking…. ‘Ok, you got a B, but why didn’t you get … More Sharing our climate action progress with the world
Do you drive an electric vehicle (EV), including either a battery EV (BEV) or a plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV)? If you do, you might be interested in completing a Pollution Probe survey for Canadian EV drivers. The survey supports the Assessment of the Consumer EV Charging Experience in Canada study, which is funded by Innovation, … More Do you drive an electric vehicle? Pollution Probe would like to hear from you!
Have you thought about purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) but live in an older apartment or condominium with no ability to plug in and charge your vehicle? If so, then you might want to tune into an upcoming webinar on EV Charging in multi-unit residential buildings hosted by Plug’n Drive to find out what you … More Understanding EV Charging in Your Multi-Residential Building Webinar
Thank you to those community members who were able to join us on Oct. 27, 2021 for the public launch of Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather. The event began with an introduction to the Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB) project followed by keynote speaker David Phillips, Senior … More Climate Resilient Burlington – Oct. 27 Event Recording Now Available
Our community partners are planning some great FREE events this month. Climate Change: Listen, Learn Take Action – Nov. 10 BurlingtonGreen and the Burlington Community Climate Action Hub present Grant Linney, a climate activist, educator and veteran Climate Reality Leader, as he discusses current climate challenges and how you can take action today to make … More Free Community Events in November
The City is developing Climate Resilient Burlington to plan for our projected warmer, wetter and wilder weather. Based on recent staff and community stakeholder workshops, a draft Vision and Principles have been developed for the project. Now, we want to hear from you. Please take the Climate Resilient Burlington survey, which is available until Nov. … More Climate Resilient Burlington: We Want to Hear From You!
The City of Burlington is hosting a virtual launch of Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB): A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather with a free online event. In the online event, participants will learn more about the CRB project and hear from keynote speaker David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada as … More Registration Now Open for Climate Resilient Burlington’s Oct. 27 Virtual Launch