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MARCH 2020 Eco-News                                 

Hello Visitor,

From all of us here on the BurlingtonGreen team, I hope you and your loved ones are all keeping safe and well. Today, I was reflecting on our charity’s tagline: Together we make a difference, recognizing how pertinent it is to the challenges we face today with COVID-19.
With kindness, love and support for each other, together we will get through this. 

Witnessing how different levels of government can work together, united behind the science, ...read more.

  • Bay Area Climate Change Forum
  • Burlington Climate Action Plan
  • Call To Action: Aggregate Resources Act
  • Community Clean Up Green Up
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt 
  • Sustainability Spotlight
  • Volunteer of the Month
  • Special Thanks to our Donors from a New Team Member
  • BGYN Updates
  • Tree Care Tips

Bay Area Climate Change Council (BACCC)
Climate Change Forum


Supported by the Centre for Climate Change Management, in partnership with the Cities of Hamilton and Burlington, and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, community members of all ages and climate change knowledge levels came together on February 25th to hear from local leaders and special guest speaker, Dr. Mark Jaccard. It was an incredibly informative evening that highlighted green energy alternatives like solar, wind, hydrogen carbon fuel cars & EV's.
Missed the BACCC Climate Forum? You can watch the streamed event here!


Burlington Climate Action Plan

The City of Burlington declared a Climate Emergency in April 2019 and directed city staff to prepare a climate action plan for Burlington. The final plan was presented to Council on March 9th laying out a low-carbon pathway to achieve the City’s GHG targets through implementing several key program areas. 

A record 17 delegations were heard at the March 9th and March 10th Council Committee meetings, including a delegation from BurlingtonGreen. Read our delegation here or view it via webcast at the 2:41:33 hours mark.
Click here for more information. 

Thank you to those who delegated for the Climate Emergency Plan, to our Advocacy Team, and to our various supporters for standing up for this critical climate action plan. 

Call to Action

Provide your input to the Province on the proposed changes to the Aggregate Resources Act!

Changes are being proposed to Ontario Regulation 244/97 and the Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards under the Aggregate Resources Act. BurlingtonGreen has advocated on aggregate reform in the past. Because aggregate and extraction operations often threaten forestlands and woodlots which are natural carbon sinks, while also adding to GHG emissions, it is crucial that tree canopy conservation and replacement be paramount in considering approval for new or expanded aggregate projects, and that protection afforded by other legislation, such as the Green Belt Plan and other such acts be honoured. Click here for more information.The Province is accepting comments on the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) on the proposed changes until March 30th, 2020.
Click here to review the proposed changes and submit your feedback, and here to read our previous comments on this issue.

Community Clean Up Green Up

We will keep you posted on when these popular events will be safe to take place. 


Nature Scavenger Hunt

A fun, interactive, and educational opportunity for the family! Explore with children on a Scavenger Hunt to see what's living in your backyard. Instead of collecting items, consider simply marking it down that you found the item, or take a picture. If you upload to social media, be sure to tag BurlingtonGreen on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

Please avoid parks & highly populated outdoors areas, and try to stick to your backyard or close to your neighbourhood.

Check out My Open Country for more examples of Scavenger Hunts - they even provide various sensory scavenger hunts and printable pdf files that appeal to a wider audience! 


Sustainability Spotlight


This month we showcase Steve, a long-time dedicated volunteer. Here is a sneak peek of his sustainability story;

“Plants have become an important piece of my efforts towards a more sustainable world. When cycling or walking, it is surprising how much more of your surroundings you take in. So much inspiration for my garden has come from walking or cycling around the city.“

To check out Steve's full story or submit your own, click here! For any questions, email volunteer@burlingtongreen.org


Volunteer of the Month


This month’s recipient is Pat Robinson. Pat joined us in September of 2018 serving as an Event Greening volunteer. Wanting to make an impact community- wide, Pat then joined the Advocacy Team. Pat has continued to dedicate her time and efforts attending City of Burlington open houses, meetings and conducting research. Pat is incredibly responsible, organized, passionate, positive & committed. We are so thankful to have Pat on our Volunteer Team!

Thank you, Pat! 


Way To Give!  

Special Thanks to our Donors from a New Team Member.
The past few weeks reinforce for all of us how much we need each other. So today, we want to thank each of you for your donations which raise awareness, increase action, and inspire advocacy for a cleaner, greener Burlington.

Our new Manager of Donor Engagement and Philanthropy would love to hear from you about what BurlingtonGreen means to you, whether as a donor, volunteer, or community member.

Contact Sue Alksnis at sue@burlingtongreen.org or (647) 453-1404. She’d love to thank you in person for making a difference, together.

Follow our BGYN Instagram: @BGYouthNetwork!

BGYN On Hold Until Further Notice

The BurlingtonGreen Youth Network is on hiatus until social distancing and quarantine measures have passed. When school returns, and community groups are gathering again, the BGYN will be back in full force. Until then, our network members are out in their own communities demonstrating responsible eco-practices, environmental stewardship, and making the most of this unexpected delay. 

Please check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates, and e-mail elizabeth@burlingtongreen.org for more information or interest in joining our network. 


Spring Tree Care Tips

As winter fades and we begin to welcome spring, we encourage you to include tree care into your seasonal activity and property maintenance. 

- Inspect trees for overall health (dead wood, frost bite, lesions, etc)
- Ensure trees have enough water for a solid growing season
- Check mulch levels and replenish as needed
- Remove weeds and excess debris around the base of the tree

See here for more information!



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