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We are THRILLED to announce that we are partnering with the David Suzuki Foundation this year to present an incredible dual-component event featuring Dr. David Suzuki himself!  On November 21st, 2017, Halton youth from grades 7 to 12 will be invited to register to attend a FREE daytime event and the evening ticketed event will be open to the public.  The focus of the two events will be a call to action for the Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot campaign. Details will be posted on this website in September, 2017.  Get ready for this epic event experience!

If you or someone you know is interested in learning how you can  sponsor these special events, please contact our Executive Director, Amy Schnurr here.

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Electric Vehicles (EVs) are the way of the future...actually, it's safe to now say that they're the way of the present. The technology and charging infrastructure has improved vastly over the last few years, while costs have come down to the point that it is often now cheaper to choose an electric vehicle over a traditional gasoline-fueled car. To date, there are over 21,000 electric cars on the road in Canada...and growing.

The main barrier remaining is a psychological one. People may still think electric vehicles "aren't quite there yet", or they may feel 'range anxiety' about finding a charging station in time, or simply be unsure about breaking tradition of buying a gas car. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, or will be soon, we hope that the information at the bottom of this page will allay any concerns and convince you that now is the time to make the leap and Go Electric.

Check out our handy Electric Vehicle web resource to discover all about the many benefits and opportunities available!

Upcoming Event

View & Test Drive Electric Vehicles
at the Burlington Downtown Car Show

Saturday, July 8, 2017
10 am – 4 pm
Downtown Brant St. (Caroline St. to Lakeshore Rd), Burlington
View event website

 BurlingtonGreen will be there. Come say hello!

plugndrive graphicBurlingtonGreen will be participating along with others concerned about reducing climate change. Plug’n Drive will have electric vehicles on display and available for free test drives, providing a great opportunity for some lucky event guests to experience the ride and features of an electric vehicle.

There will be lots of materials available to educate event guests on pure electrics, plug-in hybrids and hybrid vehicles with a solution for every driver. Visitors to the BurlingtonGreen booth can discover how to select a vehicle for their particular situation, including the life cycle cost savings via an interactive emissions display. FREE 'Drive EV' buttons will be available while supplies last and information on vehicle purchase rebates and charging stations will be on hand too.  
Discover how you can save money and the environment by driving electric. Come see BurlingtonGreen at the  Downtown Car Show!


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Did you know?

stat2017 advocacy2Since 2007, BG has advocated on more than 100 issues affecting our local environment -- primarily at the City level, but also to regional, provincial and federal governments.

The cornerstone of our advocacy program is our Greenprint for the Future program, established via a grant from MEC.  The 'Greenprint' addresses 5 key areas:

  • Preserve Greenspace
  • Protect Burlington's Trees
  • Plan Effective Transit
  • Save Farmland
  • Conserve Natural Habitat

You can read more on these issues on our Greenprint pages and complete a questionnaire and also submit your thoughts on any of these or other subject areas. Your opinion matters to us! Supportive feedback also helps us when we present (delegate) to City Council, to show that it's not just BurlingtonGreen talking, but that we are speaking on behalf of many concerned citizens.

GP4F roadshow 2015To this end, BurlingtonGreen undertook a 'roadshow' for our Greenprint program in 2015, hosting our outreach table at many local events, to get out and talk to the public and engage and inform them on the issues. We reached over 10,000 citizens through the initiative and received many comment cards with people's feedback on the issues. Of particular note was strong support for protection of the LaSalle Park Trumpeter Swans from the proposed marina expansion, as well as protecting Burlington's trees via a private property tree by-law.

We have also advocated on various issues relating to climate change, energy conservation (electric vehicles, heat pumps), and were instrumental in getting the City of Burlington to develop a Community Energy Plan. We have supported groups working to protect the Niagara Escarpment, rural Burlington greenspace, as well as addressing waste issues.

We have supported the Blue Dot movement (clean air & water, safe food, stable climate). We were very honoured to participate with Dr. Suzuki at a Queen's Park rally Oct. 2016, advocating to have Blue Dot environmental rights enshrined at the Ontario (and federal) level.

View our Advocacy Archives for a chronology
of submissions we've made on various issues since 2007.

View our Accomplishments page for more information on our advocacy work.

What you can do
  • qp w suzuki 10182016The first one's easy:  If you believe we should all have the right to clean air & water, safe food, and a stable climate, please show your support by signing Blue Dot here. 599 Burlingtonians have signed, but more support is needed to eventually enshrine these rights at the federal level.

  • Read our Greenprint for the Future position pages here and also fill out our brief survey at the bottom of that page to give your feedback on where you stand on the issues.

  • Keep informed on the issues: You can sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter here, if you don't receive already. Also, view links here to sign up for other environmental groups' newsletters and campaigns. Come out to our Eco-films events (5 each year), or check out Halton Green Screens' great line-up of films.

  • If you like researching issues, writing submissions, and even presenting to City Council, and have about 8-10 hrs per month to volunteer, please enquire with us about joining our Advocacy Team. More information here.
  • Get out to a rally or march the next time one is organized in your area. Democracy isn't a spectator sport, and with climate change and other pressing environmental issues, it is crucial that people from all walks of life get out and show their support for creating a healthier, more environmentally responsible world. We have a narrow window of opportunity to get this right. We'll aim to keep you informed of events coming up that we know of.