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On Tuesday May 26th 2020, BurlingtonGreen invited the community to our AGM, held virtually using ZOOM. Board President, Gloria Reid, led the meeting where we discussed what BurlingtonGreen has been up to for the past year, explored a financial summary of 2019, introduced new Board members and said a farewell and sincere thank-you to some of our outgoing Board Members (including Gloria Reid who will be stepping down from Board President), and welcomed our new President, Nicole Mark. Executive Director, Amy Schnurr, guided us through our comprehensive 2019 Impact Report which explores our strategic planning and priorities, and how we advanced our goals with our Triple A approach (Advocacy, Awareness, & Action). Thank you to all who attended and who voiced their valuable input!

Note: Polls were used for voting purposes and are not visible in the video above, but for the AGM motions, you will hear the motion read and voting results. 

The health of the environment needs our local efforts more than ever before, and here are 4 action tips we shared at the close of the AGM:

Stay Connected - If you’re not already receiving our popular monthly e-newsletter -please sign up here, OR if you already receive it, share it with your family and friends and encourage them to sign up to receive it.

CALL TO ACTION - consider joining us in demanding greater public accountability and enhanced community resilience to climate change by signing the Ontario Nature petition to the Province of Ontario.

Action for the planet can’t wait - be sure to check out our variety of solution-focused resources & videos on our website to discover how you can continue to make a difference from home.

Help power our work - by making a donation of any amount before the end of May so we can leverage the Matching May campaign! Click here to donate and thank you to those who donated after the AGM, bringing our total raised so far to $2,145! Can you help us reach $3,000?

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From all of us here at BurlingtonGreen, we want you to know that we are here for you! 

During these unprecedented times, when we would normally be preparing for our big city-wide clean up and tree planting events, we find ourselves physically distancing as our team members and volunteers work at our homes. Carrying out our critical work to protect nature and to create a cleaner, greener Burlington can't wait. And so, we forge ahead, pivoting our efforts to inform, inspire and empower the community to join us in making a difference in new and rewarding ways. From waste reduction to up-cycling activities and connecting with nature, we are excited to help you take eco-action right now!

We invite you to visit this page often to discover various tips, opportunities and great examples of the Burlington community making a positive difference.

We would love to hear from you and find out about what you would like to see added to our resource page. Please share your thoughts here!

Click here to read Amy's special message for more information on our response to Covid 19 and its effect on our work.

*Please note that your health and safety is of utmost importance to us, please follow the Government of Canada's latest Covid-19 procedures to ensure your personal safety and those around you prior to choosing to participate in any eco-activities or tips shared by BurlingtonGreen.

Check out the video below to see how BG is adapting during the COVID crisis. Our ongoing efforts remain strongly rooted in ensuring action for the planet continues!

Waste management at home:
  • DIY Zero Waste Self Care Products at Home with Chantelle
    Learn how to make waste-free and all natural self care products with common items in your pantry. Chantelle shares her three favourite edible wellness products; natural teeth whitening and toothpaste, moisturizing hair treatment and body scrub. 

connecting with nature at home:
  • Native Species Bingo Sheet
    Native plants and animals, also known as native species, are an important part of our local biodiversity. They support a healthy environment and are one of the many things that make Canada so special Let's explore our local greenspaces and see how many native plants and animals we can spot in this exciting Bingo challenge! Print our special Bingo sheet or save a copy to your phone, then take a walk in your neighbourhood or hike a tril and try to get 5 in a row.

    Native Species Bingo


the future post covid-19:

Once the pandemic is under control, Canada will be facing a deep recession. Another record-breaking stimulus package will be needed to snap the country out of it. There are varying opinions about how to structure the economic recovery package, and many include bold climate action. We have an opportunity to define the shape and contours of Canada’s economy for many years to come. We need a climate stimulus package that puts people first, and spurs job growth in the green economy.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite insights and opinions on the path ahead:

  • "On the path to recovery: how to “lock in” climate solutions" - TAF
  • "5 Lessons From Coronavirus That Will Help Us Tackle Climate Change" - Time
  • "How our responses to climate change and the coronavirus are linked" - World Economic Forum
  • "New York’s economic relief plan to back ‘rapid transition to clean renewable energy" - PV-Tech

how can i get involved now?
  • Sign up for our monthly Newsletter HERE for up to date information about local activities, events and tips on living cleaner and greener in Burlington!
  • Find out about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved HERE!
  • We want to hear from YOU! What are you doing to promote green living at home right now? What virtual content would you like to see? Share your story with us HERE!

support the work we do

Our work continues and we appreciate all of your support! Make a donation today and support local environmental impact HERE!

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'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"

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Here are some ideas to help you green your holiday season while lessening your ecological footprint...

Holiday Décor: When choosing decorations for your tree or home, focus on ornaments and decorations that will last. Reduce the need for disposable decorations that are thrown out and spend time with the family making decorations that can be cherished for years to come. Invest in proper storage to make sure that they do not break and are easy to find every holiday season. And for outdoor decorating, if you are including lights, ensure your lights are LED and are programmed with a timer to conserve energy.

Holiday Gift Giving: Consider giving gifts that require less packaging, wrapping or shipping. Giving gifts such as event tickets, restaurant vouchers, museum passes, or donations to not-for-profit groups such as BurlingtonGreen, are all great ways to show your appreciation this holiday season. Similarly, promise notes that can be redeemed for chores or making dinner are gifts that will keep giving long after the holiday season.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: There are so many ways to make each present special with crafty gift wrapping! Take advantage of BurlingtonGreen's eco-friendly gift wrapping service if shopping at MEC in December. Or, make customized reusable sacks for the whole family and place gifts in each person’s own gift sack to eliminate the need to individually wrap each present.

Reusing materials such as newspapers, paper bags or old maps can be a great project to bring together the family to wrap presents. (Did you know traditional gift wrap and gift bags are not accepted in Halton's blue bin program and must go in the garbage?)  For children, eliminate wrapping all together and create a treasure hunt, which can turn searching for gifts into more fun than ripping open a present. Gather materials and create your own special bags for the loved ones on your list, and they can be reused for years to come. 

For more great holiday eco-tips and food for thought check out the following links:

  • More waste reduction tips from the Take Action Burlington blog - here. (Based on Vancouer's "Create Memories, Not Garbage" campaign.)
  • Give the gift of green energy via a Bullfrog Power - here
  • Eco friendly holiday ideas - here.
  • Are the holidays too materialistic? - here.
  • Frugal fun eco-gifts - here
  • 8 Days of Sustainable Hanukkah Gifts - here
  • Multi-cultural winter holiday celebrations - here

Check out our Green Living info pages for ideas of how you can reduce your impact on the environment all year long.

Happy Holidays from BurlingtonGreen!