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Water Innovations Walk

March 24, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Water Innovations Walk Registration

Rain garden construction at Aboriginal Student Centre with workshop partner logosDate & Time: Tuesday March 24th, 12 noon to 5 pm
Location: Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, 65 Lodge Street, Waterloo
Cost: Free. Please register before March 20th (space is limited)

A limited number of free parking spots are available at the parking lot accessible from Lodge Street. We expect attendance to exceed the number of subsidized spots, so we would encourage you to connect with other attendees via the Facebook event to arrange carpooling to the event.

Workshop Summary

Learn how Canada’s first stormwater rate and credit systems have contributed to an innovative approach to water management at Wilfrid Laurier University. Tour sites on campus that have successfully put into practice Laurier’s sustainability mandate with best-in-class stormwater management and water conservation technology. Then take a walk down the street to Silver Lake at Waterloo Park to make the connection between how these practices help to protect our local waterways.


12 noon – 12:30 pm: Luncheon and networking
12:30 pm – 2 pm: Presentations on Water Sustainability at Laurier featuring speakers:
  • Dorothy McCue Taylor, Sacred Water Circle: Opening ceremony and song
  • Jean Becker, Senior Advisor: Aboriginal Initiatives, Wilfrid Laurier University: Territorial Welcome
  • Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, Vice-President: Academic & Provost, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Melissa Ireland, Aboriginal Student Support Co-ordinator (Waterloo Campus)
  • Cheryl Evans, RAIN Program Manager, REEP Green Solutions
  • Claire Bennett, Manager: Sustainability Office, Wilfrid Laurier University
2 pm – 5 pm: Walking Tour featuring…
  • Centre for Cold Regions and Water Research underground cisterns
  • Salt Management Plan at Wilfrid Laurier campus
  • Natural Landscaping features at MacDonald House Residence that have resolved flooding problems
  • Green Roofs
  • Rain Garden and rainwater harvesting system at the Aboriginal Student Centre
  • The Walk concludes at Waterloo Park with presentations from the Cities of Waterloo and Kitchener and an Aboriginal water ceremony

Read more and see a map of the walking tour sites.

Funder and partner acknowledgement

REEP Green Solutions, RAIN, Wilfrid Laurier University Sustainability Office, Wilfrid Laurier Aboriginal Student Centre, Green Communities Canada. In partnership with the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo.


March 24, 2015
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science
65 Lodge Street
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3B6 Canada
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