By Sarah Lukaszczyk On a late spring Saturday morning, I made the walk from my home in Waterloo to the Mount Hope Neighborhood; I was planning to volunteer at a rain barrel fundraiser for a local charity. As I walked I began to notice subtle changes in the landscape. From diverse, grass-free lawns blooming with wildflowers to pollinator-friendly plants, it was easy to see the different ways residents in this neighborhood were safeguarding the environment and bettering the overall community aesthetic. Peoples’ desire to improve their yards was not limited to their lawns – standard grass boulevards were commonly replaced… Continue Reading Rain Gardens Benefit the Entire Community – Interview with Stephen Barath, Rental Property Owner
By: Andrew Jackson, Communications Volunteer There are many options out there when it comes to heating and cooling your home. One viable, easy to install, and low energy consumption option is an air source heat pump (ASHP). How ASHPs work and operate is pretty simple. They extract the heat from outside. They can do this down to -15 C, and distribute it inside the home. They are also able to do this in reverse allowing them to cool your home by extracting the warm air from inside the house and distributing it outside. Depending on the system being installed an… Continue Reading Air Source Heat Pumps: What are they? Should you get one?
Adopting a storm drain makes our streets safer and prevents flooding Kitchener – As the last of fall’s leaves are collected and before winter settles in, Reep Green Solutions is calling upon residents of Waterloo Region to show the lowly storm drain some love. Specifically, they are asking people to adopt a storm drain near where they live, work or go to school. When someone adopts a storm drain, they are making a commitment to keeping it clear of snow and ice in the winter, leaves in the fall and litter and debris year round. Making and keeping that commitment… Continue Reading NEWS Release: Waterloo Region residents asked to show storm drains some love
Here’s one of the stories that we share in our 2017 Report to the Community about how we help you live sustainably. On November 28, Reep Green Solutions is participating in Giving Tuesday. When we asked the community if they thought of Reep Green Solutions as a charity, 58% said no. That is probably because a number of our services, such as home energy evaluations, operate as social enterprises. Like many charities, Reep Green Solutions looks for ways to fulfill our mission that also help cover costs. Charging a fee for some services helps us offer others at no cost, such as workshops at the… Continue Reading Giving locally for a global impact
Soakaways and rain gardens have many similarities; however, it is important to know the differences when deciding on which rain smart addition to add to your yard. Adding a soakaway will provide a low maintenance, and low profile feature that will allow rain to percolate down into the groundwater. Here is some information you need to make decisions for your property. What is a soakaway? A soakaway, also known as an infiltration gallery, is a way to infiltrate water underground. Whether that water comes from rain barrels or downspouts it allows for some space for it to sit and… Continue Reading The advantages of soakaways for RAIN Smart Homes
COACH Series This is a new series of events featuring our resident experts in home energy efficiency, RAIN Smart Homes and waste reduction. Healthy Yards: Designing Your Garden This workshop is perfect for Do-it-Yourselfers who have an early-stage plan for their healthy yard and desire additional design support to fulfill their vision for a healthy yard. We will build upon the concepts and principles learned in Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning and guide you through a more detailed design for your healthy yard project(s). The workshop will focus on planting design and project planning for rain gardens and naturalized… Continue Reading Healthy Yards: Designing Your Garden
Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning This workshop will give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike. The workshop will focus on rain smart techniques and the best places to integrate them into your outdoor space, including: rain gardens naturalized landscaping infiltration galleries rainwater harvesting permeable pavement other aspects of healthy yards, such as attracting bees and butterflies We will print out an aerial map of your property in advance. After a brief overview, you will be guided through the process of analyzing your property to… Continue Reading Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning
Sustainable Living Series Spring is just around the corner! What better time to declutter our closets, refresh our wardrobes and make more sustainable fashion choices? Join us for this special clothing swap and workshop on sustainable textiles! Textile waste is a growing problem because there are no effective ways to recycle textiles back into clothing. Fast fashion and the domination of polyester and other synthetic textiles have resulted in a plastic pollution crisis. When synthetic textiles are washed and break down they release tiny plastic threads called microfibres that collect toxins linked to developmental delays, diabetes, and cancers. What’s worse… Continue Reading Sustainable Fashion Workshop & Clothing Swap