REEP Green Solutions shares in winning the 2015 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence
FOR RELEASE April 25, 2016
On April 20 Green Communities Canada’s RAIN Community Solutions, delivered across Ontario including Waterloo Region, was named a recipient of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change 2015 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence. This award recognizes environmentally innovative contributions to such things as climate change resiliency.
Locally, REEP Green Solutions has partnered with the municipalities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge to deliver RAIN Community Solutions that empower property owners to reduce flood risk, protect local waterways and qualify for stormwater credits in Kitchener and Waterloo. RAIN Community Solutions is a program that was created in response to the growing impact that stormwater runoff and flooding was having on our communities.RAIN promotes three simple messages: slow it down, soak it up, and keep it clean. These messages are designed to promote activities that manage rainfall close to where it falls.
To this end, REEP Green Solutions has partnered with local organizations and businesses to develop 11 public demonstration sites that showcase rain friendly practices such as rainwater harvesting and rain gardens. Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener and Johnsonite (Canada) Inc. in Waterloo are two demonstration sites that are completing work in May 2016 on projects that will treat runoff from their parking lots and manage it using rain gardens.
The impact of these activities are: more flood resilient communities, fewer wet basements and mould related health impacts, increased green spaces, increase in the urban tree canopy, increase in local awareness of stormwater management and an increased ability to sustainably manage water on private properties
To find out more about REEP Green Solutions and the water programs they deliver, visit their website at reepgreen.ca/rain.