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The Good Green Death Project

February 10, 2018 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Sustainable Living Series

The Sustainable Living Series is a monthly event series that focuses on helping you to live more sustainably in your day to day life.

The Good Green Death Project

We can’t escape the fact that we are mortal beings. If you’re dissatisfied, like we are, that the only options currently available in Ontario are environmentally harmful burial and cremation practices, then this workshop is for you. Welcome to the Good Green Death Project! Come to the Reep House to learn:

  • Why our current death and dying practices are not sustainable
  • What is a Good Green Death?
  • What is currently available in Waterloo Region?
  • Where do we go from here?

Susan Koswan, Instigator of the Good Green Death Project, spent many years as a Defender of Dandelions while working to ban the sale and use of lawn pesticides. Her environmental activism has been multi-faceted, from hosting and producing the six-part series, The Green Scene, on Rogers TV, to organizing public events and forums such as the Sierra Club’s Protecting our Pollinators tour, showing the documentary Seeds at the Princess Twin theatre with local panellists, a book tour stop with author and journalist, Michael Harris (Party of One) at the Registry Theatre, and publishing her eco-sci-fi novel, 2080: The Return of Pareto. Susan believes strongly in building partnerships and relationships with the right people and groups to accomplish great things.

Ellen Newman is Co-instigator of the Good Green Death Project and a licensed funeral director specializing in green, natural and family-led funeral, burial and end of life care options. She is a graduate (2014) of the Contemplative End of Life Care program at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Burial Society of Canada. Her other work includes hosting/facilitating the Halton Hills Death Café, and serving as a member/trainer for the Infant and Pregnancy Loss Doula program of the Home Hospice Association and for the National Lay Chaplaincy Steering Committee of the Canadian Unitarian Council. She firmly believes that if people do not know what options are available to them, they do not have any. Ellen is committed to working toward change that allows for a more participatory, empowered experience at the end of life.


  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A: 2:30 p.m.
  • REEP Open House: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rack.

It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St. S.


February 10, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Reep House for Sustainable Living
20 Mill Street
Kitchener, ON N2G 2Y3 Canada
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