We were founded in 1999 as the Residential Energy Efficiency Project (REEP) through a joint initiative of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment and the Elora Environment Centre. The project’s goal was to match academic research with practical action in the community.
In late 2005, REEP incorporated to become REEP Green Solutions (with the legal name of Waterloo Region Green Solutions) and it joined Green Communities Canada, a national association of environmental community groups that share programs and resources.
Since 1999, our Certified Energy Advisors have evaluated 14,000 homes for energy efficiency, helping Region residents save an estimated 21,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually through their home retrofits. Starting in 2016, we provide home energy evaluations over much of southwestern Ontario.
Working with municipalities in Waterloo Region and Green Communities Canada, REEP Green Solutions is currently implementing a groundbreaking storm water management program across all sectors in Waterloo Region, called RAIN. This program received the 2016 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence from the Ontario Minister of the Environment.
REEP Green Solutions previously received the 2011-2012 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its work in creating the REEP House for Sustainable Living, a century-old home in the heart of Kitchener that has been renovated to near net-zero energy use, and is LEED Platinum Certified. With water conservation, rainwater management and energy efficiency features demonstrated throughout, the REEP House is the focal point of REEP’s mandate to galvanize community action.
REEP Green Solution’s Water Guides have visited 300 rural homes to show the owners how to assess the safety of their drinking water well, part of the Well Aware program.
REEP also offers a number of additional services that help you live sustainably.