We’re turning 20!

Pull on your brightest green outfits and get ready for a day of fun in celebration of 20 years of local environmental impact in Waterloo Region!

Reep Green Solutions is an environmental charity that helps people live sustainably. For the last 20 years we’ve worked to empower people to address and adapt to climate change. What better way to cap off the summer than celebrating with than an outdoor, zero waste* party?

Event Details:

What: A near zero waste, community celebration of Reep Green Solutions

When: Saturday, September 14th, 11AM – 2PM

Where: Waterloo Park, Bandshell Field

Who: You! Your family, friends and co-workers all wearing green!

Your $5 ticket gets you:

  • Admission to the FRESH AIR FEAST
  • FOOD! (helps us offset the cost of lunch)
  • Surprise eco swag!

What should you bring?

  • Your beautiful self decked out in green!
  • Spare change and cash for raffles, carnival games etc.
  • A picnic blanket and lawn chairs for your crew
  • Anything that helps you reduce your waste (reusable water bottle, cloth napkins, straws etc.)

 

Register today to secure your tickets!

 

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*We’re excited to reduce waste and divert 80%+ of waste from landfill with your participation and in partnership with Minimal Waste Events!

Interested in sponsoring the Fresh Air Feast?

Contact [email protected] to hear about our sponsorship opportunities!

reep green solutions 20th anniversary logo

 

22 Jun 2019

Tunes for Trees

Sunshine coming through leaves of a tree

Come on out to support the growth of our urban forests and enjoy some local live music, delicious food and great company!

Event Details

What: Tunes for Trees is a FREE, zero waste, family friendly event and fundraiser hosted by Communities for Conservation partnering with Tree Canada to raise money to plant trees across the country and grow our urban forests.

Tunes for Trees is a fundraiser – Communities for Conservation (www.communitiesforconservation.org) is partnering with Tree Canada to raise money to plant trees across Canada in areas that need it most. Throughout the event, as well as the month of June, anyone in Canada will be able to text “CONSERVE” to 20222 to donate $5 to plant 2 trees, through Communities for Conservation.

The official event will run from 12:30 – 7:30. We have a music line-up for this entire time, amazing artists from the Waterloo Region, playing short 25 minute sets for the afternoon.

There will be vegetarian/vegan catered food for the event, as well as a limited supply of dishes (bring your own set!)
As well, we will have group bike fixing on site, and a participatory activity facilitated by RISE Waterloo.

Come visit the Reep Green Solutions booth and chat with us about our new Tree Stewardship Program including our subsidized, full service tree planting that includes a property visit and consultation with a professional arborist, delivery and planting of a native tree and follow up caring instructions!

When: Saturday, June 22nd, 1PM – 7PM

Where: Waterloo Park, Bandshell

Find out more!

 

The other day my colleague Dave Blake sent this quote around to the managers at Reep Green Solutions.
“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that,” – Gus Speth, American climate scientist.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a “cultural and spiritual transformation.” At Reep Green Solutions we work steadily towards a cultural transformation, steering us all towards more sustainable ways to heat our homes, reduce our waste, plant our yards, and move through the city.

The part that’s been on my mind even more is the spiritual transformation. There’s something that’s not connecting when we cut flood prevention funding during a time of massive flooding, or lighten up our endangered species protection at a time when the UN predicts the extinction of a million species imminently.

We’re not making some important connections here, between our own actions, and the massive collective impact we’re having on the natural world that sustains us. It’s not logical to keep on hammering the planet when we can see and feel the damage we’re doing. And it’s not the way we’ve always been. We’ve lost a soul-full connection to nature, one that was alive and thriving in the Celtic world, in Indigenous ways of being, and likely in many other cultures as well.

When I look a little at both Celtic and Indigenous views of the natural world, I see a much stronger embeddedness of life in earth and sea and sky. In ancient Celtic ways, there is a profound connection between the spiritual and the natural worlds, and a strong sense of the goodness all around us in nature. It was tradition for men to tip their hat to the sun in the morning, and for women to bend their knee to the moon at night. “I bind unto myself today, the virtues of the star-lit heaven, the glorious sun’s life-giving ray, the whiteness of the moon at even…” (Listening for the Heartbeat of God, A Celtic Spirituality, J. Philip Newell, pg 25).

When I read about Indigenous perspectives, I learn of a deep sense of kinship and gratitude to the natural world we are part of. “We give thanks to our Mother the Earth, for she gives us everything that we need for life… To our Mother we send thanksgiving, love and respect. Now our minds are one.” (Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, pg 108).

There must be many more examples from all the other cultures of people that have lived or still do live close to the land. I would love to hear them. It matters to me that I can not only learn from other traditions, but that far back in my own heritage too, we had this connection to the natural world. Together, can we remind ourselves every day of the grace and beauty and life-giving gifts that we walk through, breathe in, see and hear all around us? Suddenly hugging a tree makes so much more sense to me. I’m going to go do that right now. And say a very big thank you for all that it gives me.

Mary Jane Patterson, Executive Director of Reep Green Solutions

 

The holiday season is for giving but it is also the time of year when we generate mountains of waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or the recycle bin. This year, why not plan ahead and do your part to reduce waste? Join us for a family friendly workshop to re-use materials and print your own decorative wrapping paper and cards, and explore some creative gift ideas that reduce and re-use waste.

 

Workshop Agenda

Sunday December 2nd, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Mill Courtland Centre, Multi-Purpose Room

1:00 – 1:05: Introductions, brief background on waste in KW

1:05 – 1:10: Demonstration of suggested techniques for printing wrapping paper and cards

1:10 – 3:45 – Let’s Create!

3:45: Show and Tell, and brief discussion on other ideas to reduce and reuse waste during holidays

3:50: Clean up, conclusion

 

NOTES

  • The workshop is free and open to all ages. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Basic materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring along tools or materials they would like to re-use.

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending

after depave render

What’s a ‘depave’? Learn more about the project!

Join Reep Green Solutions and Sheppard Public School Parent Council as we transform an underused area of tarmac into a naturalized play space!  During the workday, we will work together to:

–  Remove remaining tarmac and associated gravel sublayer

–  Fill in the new space with healthy soil and mulch to prepare for Sheppard classes to subsequently plant trees and shrubs

– Clean up the Natural Area (prune shrubs, rake leaves, etc)

– *New* ‘Kids’ activities provided by Evergreen’s Neighbourhood Nature Play program

Refreshments and lunch will be available at the event but please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Dress according to the weather and be prepared to get dirty. We recommend long pants and closed toe shoes (bring steel toed shoes if able, toe caps will be provided). Families are welcomed to join, activities available for all ages.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 28, 10am – 2pm
Location: Sheppard Public School ( 278 Weber St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 1G2) 
Registration: Free
Refreshments + lunch provided

Agenda

All Day | Natural Area Clean Up

10am – 12pm | Remove Tarmac + Gravel .

12pm – 2pm | Soil + Mulching

Partners

Logo for Ontario Trillium Foundation, Depave Paradise and Green Communities Canada

 

Registration

EVENT DETAILS

planting a rain garden

Learn ways to add landscape solutions like rain gardens, bioswales, and trees into your yard. See first-hand the gardens at Avenue Road Baptist Church that are designed to soak up and filter stormwater.

Tour the rain garden and row of trees that reduce water runoff into the newly revamped stormwater pond.  We will discuss actions that can reduce runoff from our properties and help to protect our local water ways, such as nearby Shade’s Mills Pond.

Date/Time: Saturday October 13th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Avenue Road Baptist Church (465 Avenue Rd, Cambridge, ON N1R 5S4)
Registration: Free (space is limited so reserve your spot)
Light refreshments provided

Presenter: Becca Robinson, RAIN Coach, Reep Green Solutions

Photo of Becca, RAIN CoachBecca Robinson is the Principal Designer and Owner of Grow and Gather Design and is currently the RAIN Coach for REEP Green Solutions.  Her practice of landscape architecture centres around the creation of places that promote and celebrate the benefits of interacting with nature.

She has been the landscape designer for prestigious projects such as Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, a City of Edinburgh park adjacent to the Holyrood Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR).

She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina.

Workshop Funders and Partners:

 

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, City of Cambridge and Avenue Road Baptist Church

REGISTRATION

Collage of people outside on a tree walk

EVENT DETAILS

Meet at Idea Exchange, Preston and enjoy a guided walk through historic Riverside Park. Throughout its history, the park has been a gathering spot for people in the community. Learn more about the trees that live and grow in the park and share our urban environment. This workshop will be led by Kristen Grittani, an ISA Certified Arborist, and Patrick Gilbride, from Reep Green Solutions. Visit Idea Exchange for more information.

REGISTRATION

Online – Please note an email address is required for online registration.

By phone – 519-653-3632

In Person – Visit any Idea Exchange location to register

Join us for a relaxing and informative community bike ride to explore cycling routes through Kitchener’s natural spaces. We’ll learn about some of the plants and animals that share our urban spaces while being guided through our bike trails. What a perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day and/or the cycling month of June!

We will meet at Reep House and follow cycle paths to Filsinger Park and Monarch Woods before returning to Reep House. All ages welcome, although kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget your helmet and some water!

We will be accompanied by Cycling into the Future, a local organisation that promotes the love of biking among young people and believes that cycling makes our world a better place – and they’ll give us a few safety tips along the way.

AGENDA

Intro & Safety Info: 1:30 – 1:40 pm
Bike Ride: 1:40 – 3:00 pm, approx.
Reep Open House: 3:00 – 3:30pm

PRESENTERS

Michele Martin, Reep community outreach volunteer

Michele Martin is a Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator at Reep Green Solutions. She is passionate about sustainable living, and has been teaching and learning how to practice it for over 30 years. Michele has a PhD in Environmental Studies and has held various leadership roles in the environmental NGO sector, including the position of Executive Director at Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S), a national NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable living.

Cycling into the Future

Cycling Into The Future promotes the love of biking among Grade 5 students. They believe that cycling makes our world a better place. It can improve our personal lives, enhance our communities and protect our earth. Through a series of challenges, we seek to build knowledge, skill and confidence in students, so they can become safe and enthusiastic cyclists.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

 

Photo by Blubel on Unsplash

MAKER Event

Join us for an eco- and family-friendly holiday craft workshop!

The holiday season is a season for giving, but it is also the time of year when we generate mountains of waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or the recycle bin

While recycling is important, it uses a lot of resources, so the more we can do to minimize and re-use waste the better. This year, why not plan ahead and do your part to reduce waste, while at the same time having fun and using your creative energy! Join us for a family friendly workshop to re-use materials and print your own decorative wrapping paper and cards, and explore some creative gift ideas that reduce and re-use waste:

AGENDA

  • 1:30 p.m – Introductions, icebreaker, brief background on waste and 3R’s in KW 
  • 1:50 p.m. – Overview of materials, demonstration of suggested techniques for printing wrapping paper and cards 
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Create! 
  • 4:00 p.m. – Show and tell, and brief discussion on other ideas to reduce and reuse waste during holidays 
  • 4:20 p.m.– Clean up, conclusion and workshop evaluation

The event will be held at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre Gym located at 216 Mill St. in Kitchener on December 9th, 2017. 

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR


Michele Martin is a
 Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator at Reep Green Solutions. She is passionate about sustainable living, and has been teaching and learning how to practice it for over 30 years. Michele has a PhD in Environmental Studies and has held various leadership roles in the environmental NGO sector, including the position of Executive Director at Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S), a national NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable living. 

 

Family friendly!

The workshop is free and open to all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Basic materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring along tools or materials they would like to try and re-use. 

 

Photo credit: Silvia Sala Is the best time of the year via photopin (license)


Upcoming Events

  1. Finding a Perfect Match: Right Tree for the Right Place

    July 25 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. Fruit Trees for Beginners

    August 20 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. FRESH AIR FEAST: 20th Anniversary Community Celebration

    September 14 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm