With Germany, Belgium, Scotland and most recently British Columbia adopting Passive house (PH) as their building standard, it is quickly becoming the new normal all over the world. What do the houses that positively impact the environment look like? Join us in this talk to learn more about the housing of tomorrow!

What is Passive House?

Passive house (PH) is a building standard that achieves very high energy efficiency, high levels of comfort, high air quality with simple design and at an affordable cost! It began in 1990 and now with over 50,000 passive house designs built, PH has become the fastest growing near net zero standard worldwide.

Agenda

Date | Saturday, May 25th*

Location | Evovl1: Canada’s First Net Positive Office Building,  420 Wes Graham Way, Waterloo, ON*

Presentation | 1:30 p.m.

Q&A | 2:15 p.m.

Networking + Additional Questions | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Click Here to Register

 

Brad Durant P.Eng, CPHD, REA

A professional Civil Engineer since 1989 Brad started Home Front Professional Home Inspections in 2003. Always an advocate for energy conservation, Brad and his family of four moved into an EnergyStar built home in 2013 and installed rooftop solar PV which generates 95% of the electricity they use. Brad has studied high efficiency home design including Energystar, LEED, Netzero, and Passive House.

Committed to home efficiency, Brad has obtained the Registered Energy Advisor designation through NRCan to help homeowners reduce their energy use and carbon footprint. Brad has also completed the difficult course and exam to become a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) from the Passive House Institute in Germany. Brad believes “We can do Better” and Passive House standard is the simplest and best method.

To learn more about Brad’s work on passive house, visit his websiteFacebook, and LinkedIn!

 

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. Evolv1 is close to the 200 bus stop and has bike parking and EV plug in stations. The building also has free parking available.

Photo Notice

By your entry, you consent to the possibility of being included in the footage and to the purposes for which it may be used: to publicize the event taking place in this area and/or to promote Reep Green Solutions. Individual participants will not be identified without their consent. Reep Green Solutions has exclusive rights to and ownership of this multimedia footage. Speak with the staff/volunteers if you would like to opt-out of appearing in photo/video. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

Do you have burning questions on how to make your house energy efficient? Do you want to make your home more comfortable, but don’t know where to start? Book a time with a Registered Energy Advisor to get your questions answered!

Our Energy Advisor can help guide you in topics like:

  • Lowering your energy bills
  • Suggestions for helpful renovations
  • Grants, rebates and credits for your home
  • and more!

We are committed to offering you expert advice to help make your home more comfortable and affordable. In fact, if you’d like more help in your home energy goals, you’ll receive $20 off your booking of an EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation after your coaching session!

 

Date | May 11, 1:30 – 4:30PM

Location | 20 Mill Street, Kitchener

Details | 6 sessions, 30 minutes each (one session per household)

Register Here!

 

Registered Energy Advisor

Brad Durant

Brad is committed to home efficiency, having obtained the Registered Energy Advisor designation through NRCan to help homeowners reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.

A professional Civil Engineer since 1989 Brad started Home Front Professional Home Inspections in 2003. Always an advocate for energy conservation, Brad and his family of four moved into an EnergyStarbuilt home in 2013 and installed rooftop solar PV which generates 95% of the electricity they use. Brad has studied high efficiency home design including Energystar, LEED, Netzero, and Passive House.

He is a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) from the Passive House Institute in Germany. Brad believes “We can do Better” and Passive House standard is the simplest and best method.

To learn more about Brad’s work on passive house, visit his websiteFacebook, and LinkedIn!

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail. 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.

Parking

You are welcome to use Schneider Ave or David Street parking. The Victoria Park Pavilion parking lot is also free to use and only a few minutes walk to the Reep House. Please do not park at the Schneider Haus or Mitchell St lots (click to enlarge map)

Photo Notice

By your entry, you consent to the possibility of being included in the footage and to the purposes for which it may be used: to publicize the event taking place in this area and/or to promote Reep Green Solutions. Individual participants will not be identified without their consent. Reep Green Solutions has exclusive rights to and ownership of this multimedia footage. Speak with the staff/volunteers if you would like to opt-out of appearing in photo/video. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

These workshops will give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike. These workshops 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

Workshop # 1: Healthy Yards 101 | Idea Spark

  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

We will printout an aerial map of your property in advance. After a brief overview, you will be guided through the process of analyzing your property to determine what healthy yard features would work best for your space and lifestyle. We will sketch out your ideas to give you a sense of the size and scope of your project(s).

You will leave the workshop with a basic plan for your yard and additional resources to help implement your healthy yard project. The design sketch can help to facilitate discussion with a contractor or form the basis of the plan to do it yourself. If you want help developing a more detailed plan, register for the next workshop in the series Healthy Yards: Designing Your Garden.

Workshop # 2: Healthy Yards 201 | Planning

  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

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. 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.

The workshop will specifically focus on project planning and planting design for rain gardens and naturalized landscapes, including topics such as:

  • planting for year round interest
  • the best plants for rain gardens
  • materials calculations (i.e. compost, sand, mulch)

Participants will learn how to develop a design for a part (or all) of their yard and create a shopping list for plants and related materials required to implement the project successfully.

Come with a specific gardening project in mind, including its rough size and location. This could possibly be developed during the Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning workshop. We will develop a more detailed drawing of your garden during the workshop to effectively determine the number of plants and other materials you will require, so knowledge of the dimensions, sun exposure, and soil conditions (wet, dry, or moist or sand, silt or clay) will be helpful.

Presenter: Becca Robinson

Becca 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.

Funder and Partner Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.

This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

These workshops will give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike. These workshops 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

Workshop # 1: Healthy Yards 101 | Idea Spark

  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

We will printout an aerial map of your property in advance. After a brief overview, you will be guided through the process of analyzing your property to determine what healthy yard features would work best for your space and lifestyle. We will sketch out your ideas to give you a sense of the size and scope of your project(s).

You will leave the workshop with a basic plan for your yard and additional resources to help implement your healthy yard project. The design sketch can help to facilitate discussion with a contractor or form the basis of the plan to do it yourself. If you want help developing a more detailed plan, register for the next workshop in the series Healthy Yards: Designing Your Garden.

Workshop # 2: Healthy Yards 201 | Planning

  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

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. 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.

The workshop will specifically focus on project planning and planting design for rain gardens and naturalized landscapes, including topics such as:

  • planting for year round interest
  • the best plants for rain gardens
  • materials calculations (i.e. compost, sand, mulch)

Participants will learn how to develop a design for a part (or all) of their yard and create a shopping list for plants and related materials required to implement the project successfully.

Come with a specific gardening project in mind, including its rough size and location. This could possibly be developed during the Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning workshop. We will develop a more detailed drawing of your garden during the workshop to effectively determine the number of plants and other materials you will require, so knowledge of the dimensions, sun exposure, and soil conditions (wet, dry, or moist or sand, silt or clay) will be helpful.

Presenter: Becca Robinson

Becca 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.

Funder and Partner Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.

This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

Learn tips to protect, maintain and plant trees in your yard. Our city trees provide a wide variety of benefits to us from cleaning our air and water to improving our overall health. Trees and shrubs are also beneficial to pollinators and wildlife.

City trees face a variety of threats from Emerald Ash Borer to climate change. Presented by Patrick Gilbride from Reep Green Solutions. Hosted by Preston Idea Exchange.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm

Cost: Free!

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.

What can easily be improved/renovated when first buying a home? Buying a home can be a overwhelming experience, even if you’ve bought one before. Let our Home Energy Coach guide you in renovations and improvements that you can do right now to make your home more comfortable and money-saving. Get some ideas of what works and what the most cost-effective methods for your home are.

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:00 p.m.

Reep Open House & Full Tour: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenter

Phillip Drader, Registered Energy Advisor

Home Energy Coach

Philip Drader is Reep’s Energy Coach and has conducted countless workshops for homeowners on a wide range of topics to help them make their home more energy efficient, and steering them towards good products and companies.

The Reep House

Reep House for Sustainable Living is Reep Green Solution’s LEED® Platinum certified demonstration home and education centre. This smart-insulated, water-wise century brick home is located at 20 Mill Street downtown Kitchener. Come see all the money-saving measures and practical tips you cna use in your own home!

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail. 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.

Parking

You are welcome to use Schneider Ave or David Street parking. The Victoria Park Pavilion parking lot is also free to use and only a few minutes walk to the Reep House. Please do not park at the Schneider Haus or Mitchell St lots (click to enlarge map)

**Registration is closed. Please attend if you still can, but we have limited refreshments!**

As students with busy schedules, we often choose convenience over sustainability. This lifestyle can adversely impact the environment, especially in today’s changing climate.

How can we lead a sustainable lifestyle as busy students? Join us in this talk to learn the tips and tricks on how students can lead a sustainable or zero waste lifestyle for a better future!

Two students who are experts in the sustainable student lifestyle will share their experiences and perspectives. Representatives from the UW Sustainable Office will also be present to talk about the programs available for students who want to live sustainably and listen to your ideas!

There will be free refereshments and chance to win a prize generously donated by Zero Waste Bulk!

Agenda

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Speaker presentations

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Panel discussion/Q&A

Important note: Registration is required

Speakers

Kristen Regier

Kristen Regier is a Candidate for a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Planning, at the University of Waterloo. She is also the co-owner of In Balance Co., a sustainable lifestyle blog that focuses on sustainability / zero-waste living for students. She began transitioning to a low-waste lifestyle in 2017, and is constantly looking for ways to further reduce her environmental impact while balancing the financial and social realities of student life. Kristen hopes to inspire others to start reducing their environmental impact by doing what they can, when they can.

If you’d like to learn more, visit her in-balance-co sustainable blog and instagram!

Andrew Rutland

Andrew is a fourth year Geography and Environmental Management student. His love of the natural world led him to start consciously adopting zero-waste habits in 2014 and he currently strives to live with as little a footprint as possible.

If you’d like to learn more, visit his instagram!

Jody Fennell

Jody is an Environment and Business student at the University of Waterloo. Her past co-op experience has been from the Ministry of Transportation, Canadian Tire Corporation, and BlackBerry. Currently, Jody is a part of the Business Development Team for Sustainable Waterloo Region, a local non-profit that supports organizations in Waterloo Region to implement sustainability practices. As an Environment and Business student, Jody is very passionate about sustainability and business intersection and using business as a catalyst for change. Throughout her 8 months as a Sustainability Projects Coordinator at the University of Waterloo, Jody will support projects that advance the University of Waterloo’s Environment Sustainability Strategy and engaging the campus on topic of sustainability

Transportation

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

Runoff from private properties is a major contributor to flood risk and a pervasive threat to water quality. However, motivating property owners to manage rain where it falls is difficult. Join Reep Green Solutions and Partners for Action to learn from some of the real world challenges and successes that have informed the development of the RAIN Smart Framework, a unique publication geared towards community practitioners, which details best practices and some ground tested methods for engaging the public on stormwater issues.

The framework combines ready-to-use templates and resources on how to build a program to engage a residential neighbourhood on lot-level stormwater management. Hear some of the lessons learned from engaging with homeowners to install green infrastructure as part of the RAIN Smart Neighbourhoods Project in two Kitchener neighbourhoods.

Who should attend: Municipal Staff, Academics, Practitioners, and students interested in lot-level green infrastructure

 

EVENT DETAILS

Date & Time: January 31, 10:30am-11:30am

Location: Evolv1 (420 Wes Graham Way) located in the David Johnston Research and Technology Park, University of Waterloo

Free parking is located next to the building.

Refreshments will be provided

Presenters

  • Anna Ziolecki, Director, Partners for Action
  • Patrick Gilbride, Manager Green Infrastructure Programs, Reep Green Solutions
  • Rebecca Robinson, RAIN Coach, Reep Green Solutions
  • Matt Haller, Student, University of Waterloo
  • Dawn Parker (homeowner), Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo

 

Agenda

10:15-10:30 – Networking
10:30-10:40 – Introduction to Partners for Action and Reep Green Solutions
10:40-11:05 – Organizational perspective – Community engagement in RAIN Smart Neighbourhoods
11:05-11:15 – Homeowner perspective – First hand story about the process of constructing a rain garden
11:15-11:20 – Youth perspective – Developing skills in the green infrastructure marketplace
11:20-11:30 – Q&A
11:30-11:45 – Networking

 

Partners and Funders

Ontario Trillium Fund, Partners for Action, City of Kitchener, Reep Green Solutions, Green Communities Canada

 

 

 

 

Green Communities Canada

 

 

 

About the Organizers

Reep Green Solutions

Reep Green Solutions is an environmental charity that helps you live sustainably. Our mission is to empower the community with the practical tools, knowledge and capacity for action to make sustainable living the norm. We do this through individualized advice for homes and workplaces, education programs, campaigns for waste reduction, water conversation and our programs at the Reep House for Sustainable Living.

Partners for Action

Partners for Action (P4A) is an applied research network advancing flood resiliency in Canada in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather. P4A’s collaborative approach brings together diverse stakeholders to create and share knowledge, address information needs, and drive action. P4A’s mandate is to facilitate increased risk awareness and improved decision making to help Canadian communities become more resilient to flooding. Partners for Action works out of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment.

Learn more about Project Neutral and Reep

Project Neutral is known for its community-focused, carbon benchmarking and climate action tool. Project Neutral allows anyone to find out their carbon footprint in 5 minutes, based on real local data.

Diving into Waste 101

Date: | Thursday, December 13

Time | 5:30pm – 7:00pm

 

Note: This is an interactive event and you will need a phone/tablet/computer to participate!

Alicia Parkin, Customer Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, Reep Green Solutions

 

Alicia is passionate about teaching people how to find their carbon footprint, and what their next steps are for living a sustainable life. She is the In-Home Services & Customer Engagement Coordinator at Reep Green Solutions. One of her lead roles at Reep is to help launch the Project Neutral tool into the Waterloo Region and find like-minded community members to help connect others with this tool. Alicia has a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton University in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science.

 

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail. 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.

Parking

You are welcome to use Schneider Ave or David Street parking. The Victoria Park Pavilion parking lot is also free to use and only a few minutes walk to the Reep House. Please do not park at the Schneider Haus or Mitchell St lots (click to enlarge map)

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


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