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!

This workshop will be facilitated by Susan Koswan, Instigator of the Good Green Death Project, specializing in green, natural and family-led funeral, burial and end of life care options.

Agenda

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE

 

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. Evolv1 is close to the ION R&T station 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.

An assortment of plastic waste organized into a rainbow pattern on a beach

Want to green your consumption and waste habits, but don’t know where to start? Reep Green Solutions is here to help! During this interactive session, we will take a deep dive into how waste contributes to your climate impact, using Project Neutral – an award-winning, online carbon calculator.

We will provide tips for embracing a zero waste lifestyle, create personalized action plans, and share tools for connecting with your community to amplify your impact!

Workshop: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Measure your impact with Project Neutral;
  • Take action to reduce your waste;
  • Connect with your community to create meaningful change!

Zero waste snacks will be provided!

Click here to Register!

What should I bring? 

Please bring a laptop, tablet, or cell phone that you can use to access the internet. We will be using this for different online activities during the workshop.

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.

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.

Banner Photo by Jasmin Sessler on Unsplash

Check out Reep Green Solutions Zero Waste 101 for more blog posts and videos on how you can reduce your waste. Zero Waste Challenge this October!

If you pick up dog waste 3x a day in a plastic grocery bag, that’s 1000+ bags of waste that go to the landfill yearly!

There are also tons of options to handle the waste responsibly. Did you know that you can compost pet waste? You can either throw it in the green bin with compostable plastic bags or make your own compost! Join us to learn more about the options, from DIY compost to park drop offs!

Agenda

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 p.m.

Reep Open House (take a look at the poop composter outside!): 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE

 

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.

Event Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez on Unsplash

Photo of paved fountain area in downtown New Hamburg that will be depaved at this event

Join Reep Green Solutions and the New Hamburg community as we transform the paved fountain area into a naturalized garden space in the heart of downtown for all residents and downtown patrons to enjoy!

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS EVENT!

During the event, we will work together to:

  • Remove existing interlocking bricks
  • Remove some gravel fill below to prepare for topsoil and mulch

What Should I Bring?

  • 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
  • Wear long pants and steel toed shoes (otherwise wear closed toe footwear and steel toe caps will be provided)
  • Bring a pair of work or gardening gloves and a shovel if you have them (no overhead tools please)

If you are only available to attend for a couple of hours or can’t be there for the start – that’s okay! We’d love to have you for as long or as little as you’re available.

What is Depave Paradise? Learn more about the project!

Partners and Funders

Logo for Ontario Trillium Foundation, Depave Paradise and Green Communities CanadaNew Hamburg Board of Trade logoTownship of Wilmot logoTD Friends of the Environment Foundation logo

Fall leaves floating in water

It seems as though every day the topic of heavy rains and flooding is in the news. In recent times, many home and business owners across Ontario have experienced localized flooding and severe damage to their homes, businesses and community infrastructure. It can happen here too. The good news is that we can take action to protect our neighbourhoods from flooding.

Reep Green Solutions in partnership with the City of Kitchener, would like to invite you to participate in a unique opportunity to have your say in the future of the outdoor space in the Bridgeport East neighbourhood. Use your first-hand knowledge of the area to contribute ideas for adding green spaces in your community.

The Bridgeport East Greening Your Neighbourhood Workshop will draw from residents’ observations and combine them with experts’ insights to create a vision that will improve your neighbourhood’s capacity to handle large storms and enhance the everyday quality of life for community members.

All are welcome to participate. It is free to attend, but we ask that you please register in advance to reserve your spot. Refreshments will be provided and childcare will be available.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Becca Robinson | Workshop Facilitator

Headshot of 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.

Partners

This workshop is in partnership with the City of Cambridge, Region of Waterloo and Grand River Conservation Authority.

Region of Waterloo logoGrand River Conservation Authority logoCity of Kitchener logo

Sun shining through a forested park area

From Sugar Maples to Honey Locusts and everything in-between, this workshop will give you an appreciation of the variety of trees in our urban landscape. Learn about some of the common tree species found in Ontario and the basics for how to tell them apart. The workshop will cover what to look for in leaves, bark, buds, or other hints that will help you to hone your tree identifying skills. You will also be introduced to some of the invasive species that are competing with our native trees.

After the presentation, join us for a walk around the neighbourhood and see how many trees you can pick out based on your newfound knowledge!

 

Sunshine coming through leaves of a tree

A tree is an investment that gives back in benefits for decades. But with hundreds of trees to choose from, how do you decide which is best for your location? At this FREE workshop you will be guided through the process of selecting a tree that will thrive on your property. We’ll go through the decision making process looking at some of these questions:

  • Do I want shade, privacy, spring flowers, fall colours or winter interest?
  • Do I want to attract songbirds?
  • Is the soil dry or is it damp?
  • How close can my tree be to the house or power lines?
  • What’s the best time to plant and prune?
  • How do I take care of it once it’s been planted?

Brian Geerts will provide an overview of the Cambridge’s Urban Forest Plan, Canopy Study, and how the City, your neighbours, and you benefit from participating in the Backyard Tree Planting Program. Adele Pierre will follow with a talk about how to make informed tree investments and find the right fit to ensure a healthy and thriving tree for years to come.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Lecture starts at 7:00pm.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT!

 

Presenters

Headshot of presenter Brian GeertsBrian Geerts | Manger of Forestry & Horticulture, City of Cambridge

Brian has a diploma in Ecosystem Management with a specialty in Arboriculture and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration. He has worked in urban forestry and horticulture for the past twenty years, and resides south of Brantford along the Grand River. Brian navigated the City of Cambridge through recent forestry issues such as the Emerald Ash Borer response, a private property tree by-law, and an ice storm. He is also in demand as the lead on other issues in the City including responses to the opiod/homelessness crises. Contrary to popular wisdom, Brian can see both the trees and the forest at the same time.

 

 

Headshot of Adele Pierre, Presenter of this workshopAdele Pierre | Landscape Design & Tree Consultant, Reep Green Solutions

Landscape architect and ISA arborist, Adele Pierre leads an award winning design firm specializing in the creation of beautiful, low maintenance landscapes. Mindful of the effects of climate change on our natural systems, Adele incorporates native plantings in all projects to provide habitat for pollinators, build healthy soils and manage rainwater. As an arborist her particular concern is the health of urban trees, working with architects, engineers and planners to incorporate hardy species of trees in city plantings.

Along with her husband, a musician and woodworker, she enjoys country life on 2 acres in Haldimand County with a large vegetable garden, laying hens, honey bees and an extensive collection of native flowering shrubs and perennials to feed the bees. Their honey, mead and honey beer are spectacular.

 

 

Partners

This workshop is brought to you in partnership with the City of Cambridge to provide an enhanced appreciate of our Urban Forest. This workshop is a companion to a subsidized residential tree planting pilot from Reep Green Solutions.

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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.

Pull on your brightest green outfits and get ready for a day of fun in Waterloo Park! What better way to cap off the summer than celebrating with than an outdoor, zero waste* party?

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. Come and celebrate our communities’ imapct together!

FRESH AIR FEAST

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

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

Where: Waterloo Park, Bandshell Field. How do you get here? Take a look!

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

 

Click here to register today!

Your $5 ticket gets you:

  • Admission to the FRESH AIR FEAST
  • A vegetarian FEAST!
  • Surprise eco swag!
  • Carnival games, live music, raffles and much more!

 

What should you bring?

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

 

 

Interested in sponsoring the Fresh Air Feast?

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

 

reep green solutions 20th anniversary logo

 

Woman holding apple in front of camera, orchard in background

This introductory lecture is ideal for beginners interested in where to get started with growing your own fruit trees (and shrubs) in your yards. Fruit trees not only provide us with food but with all of their flowers they also benefit our pollinator friends. Topics covered include: choosing your tree and where to plant it, pruning to encourage fruit, and ways to prevent and address common problems, such as pests and diseases.

This demonstration is for those wanting to grow fruit trees and don’t know where to start in the endless sea of information.

Click HERE to Register for this FREE event!

 

TRANSPORTATION

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking.

 

PARTNERS + FUNDERS

This lecture is delivered as part of Kitchener Public Library’s 85 Green Learning Garden in partnership with the Kitchener Master Gardeners and Reep Green Solutions. It is part of a series of workshops that are a companion to the City of Kitchener’s Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy, focused on increasing awareness and how to plant/care for trees.

 

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.

People removing sod to plan a rain garden

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Join us for a work party where you will learn how to build a rain garden that soaks up water and a swale to channel excess water off of your landscape. Come to observe or better still, pitch in to help us create a beautiful and natural solution to manage the water at Avenue Road Baptist Church. Natural features such as rain gardens and swales work together to soak up run-off and channel it safely away from danger zones to avoid overflow to neighbouring properties.

Click Here to Register

Join us anytime between 10am – 4pm, remember to wear closed toed shoes and dress for the weather! No requirements to join the party, everyone is welcome to help out! Nothing is required for participation except an appetite as our host will be providing food and refreshments for volunteers.

A TIMELINE OF THE DAY’S EVENTS

(times are approximate)

  • 10:00 am – 10:05 am: Introduction by Reep Green Solutions’ Patrick Gilbride
  • 10:05 am – 10:20 am: Presentation about rain gardens and swales
  • 10:20 am – 12:15 pm: Pitch in to construct the swale
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Break for lunch (will be provided)
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Fine tuning of landscaping, planting, and watering
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Cleaning up

PRESENTERS

Presenter Michael AlbaneseMichael Albanese, Certified RAIN Home Visit Guide, Reep Green Solutions

Michael Albanese is an experienced landscaper and master rain gardener who has worked with homeowners to address drainage problems and educate them about green infrastructure on topics such as rain gardens, permeable paving and rainwater harvesting. Michael graduated from University of Waterloo in the Geography and Environmental Management program.

TRANSPORTATION

We encourage you to use a sustainable form of transportation such as walking, cycling or carpool.

FUNDERS + PARTNERS

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City of Cambridge

 


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Upcoming Events

  1. Dog Poop Compost? Living Zero Waste as a Dog Owner

    October 26 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  2. Throwing Away our Throwaway Culture | Waste and Your Carbon Footprint

    November 4 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. The Good Green Death Project

    November 23 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm