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!

 

minimal waste events

*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!

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

Logo for Avenue Road Baptist Church

City of Cambridge

 

 

These FREE 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 # 2: Rain Garden Workshop 201 | Planning

  • Thursday, June 6th
  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

This workshop will build upon the concepts and principles learned in Rain Garden Workshop 1: Idea Spark & Planning and guide you through a more detailed design for your personalized rain garden project. We will print out an aerial map of your property in advance and you will sketch out your ideas with help from our experts. The design sketch will help with planning your new rain garden whether you do it yourself of hire a contractor.

Workshop participants will be offered the first chance to book a complimentary rain garden visit to see if you qualify for the City of Guelph’s new rain garden rebate program and to get onsite expert advice for your new rain garden. THIS WORKSHOP IS ONLY OPEN TO CITY OF GUELPH RESIDENTS.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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.

Partner Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge our project partner, the City of Guelph.

City of Guelph logo

Person crouched down planting native species in a rain garden

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Join us for a work party to build a rain garden! Once built and planted, the new rain garden in the front yard at Reep House will provide habitat for pollinators and soak up rain so that it can reduce pollution and risk of flooding downstream.

Click here to Register!

Rain gardens differ from conventional gardens because they are dug out and filled with a special soil/compost mixture, enabling the garden to act like a sponge. Learn step by step how to construct a rain garden to maximize its ability to capture water, while also enhancing and beautifying your outdoor space!

Join us anytime between 12pm – 4pm. Everyone is welcome to help out or just come to observe the process! Regardless, please remember to wear closed toed shoes and dress for the weather!

A TIMELINE OF THE DAY’S EVENTS

(times are approximate)

  • 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm: Presentation about rain gardens
  • 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Digging out the rain garden
  • 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Refilling the rain garden with special soil/compost mix
  • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Planting plants, adding mulch, watering plants
  • 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm: Cleaning up

Presenter Patrick Gilbride

PRESENTERS

Patrick Gilbride is the Manager of Green Infrastructure Programs at Reep Green Solutions. He is passionate about working with homeowners, businesses and institutions to implement nature-based solutions that provide benefits to them and to the wider community.

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)

 

These FREE 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: Rain Garden Workshop 101 | Idea Spark 

  • Thursday, May 30
  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

This workshop will give you a great introduction to rain gardens. The workshop will focus on how to plan and build your own perfect rain garden. Be the first to hear about the City of Guelph rain garden rebate program, and get first access to book a free rain garden visit to see if you qualify. If you decide a rain garden may be right for you, then attend the second workshop to personalize your rain garden design with help from our experts! THIS WORKSHOP IS ONLY OPEN TO CITY OF GUELPH RESIDENTS.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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.

Partner Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge our project partner, the City of Guelph.

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.


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Upcoming Events

  1. Tunes for Trees

    June 22 | 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. FRESH AIR FEAST: 20th Anniversary Community Celebration

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