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)

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!

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

The world is changing – and your investments should too. High-carbon investments will fall short in a low-carbon world. Yet, Canadian banks have doubled down in energy infrastructure intended to sustain fossil fuel production decades into the future. We all have a role in achieving the low-carbon transition – start by divesting your money from fossil fuels.

Join us in this lively panel discussion event with experts who will teach us how to invest in companies dedicated to promoting sustainability!

Agenda

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 p.m.

Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Panellists

Truzaar Dordi (UW Doctoral Candidate) 

Truzaar Dordi is a doctoral candidate in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo. His research investigates the intersection between climate risk and financial resiliency. Truzaar holds a Masters in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo where his research examined the fossil-fuel divestment movement. He is the recipient of the 2018 Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship, awarded for his work on financial stability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura, Divest Waterloo
Laura has worked in community development and in adult literacy for the federal and provincial governments for the past 38 years. In 2013, Laura and three of her friends formed Divest Waterloo, a grassroots organization committed to climate justice. Divest Waterloo works in solidarity with local and national Indigenous land defenders to create awareness and action on climate change and to initiate and support fossil fuel divestment campaigns across Waterloo Region. Over the last four years, Divest Waterloo has organized over thirty public education events, often in partnership with other environmental and justice groups to build capacity and create the political will for bold action to address the climate crisis.

 

 

 

More Panelists to be announced!

 

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)

Reep House Series

Our resident rain barrel expert, Brendan Schaefer will walk you through the basics of prepping your rain barrels for the winter to come and how they can be beneficial for you. Brendan will help you be sure your rain barrel will sitll help you save on water in the future and not cause problems for your home.

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 p.m.

Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Brendan Schaefer has been a RAIN Guide at Reep Green Solutions for many of years with our RAIN program, and was previously a Water Guide with our Well Aware program. He has visited hundreds of homes and commercial properties, giving advice about best practices for rain barrels and other stormwater management features.

 

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)

Are you still confused about what’s recyclable or not?

Join us in this workshop with the Region of Waterloo’s expert on the ins and outs of blue box recycling, how to identify what is and what is not recyclable and what happens to the stuff we put inside our blue box!

As we strive for a greener and sustainable future, we will also discuss the future of recycling and long-term strategic direction for sustainable waste management in the region. We are so excited to offer this workshop as part of the Zero Waste Challenge in the month of October.

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 p.m.

Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Deanna Dakin – Region of Waterloo Waste Management

Deanna Dakin has worked in both consulting services and the public sector for the past 30 years with over 20 years of waste management experience. She has launched a successful, hands-on, environmental education program; assisted in the development of an environmental management system; and has conducted waste audits for both residential and ICI sectors. Currently, she is a member of the Projects and Communications Team in the Waste Management Division.

The Waste Management Division provides residential waste collection, diversion and disposal for Waterloo Region. Our contractors make over 1 million stops a month to provide recycling, garbage, green bin, yard waste and bulky item collection to our residents. Additional diversion programs are available for clothing, drywall, building supplies, bicycles, pallets and hazardous waste at the Waterloo waste management site.

To learn more about the Region of Waterloo’s recycling guide and waste management, please visit:

Website: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/waste

Twitter: @WasteWR

Facebook: Region of Waterloo Waste Management

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)

Our resident rain barrel expert, Brendan Schaefer will walk you through the basics of prepping your rain barrels for the winter to come and how they can be beneficial for you. Brendan will help you be sure your rain barrel will sitll help you save on water in the future and not cause problems for your home.

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 p.m.

Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Brendan Schaefer has been a RAIN Guide at Reep Green Solutions for many of years with our RAIN program, and was previously a Water Guide with our Well Aware program. He has visited hundreds of homes and commercial properties, giving advice about best practices for rain barrels and other stormwater management features.

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)

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

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