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!

 

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

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!

 

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Water droplets on a leaf

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

Reep Green Solutions in partnership with the City of Waterloo, would like to invite you to participate in a unique opportunity to have your say in the future of the outdoor space in the Sugarbush neighbourhood. Use your first-hand knowledge of the area to contribute ideas for adding green spaces in your community. The Greening Sugarbush North Neighbourhood and Reducing Flood Risk  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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Workshop Facilitator

Headshot of Adele Pierre, Presenter of this workshop

Adele Pierre, Landscape Design and 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.

Partners

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

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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

 

 

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.

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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.


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