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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 Cambridge, would like to invite you to participate in a unique opportunity to have your say in the future of the outdoor space in the Biscayne at Daleview neighbourhood. Use your first-hand knowledge of the area to contribute ideas for adding green spaces in your community.

The Cambridge 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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Becca Robinson | Workshop Facilitator

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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.

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Six artists. Six barrels. One could be yours.

On the evening of June 17, 6 artists live painted 6 rain barrels between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. as part of the Summer Lights Festival.

You can bid to buy a barrel through an online auction on eFleaOPEN NOW until June 26 at 9 p.m.

Our featured artists in 2017 are:

Carolyn Dawn Good – Bid on the barrel Carolyn painted

Carolyn Dawn-Good painting a rain barrel

Jennifer Gough – Bid on the barrel Jennifer painted

Jennifer Gough painting her rain barrel

Nik Harron – Bid on the barrel Nik painted

Moumita Roychowdhury – Bid on the barrel Moumita painted

Moumita Roychowdhury

Pamela Rojas – Bid on the barrel Pamela painted

Pamela Rojas painting her rain barrel

Ralf Wall – Bid on the barrel Ralf painted

Ralf Wall poses with his painted barrel

Proceeds of the sale go towards our work as an environmental charity to help people live sustainably.

We arranged for 5 artists to paint rain barrels as part of the Summer Lights Festival.

You can bid to own a barrel through an online auction on eFlea

Auction closes June 27 at 9 p.m.

Proceeds of the sale go toward our promotional and outreach work as an environmental charity.

Learn more about the artists on their websites:

 

We’ll look at the basics of rain barrels such as where it should go, how to properly set it up, making good use of it and getting it ready for winter. Be sure your rain barrel is helping you manage water and not causing problems for your home. We’ll also take a look at determining how many rain barrels you could use, connecting rain barrels and using diverters.

 

NEW Rain Barrel Installation Service
If have a rain barrel and want help installing it, our new service is for you!

Brendan-Schaefer_Headshot_croppedBrendan 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 storm water management features. Brendan is also the Facilities Manager at the REEP House for Sustainable Living, where he regularly leads tours and workshops on topics ranging from energy efficiency to water conservation, storm water management, and sustainable living.

AGENDA

  • Doors Open: 1:15 p.m.
  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Q & A: 1:50 p.m.
  • Optional tour of rain garden: 2:45 (No registration required)

OPEN HOUSE:  2:00 – 3:30 P.M.

Stay to explore the REEP House for Sustainable Living. Or come to check out the house’s sustainable features.

PARKING NOTE:

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rake.

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.

Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in a small private lot off Mitchell Street. Just walk across the grass to the back of the house or use the sidewalk on Queen to enter the front of the house.

Storm-Proof Your Home

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Workshop Summary

Date/Time: Saturday November 7, 2pm to 3pm
Location: Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square, 1 North Square, Cambridge
Cost: Free.
Parking: Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the venue between George St. and Grand Avenue with main entrance off of the parking lot.
Registration: Please call 519-621-0460 to register in advance.

Intense rainfalls, heavy winds, ice storms, snap winter thaws… These unpredictable events put our homes at risk of damp, flooded basements, backyard ponding, tree damage and winter slips & falls. Small improvements to your home can provide peace of mind that your home can weather any storm!

Learn about storm-proofing home improvements such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, and backwater valves as well as best practices for maintaining sump pumps, rain barrels and trees. This workshop will help you to understand the work you can do yourself and what is best left to the pros.

Funder and partner acknowledgement

REEP, RAIN, Green Communities Canada, Idea Exchange in partnership with the Cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge

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Natalia’s basement was very humid (up to 85% at times) with one particularly damp corner. She found that she had to run her dehumidifier constantly, especially during and after it rained. To address any leaks, Natalia had the roof redone and eavestroughs replaced. The downspout at the problem corner was directed into a rain barrel with overflow away from the foundation. Natalia keeps several more rain barrels at her other downspouts, raised up from the ground on stands to improve water pressure and for ease of access. Natalia uses the rain she collects to water her trees, berry bushes, lawn, and garden plants. Since the work has been completed the humidity of the basement has dropped significantly and is now within a more comfortable range all of the time.

Natalia fills her watering cans up with water collected from her roof.

Storm-Proof Your Home

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Date/Time: Saturday Oct 24, 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: REEP House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street, Kitchener
Cost: Free.
Parking: Schneider Haus Green – accessible by entering the Joseph Schneider Haus Parking Lot at Mill & Queen and driving on to the grass.
Registration Required (space is limited)

Workshop Summary

Intense rainfalls, heavy winds, ice storms, snap winter thaws… These unpredictable events put our homes at risk for damp, flooded basements, backyard ponding, tree damage and winter slips & falls. Small improvements to your home can provide the peace of mind that your home can weather any storm!

Join us for an interactive tour of REEP House for Sustainable Living where you will learn the simple steps to protect your home from water and wind damage. Certified RAIN Home Visit Guide Brendan Schaefer will demonstrate preventive storm-proofing through the use of rain gardens and permeable pavement as well as best practices for maintaining sump pumps, rain barrels, trees and backwater valves. This tour will help you to understand the work you can do yourself and what is best left to the pros. Find out which storm-proofing improvements can qualify for stormwater utility credits in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Workshop includes
  • Introduction to RAIN program
  • Introduction to stormwater utility credits at City of Kitchener and Waterloo
  • Interactive tour of storm-proof features of REEP House
  • ‘Storm-Proof Home Checklist’ to take home
  • Local service providers list
Presenters

Cheryl Evans, RAIN Program Manager, REEP Green Solutions
Brendan Schaefer, Certified RAIN Guide, REEP Green Solutions

Funder and partner acknowledgement
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