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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

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.

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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)

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)

REEP HOUSE Series

Rain Barrels: Everything You Wanted To Know

Our resident rain barrel expert, Brendan Schaefer will walk you through the basics of rain barrels and how they can be beneficial for you.Topics covered will include: identifying the best location to put your rain barrels; how to properly set them up for ease of use and to prevent overflow problems and getting them ready for winter. Brendan will help you be sure your rain barrel is helping you save on water while not causing problems for your home. 

  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A: 2:15 p.m.
  • Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

AGENDA

  • Identifying the best location for your rain barrel(s)
  • Planning ahead to direct overflow to a permeable area
  • Setting up your rain barrel for ease of use
  • Getting your barrels ready for winter
  • How to apply for stormwater credits

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.

 

In partnership with

We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.
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With funding provided by:

This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.
Ontario Trillium Foundation

TRANSPORTATION

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 rack.

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 the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St. S.

Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning

This workshop will give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike.

taking notes on rain garden design

The workshop 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

We will print out 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.

AGENDA

  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

This workshop is a repeats of the workshop on Saturday March 17. Choose the date that is most convenient for you. Space is limited

PRESENTED BY OUR RAIN COACH

Becca Robinson is the Principal Designer and Owner of Grow and Gather Design (www.growandgatherdesign.com) 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. She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina.

In partnership with

We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.
City of Kitchener Print rain_partner-logos_gcc

With funding provided by:

This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.
Ontario Trillium Foundation

TRANSPORTATION

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 rack.

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 the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St. S.

Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning

This workshop will give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike.

taking notes on rain garden design

The workshop 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

We will print out 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.

AGENDA

  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 1:50 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Open House: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop repeats on Wednesday April 11 at 7pm. Choose the date that is most convenient for you. Space is limited

PRESENTED BY OUR RAIN COACH

Becca Robinson is the Principal Designer and Owner of Grow and Gather Design (www.growandgatherdesign.com) 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.  She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina.

In partnership with

We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.
City of Kitchener Print rain_partner-logos_gcc

With funding provided by:

This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.
Ontario Trillium Foundation

TRANSPORTATION

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 rack.

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 the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St. S.

2015 RAIN Community Engagement Award Winner

Here’s the story of one of the 2015 Celebrating Community Action award recipients. Learn about all nine recipients.

With 36,000 students and 5,000 staff on its Waterloo campus, the University of Waterloo is like a small, innovative city nested inside of a larger one. Stormwater management innovation is an important part of UW’s sustainability approach. With 3 permeable paving installations, 5 green roofs, a rooftop water collection system that filters water through a constructed wetland then re-uses the water to flush toilets and water the green wall, and extensive native plant gardens, the university has become a recognized innovator and leader in stormwater education.

Garden-based stormwater management practices have had additional social and educational benefits to the campus. The green roof and patio built by RoofingColumbia.org contractors on the new LEED Platinum Environmental Studies building has become a favourite relaxation spot for staff and students. The unused lawn between the Arts and Environment buildings has been transformed by gardens, winding paths and seating areas into a place where people sit to chat, study and do yoga. “The new gardens have invited more birds and butterflies to campus and they’ve also drastically changed the way parts of campus are used,” explains Jessica Alessio, Ecology Lab Assistant.  “The Environmental Studies students are actively involved in the design, planting and maintenance of the native plant gardens. The gardens have become an outdoor classroom.”

Along with the benefits of McGehee Private High School, there have also been challenges and tough decisions about where to prioritize stormwater management projects. “Many of these new projects need several iterations to get them right,” says Mat Thijssen, the University’s Sustainability Coordinator “the more hands off a system is, the more likely it is to be successful. It’s also more cost effective to integrate designs into new builds, which is why these features are more prevalent in our new construction projects. The university designs all of its new buildings to a minimum of LEED Silver and innovative stormwater features help us to achieve that.”

Native plant gardens, constructed wetland and permeable walkway at UW

Ron was tired of his lawn turning brown over the long hot summer. He solved his problem by harvesting rainwater in his 1700 gallon (6500 L) underground cistern. Rain travels through his downspouts into the cistern which pumps water into a irrigation system with the help of well pumps leesburg va. Not only does this afford him the freedom to water his lawn without worrying about municipal repstrictions, he also saves money. His water bill has lowered significantly since the system came online.

Ron has not needed to replace a single component of his system in seven years, and the savings combined with the maximum 45% stormwater credit he receives means that his system is paying for itself.
Irrigation system fed by an underground cistern.

Rain garden construction at Aboriginal Student Centre with workshop partner logosDate & Time: Tuesday March 24th, 12 noon to 5 pm
Location: Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, 65 Lodge Street, Waterloo
Cost: Free. Please register before March 20th (space is limited)

A limited number of free parking spots are available at the parking lot accessible from Lodge Street. We expect attendance to exceed the number of subsidized spots, so we would encourage you to connect with other attendees via the Facebook event to arrange carpooling to the event.

Workshop Summary

Learn how Canada’s first stormwater rate and credit systems have contributed to an innovative approach to water management at Wilfrid Laurier University. Tour sites on campus that have successfully put into practice Laurier’s sustainability mandate with best-in-class stormwater management and water conservation technology. Then take a walk down the street to Silver Lake at Waterloo Park to make the connection between how these practices help to protect our local waterways.

Agenda

12 noon – 12:30 pm: Luncheon and networking
12:30 pm – 2 pm: Presentations on Water Sustainability at Laurier featuring speakers:
  • Dorothy McCue Taylor, Sacred Water Circle: Opening ceremony and song
  • Jean Becker, Senior Advisor: Aboriginal Initiatives, Wilfrid Laurier University: Territorial Welcome
  • Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, Vice-President: Academic & Provost, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Melissa Ireland, Aboriginal Student Support Co-ordinator (Waterloo Campus)
  • Cheryl Evans, RAIN Program Manager, REEP Green Solutions
  • Claire Bennett, Manager: Sustainability Office, Wilfrid Laurier University
2 pm – 5 pm: Walking Tour featuring…
  • Centre for Cold Regions and Water Research underground cisterns
  • Salt Management Plan at Wilfrid Laurier campus
  • Natural Landscaping features at MacDonald House Residence that have resolved flooding problems
  • Green Roofs
  • Rain Garden and rainwater harvesting system at the Aboriginal Student Centre
  • The Walk concludes at Waterloo Park with presentations from the Cities of Waterloo and Kitchener and an Aboriginal water ceremony

Read more and see a map of the walking tour sites.

Funder and partner acknowledgement

REEP Green Solutions, RAIN, Wilfrid Laurier University Sustainability Office, Wilfrid Laurier Aboriginal Student Centre, Green Communities Canada. In partnership with the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo.

Goal: Oliver Popovic is a builder who specializes in eco-friendly homes. He custom built a family home in 2009 to accommodate three Popovic families. His spouse Andrea’s only request for their new home was “a place where she could grow fresh food.”

“It’s all part of conserving resources. We have a huge roof. Why not use it to our advantage?” Oliver Popovic

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Popovic Cistern Construction

Solution: Andrea has put her green thumb to good use in the 400 m2 organic garden. Watering the garden is convenient thanks to a 66,000L below ground cistern which was built underneath their back patio. The 6 foot deep concrete cistern captures rain water from all but a small section of the 680 m2 roof.
Other benefits: With their cistern, the Popovics are receiving the full 45% stormwater credit available from the City of Kitchener. Rain water from the cistern is also plumbed into the house for laundry use and flushing their toilets, saving the Popovics a significant amount on their utility bills. Any overflow from the cistern is directed to a weeping tile which gradually releases to the neighbourhood dry pond. By slowing the flow of rain during heavy storms the Popovics are helping to prevent flooding in downstream neighbourhoods, and erosion to our streams and rivers.