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.

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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)

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)

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 DETAILSphoto of food in bulk

Are you concerned with how much personal waste you’re producing, but unsure where to start? Or perhaps you’ve made some changes, but don’t know where to go from there? In this talk we’ll help put you on the path to less waste and give you the tools to make a good start, including how to do it locally. You may even save some money along the way!

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: REEP House for Sustainable Living (20 Mill Street Kitchener, ON N2G)
Registration: $5-10

Agenda

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 p.m.

Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Amanda Baker

woman holding a container Amanda has lived in this Region for most of her life, and had always recycled, but she wanted to do more. After discovering the Zero Waste lifestyle, she quickly learned that there was much more that she could do to reduce what she sent to the landfill, and has been working towards that goal ever since. She now knows that making small changes as she moves toward a Zero Waste lifestyle can have a huge positive impact on the environment!

 

 

 

To learn more about BYOC & Zero Waste Waterloo Region please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/166776287366357/

https://www.instagram.com/byoclistwaterlooregion/

Or contact Amanda for more questions at [email protected]

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 see map)

Registration

SUSTAINABLE LIVING Series

Are you interested in learning about local and sustainable food initiatives in the Waterloo Region? Have you ever wondered about edible plants and plant-based nutrition?

Come to the Reep House to hear from two local health and sustainable food champions about how you can live, eat, and purchase more sustainably in the Waterloo Region. Our ‘Food for Thought’ panelists are Nicola Thomas from Grand River Food Forestry and Joe Mancini from The Working Centre. Nicola and Joe will provide some “food for thought” on edible landscapes, plant-based nutrition, and community food access. This event will include a presentation by each panelist, followed by a Q&A period to discuss your questions and ideas.

PRESENTERS

Nicola Thomas (Grand River Food Forestry)

Talk: Regenerative and Restorative Edible Landscapes

Nicola Thomas PDC (Permaculture Design Consultant), is a passionate caretaker of the environment. Nicola is the founder Grand River Food Forestry (grandriverfoodforestry.com) and the Edible Trails Project in the Waterloo Region. Over the past 4 years in collaboration with local community groups such community centers, public schools, U of W etc. GRFF has successfully transformed over 6000 square feet of underutilized green space into productive food harvesting sites, as well as food, habitat and shelter for pollinators. Nicola is deeply committed to increasing community awareness of restorative food forestry in urban environments. She shares her knowledge of restorative agriculture through educational talks, seminars, one-on one mentoring, hands on practical workshops, consultations and landscape design.

Joe Mancini (The Working Centre)

Talk: Local and sustainable plant-based food

Joe Mancini has been in the middle of The Working Centre’s journey creating food access and learning projects. They include vital community projects like St. John’s Kitchen, Queen Street Commons Cafe, Fresh Ground Cafe, the teaching kitchen – Maurita’s Kitchen, Queens Green Community Garden, the GROW greenhouse for microgreen and seedling production and the 2 acre Hacienda Sarria Market Garden. These projects have taught us a great deal about access to tools, skills development, nutrition and community knowledge.

 

AGENDA

  • Presentations: 1:30pm
  • Q&A: 2:00-2:30pm
  • Open House: 2:30-3:30pm
  • Light refreshments will be provided.

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.

Image photo credit: barnimages.com Greens and vegetables in store via photopin (license)

Watch Executive Director Mary Jane Patterson tour the Reep House and explain all its incredibly practical green home features for the Climate Atlas of Canada mapping project.

The Reep House is a 100-year old house in Waterloo, Ontario that has been retrofitted to be maximally energy efficient. This demonstration project shows how older housing stock can be an effective part of the climate change solution through a combination of cutting edge technology and simple upgrades.

 

The Climate Atlas of Canada
The Climate Atlas  is an interactive tool for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change in Canada. It combines climate science, mapping, videography, and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home, and is designed to inspire local, regional, and national action and solutions.

Sustainable Living Series

Spring is just around the corner! What better time to declutter our closets, refresh our wardrobes and make more sustainable fashion choices? Join us for this special clothing swap and workshop on sustainable textiles!

Textile waste is a growing problem because there are no effective ways to recycle textiles back into clothing. Fast fashion and the domination of polyester and other synthetic textiles have resulted in a plastic pollution crisis. When synthetic textiles are washed and break down they release tiny plastic threads called microfibres that collect toxins linked to developmental delays, diabetes, and cancers. What’s worse – they’re turning up in our food and beverages!

Come out and learn from a local, all-female start-up working to save you from eating your dirty laundry while reducing your plastic footprint by participating in our clothing swap!

HOW IT WORKS

Drop off your pre-loved clothing items at Reep, join us for an exciting presentation from Polygone Technologies, then SWAP for “new” additions to your wardrobe! The best part? You can do all of this without the extra cost or waste!

Clothing swap options:

  1. Drop off your pre-loved clothes and accessories to the Reep House between 1:00-3:00pm on April 5-6 to receive a swap ticket for the number of items you can exchange on the day of the event; OR
  2. Bring in your items on the day of the event for a swap ticket to be used after the presentation. Each participant is allowed to take home one item per item brought in.

*All items that are not taken home will be donated after the event.

AGENDA:

  • Clothing drop off: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • Q&A: 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Clothing Swap: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Reep Open House: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

PRESENTER:

Lauren Smith grew up on Lake St. Clair, near Lake Erie, and has resided in the Region of Waterloo since 2005. For the last 5 years, her research has focused on water. Most recently, it has shifted to behaviours and decisions around water management. With an MES in Sustainability Management (Water) from the University of Waterloo, Lauren founded PolyGone Technologies, a Velocity Science start-up working to capture microfibres, the predominant form of microplastic pollution. She and her partner are developing user-friendly products that capture microfibres within the washing machine as well as within other industries, such as beverage processing and aquaculture. When not doing laundry, Lauren can be found rock climbing, cooking vegan meals from her garden, or sipping local brews with her cats and dog.

For more information:

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @LKeira @PolyGoneTech
Website: http://www.polygonetechnologies.com
Facebook: PolyGoneTechnologies

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.

REEP House Series

The REEP HOUSE Series is a monthly series of events that showcases the technology and displays at the REEP House for Sustainable Living and explores other ideas and options for living sustainably.

A Reep House Christmas

Sorry! We’ve decided to cancel this event. Brendan Schaefer will share his great tips on efficiently using water and energy over the holidays in a blog post instead.

green christmas lights

Managing Water Sustainably on Your Property: A case study from rare’s North House

Presenters:
Becca Robinson, MLA, Reep Green Solutions, RAIN Coach
Tom Woodcock, Ph.D., Planning Ecologist, rare Charitable Research Reserve

Register Now

Cost: Free

Location: rare Charitable Research Reserve, North House, 681 Blair Rd., Cambridge/North Dumfries

There is limited parking (up to 12 vehicles) available at the North House. There is overflow parking on Blair Road a short walk along the Springbank Trail to North House (see map for details).

Take 401 west to Exit # 275 Fountain St./Homer Watson.  Turn left on to Fountain St.  Turn right on to Blair Rd. Continue through Village of Blair, 3 km to North House, located on right (south) side at 681 Blair Road.


Workshop Description

The landscape at North House, a solar-powered house at rare Charitable Research Reserve, is getting a redesign!  Please join us to get a window into a real-world project while it is under construction and learn ways for managing water sustainably that can be put to good use on your own property. The garden installation will include a variety of native plants, and serve as an inaugural feature of the Chamberlain Pollinator Conservatory at rare.

We will look at the factors considered in developing the design and demonstrate how you can use these types of landscape features in your own yard to promote infiltration of rain while beautifying your space.  The workshop will consist of a brief presentation followed by a walk-around the project site. Depending on the weather and the conditions at the time, people will be encouraged to help in planting the gardens, so please dress appropriately and be prepared to get dirty (if you choose to).

Speaker Bios

Becca Robinson is the Principal Designer is the RAIN Coach for Reep Green Solutions.

In her career Becca has been a 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.

Tom Woodcock is the Planning Ecologist at rare, responsible for conservation and land management issues on the 900+ acre property. He has a Bachelor of Science (agriculture) from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine.

Partners and Funders Acknowledgement

This workshop is co-presented by Reep Green Solutions and rare Charitable Research Reserve.

We would like to acknowledge those who through their support have made the workshop possible: RBC Bluewater, City of Cambridge; Fiskars Project Orange Thumb ; Region of Waterloo Community Environmental Fund; Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation Pollinator Conservatory; KPMG; Dufferin Construction

REEP HouseThis Sustainable House is a monthly series of events that showcases the technology and displays at the REEP House for Sustainable Living and uses them as a jumping off point to explore other ideas and options to make your home more sustainable.

THIS SUSTAINABLE HOUSE

Water Conservation Features

A look at how you can reduce your water use at home by taking a closer look at the features and displays at the REEP House for Sustainable Living such as our grey water system, high efficiency toilet, shower head display, washing machine and dishwasher.

Energy Efficient Dish WasherYour sustainable home guide is Brendan Schaefer.

April 16

REEP House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill St., Kitchener

AGENDA

  • Doors Open 1:00 p.m.
  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Open House 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grey Water UnitAdvance registration below is appreciated.

Brendan-Schaefer_Headshot_croppedBrendan Schaefer is 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. He frequently conducts W.E.T. audits to advise homeowners on how to reduce their use of water.