Leaves with water droplets

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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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. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact [email protected] if you have any dietary restrictions for us to accommodate.

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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Grand River Conservation Authority logoCity of Waterloo logo

 

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.

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.

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)

Reep Green Solutions is proud to announce the much anticipated RAIN Smart Framework for Municipalities! We worked together with Partners for Action to develop a guide for engaging communities on progressive stormwater management. This framework includes ready-to-use templates and resources on how to build a program to engage a residential neighbourhood on lot-level stormwater management.

Our work developing the RAIN Smart Neighbourhood Project in the City of Kitchener in Lakeside and Mount Hope neighbourhoods provided us with the real world experience to create this framework. The project ground tested several methods of engagement with homeowners to increase resiliency of stormwater infrastructure on a neighbourhood scale.

Municipalities can use this framework as an aid to develop their own strategies for enlisting community members help to manage rain close to where it falls. The framework offers practical suggestions to increase public awareness of stormwater management issues and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), promoting residential update of GSI, and fostering collaboration between residential homeowners, citizen grounds and municipal staff.

 

Download the RAIN Smart Framework for Municipalities!

 

RAIN Smart infographic

This project was made possible with the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, City of Kitchener, and Partners for Action.

 

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What’s a ‘depave’? Learn more about the project!

Join Reep Green Solutions and Sheppard Public School Parent Council as we transform an underused area of tarmac into a naturalized play space!  During the workday, we will work together to:

–  Remove remaining tarmac and associated gravel sublayer

–  Fill in the new space with healthy soil and mulch to prepare for Sheppard classes to subsequently plant trees and shrubs

– Clean up the Natural Area (prune shrubs, rake leaves, etc)

– *New* ‘Kids’ activities provided by Evergreen’s Neighbourhood Nature Play program

Refreshments and lunch will be available at the event but please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Dress according to the weather and be prepared to get dirty. We recommend long pants and closed toe shoes (bring steel toed shoes if able, toe caps will be provided). Families are welcomed to join, activities available for all ages.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 28, 10am – 2pm
Location: Sheppard Public School ( 278 Weber St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 1G2) 
Registration: Free
Refreshments + lunch provided

Agenda

All Day | Natural Area Clean Up

10am – 12pm | Remove Tarmac + Gravel .

12pm – 2pm | Soil + Mulching

Partners

Logo for Ontario Trillium Foundation, Depave Paradise and Green Communities Canada

 

Registration

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)