Keatsway Public School staff, students, and Parent Council are working together with Reep Green Solutions to DEPAVE an underutilized area of tarmac and transform it into a naturalized area with trees and shady spots to sit!

On Saturday November 9 volunteers from the school and surrounding community will work together to liberate the ground from asphalt and install healthier soil and mulch in its place to kick-off the playground makeover.

Agenda

This event will go ahead rain or shine! If all goes well the day’s activities will unfold according to this schedule:

  • 9:30-10:00am: Registration, Welcome
  • 10:00-10:20am: Announcements and Safety Training
  • 10:20am-2:00pm: Depaving in teams!
  • 11:30-12 noon: Lunch and refreshments
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Clean-up

What Should I Bring?

  • 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).
  • Bring a pair of old gardening gloves and a shovel if able.

Only free to attend for a couple of hours? That’s okay! We’d love to have you for as long or as little as you’re available.

REGISTER HERE

 

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

 

Funders and Partners

 

Depave Paradise (a program of Reep Green Solutions) will lead the Keatsway Public School community in transforming an underutilized area of tarmac into green space.

Waterloo, ON. On Saturday November 9th, Keatsway Public School in Waterloo, volunteers will use pry bars to literally lift up the tarmac by hand to create a naturalized green space in the school playground. The project will eventually add trees, capture rainwater and showcase a more sustainable way to manage stormwater in urban areas through a program called Depave Paradise. This Depave project is part of an exciting new trend of neighbourhood work bees that renew underutilized, hard urban spaces across Canada.

Students, teachers, parents from the school, and volunteers from the surrounding neighbourhood will gather on Saturday to tear up the asphalt. It is the first step in the process of planting shade trees and adding some green space for the students of Keatsway Public School. Grade 5-6 students from the school conducted a shade audit in the spring and used the information to come up with their own designs for the space. The students will get to see their designs come to life starting Saturday.

“Our students have already learned a lot from doing this project and are deeply invested in the outcome. We have recently lost several trees because of Emerald Ash Borer so the new trees will add some much needed shade in the playground. It will also create a contemplative space for kids to enjoy nature in the City.” Penny Miller Principal, Keatsway Public School.

“Hard surfaces, such as driveways, parking lots and buildings interrupt the natural water cycle. They also create heat islands in our urban centres. By removing pavement and replacing it with trees and native plants we are allowing water to soak in naturally, and can provide shaded spaces in our urban environment,” Patrick Gilbride of Reep Green Solutions explains. Stormwater is the rain or snow that falls on cities and towns and eventually washes into our storm drains. Along the way it picks up a host of toxic chemicals, bacteria, and contaminants like oil, grease, pet waste, litter and salt. These things mix with the water that then proceeds to flow through our drains, untreated, back into rivers and lakes. The Depave Paradise project of Reep Green Solutions seeks to rally the community around increasing green space and educating the next generation on water protection.

Funding for the project has been provided by Region of Waterloo Community Environmental Fund and Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This is just the beginning of Depave, OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects this year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities and this project in Waterloo will encourage greener infrastructure in Waterloo Region and showcase the power of community mobilization for a greener future.

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Reep Green Solutions is an environmental charity based in the Waterloo Region committed to helping people live sustainably. Reep offers home energy, waste reduction, water conservation and healthy yards services.  You may also contact Donnique Williams, [email protected], 519-744-6583 ext. 222, for additional comments

 

Funders and Partners

Photo of paved fountain area in downtown New Hamburg that will be depaved at this event

Join Reep Green Solutions and the New Hamburg community as we transform the paved fountain area into a naturalized garden space in the heart of downtown for all residents and downtown patrons to enjoy!

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS EVENT!

During the event, we will work together to:

  • Remove existing interlocking bricks
  • Remove some gravel fill below to prepare for topsoil and mulch

What Should I Bring?

  • 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
  • Wear long pants and steel toed shoes (otherwise wear closed toe footwear and steel toe caps will be provided)
  • Bring a pair of work or gardening gloves and a shovel if you have them (no overhead tools please)

If you are only available to attend for a couple of hours or can’t be there for the start – that’s okay! We’d love to have you for as long or as little as you’re available.

What is Depave Paradise? Learn more about the project!

Partners and Funders

Logo for Ontario Trillium Foundation, Depave Paradise and Green Communities CanadaNew Hamburg Board of Trade logoTownship of Wilmot logoTD Friends of the Environment Foundation logo

Fall leaves floating in water

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

Reep Green Solutions in partnership with the City of Kitchener, would like to invite you to participate in a unique opportunity to have your say in the future of the outdoor space in the Bridgeport East neighbourhood. Use your first-hand knowledge of the area to contribute ideas for adding green spaces in your community.

The Bridgeport East 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 and childcare will be available.

 

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.

Region of Waterloo logoGrand River Conservation Authority logoCity of Kitchener logo

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.

Region of Waterloo logoGrand River Conservation Authority logoImage result for city of cambridge logo

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.

Region of Waterloo logo

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.

City of Guelph logo

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.


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