We can’t escape the fact that we are mortal beings. If you’re dissatisfied, like we are, that the only options currently available in Ontario are environmentally harmful burial and cremation practices, then this workshop is for you. Welcome to the Good Green Death Project!

This workshop will be facilitated by Susan Koswan, Instigator of the Good Green Death Project, specializing in green, natural and family-led funeral, burial and end of life care options.

Agenda

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE

 

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. Evolv1 is close to the ION R&T station and has bike parking and EV plug in stations. The building also has free parking available.

Photo Notice

By your entry, you consent to the possibility of being included in the footage and to the purposes for which it may be used: to publicize the event taking place in this area and/or to promote Reep Green Solutions. Individual participants will not be identified without their consent. Reep Green Solutions has exclusive rights to and ownership of this multimedia footage. Speak with the staff/volunteers if you would like to opt-out of appearing in photo/video. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

Check out Reep Green Solutions Zero Waste 101 for more blog posts and videos on how you can reduce your waste. Zero Waste Challenge this October!

If you pick up dog waste 3x a day in a plastic grocery bag, that’s 1000+ bags of waste that go to the landfill yearly!

There are also tons of options to handle the waste responsibly. Did you know that you can compost pet waste? You can either throw it in the green bin with compostable plastic bags or make your own compost! Join us to learn more about the options, from DIY compost to park drop offs!

Agenda

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 p.m.

Reep Open House (take a look at the poop composter outside!): 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE

 

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)

Photo Notice

By your entry, you consent to the possibility of being included in the footage and to the purposes for which it may be used: to publicize the event taking place in this area and/or to promote Reep Green Solutions. Individual participants will not be identified without their consent. Reep Green Solutions has exclusive rights to and ownership of this multimedia footage. Speak with the staff/volunteers if you would like to opt-out of appearing in photo/video. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

Event Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez on Unsplash

The holiday season is for giving but it is also the time of year when we generate mountains of waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or the recycle bin. This year, why not plan ahead and do your part to reduce waste? Join us for a family friendly workshop to re-use materials and print your own decorative wrapping paper and cards, and explore some creative gift ideas that reduce and re-use waste.

 

Workshop Agenda

Sunday December 2nd, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Mill Courtland Centre, Multi-Purpose Room

1:00 – 1:05: Introductions, brief background on waste in KW

1:05 – 1:10: Demonstration of suggested techniques for printing wrapping paper and cards

1:10 – 3:45 – Let’s Create!

3:45: Show and Tell, and brief discussion on other ideas to reduce and reuse waste during holidays

3:50: Clean up, conclusion

 

NOTES

  • The workshop is free and open to all ages. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Basic materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring along tools or materials they would like to re-use.

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending

Are you still confused about what’s recyclable or not?

Join us in this workshop with the Region of Waterloo’s expert on the ins and outs of blue box recycling, how to identify what is and what is not recyclable and what happens to the stuff we put inside our blue box!

As we strive for a greener and sustainable future, we will also discuss the future of recycling and long-term strategic direction for sustainable waste management in the region. We are so excited to offer this workshop as part of the Zero Waste Challenge in the month of October.

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 p.m.

Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Deanna Dakin – Region of Waterloo Waste Management

Deanna Dakin has worked in both consulting services and the public sector for the past 30 years with over 20 years of waste management experience. She has launched a successful, hands-on, environmental education program; assisted in the development of an environmental management system; and has conducted waste audits for both residential and ICI sectors. Currently, she is a member of the Projects and Communications Team in the Waste Management Division.

The Waste Management Division provides residential waste collection, diversion and disposal for Waterloo Region. Our contractors make over 1 million stops a month to provide recycling, garbage, green bin, yard waste and bulky item collection to our residents. Additional diversion programs are available for clothing, drywall, building supplies, bicycles, pallets and hazardous waste at the Waterloo waste management site.

To learn more about the Region of Waterloo’s recycling guide and waste management, please visit:

Website: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/waste

Twitter: @WasteWR

Facebook: Region of Waterloo Waste Management

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)

Join Reep Green Solutions for a relaxing and informative evening stroll in downtown Kitchener to enjoy the pleasure of walking AND learn more about the natural and human history of our community.  Along the route, Reep Community Outreach Volunteer, Michele Martin will share natural history tidbits about the plants, animals and habitats that are part of our community, while local historian rych mills will share some of his wide knowledge of the built environment.

We meet at Reep House and will finish up in Victoria Park at the Boathouse. All ages welcome, although kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.  Don’t forget to bring some water!

Time: 5-6:30pm

Date: Thursday, July 26th

Leader: Michele Martin, Reep Community Outreach Volunteer; rych mills, Local Historian

Meeting Spot: The Reep House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street, Kitchener

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, there is free temporary parking available at the lot on Mitchell Street. From there you can walk across the green to the back of Reep House.

Waterloo Region is part of the Grand River watershed and the river flows around and through the Tri-City area on it’s way down to Lake Erie. From September 14-29, Anishnaabe Elder Mary Anne Caibaiosai, will lead an All Nations Water Walk along the full length of the Grand River from source to mouth and back. Come and meet Mary Anne at the Reep House to find out more about the Walk and how to get involved. “Nga Zichiige Nibi Onji – We do it for the water”.

Time: 5 – 6 PM

Date: Wednesday July 4th, 2018

PRESENTER

Mary Anne Caibaiosai

Mary Anne Caibaiosai is bear clan Anishnaabe kwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, Manitoulin Island, who currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario. Mary Anne is being led to walk along the Grand River, following in the footsteps of Josephine Mandamin, an Anishnaabe Elder, the original water walker, who honoured the water by walking around the Great Lakes. The Water Walk is not just a walk, it is a ceremonial journey to help the water and to offer her good words, prayers and song.

For more information about the Grand River All Nations Water Walk or to donate, please visit:

https://www.grandriverwaterwalk2018.com/

Host: Michele Martin, Reep Community Outreach Volunteer

Michele Martin is a Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator at Reep Green Solutions. She is passionate about sustainable living, and has been teaching and learning how to practice it for over 30 years. Michele has a PhD in Environmental Studies and has held various leadership roles in the environmental NGO sector, including the position of Executive Director at Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S), a national NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable living.

Photo by Luca Bravo on Unsplash

Join us for a relaxing and informative community bike ride to explore cycling routes through Kitchener’s natural spaces. We’ll learn about some of the plants and animals that share our urban spaces while being guided through our bike trails. What a perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day and/or the cycling month of June!

We will meet at Reep House and follow cycle paths to Filsinger Park and Monarch Woods before returning to Reep House. All ages welcome, although kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget your helmet and some water!

We will be accompanied by Cycling into the Future, a local organisation that promotes the love of biking among young people and believes that cycling makes our world a better place – and they’ll give us a few safety tips along the way.

AGENDA

Intro & Safety Info: 1:30 – 1:40 pm
Bike Ride: 1:40 – 3:00 pm, approx.
Reep Open House: 3:00 – 3:30pm

PRESENTERS

Michele Martin, Reep community outreach volunteer

Michele Martin is a Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator at Reep Green Solutions. She is passionate about sustainable living, and has been teaching and learning how to practice it for over 30 years. Michele has a PhD in Environmental Studies and has held various leadership roles in the environmental NGO sector, including the position of Executive Director at Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S), a national NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable living.

Cycling into the Future

Cycling Into The Future promotes the love of biking among Grade 5 students. They believe that cycling makes our world a better place. It can improve our personal lives, enhance our communities and protect our earth. Through a series of challenges, we seek to build knowledge, skill and confidence in students, so they can become safe and enthusiastic cyclists.

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.

 

Photo by Blubel on Unsplash

Sustainable Living Series

The Sustainable Living Series is a monthly event series that focuses on helping you to live more sustainably in your day to day life.

Learn how to reduce your food waste!

Food is a central part of all of our lives, and yet much of the food produced ends up being thrown away. About 50% of all food waste happens at the household level. Join members of the Avocado Co-op to learn about food waste in Canada, helpful tips for reducing your food waste, and learn how to make your own beeswax wraps to replace plastic wrap in your home! We’ll also have the results of our household food storage experiment where we compare reusable containers, plastic wrap, silicone food covers, and beeswax wraps for their ability to keep food fresh.

Leah Blechschmidt

 Leah Blechschmidt is a Master’s student at the University of Guelph studying apples and the role of pollinators in food production. She has been with the Avocado Co-op for over a year, and is passionate about creating solutions to benefit both humans and the environment.

Patricia Huynh is a Social and Ecological Sustainability PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo who is passionate about science communication, benthic macroinvertebrates, and the environment. Her hobbies include making soap, tending to her indoor urban jungle, and learning new crafty skills.

AGENDA

  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A: 2:00 p.m.
  • REEP Open House: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided. After the presentation, stay to explore the Reep House for Sustainable Living and check out the house’s environmental features.

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 S.

Sustainable Living Series

The Sustainable Living Series is a monthly event series that focuses on helping you to live more sustainably in your day to day life.

Crash course in composting with worms

Do you want to compost but don’t have access to a green bin? Does the idea of sustainable, year-round fertilizer for your houseplants and/or garden sound appealing? Do you just really want to have the weirdest pets on the block? Time to start vermicomposting!

Join us at the Reep House on for this crash course in vermicompsting (composting with worms)! The talk will include information on how to get started, recommended supplies, tips and tricks from a seasoned worm keeper, as well as Q+A period to address any questions you may have.

The workshop will be faciliated by Heather Cray. Heather is a PhD candidate and restoration ecologist at the University of Waterloo.

AGENDA

  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A: 2:00 p.m.
  • REEP Open House: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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 S.

Sustainable Living Series

The Sustainable Living Series is a monthly event series that focuses on helping you to live more sustainably in your day to day life.

Learn how to GREEN your HOLIDAYS with @ZeroWasteTrish!

Join us at the Reep House as we kick off this joyful season with an eco focused discussion on how to have MORE this holidays by creating LESS trash!

How could your celebrations look if you considered the earth, oceans and air in every decision you make surrounding the holidays? With a just pinch of planning, it truly is so easy to reduce the amount of household trash you and your family create this busy season. Plus, you will save lots of money by producing less waste! Come for a lively seminar on ways to enhance your holiday traditions with a zero waste mindset. There will be simple hacks and tips to reduce the environmental impact of gifts, meals, parties, decorations and more. Come prepared with your list of obstacles to zero waste this December and as a group we can brainstorm solutions!

Trish Jane is a full fledged “zero waster” ever since making the commitment on July 1, 2017. For more details follow her on Instagram @zerowastetrish. While it has only been a few months, her environmental journey started quite early in life with numerous upcycling projects, thrifting, and an interest in home remedies. She attended the University of Waterloo and graduated with a planning degree which helped to strengthen her understanding of sustainability. However interesting urban planning may be, her real passion is natural health. And so, in 2005 Trish got a job at a health food store and has worked passionately ever since to best assist her customers on their journey to good health. She has attended hundreds of seminars and learning sessions on all things from maca to magnesium and is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) as certified from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). Trish is currently a senior staff member at the locally owned store Fiddleheads Health & Nutrition, where she works part time as she also has a two year old daughter at home. Thankfully, her husband and toddler are very supportive of the zero waste journey and now have a mason jar on the counter as their household garbage pail.

Trish Jane is a full fledged “zero waster” ever since making the commitment on July 1, 2017. For more details follow her on Instagram @zerowastetrish. While it has only been a few months, her environmental journey started quite early in life with numerous upcycling projects, thrifting, and an interest in home remedies. She attended the University of Waterloo and graduated with a planning degree which helped to strengthen her understanding of sustainability. However interesting urban planning may be, her real passion is natural health. And so, in 2005 Trish got a job at a health food store and has worked passionately ever since to best assist her customers on their journey to good health. She has attended hundreds of seminars and learning sessions on all things from maca to magnesium and is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) as certified from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). Trish is currently a senior staff member at the locally owned store Fiddleheads Health & Nutrition, where she works part time as she also has a two year old daughter at home. Thankfully, her husband and toddler are very supportive of the zero waste journey and now have a mason jar on the counter as their household garbage pail.

AGENDA

Our original early afternoon workshop has filled up, so we’re offering a second session following the first presentation and the Reep Open House:

  • Reep Open House: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Presentation: 3:30 p.m.
  • Q&A: 4:00 p.m.

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 S.


Upcoming Events

  1. Dog Poop Compost? Living Zero Waste as a Dog Owner

    October 26 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  2. Throwing Away our Throwaway Culture | Waste and Your Carbon Footprint

    November 4 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. The Good Green Death Project

    November 23 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm