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Sep
15
Sat
2018
All Nations Grand River Water Walk 2018 @ Headwaters of the Grand River
Sep 15 – Sep 29 all-day

The All Nations Water Walk will begin at the headwaters of the Grand River and follow the beautiful river-ways. The walk is intended to honour the water and connect all peoples to creation. It is also a walk in memory of the late Violet Caibaiosai, one of the original Water Walkers.

Boozhoo, Hello.

My English name is Mary Anne Caibaiosai. I am bear clan Anishnaabe kwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, Manitoulin Island. I have received and follow traditional teachings passed from my Elders from my territory and from the Midewewin lodge. I currently reside in Kitchener, Ontario.

I am being led to walk along the Grand River, following in the footsteps of Josephine Mandamin, an Anishnaabe Elder, the original water walker. She has honoured the water by walking around the Great Lakes.

This journey on both sides of the Grand River will start mid-September. We will honour the Grand River by praying for, singing for, and carrying her with a ceremonial pail. We will follow our beliefs and teachings that water is life; has spirit and without her we would not be here. Our word for water is “Nibi” and we say “Nga Zichiige Nibi Onji – We do it for the water”.

This walk is not just a walk; it is a ceremony. We are walking to help the water. We believe when we sing for her, offer her good words and prayers, that she will become clean. It is important that men and women of all ages and color will come to walk for her.

If people cannot walk but want to help the water walk in some way, there are other ways to help! They can help organize fund-raising events for the walkers who will need: food, clean water for drinking, snacks, gas and accommodations. You can also donate to help us on this journey. We plan to camp and/or stay at other accommodations along the route.

There are traditional protocols to be followed for this walk and these will be given to those who commit to the walk.

Megwetch!

Mary Anne Caibaiosai

All Nations Grand River Water Walk 2018

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Heat Pumps 101: Reep House Series
Sep 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Today’s heat pumps can stretch your energy budget
Heat pumps have been around for a long time, so you may have heard of them. But what you may NOT know is that heat pump technology has advanced tremendously in recent years, and has become one of the most energy efficient ways to heat your home.
And heating your home is not the only thing that heat pumps are being used for nowadays. There are now high efficiency heat pump water heaters (like the one we have installed at Reep House) and heat pump clothes dryers on the market as well.
Come to the Reep House for our Heat Pump workshop and learn about all the options, and take a look at our new heat pump water heater. You are also welcome to take part in a short study about your experience with air source heat pumps, feel free to read more here, If you’re interested in taking part, you may fill out this form before you arrive or after the presentation.
Agenda:
Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
Q&A: 2:15 p.m.
Optional Survey & Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
 
Presenter: Brendan Schaefer, Reep Green Solutions
Brendan 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 visits many homes to advise their owners as a Registered Energy Advisor, a RAIN Guide or to conduct visits on how to conserve water.

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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.

Sep
24
Mon
2018
Gardening and Beyond: Our Shared Heritage with the Trees of Preston
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

EVENT DETAILS
Meet at Idea Exchange, Preston and enjoy a guided walk through historic Riverside Park. Throughout its history, the park has been a gathering spot for people in the community. Learn more about the trees that live and grow in the park and share our urban environment. This workshop will be led by Kristen Grittani, an ISA Certified Arborist, and Patrick Gilbride, from Reep Green Solutions. Visit Idea Exchange for more information.
REGISTRATION
Online – Please note an email address is required for online registration.
By phone – 519-653-3632
In Person – Visit any Idea Exchange location to register

Our shared heritage with the trees of Preston – PLEASE REGISTER AT LINK BELOW
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Cambridge City Green MeetUp
Monday, September 24 at 6:30 PM

Meet at the Preston Idea Exchange and take a walk with us down to historic Riverside Park. Throughout its history, the park has been a gathering spot …

Our shared heritage with the trees of Preston – PLEASE REGISTER AT LINK BELOW

Monday, Sep 24, 2018, 6:30 PM

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Meet at the Preston Idea Exchange and take a walk with us down to historic Riverside Park. Throughout its history, the park has been a gathering spot for people in the community. Learn more about the trees that live and grow in the park and share our urban environment. https://ideaexchange.myshopify.com/products/gardening-and-beyond-our-shared-he…

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Sep
29
Sat
2018
Zero Waste 101: Package-Free & BYOC(ontainer)
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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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
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 byoclist@gmail.com
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

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Oct
2
Tue
2018
Protect Your Home from Water Damage
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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“I am a new homeowner and a bit of a newbie when it comes to home improvements. What I learned made things clear about what I could do to get the water away from my foundation.” -Brandie, Kitchener
Intense rainfalls, heavy winds, ice storms, winter thaws… unpredictable weather puts our homes at risk for damp, flooded basements, backyard ponding, and property damage.
Join us for an informative walk around the Fiddlesticks Community Centre and learn the vital steps to protect your own home from water damage.
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 2nd, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Fiddlesticks Community Centre (71 Cowan Blvd, Cambridge, ON N1T 1K7)
Registration: Free (space is limited so reserve your spot)
Light refreshments provided
Presenter: Michael Albanese, RAIN Home Visit Guide, Reep Green Solutions

Michael Albanese is an experienced RAIN Home Visit Guide who has helped hundreds of homeowners to address drainage problems and educate them about green infrastructure, including rain gardens, permeable paving and rainwater harvesting. Michael graduated from University of Waterloo in the Geography and Environmental Management program and is currently completing the Landscape Design program at Ryerson University.

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Oct
13
Sat
2018
Landscape Solutions for Managing Water
Oct 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

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Learn ways to add landscape solutions like rain gardens, bioswales, and trees into your yard. See first-hand the gardens at Avenue Road Baptist Church that are designed to soak up and filter stormwater.
Tour the rain garden and row of trees that reduce water runoff into the newly revamped stormwater pond.  We will discuss actions that can reduce runoff from our properties and help to protect our local water ways, such as nearby Shade’s Mills Pond.
Date/Time: Saturday October 13th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Avenue Road Baptist Church (465 Avenue Rd, Cambridge, ON N1R 5S4)
Registration: Free (space is limited so reserve your spot)
Light refreshments provided
Presenter: Becca Robinson, RAIN Coach, Reep Green Solutions
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.
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Landscape Solutions for Managing Water
Oct 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Cambridge City Green MeetUp
Saturday, October 13 at 12:30 PM

SPACE IS LIMITED PLEASE REGISTER (FREE) AT EVENTBRITE LINK: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/landscape-solutions-for-managing-water-tickets-49477985988 Le…

Landscape Solutions for Managing Water

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 12:30 PM

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EVENT DETAILS SPACE IS LIMITED PLEASE REGISTER (FREE) AT EVENTBRITE LINK: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/landscape-solutions-for-managing-water-tickets-49477985988 Learn ways to add landscape solutions like rain gardens, bioswales, and trees into your yard. See first-hand the gardens at Avenue Road Baptist Church that are designed to soak up and fil…

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Oct
15
Mon
2018
Reducing Your Material Footprint – Open Session @ RCH
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

To kick off Zero Waste Week, join the Sustainability Office to learn about reducing your material footprint! 
This session will challenge you to think differently about how buy items at home and at work, and will provide interactive waste reduction training and resources, including composting and recycling.We’ll finish off the session with the Waste Sorting Challenge, where you’ll have 30 seconds to sort common waste items and be entered to win prizes.
You’ll also be able to pick up a free mason jar to take the Zero Waste Challenge!

Outline:

The circular economy

Local and provincial changes

Waterloo’s direction

Recycling and composting

Moving beyond recycling

Waste sorting challenge

For more information and to register, please visit our registration page. 

Please note that this session is being specially offered for Waste Reduction Week and is part of our Sustainability Certificate, a seven module course for University employees. If you are an employee and would like to attend the other sessions in the series, please visit the Sustainability Certificate webpage for more information. (You will be awarded credit for SUS105 – Reducing Your Material Footprint.)

Oct
16
Tue
2018
Partnering with Nature to Heal the Biosphere @ Kitchener Public Library Theatre
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Partnering With Nature To Heal The Biosphere | list of panelists and event date/time/venue

Earth is in crisis, but there is much we can and should do. How can we work with nature to heal the wounds we’ve inflicted?

A handful of leading-edge thinkers will be presenting their solutions at a public forum. All speakers have been involved in research and practices that contribute to the reversal of greenhouse gas emissions through natural agricultural approaches and tree-planting to restore land, and from environmental activists who see the need to encourage any and all methods to draw down existing carbon that will complement the technological methods of preventing future emissions.

This event will honour Michael Purves-Smith, who initiated the project, but did not live to see it take place. Michael’s goal was to raise awareness in Waterloo Region of the urgency for a holistic solution to the crisis of the biosphere.


Partnering With Nature To Heal The Biosphere

  • Welcome and Introduction
    John Jackson
  • Start
    Susan Bryant and Shannon Purves-Smith
  • 4 per 1000 Initiative
    Jodi Koberinski
  • Climate Smart Food
    Lloyd Helferty
  • Soil, Organic Matter, Decomposition
    Dr. Paul Voroney, University of Guelph
  • Q & A
    with panel
  • Population, Importance of Educating Women
    Shannon Purves-Smith
  • Restoring Nature, Restoring Ourselves
    Martin Tamlyn, Ignatius Centre
  • Nature Bonds and Transforming Taxation
    Niara van Gaalen
  • Q & A
    with panel

When: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Kitchener Public Library Theatre
Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener Map
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This event is being brought to you by Shannon Purves-Smith with support from the Grand River Environmental Network.

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Nov
3
Sat
2018
Prepping Your Home For Winter
Nov 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Home Energy COACH
Before you know it the snow will be falling. Is your home ready for the harsh winter to come? Learn about your options for renovation to make your home more comfortable this winter. There is still time before the snow flies to take care of items that can make your rooms more cozy – get some ideas of what works and what the most cost-effective methods for your home are.
Agenda
Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
Q&A: 2:15 p.m.
Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Phillip Drader, Registered Energy Advisor
Philip Drader is Reep’s Energy Coach and has conducted 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.

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.
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)