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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
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)
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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.

Workshop Funders and partners:
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Oct
13
Sat
2018
Rockway Gardens Pruning Demo and Tour
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Master Gardeners are here to teach budding and experienced gardeners alike how to properly care for trees and shrubs. Learn first-hand how to ensure the health and longevity of your garden through basic pruning techniques.
Master Gardeners will provide a short presentation followed by a tour of the Rockway Gardens to see how different species are pruned during this pruning workshop. A few live demonstrations with branches or potted shrubs will be included.
 
For more gardening tips attend our Waterloo Hands-On Pruning Workshop on October 20th. 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at KidsAbility. More information here or register below.
Date/Time: Saturday, October 13th, 2018,  10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Rockway Centre (1405 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2N9)
Registration: $5-10
Agenda
Presentation: 10:00 a.m.
Tour: 11:00 a.m.
Master Gardeners in the Province of Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to upgrade their skills through technical training. With this training and continuing education, Master Gardeners provide expert horticultural advice to the general public.
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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.
Workshop Funders and Partners:
 

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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

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Oct
15
Mon
2018
Zero Waste Week 2018
Oct 15 – Oct 19 all-day

Join the Sustainability Office for Zero Waste Week to reduce your material footprint and support our campus goal of becoming a zero waste campus by 2035. 

We’re encouraging you to take the Zero Waste Challenge for the week, and have a number of events and activities to support you! Read more about the challenge and supporting activities below:

Zero Waste Challenge  |  Sort-A-Thon  |  Waste reduction quiz  |  Reducing Your Material Footprint open lecture  |  Waste Mountain  |  Terms and conditions

Zero Waste Challenge

Are you ready for the challenge? The rules are simple:

Register your jar on the Zero Waste Challenge registration page

Collect your waste on campus in a 500mL mason jar (or similar-sized container) for one week 
Recycling and composting do not count – use the bins across campus!
Complete the follow-up survey sent to your email
BONUS: Share your progress on social media using #ZeroWasteUW and help inspire others

By completing the steps above, you will be entered to win a zero waste grand prize pack (~$100 value), one of five smaller zero waste prize packs (~$40 value), or one of five $10 WatCard top-ups. See full terms and conditions below. 

We encourage you to try to keep your jar as empty as possible for the week. More importantly, we hope you gain an awareness of how much and what kind of waste you produce in a week so you can start thinking about more sustainable changes.

Supporting activities

We want to make sure you’re equipped with all the tools you need for the Zero Waste Challenge! Here are a number of activities we’ll be offering leading up the Zero Waste Week to help you out:

Activity
Details
Date/Location

Sort-A-Thon

30 seconds to sort 30 common items into the right bins
Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$40 value) or one of five $10 WatCard top-ups 
One entry per person (see terms and conditions)

Across campus between Mon, Sept 24 and Fri, Oct 19
Stay tuned on social media for pop-up dates

Waste reduction quiz

Test your sorting smarts and find out if you’re a Waste Warrior or a Recycling Rookie
Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$40 value) or one of five $10 WatCard top-ups
One entry per person (see terms and conditions)

Open online between Tues, Oct 9 at 8:00am and Fri, Oct 19 at 11:59pm

Open lecture – Reducing Your Material Footprint

Learn about global and local waste challenges
Find out what Waterloo is doing and how you can get involved

Mon, Oct 15 at 12-1pm in RCH 307
Visit our registration page for more information

Waste Mountain

Once again, all the garbage produced in DC will be placed on the green space beside the building for the week
Let’s see if we can shrink the mountain this year!

Mon, Oct 15 – Fri, Oct 19 next to DC

Terms and conditions

Eligibility 

You must be a student or employee at UWaterloo, aged 18 years or older and residing in Ontario. 

Entry

Zero Waste Challenge

The challenge starts on Monday, October 15, 2018. (Registration will open on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 8:00am.)
The follow-up survey will be open until Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:59pm.
The registration form and follow-up survey must both be completed to be entered into the prize draw.
One entry per person.

Sort-A-Thon

Visit a pop-up booth across campus and provide your name and @uwaterloo.ca or @edu.uwaterloo.ca email upon completion to be entered into the prize draw. One entry per person.

Waste Reduction Quiz

Complete the online quiz and provide your @uwaterloo.ca or @edu.uwaterloo.ca email to be entered into the prize draw.
The quiz will be available from Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8:00am until Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Winner selection

The selected winners will be notified by Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
The selected winner must answer a skill testing question correctly before obtaining the prize and being declared winner. If incorrectly answered, another entrant will be selected randomly. 
Selection of winners is randomized, where chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

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.

Partnering with Nature to Heal the Biosphere Tickets, Tue, 16 Oct 2018 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Waterloo Hands-On Pruning Workshop
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Master Gardeners wants to share their expertise in pruning not by showing but doing! Join us as Master Gardeners help prune the landscape at the KidsAbility Centre in Waterloo.
No experience required, dress appropriately, and bring your gloves and pruners (optional).
For more gardening tips attend our Rockway Gardens Pruning Demo and Tour on October 13th. 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Rockway Centre. More information here or register below.
Date/Time: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: KidsAbility Centre (500 Hallmark Dr. Waterloo, ON N2K 3P5)
Registration: $5-10
Agenda
Presentation: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Workshop: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Master Gardeners in the Province of Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to upgrade their skills through technical training. With this training and continuing education, Master Gardeners provide expert horticultural advice to the general public.
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Nov
3
Sat
2018
Prepping Your Home For Winter @ ON
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.
 
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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. 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)