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Stretch your Energy Budget | Today’s Heat Pumps
Mar 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Today’s heat pumps can stretch your energy budget!
Have you heard of an air source heat pump (ASHP)? The ASHP is now one of the most efficient ways to heat a home. The technology has been around for a long time but most people don’t realize it’s an option for them.
Join us at Evolv1, Canada’s first net-positive energy multi-tenant building, for our workshop on air source heat pumps! The performance reliability and efficiency of the technology makes an air source heat pump an attractive option for homeowners. A local system installer will explain how the ASHP functions, and the potential benefits to installing the system. Any technical questions you may have will be answered by an industry expert!
Learn about the various system designs and receive expert advice on which ASHP model will be best suited for your home. If you’re a homeowner or landlord in Waterloo Region, you’re also invited to take part in a short study examining consumer interest in installing the ASHP. Participation in the study is voluntary, and you are welcome to attend the workshop without taking part in the study.
Presentation | 1:30 p.m.
Q&A | 2:15 p.m.
Optional Survey & Light Refreshments | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m
Location | Evolv1, 420 Wes Graham Way, Waterloo, ON
Who should attend? New and experienced homeowners, landlords/property owners, students, researchers, industry professionals, energy afffciandos.

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Jim Bolger, Waterloo Energy Products
Jim is the Owner & President of Waterloo Energy Products, an industry leading turnkey Mechanical System Design/ Build Installation Contractor in Residential, Commercial, and Industrial HVAC and Renewable Energy Sector. Jim strives to help home and business owners across Ontario achieve “Best Fit” solutions for Energy Conservation and Efficient HVAC Solutions. Jim stands as current President on the Ontario Geothermal Association Board of Directors representing the Geothermal Industry in Advocacy, Education and Technology Awareness.
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.

Can students lead a sustainable, zero waste lifestyle?
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As students with busy schedules, we often choose convenience over sustainability. This lifestyle can adversely impact the environment, especially in today’s changing climate.
How can we lead a sustainable lifestyle as busy students? Join us in this talk to learn the tips and tricks on how students can lead a sustainable or zero waste lifestyle for a better future!
Two students who are experts in the sustainable student lifestyle will share their experiences and perspectives. Representatives from the UW Sustainable Office will also be present to talk about the programs available for students who want to live sustainably and listen to your ideas!
There will be free refereshments and chance to win a prize generously donated by Zero Waste Bulk!

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Speaker presentations
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Panel discussion/Q&A
Important note: Registration is required

Kristen Regier

Kristen Regier is a Candidate for a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Planning, at the University of Waterloo. She is also the co-owner of In Balance Co., a sustainable lifestyle blog that focuses on sustainability / zero-waste living for students. She began transitioning to a low-waste lifestyle in 2017, and is constantly looking for ways to further reduce her environmental impact while balancing the financial and social realities of student life. Kristen hopes to inspire others to start reducing their environmental impact by doing what they can, when they can.
If you’d like to learn more, visit her in-balance-co sustainable blog and instagram!
Andrew Rutland

Andrew is a fourth year Geography and Environmental Management student. His love of the natural world led him to start consciously adopting zero-waste habits in 2014 and he currently strives to live with as little a footprint as possible.
If you’d like to learn more, visit his instagram!
We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The university is easily accessible by GRT bus routes. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

First Steps to Improving your Home
Mar 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

What can easily be improved/renovated when first buying a home? Buying a home can be a overwhelming experience, even if you’ve bought one before. Let our Home Energy Coach guide you in renovations and improvements that you can do right now to make your home more comfortable and money-saving. Get some ideas of what works and what the most cost-effective methods for your home are.
Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
Q&A: 2:00 p.m.
Reep Open House & Full Tour: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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Phillip Drader, Registered Energy Advisor

Philip Drader is Reep’s Energy Coach and has conducted countless 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.
The Reep House

Reep House for Sustainable Living is Reep Green Solution’s LEED® Platinum certified demonstration home and education centre. This smart-insulated, water-wise century brick home is located at 20 Mill Street downtown Kitchener. Come see all the money-saving measures and practical tips you cna use in your own home!

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)

Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning | RAIN Coach
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

These 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: Healthy Yards 101 | Idea Spark

Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

We will printout an aerial map of your property in advance. After a brief overview, you will be guided through the process of analyzing your property to determine what healthy yard features would work best for your space and lifestyle. We will sketch out your ideas to give you a sense of the size and scope of your project(s).
You will leave the workshop with a basic plan for your yard and additional resources to help implement your healthy yard project. The design sketch can help to facilitate discussion with a contractor or form the basis of the plan to do it yourself. If you want help developing a more detailed plan, register for the next workshop in the series Healthy Yards: Designing Your Garden.
Workshop # 2: Healthy Yards 201 | Planning

Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

This workshop is perfect for Do-it-Yourselfers who have an early-stage plan for their healthy yard and desire additional design support to fulfill their vision. We will build upon the concepts and principles learned in Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning and guide you through a more detailed design for your healthy yard project.
The workshop will specifically focus on project planning and planting design for rain gardens and naturalized landscapes, including topics such as:

planting for year round interest
the best plants for rain gardens
materials calculations (i.e. compost, sand, mulch)

Participants will learn how to develop a design for a part (or all) of their yard and create a shopping list for plants and related materials required to implement the project successfully.
Come with a specific gardening project in mind, including its rough size and location. This could possibly be developed during the Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning workshop. We will develop a more detailed drawing of your garden during the workshop to effectively determine the number of plants and other materials you will require, so knowledge of the dimensions, sun exposure, and soil conditions (wet, dry, or moist or sand, silt or clay) will be helpful.

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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.
Funder and Partner Acknowledgement
We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.
This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.