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Seedy Saturday @ Kitchener Public Library - Central
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am

Come out and have your questions answered by master gardeners, learn about seed diversity and heritage seeds at the Seed Exchange, attend a variety of lectures with guest speakers, or shop for your spring gardening needs at the many vendors.


No registration required.


Seedy Saturdays are a remarkable phenomenon. They are not one event, but a series of separate events, which have sprung up across the country, each individually and uniquely organized under the same general themes of encouraging the use of open-pollinated and heritage seeds, enabling a local seed exchange, and educating the public about seed saving and environmentally responsible gardening practices. 

Seedy Saturdays are fun, inexpensive events where you can swap and exchange seeds, get exciting varieties that other seed savers are sharing (as well as the stories that come with them), attend workshops and talks, meet vendors and buy seeds from seed companies. Whether you are a first-time or master gardener, seed enthusiast or expert seed saver, there really is something for everyone. 



The Eco Market Pitch Competition, February 27th Kitchener Public Library @ Kitchener Public Library - Central
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm

Join us on February 27th for The Eco Market Pitch Competition, in collaboration with Social Enterprise Southwest and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. Watch and support 8 green or social entrepreneurs as they pitch their business!

100% of each ticket sold will be donated to the top 3 prize winners. Sign up to support the small businesses and innovators in our community! Interested in supporting them with more than the $10 donation with this ticket? Consider donating to our Go Fund Me page, where we’re raising more money for the prize winners. Interested in sponsoring this event with cash or in-kind prizes? Please contact us at Check out some of our amazing sponsors for the finalist prizes below!

Judges: Donnique Williams from Reep Green Solutions, Nicole McCallum from the Waterloo Region Environment Network, Pragya Dawadi from the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, Jennifer Novakovich from The Eco Market, the audience!

MC for the evening: Jennifer Lyon from The Eco Market and Jenny Does Stuff

Timeline for the night:

5:30 pm Registration

6:10-7:40 pm Pitch starts

7:40 – 8:30 Networking

Location: Kitchener Public Library

Stretch your Energy Budget | Today’s Heat Pumps @ Evolv1
Mar 2 @ 1:30 pm

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

Seedy Saturday @ rare Charitable Research Reserve
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am

Our Seedy Saturday will be a fun, free event where you can swap and exchange seeds! You’ll meet fellow gardeners and find exciting seed varieties that other seed savers are sharing. We encourage attendance whether you are a first-time gardener or a seasoned expert.

Doors will be open from 10:00 a.m until noon.

Please bring small, well-marked packets of vegetable, herb, and native seeds. If you don’t have any seeds to contribute to the exchange, come anyway! Some people will simply share their seeds and the interesting stories that come with them.

Enjoy light refreshments.

For more information, contact:

rare’s Gardens Coordinator at or (519) 650-9336 ext 115

or rare’s Conservation Technician at (519) 650-9336 ext 114


This event is FREE!

Global Solutions Conference
Mar 16 @ 8:30 am
A one-day conference to showcase different pathways to achieve sustainable development and promote collaboration through the UN SDGs

About this Event

Through a keynote presentation, panel of experts, and interactive workshops, the event aims to equip you with a deeper understanding of sustainable development and the transformative power it can have in making a positive impact in the communities we live in.

Context on the SDGs

On September 25th, 2015, 193 countries unanimously adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Headquarters by framing their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. With the objective of stimulating action to tackle the world’s most pressing and challenging issues, the SDGs are of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

Conference Structure

8:30 AM | Breakfast, Registration, Networking

9:30 AM | Opening Ceremony

10:00 AM | Keynote and Q&A

10:45 AM | Audience Engagement Activity

11:00 AM | Panel Discussion and Q&A

12:00 PM | Lunch

1:00 PM | Workshop Part 1

2:00 PM | Booth Fair and Refreshments

2:45 PM | Workshop Part 2

3:45 PM | Workshop Report Back and Pitch

4:30 PM | Closing Ceremony

Breakout Sessions

Workshop 1 | Policy Jam

Recently, Canada submitted its Voluntary National Review to the United Nations on the country’s progress implementing the SDGs. A new body within the government has also been created to report on these goals and further provide support. However, is Canada making progress across the 17 SDGs? What discrepancies exist within our societies and how can support from the federal to provincial government be lent to the public to support grassroots efforts?

This session will focus on gathering ideas, feedback and recommendations on how the government can meaningfully work with organizations and individuals. The information and comments will be documented and forwarded to the Canadian government to assist in their development of a national strategy on the SDGs.

Workshop 2 | Bridging Gaps in our Local Networks and Beyond

The Canadian branch of the worldwide Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) recently became home to the University of Waterloo in May 2018 to highlight and connect the various sustainability projects across the country. SDSN Youth representatives will facilitate a discussion on how you can be a part of the leading projects and initiatives stemming from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Discussion will be geared towards understanding the effectiveness and identifying gaps in these models. You will have the chance to provide suggestions and feedback on how universities can better empower and interact with youth. These comments and takeaways will lead to improving and supporting student engagement through SDSN and beyond.

Workshop 3 | Taking it to the United Nations

Have you ever wanted to visit the United Nations Headquarters, or participate in the General Assembly? Are you curious about what goes on behind the scenes of global climate accords like the Paris Agreement?

Through this workshop, you will learn about the platforms and resources available to engage with the UN. Insight will also be shared on how global strategies and high-level policies are developed and implemented. With a better understanding of these processes, you will then learn about the various opportunities and steps you can take to meaningfully contribute to these efforts.

Workshop 4 | Civic Engagement in Waterloo Region

How can we engage with municipalities in sustainable development? In what ways can we ensure that students and community members are able to voice out their opinions to policy-makers in Waterloo Region?

This session will expose you to the structures and systems that govern the Waterloo-Kitchener community. A city official will share their knowledge on the objectives, values and strategies that outline how city projects are approached, developed, and measured. Through dialogue on city programs and policies, you will gain an understanding of the most impactful ways to engage with the local community to achieve positive change.

Workshop 5 | What is Sustainability?

The word sustainability is often associated with the field of environment, but in practice, sustainability encompasses all facets of both local and global development.

This workshop introduces the key concepts, debates, and approaches to sustainability. Why is eliminating global poverty an essential aspect of sustainability? What would a carbon neutral city look like? You will explore the key dimensions of the world’s socio-ecological crisis as well as solutions driven by technology, economic markets, and civil society. The broad scope of sustainability is showcased through an interactive challenge you will take-up during the session. The workshop will conclude by exploring key political strategies and tactics for bringing about social change and discuss next steps for integrating sustainability into your program of study and extra-curricular engagement.

Workshop 6 | Solving Problems using Systems and Design Thinking

Are you driven by the desire to tackle complex problems? If you answered yes, join Engineers Without Borders in their workshop on design and systems thinking. Learn how to approach and develop solutions to real life issues through concepts shared in this workshop. The session hosts will introduce a guest speaker with experience from the United Nations who will provide an overview of the methods used by experts to address the root causes of issues. You will gain the know-how to efficiently approach and analyze the issues that surround everyday life.

Workshop 7 | Inspiring Change through Art and Communication

Art and media are important tools in bringing attention to emerging issues and current events around the world. Whether through photography, film or visual art, these mediums are powerful forms of expression. The workshop will showcase how art can be used as a powerful channel for advocacy and education. The session will enable you to effectively capture and communicate your passion through an artistic lens. Different projects will be featured and you will have a chance to learn about ways to leverage media to raise awareness of issues from diverse perspectives.

Engaging Economies of Change – CANSEE Conference @ Balsillie School of International Affairs
May 22 all-day

Climate change, resource scarcity, deepening inequalities, volatile geo-politics and growing economic instability all threaten our wellbeing, now and in the future. These challenges require interdisciplinary economics research that is informed by real-world situations and creates useful solutions. This conference will explore the relationship between the economy, the environment and social justice in order to advance policy-relevant alternative economic models. The theme recognizes that many solutions already exist, and need to be understood and replicated. To accomplish this, partnerships between academics and front-line practitioners will be emphasized.


CANSEE 2019 isn’t your typical conference. We’re calling scholars, activists, educators,

civil servants, business leaders and change-makers alike to Engage Economies of Change.

And we’re working hard to make the experience valuable for everyone.