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Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm

Celebrate the second anniversary of the Idea Exchange Preston Seed Library with music, food and seed sharing! Cake cutting and remarks from 2:00 – 2:30 pm. Musical performance by Madison Galloway from 2:30 – 4:00pm.


Family Literacy Day @ Conestoga Mall
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy in Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related family activities. On Sunday January 27, 2019 from 10:00am -4:00pm join the fun at Conestoga Mall. With performances by Erick Traplin, interactive activities, and free books (while they last).

Special activity – Stop, Drop & Read at 11:30am

Increasing Diversity and Inclusivity in the Sustainability Movement
Jan 31 @ 8:00 am

WREN’s Annual Breakfast Learning SessionThe local environmental movement has made great strides, but we are still falling behind on bringing in a diversity of voices. By being more inclusive, we also find new perspectives and ideas. 

This year, we will chat about the importance of building inclusion into our actions and how we might do so. Sometimes even small changes can have huge impacts!


This breakfast will be the beginning of a larger conversation. We will feature a panel of experts including Kevin Sutton, A/J’s Elder in Residence, Christine Lefave, Hilary and Kamil.

Increasing Diversity & Inclusivity in the Sustainability Movement

ECO DAY @ Idea Exchange - Preston
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm

Drop in during our Repair Café for hands-on activities to make your everyday more eco. Upcycled jewelry, DIY junk drawer organizers, fermented foods, paper making, sewing projects and more! We will also have our Learn to Solder with Tinker Truck program (registration required).


Full schedule here:

Cinema Series: ‘Dawnland’ @ CIGI
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.

Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.

The feature-length documentary Dawnland follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

About the Cinema Series

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Grand River Film Festival, and THEMUSEUM to deliver public film screening events throughout the year.


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!

CAN STUDENTS LEAD A SUSTAINABLE, ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE? @ University of Waterloo @ 200 University Avenue West, EV3
Mar 12 @ 6:00 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 refreshments and chance to win a prize generously donated by Zero Waste Bulk!


Important note: Registration is required



6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Speaker presentations

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Panel discussion/Q&A

Lenten potluck & Film Series – Beyond Crisis @ Trinity United Church
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm

Join us for the first in our film series about climate change, throughout Lent. Bring a meatless dish for the potluck and watch the film with us. Kai, the filmmaker, or a member of Transition KW will be available for a Q+A following the film.

A small team of filmmakers came together to film the historic 2014 People’s Climate March in New York. Shortly following the march, the team incorporated as Toronto PCM (“People’s Climate March”), and Beyond Crisis became reality.

Beyond Crisis is an in-depth, immersive way to explore global climate change and its solutions with your community. The film is designed to support a wide range of highly memorable experiences of climate engagement worldwide, to accelerate the cultural shift that we need towards more sustainable societies and climate solutions.

While a wide range of talented artists and film professionals contributed to Beyond Crisis, it was carried to completion largely by volunteer efforts, with artist-director Kai Reimer-Watts leading the project. The film is a story generated with community, for community, and is shared with all those who inspire it as a tool for community engagement and action.

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.

Canada’s Climate Adaptation Gap: Reducing Flood Risk (RCI Talks) @ WPL - McCormick Branch
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm

The Royal Canadian Institute for Science returns to WPL with its RCI Talks series. The final talk in the winter 2019 series is:

Canada’s Climate Adaptation Gap: Reducing Flood Risk

Thursday, March 21
7:00pm to 8:30pm
McCormick Branch
Register online with Eventbrite

How can we tackle climate adaptation in Canada? Dana Decent will outline current efforts at the Intact Centre to 1) improve community resiliency through flood-resilient community design standards, and to 2) reduce homeowner risk through the Home Flood Protection Program and home inspector training on flood risk. Finally, she will share new research on the mental health impacts of flooding based on 100 interviews she conducted with homeowners in flood-impacted neighbourhoods, and how this research has galvanized new partners to engage in climate adaptation efforts in the country.

Dana Decent has worked in sustainable business operations, reporting and research across corporate, government and non-profit sectors including roles with Sun Life Financial and Green Economy Canada (formerly Sustainability CoLab). Dana manages the Intact Centre’s operational functions, leads research projects, and provides research support for the Centre’s team members. Her current research focuses on the mental health impacts of flooding. She is the recipient of Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30 (2016), St. Paul’s Young Alumni Award (2016), and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Leader of the Year (2018).

Mar 23 @ 1:30 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.

Mar 23 @ 2:30 pm

Learn how to save your own flower, vegetable, and herb seeds. Bob Wildfong, Horticultural Specialist at the Region of Waterloo Museums and Executive Director of Seeds of Diversity Canada, will lead you through all the steps of harvesting, drying, and storing seeds for successful home seed saving.

Mobilizing Rights for Climate Justice: Reviewing the Inuit, Urgenda, and Enjeu Cases @ CIGI
Mar 27 @ 11:30 am

Mobilizing Rights for Climate Justice: Reviewing the Inuit, Urgenda, and Enjeu Cases

Featuring Sebastien Jodoin, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University

In this presentation, Sébastien Jodoin will address three important cases that have invoked human rights in the context of climate change. The initial discussion will focus on the long-term impact of a petition submitted in 2005 by Inuit communities against the United States before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights for the human rights violations caused by climate change. Professor Jodoin will present findings from an in-depth socio-legal analysis of the petition’s influence that draws on semi-structured interviews and participation/observation completed in two Inuit communities in Canada and within the broader transnational advocacy network at the intersections of human rights and climate justice.

Next, Professor Jodoin will discuss a case launched by the Urgenda Foundation against the Dutch government, which has resulted in a decision by the Hague Court of Appeal obliging the Netherlands to increase its ambition in combating climate change on the basis of its human rights obligations. Professor Jodoin will highlight key legal and strategic factors that have shaped Urgenda’s success thus far.

Finally, there will be discussion centering on the first class action climate lawsuit, which was filed against the government of Canada by Environnement Jeunesse in November 2018. Professor Jodoin will address the particular features of the Québec Charter of Rights and Freedoms that make Québec a favourable jurisdiction for rights-based climate litigation. This analysis will highlight the potential and limitations of drawing on human rights law to empower citizens and communities defending their rights from the consequences of a changing climate.

The presentation will start promptly at noon, and will be preceded by a light lunch starting at 11:30am.

Please note that on-site parking is not availble at the CIGI Campus for daytime events. Options for parking in Uptown Waterloo can be found at the following website:

Dreaming of a Vetter World @ Princess - Original
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

“If there is one person who embodies how far organic farming and food have come, it is David Vetter. An organic farmer in Marquette, Nebraska for more than 40 years, Vetter grew organic when few people were. He started with a spiritual commitment to being a good steward of the land, to making his soil healthy and fertile, and to growing organic crops and livestock without agricultural chemicals. He succeeded. His business, Grain Place Foods, is a thriving organic grain processor.

“David Vetter’s journey as an organic farmer is told in an inspiring new documentary by filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne, Dreaming of a Vetter World, whose executive producer is noted film actor Steve Buscemi.

“The film chronicles the history of the Vetters’ farm, starting with David’s father Don, who, concerned about the toxicity of agricultural chemicals, stopped using them in the early 1950s. “In 1953, I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to do this anymore,” Don says in the film.

“Dreaming of a Vetter World is a primer on regenerative agriculture for any farmer and the value of organic farming for everyone else. Mostly, it is an inspiring story of how one humble man succeeded against all odds, and made a positive difference in the world.” – The Organic and Non-GMO Report


Showing: March 27, 2019 @ 7:00pm

Apr 6 @ 2:30 pm

Learn tips to protect, maintain and plant trees in your yard. Our city trees provide a wide variety of benefits to us from cleaning our air and water to improving our overall health. Trees and shrubs are also beneficial to pollinators and wildlife.

City trees face a variety of threats from Emerald Ash Borer to climate change. Presented by Patrick Gilbride from Reep Green Solutions. Hosted by Preston Idea Exchange.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm

Cost: Free!


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.

Raising Feminist Children – Gender Boxes @ The W
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm

YWCA Cambridge and Male Allies are teaming up to deliver a 4 part workshop series on raising feminist children. This workshop series is for children ages 8 – 12 and their guardians. We will join together to have intergenerational conversations about some of the issues children are facing growing up. Through a feminist lens we will unpack a new topic each week. These workshops are open to all gender identities.

April 10th – Gender Boxes

“Man up.” “Act like a lady.” Statements like these are heard every day and push people into boxes based on their gender. This workshop examines some of the ways in which gender-based stereotypes impact our relationships with ourselves and others.

P.D. Day Film Screening for Students: ‘The Serengeti Rules’ @ CIGI
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm

CIGI is hosting a special P.D. Day re-screening of the film ‘The Serengeti Rules’. This screening is free and scheduled primarily for students out of school for the day, but is open to all who wish to register. A complimentary lunch will be available prior to the start of the film, at 12:30pm (first-come first-served, registration required for planning purposes).

About ‘The Serengeti Rules’

Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios present one of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.

Apr 20 @ 2:30 pm

WPL is taking part in the One Nature Challenge this spring. The David Suzuki Foundation challenges you to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days to kick-start a nature habit that lasts all year-round.

We have organized 4 family-friendly hikes in April. They take place rain or shine so come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. 

Registration is required and opens online 1 week before each hike. Participants will be emailed with hike meetup information after they register.

Earth Day Clean Up – Knollwood Park @ Knollwood Park
Apr 22 @ 10:30 am

Earth Day Clean Up at Knollwood Park in Auditorium neighbourhood April 22 at 10:30am! Bring gloves and bags if you can! All ages welcome!


See Facebook Event for details. 

Earth Day Showcase @ THEMUSEUM
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am

Join us this Earth Day to learn all about recycling, clean water, and sustainability! While you’re here, participate in a Green Scavenger Hunt that will lead you throughout THEMUSEUM’s green initiatives!


Time: Monday, April 22nd at 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Butterfly Conservatory – Outdoor Guided Walk k @ Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am


All Earth Day and Easter Weekend activities are family friendly and included with regular admission.


11:30am and 2:30pm

Celebrate the return of spring wildflowers and wildlife with a guided walk led by one of our Nature Interpreters. Explore the 100 acre site surrounding our Conservatory to hunt for spring bugs and learn how plants and animals adapt to and survive the harsh winter weather.

Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup @ rare Charitable Research Reserve
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm

Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup


Monday, April 22, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Moyer’s Landing next to Preston Flats 

Preston Flats is a floodplain habitat situated at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers, an important foraging area for birds during migration and in the winter. The area is often littered with garbage from upstream after spring flooding. Join us in cleaning up the shoreline that numerous birds and other wildlife depend on.