We are absolutely thrilled to announce today our environmental partner for 2014 is REEP Green Solutions. Why is it so exciting? Because REEP is an organization after our own urban-enviro hearts. This is a non-profit that helps home owners get smarter about water and energy issues, and its programs have helped cut thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions from KW’s footprint.
Q: What is REEP all about?
A: REEP Green Solutions is a charitable organization with a mandate to spur positive environmental action in Waterloo Region. Our focus areas are energy efficiency and water stewardship, to help our community address the challenge of climate change, and to adapt to the changes we are already experiencing. Through programs, public education, collaborative research and community partnerships, we give people the tools and knowledge they need to take action in their own lives.
Q: Why is REEP such a good match with the GPP?
A: We believe, by acting today, we can leave our children a community that is more resilient, vibrant, caring and sustainable. The Grand Porch Party exemplifies this same vision by bringing people together in a way that is fun and inclusive, helping to build a sense of caring and belonging in our community. Together our actions are strengthening the neighbourhood and helping to create new ways of doing things with a low environmental impact.
Q: What are three ways REEP makes a difference in our community?
A: In the past 15 years REEP’s Certified Energy Advisors have evaluated 14,000 homes for energy efficiency, helping region residents save an estimated 23,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually through their home retrofits. Our Water Guides have visited 300 rural homes to show the owners how to assess the safety of their drinking water well, part of the Well Aware program. And working with area municipalities and Green Communities Canada, REEP is currently implementing a groundbreaking rainwater management education program across all sectors in Waterloo Region.
Q: The GPP is held on Canadian Rivers Day. You show the love for our aquatic resources, too, don’t you?
A: Yes! Our RAIN program takes an ecological approach to stormwater management, showing it’s not just an area for technical solutions. Our goal is to show that citizen action can have a significant impact on the quality and quantity of water flowing into our creeks and streams. The RAIN program is currently active in Kitchener and Waterloo, and includes contractor training, residential workshops, management tours and more.