RAIN Smart Framework for Municipalities

Framework document coverTo assist municipalities with progressive stormwater management projects, Partners for Action and Reep Green Solutions have developed the RAIN Smart Framework for Municipalities. This framework provides ready-to-use templates and resources on how to engage the community on lot-level stormwater management. More specifically, the framework provides some proven methods to engage homeowners to manage precipitation on their properties to increate resiliency of stormwater infrastructure on a neighbourhood or community scale. In addition, the framework provides foundational support to municipalities who are interested in increasing public awareness of stormwater management issues and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), promoting residential update of GSI, and fostering collaboration between residential homeowners, citizen grounds and municipal staff.

Framework Launch and Networking Event 

January 31 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Free

Location: Evolv1 (420 Wes Graham Way) located in the David Johnston Research and Technology Park, University of Waterloo

Presenters

  • Anna Ziolecki, Director, Partners for Action
  • Patrick Gilbride, Manager Green Infrastructure Programs, Reep Green Solutions
  • Rebecca Robinson, RAIN Coach, Reep Green Solutions
  • Matt Haller, Student, University of Waterloo
  • Dawn Parker (homeowner), Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo

Agenda

10:15-10:30 – Networking
10:30-10:40 – Introduction to Partners for Action and Reep Green Solutions
10:40-11:05 – Organizational perspective – Community engagement in RAIN Smart Neighbourhoods
11:05-11:15 – Homeowner perspective – First hand story about the process of constructing a rain garden
11:15-11:20 – Youth perspective – Developing skills in the green infrastructure marketplace
11:20-11:30 – Q&A
11:30-11:45 – Networking

Click here for more information and to register!

The framework was developed alongside the development of a RAIN Smart Neighbourhood Project in the City of Kitchener in two neighbourhoods (Lakeside and Mount Hope). It is our hope that this document with aid other municipalities in the development of their own capacity building, promoting and facilitating of GSI projects at the lot-level. This project was made possible with the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, City of Kitchener, and Partners for Action

Click here for more information about the RAIN Smart Neighbourhoods project!

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