FREE TALKS about water during Doors Open Waterloo Region

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evolv1 (R&T Park)

420 Wes Graham Way

Waterloo, ON N2L 0A7

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Note: these free talks are part of the 17th annual @DoorsOpenWR
www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen
2019 theme: WATER

Water is life.
Water is local.
Water circles the globe, a single, closed cycle.
It is fundamental.
Our past, our present, our future.

WATER is the theme of Doors Open Waterloo Region 2019.


FREE TALKS at evolv1
420 Wes Graham Way, Waterloo (R&T Park)

10:15 a.m. INTRODUCTION
Why “Water” is both the question and the answer to future challenges

Don’t miss these remarks by Bernadette Conant, CEO of the Canadian Water Network (CWN), who will engage you with the Doors Open 2019 theme, offering a framework and broad perspective on all things water. CWN connects researchers, organizations, governments, industries, and communities to make informed water decisions, together.

10:30 & 11:30 a.m. TALKS: Weather gone wild: What can we do to limit home and community-level flood risk?

Flood risk is increasing in our communities along with extreme weather events. We can address this on two levels: homeowners can protect themselves in practical, effective ways, and communities can mitigate risks arising from flooding. In both cases we need to prepare in advance, rather than wait for emergencies.

Dr. Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, speaks regularly to national and international governments and industries on the need and means to adjust to a changing climate. He is a member of the University’s Water Institute, the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at evolv1, and the Global Risk Institute advisory board. He also chairs the Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results.


1 & 2 p.m. TALKS: What is a culture of sustainability? Co-creating change for a better future

Increasing droughts, extreme storms, and floods leave little doubt: human-caused climate change is real, and a significant risk for our future. Access to the right technology is not an issue in addressing this crisis, as demonstrated by the evolv1 building. What is missing is a culture of sustainability to engage people in making changes in their homes, organizations, and communities. But what is a culture of sustainability? How can we develop one? Researchers from the Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS) at evolvGREEN are trying to find answers. They have turned evolv1 into a living lab, in partnership with its occupants. In this talk, Dr. Riemer will share insights from his research, grounded in psychology, and system and design thinking.

Dr. Manuel Riemer is a professor of community psychology and sustainability science at Wilfrid Laurier University, Director of VERiS, and a co-principal of the Sustainable Societies Consulting Group. Using community-engaged research principles, and psychological theories, principles, and tools, Dr. Riemer address issues related to sustainability, including global climate change mitigation and resiliency, with a special emphasis on engagement and promoting a culture of sustainability in organizations and communities.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. GUIDED TOURS
Explore evolv1, completed in 2018, Canada’s first zero-carbon net-positive energy building in its class

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