‘Sustainable Orillia’ is a network of citizens committed to improving the quality of life, the health and wellness, and the environment in our community. Mandated and supported by the Mayor and Council, the Sustainable Orillia task force provides an overarching framework for programs and partnerships that target more sustainable practices across nine critical sectors.
There is a sense of urgency in our work—a shared passion to make positive, measurable differences… starting now! Sustainable Orillia develops and coordinates local initiatives that support a more sustainable way of life for today and the future. Sustainable Orillia is anchored in community engagement: we need ideas, people, and passion to help implement the behavioural changes required to stop the erosion of our environment.
Sustainable Orillia is focused on enabling those changes that we can all make for the better—big and small. Whether it’s buying local or cycling to work; whether its reducing our reliance on plastics or planting more trees; whether it’s local businesses reducing waste or using more local products; or whether it’s reading, learning and sharing more about how each of us can help foster greater sustainability—it all matters. Small, individual changes add up and create momentum towards a better, healthier future for ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.
Sustainable Orillia is your local hub for ideas, learning, tips, and participation in making our lives here in Orillia more sustainable.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead (Anthropologist)
Because the world’s national and state level sustainability plans are currently insufficient and inconsistent and this is a collective problem that demands collective solutions, local initiatives are necessary. With the Mayor’s encouragement, many concerned individuals and groups within our community have consolidated their efforts, working to develop the concepts, strategies and plans for a “made in Orillia” grass roots movement under the banner of Sustainable Orillia. Sustainable Orillia is our local response to mitigating adverse changes to our community.
3. Goods and Services
5. Transportation, Renewable Energy and Conservation
6. Private Sector Capital and Operations
7. Arts and Culture
9. Health and Wellness
Clothes drying is one of the easiest places to save energy—and your money! You can save 100% of the cost simply by hanging your clothes up to dry. Get a clothes rack at your local hardware store for $25.