Welcome to Sustainable Orillia

‘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.

What We Do

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) 

Why Sustainable Orillia

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.

Our Sustainability Sectors

  1. Agriculture and Natural Capital
  2. Goods and Services
  3. Infrastructure and Energy
  4. Arts and Culture
  5. Education and Youth
  6. Health and Wellness 

How You Can Help

Ask yourself:  Is what you are doing moving us towards sustainability, or away from it?

Weekly Tip 25 - Idle No More

Canadian winters are legendary – frigid mornings feature the collective groans of Canadians and their cars as they get their January days underway. But those groans are becoming fewer as technological improvements make newer vehicles more and more ‘ready to roll’ even on the most brutal mornings. According to Car Help Canada, most recent models need less than thirty seconds to warm up and will do so more efficiently when in motion. ‘Warming up the car’ by leaving it idling in the driveway is simply no longer a necessity.

Idling our vehicles less will save us money on fuel, improve air quality in our community, and reduce emissions contributing to climate change.

We know asking readers to eliminate vehicle-idling in the midst of winter is a big ASK – but how about limiting your vehicle-idling? Consciously cutting it in half or reducing it by ten minutes a day? (Or maybe—yes—eliminating it entirely?)

Do you have an idea for making Orillia more Sustainable? Let us know here:

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