Sustainable Orillia Provided Input on Orillia’s Waterfront Redevelopment Project

Waterfront Redevelopment Site

As many readers are aware, the City of Orillia has recently entered into negotiations with a preferred proponent for the much-anticipated Waterfront Development project. The waterfront redevelopment is a truly transformational development, one that will shape the character of our City for generations to come. Sustainable Orillia is very supportive of the project as we […]

Two Letters to a Child of the Future*. Which of these will you write?

Child walking with her Father

Sometimes we need to personalize change in order to really understand its significance. Especially when the consequences of not taking action are far off in the future. Thus, it has been the case with climate change. And now the future consequences are no longer so far off! Our grandchildren, those already born and those still […]

Spring, 2021—a time for renewal!

cherry blossoms in spring

It’s April. As the days warm and daylight lasts longer into the evening, as the snow melts and earth reappears, as tiny shoots push up from the ground into the warmth of the sunshine, spring brings, for most people, a surge in spirits, a restored sense of life itself. After a long, cold winter, once […]

Food Systems Responsible for a Third of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sunflower oil factory farm

A new study, published in Nature Food and conducted by researchers from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, found that food systems are responsible for about one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. The study examined every stage of the global food chain from production to consumption. Predictably, […]

Happiness and Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand…

Family walking in a summer park

“I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.” (Voltaire) As greetings of Happy New Year fade into recent history – let’s take a moment to explore what ‘happiness’ can mean to all of us and how it relates to realizing a healthier life-style and ultimately a healthier planet. The thesis […]