Sustainable Orillia Welcomes New Board Member – Jessica Bentley-Jacobs

Sustainable Orillia is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Bentley-Jacobs to their Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2021.  Jessica currently serves as the Director of Sustainability at Hydro One. Since joining the Hydro One team in 2018, Jessica has been successful in accelerating Hydro One’s sustainability practices. She is a proven and collaborative […]

Tip of the Week: Notes from a backyard, Part 2

Tip of the Week: Notes from a backyard, Part 2 – Susan McIntosh, for Sustainable Orillia Last week I wrote about the loss of local habitat which is leading to a decline in migratory bird species. So what can we do to make up for this habitat loss? Each of us can make a big […]

Call out for Artists

Artistic Call-out:  $75 for the successful submission Sustainable Orillia (SO) is again inviting artistic submissions under its next seasonal theme of “Trees.” As trees come into their full glory, they are a reminder that nature will not be stopped – even amidst a pandemic.  Trees serve us and the rest of nature in many, many […]

Tip of the Week: Notes from my Backyard, Part 1

By Susan Mctavish, for Sustainable Orillia It’s well-documented that there has been a massive decline in biodiversity over the last few decades.  Fifty years ago I saw and heard large numbers of insects, birds and other creatures I seldom see or hear now. Most of the meadows and fields that supported many species of birds […]

Electrifying News! Sustainable Orillia Launches a portal dedicated to Electric Vehicles.

EV getting Charged

There’s no question about it . . . electric vehicles (EV’s) have gained momentum over the past five years. Virtually every automobile manufacturer now has at least one electric model in their lineup with more to come. Last year, based on vehicle registrations, electric vehicles represented 3.6% of Canadian 2020 vehicle registrations, up over 50% […]

Meet Jessica – Sustainable Orillia’s New Intern

How does a young woman who grew up in Holland Landing near Newmarket, Ontario, begin working on sustainability in an Orillia organization? Ask Jessica Kearney. She did it. Jessica, a 27 year-old graduate of Lakehead University in Orillia, was recently hired  as a co-op student intern by Sustainable Orillia through an ECO Canada program. ECO […]

Orillia’s Human Hummingbirds – Christine Hager

top view of woman holding paper cut sun and planet with renewable energy sources on turquoise background

When Christine Hager sold her house, she moved into a rental complex that had a big bin at the back where residents put all their waste – recycling, compostables, paper, containers – all of it jumbled together in one, often overflowing, bin.  There was no sorting done. Worse, the lid on the container was heavy […]

Be a Hummingbird Hero

Orillia’s Hummingbird Heroes  There’s an old story told in Africa about a hummingbird and a forest fire. Alone among the animals, the hummingbird carries water in its tiny beak to help fight the fire. When the other animals point out that it is doing so little against the fire, the hummingbird replies, “I am doing […]

Ten Top Actions for Manufacturing and Agriculture Teams

“Let’s not be too busy to save our world.” (BF Nagy, The Clean Energy Age, final sentence) One of the best books we’ve come across for ideas on how to combat the climate crisis is The Clean Energy Age: A Guide to Beating Climate Change, by BF Nagy (Rowman and Littlefield, publishers, 2018). Nagy has […]

A winner declared in Sustainable Orillia’s first art contest

A winner declared in Sustainable Orillia’s first art contest. Mary Ann Tully, an Oro-Medonte artist, is the winner of Sustainable Orillia’s first art contest! The contest, introduced in March with a deadline of April 30, asked local artists to submit a piece of work that expressed the theme of “renewal,” Sustainable Orillia’s communications theme in […]