If you Want a Forest – Start Planting Trees!

Somerville Seedlings — Growing forests for the future – Gord Ball, for Sustainable Orillia Every year, Somerville Seedlings tree farm grows about 3 million trees to sell. At any given time they have about 23 million individual trees on their property. Brent Forbes’ job is to grow them. “I’ve got a lot of trees to […]

Sustainable Orillia Month Coming Soon – September, 2021!

We are happy to announce that this SEPTEMBER will be Sustainable Orillia Month!  Sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are a year-long effort, but we like to give you extra motivation each year during a designated Sustainable Orillia Month. This year, if possible, we are eager to connect with you in person for events that […]

President’s Message – The Human Environment is the Natural Environment

Homo Sapiens emerged onto the earth about 200,000 yrs ago. In “Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind,” author Yuval Noah Harari notes that about 70,000 years ago we began to drive other species into extinction; however, in the last 100 years or so this pattern accelerated and we lost touch with our place as […]

Orillia’s Refillery District – a “heart-based” social enterprise

On July 12, 2018, Refillery District opened its doors in the heart of downtown Orillia. In the three years since, the initial dream of Allie Fry and Tyler Knight has been supported by a growing number of local people. “Refillery has become a force of its own,” says co-founder Allie Fry. “It’s not something that […]

McLean & Dickey upgrade 4 King Street building “for the future”

Orillia’s McLean & Dickey Ltd. will be ready to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday next year in a new office building sustainably retrofitted for the future. McLean & Dickey’s company roots go back to 1922, when George McLean Sr. started selling insurance to Orillians. His son George Jr. joined the firm in 1948 and his […]

Canada Day 2021, Time for a New Start?

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At Sustainable Orillia, an organization now over two years old, volunteers from the Orillia community are working to make a better community, country and world.  Our focus has been, and is, the challenges humanity faces in the climate crisis that is upon us. In encouraging our community to adopt more sustainable practices in their everyday […]

Sustainable Orillia Welcomes New Board Member – Jessica Bentley-Jacobs

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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% […]