The Power of Your Money: Does Your Wallet Have a Conscience?

Earth Day 2021 Panel

REGISTER HERE The Power of Your Money: Does Your Wallet Have a Conscience? Our community is a result of the small choices each of us makes daily. From the detergent you buy to the stock you invest in, your choices influence the larger world. Consider investing. Conventional investing focuses on company risk and returns. “Sustainable […]

Leading Today for Tomorrow – Meet Blythe Wieclawek

Blythe Swim Shot

Leading Today for Tomorrow – Meet Blythe Wieclawek. When it comes to Climate Change, today’s youth is demonstrating true strategic capacity in the pursuit of long-term, sustainable goals, while ensuring that the requisite change starts today.  This is particularly true of Blythe Wieclawek, a grade ten student at Orillia’s Twin Lakes and an active member […]

Renewal in a Post-COVID World. A Message from our President

Stan Mathewson There is no vaccine for climate change

Renewal in a Post- COVID World As we move to mass vaccination and the prospect of herd immunity, we must now think about what we want a Post-COVID world to look like. While much of society has been preoccupied with the pandemic, there are many world-wide, including the World Economic Forum, who recognize that the […]

Call for Artists

Artistic Call Out Applications Accepted for theme of “RENEWAL”$75 for successful submissions Who are we? Sustainable Orillia (SO) is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization that aims to promote awareness and actions across our community that will contribute to a more sustainable way of life – for Orillia and for the planet.  Our interests span several sectors […]

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 […]

Sustainable Orillia’s Youth Council Leads the Way

Zoom screen from youth council meeting

When looking for inspiration in the fight against climate change – Orillians needn’t look any further than to local high schools, universities and colleges to find motivated young people joining forces to take on this challenge. Not only do our youth increasingly understand the science and the consequences of climate change, more than any other […]

Fred Larsen – Orillia’s 2020 Citizen of the Year

Fred Larsen

Since Fred Larsen’s arrival in Orillia in the early 1970’s, he has given back to his chosen community a hundred-fold. Earlier this month, City Council celebrated Fred’s long history of community service, when they voted to confirm him as Orillia’s 2020 Citizen of the Year. Here at Sustainable Orillia we are very proud and grateful […]