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 […]

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 […]

Renewing Our Website!

Welcome to our ‘Renewed’ Website.  Please let us Know what You Think. There have been some valuable lessons learned over the past year including how vital communications have been for staying in touch, staying current and staying engaged throughout this COVID-19 period. Without the freedom to meet in person, there was, and continues to be, […]

Welcome to Sustainable Orillia’s Three New Directors

Three New Directors

Sustainable Orillia adds to its board of directors Sustainable Orillia welcomed three local leaders to its board of directors at its recent Annual General Meeting.  All are committed to doing their part to protect our planet and to promote sustainable practices for current and future generations.  Dr. Sreekumari (Sree) Kurissery is an environmental scientist and […]

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

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 […]

Sustainable Orillia Welcomes New Directors at First Annual General Meeting

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Twenty-five Orillians came together virtually on Sunday, February 28th for Sustainable Orillia’s Annual General Meeting. Chairman Stan Mathewson welcomed friends, directors and guest speakers to the meeting, which featured a review of the previous year’s activities and expenditures, plus an overview of the organization’s strategic priorities for the year to come. Membership in the local […]

Notice of Annual General Meeting

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Please note that the Annual General Meeting of Members (“Friends”) of Sustainable Orillia will be held in a virtual Zoom meeting on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Zoom sign- in will begin at 12:50 p.m. Your participation is important. Sign up to become a member here to receive an invitation to the event: […]

2020 Anniversary Report

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May 24-25, 2019 was the official launch of Sustainable Orillia—a great example of how people of a community can come together, in cooperation with City Council and staff, to plan a more sustainable community. A year later, it seems a good idea to remind our community of what we have accomplished together— and what we […]