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 […]

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

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 […]

Clean Energy Canada

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Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. They work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. They conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, […]

Rustic cottage that feels like a spaceship is environmentally sustainable

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By Nathan Taylor – Orillia Matters A local attraction that has been around for more than a century has an ambitious plan for the future. YMCA Geneva Park in Ramara Township is in a rejuvenation process, and replacing its dozens of rustic cottages is a big part of it. The organization teamed up with Peterborough’s Endeavour […]

About Electric Vehicles: Trends, Pros and Cons

Electric vehicle charging stations

by Stan Mathewson, EV owner Recent developments in battery technologies and manufacturing, along with state and federal incentives, are helping transform electric vehicles (EVs) —cars and trucks — from being a niche vehicle, used by relatively few people, to being the “rational, economic choice” for many. Most agree that the mass adoption of electric vehicles […]

Your Orillia – Tomorrow!

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by Tony Telford and Stan Mathewson For most of us, two of our greatest concerns, after a full stomach, a bed, and a roof over our heads are energy (heat and light) and transportation! How do we keep the lights on? The house warm? How do we move from point A to point B? With […]

Sustainability Also Means Affordability

Residential building drawings and paper house model on an office desk

Long-time Orillia councilor Ralph Cipolla often refers to the need for “appropriate housing.” Some residents require housing which is governed by rent controls. Seniors looking to downsize will look for smaller, accessible units. Some seniors will look to band with other seniors in a collective type of home ownership. People with adult children living at […]

Zero Emission Housing is Affordable Housing

Man Carrying Solar Panel

by Jim Saunders No consideration of a Sustainable Orillia is complete without addressing the importance of how actions taken with respect to housing can contribute to environmental sustainability. Extreme weather related to climate change is costing everyone. Insurance payouts in Canada because of more frequent and violent weather events have risen from $400,000 ten years […]

Investing in the Future? Go “Sustainable.”

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by Jackie Ramler and Sophie Mathewson While the bigger issue of climate change and the plastic crisis in our oceans seems overwhelming and beyond our ability to change, there are many things we can do in our communities to make a positive difference. These ‘little’ changes don’t have to cost much and really are just […]