Community Partnerships

Connecting organizations in sustainability.

We're Excited to Partner with Local Organizations

Three great projects demonstrate how Sustainable Orillia works with the community at a grassroots level to make a difference. Will you connect your organization’s sustainability efforts with those of Sustainable Orillia, to increase the impact of both?

There’s no vaccine for climate change. It needs all of us working together!

Sundial Creek: restoring a hidden gem in the heart of Orillia

The Couchiching Conservancy’s Dorthea Hangaard, Jane Bonsteel and Lisa Neville met together with members of Sustainable Orillia’s Agriculture and Natural Environment Sector to explore ways to support and supplement efforts to protect Sundial Creek. North Orillia is lucky to have a rare cold water stream supporting Brook Trout in its midst, but it is gradually declining in health due to urbanization.

The project predates Sustainable Orillia, yet it provided a collaborative opportunity for the two organizations. The group believes there’s a way for residents and the stream to co-exist, and called on all nearby residents to pitch in and restore Sundial Creek back to health.

To find out how you can help Sundial Creek, read more about this project or contact Dorthea Hangaard at the Couchiching Conservancy

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Arts organization champions sustainability in the community

Close up of artist brushes on a palette

The Orillia & District Arts Council’s Christine Hagar reached out to Sustainable Orillia to consider opportunities for the arts community to contribute to making Orillia more sustainable for future generations.

During the conversation, an idea emerged whereby artists will receive incentives to create sustainability-inspired works (visual art, songs, poetry, etc.) to be featured on Sustainable Orillia digital platforms and in local media.

For more information about this project contact Gord Ball at Sustainable Orillia.

Passport to Nature - Couchiching Conservancy

The Couchiching Conservancy’s Passport to Nature is your guide to adventure in the region. You can take part in online webinars, download an activity for your family, or possibly take part in an in person event (depending on guidelines).

To sign up for Couchiching Conservancy’s Passport to Nature events, click here

To find out more about the Couchiching Conservancy and the work they do, go to

Community Climate Change Action Plan

An Update on Orillia’s Community Climate Change Action Plan

Did you know that there will actually be two plans as part of Orillia’s final Climate Change Action Plan?  Most of you likely already know that both a ‘Corporate’ and a ‘Community’ Climate Change Action Plan are being developed under one strategic banner – Orillia’s Climate Future.  The plans will consist of targets and actions designed to reduce Orillia’s overall greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions.  The ‘Corporate’ Climate Action Plan (CAP) will be specific to the GhG emissions generated by the City of Orillia.  And the ‘Community’ Climate Action Plan (CCAP) will address the GhG by from the rest of our community.  Together they will form a comprehensive strategy which will be presented to Orillia’s City Council for review and approval in early 2022. Click HERE to read full article.

Interested in a partnership? Contact us at to get the ball rolling.