Webinar: How Energy Storage can Help Achieve GHG Reduction Goals

This webinar will be of interest to municipalities and commercial/industrial companies who use significant amounts of electricity (approximately 1 MW) in their operations. As Ontario is forecast to use more natural gas-fired generation to meet future peak demands, energy storage can reduce GHG emissions by shifting electricity use to lower demand periods.

Expect to learn:

  • how energy storage can help you manage your long term energy costs while enhancing power quality, reliability and local resiliency,
  • the results of two recent Canadian studies on the economic value of energy storage in terms of GHG emissions as well as jobs and ratepayer savings.

During this presentation, you will meet Kerry Lakatos-Hayward, Vice President of Investor Relations and Regulatory Affairs with Storage Power Solutions Inc. Kerry spent 10 years working with Enbridge Gas Distribution and has been with Storage Power Solutions (a Canadian-based battery energy storage manufacturer and distributor) for 2 years, where she served most recently as Director of Energy Supply and Gas Storage. Kerry has significant experience helping customers with their energy transformations.

Plan to attend How Energy Storage can Help Municipalities Achieve their GHG Reduction Goals on Tuesday, Oct. 20th 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT. Register here.

There is NO CHARGE to participate. If you can’t catch it the first time, the recording will be available for future viewing.

Join other local people who care about the future of our community for a valuable hour of new and useful information, followed by questions and answers.

Webinar: Climate Change & Insurance

This webinar will be of special interest to anyone who owns or manages a residential or commercial property that is insured.

During this presentation, you will meet Danielle Tisi, B.S.Sc., LL.B., Principal Broker, President and one of the owners of McLean & Dickey Ltd., an Orillia-based insurance broker in operation for over 90 years. Danielle started her career as an insurance broker first in Waterloo and then in Ottawa while she completed her university studies at the University of Ottawa, first obtaining her Bachelor of Social Science and then in Law. In February 2006, Danielle joined McLean & Dickey insurance and relocated herself and her family to Orillia.

During this webinar, you can expect to learn:

  • how climate change is impacting the insurance sector dramatically as record weather events are now more common,
  • how much longer will we be able to get insurance? What will and will not be insurable? At what cost?
  • what you can do to mitigate some of the effects weather is having on your property.

Plan to tune in for Climate Change & Insurance on Thursday, Oct. 22nd 2020 at 11:00 am EDTRegister here.

There is NO CHARGE to participate.  If you can’t catch it the first time, the recording will be available for future viewing.

Join other local people who care about the future of our community for a valuable hour of new and useful information, followed by questions and answers.

Webinar: Understanding the Circular Economy

This webinar will be of special interest to people who would like to explore how countries
around the world are accelerating progress toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development
Goals (SDG) through the lens of Circular Economy (CE).

During this presentation, you will meet Audrey Bayens, a long-time volunteer for community
sustainability projects. As an emerging leader in the Circular Economy, her focus is on
increasing adoption so Canada’s can take its proper place in this movement as it hosts the
World Circular Economy Forum in Toronto in September 2021.

In this webinar, you will learn how this new reality presents opportunities for new ways to
achieving sustainability in a way that helps us thrive. The Circular Economy is a “toolbox” of
ways to achieve many SDG targets. At the core of CE practices is the aim to restore natural
capital through a broad range of models such as reuse, repair, refurbishment,
remanufacturing, recycling, industrial symbiosis, biomimicry, product sharing and supporting
design practices.

Plan to tune in for Understanding the Circular Economy on Thurs, Oct 29 at 4pm or 6pm.

There is NO CHARGE to participate. If you can’t catch it the first time, the recording will be
available for future viewing via Sustainable Orillia’s website.

Join other local people who care about the future of our community for a valuable hour of
new and useful information, followed by questions and answers.

Webinar: Climate Change in the Time of Pandemic

This webinar will be of special interest to people:

  • who want up-to-date information on the climate crisis, and want to understand the relationship with COVID 19 and our changing economy, and
  • who want to be reminded of what we can still do to mitigate climate change.

This webinar is led by Mark Maslin, Professor of Climatology at University College London. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in past global and regional climatic change. He has published over 165 papers in prominent journals, and has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on grants worth over £45 million.

His areas of scientific expertise include causes of past and future global climate change and its effects on the global carbon cycle, biodiversity, rainforests and human evolution. He also works on international and national climate change policies.

How can we keep global warming to under 1.5°C while dealing with the other great challenges of our age: pandemics, poverty, security, population growth, and environmental degradation? Mark Maslin will show how we can rebuild the global economy after COVID-19 and save our planet from the worst consequences of climate change, while still improving everyone’s lives.

This webinar will be available Wed Oct 21 at 3:00 pm and Oct 28 at 7:00 pm. Please register here for connection details.

There is NO CHARGE to participate.  If you can’t catch it the first time, the recording will be available for future viewing.

Join other local people who care about the future of our community for a valuable hour of new and useful information.

Webinar: Everything You Want to Know About Electric Vehicles 101

This webinar will be of special interest to people who are curious about electric vehicles and want to know:

  • what the advantages are to driving an electric vehicle,
  • what the options are to go electric in their next vehicle purchase,
  • where information for a prospective buyer can be found.

During this presentation, you will meet Kenneth Bokor, the Creator, Producer and Host of a YouTube Channel called “The EV Revolution Show”, whose objective is to provide education and awareness of the Electric Vehicle marketplace to consumers. His shows provide a mix of news-style reporting, electric vehicle reviews as well as coverage of related events. He has achieved over 13,000 subscribers with more than a million views.

Kenneth, a resident of Caledon, is also a member of the Electric Vehicle Society and the Caledon Chapter Lead. He participates in many other volunteer community outreach initiatives, including talks about how EVs can fit in people’s lives, and works with his local municipality on their Climate Change Action Plan.

Expect to learn what Electric Vehicles are all about and why they are becoming “main stream” with wide adoption worldwide.

This event has passed. However, the recording will be available for future viewing. 

Join other local people who care about the future of our community for a valuable hour of new and useful information, followed by questions and answers.

Sustainable Orillia Month offerings

Sustainable Orillia Month is underway!

Sustainable Orillia Month is a proud collaboration between Sustainable Orillia and The City of Orillia. During the month, citizens and local businesses will have opportunities to learn eco-friendly, waste-reducing, energy-saving ways to “build back better” following this time of disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There are ways in which we can affect the creation and spread of pandemic disease,” says  Stan Mathewson, President of Sustainable Orillia, inviting citizens to join the effort. “Join us during Sustainable Orillia Month to learn how to reduce the risk to our health and the health of our planet by attending one or more of our webinar series.”

Sustainable Orillia’s on-line presentations will address the following themes:

  • “Climate change in the time of pandemic” Climate change is the most critical issue facing the world in the 21st century. It is widely acknowledged that we must keep global warming to under 2˚C and if possible, under 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. But how can we do this while dealing with the other great challenges of our age: pandemics, poverty, security, population growth and environmental degradation?
  • “All you want to know about Electric Vehicles” Owning an EV is cost effective, fun, and environmentally superior to gas and diesel vehicles. There is a wide selection to choose from. This webinar is aimed at the non-EV owner and will cover electric vehicle basics and EV car reviews of all makes and models available in Canada today.
  • “How energy storage can help municipalities achieve their greenhouse gas reduction targets” A presentation by Storage Power Solutions Inc. will address managing costs and will include a case study.
  • “Orillia – Green Energy Doors Open” – an initiative of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, representing the entire sustainable energy sector.
  • “Understanding the Circular Economy” Learn the meaning and implications of this movement which is gathering momentum at a global level. The Government of the Netherlands recently stated that achievement of Paris Accord is not possible without adoption of circular economy.  Orillia can be ahead of the curve.
  • “Using artificial intelligence to help commercial building owners reduce their energy use associated with HVAC”. Learn how to manage energy costs from HVAC systems, manage vacant buildings, and limit transmission of airborne viruses.
  • “You would like to go green but can’t install your own solar panels?” Do your bit for climate change and energy security (a presentation from Bullfrog Power).
  • Climate change & insurance Climate change is impacting the insurance sector dramatically.  Record weather events are now more common. How much longer will we be able to get insurance? What will be and will not be insurable and at what cost? What can each of us do to mitigate some of the effects weather is having on our properties?
  • Green chip investing Align your investment portfolio with your values. Support sustainable capitalism. How clean portfolios have outperformed the TSX in the past few years.
  • Smart About Salts Some creeks in Ontario’s urban centres are measuring chloride levels closer to those of the ocean. According to our water treatment plant reports, the sodium concentration in Lake Couchiching is very high. Road salt is a necessary evil, effective in de-icing roads, sidewalks, and parking lots, and in improving safety at certain temperatures. But in Ontario, it’s common to use much more than necessary, creating toxic runoff. Learn about one of the biggest threats to Ontario’s lakes and rivers – winter road salt. Our creeks, rivers and lakes will be happier and so will our pets, cars, gardens, infrastructure and boots!

Information on this webinar series, and a schedule with registration details, are available at https://sustainableorillia.ca/so-month/ 

World Economic Forum - October 16

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

Sustainable Orillia provides this weekly update from the WEP as a resource to our users.

http://view.e.weforum.org/?qs=6033c68803da27bf949ac6c78124bb1ec4650398469668de05df9524836980361bf9f559432e6a3797a52689752cba7b8dac58a0c00177c31636eaa54810a4e7f9b1508dd12b5f6d7bce7f419cb9c240

CBC "What on Earth" - October 15

A smart, snappy, constructive take on the state of the environment. We will highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world, as well as what each of us can do, individually, to be more green.

https://subscriptions.cbc.ca/newsletter_static/messages/whatonearth/2020-10-15/

Clean Energy Canada - October 13

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We believe Canada is capable of developing one of the most advanced energy systems in the world while significantly reducing carbon pollution by 2050.

The Clean Energy Review brings you must-read clean energy news and analysis.

https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergycanada/32018-1862736?e=f1eb1c20e1

World Economic Forum - October 9

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

Sustainable Orillia provides this weekly update from the WEP as a resource to our users.

http://view.e.weforum.org/?qs=5bebe15e8073888291a0de2e7d13bbbde2f0f02bc71dad9a4fa4a644750c706c6252dbacbd4ce30764b894121cf70fef38ce6587ab0e72166165c13282d8a837bae61d9a9579388be3841a6c011ce8fc

CBC "What on Earth" - October 8

A smart, snappy, constructive take on the state of the environment. We will highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world, as well as what each of us can do, individually, to be more green.

https://subscriptions.cbc.ca/newsletter_static/messages/whatonearth/2020-10-08/

Clean Energy Canada - October 5

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We believe Canada is capable of developing one of the most advanced energy systems in the world while significantly reducing carbon pollution by 2050.

The Clean Energy Review brings you must-read clean energy news and analysis.

https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergycanada/32018-1862728?e=f1eb1c20e1

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Start Harvesting Rain Water & Protect Lake Simcoe

This spring is shaping up to be different than most. Like many charities, Living Green Barrie is adapting to new realities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One project that we have modified is our rain barrel sale!

We are thrilled to be able to offer an online rain barrel sale in partnership with rainbarrel.ca. The purchase of a re-purposed food-grade barrel will allow you to start harvesting rain water from your roof, save money on your water bills, water your gardens, reduce storm water runoff, and prevent flooding, which helps to protect our beautiful Lake Simcoe. 

$10 from each purchase goes towards supporting Living Green Barrie programs, including the 10,000 Trees for Barrie Campaign!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR RAIN BARREL 

Sales are being offered in Barrie, Orillia, Oro, Springwater, Innisfil, and Alliston. 
PLEASE SHARE!


The cost is $55 + a $10 delivery fee (tax included)

Included:
-Spigot
-Mosquito & leaf filter
-Overflow Adapter
-Overflow Hose


For the safety of everyone, we are offering online pre-purchases ONLY and contactless delivery to your driveway starting May 17th. 

***The rain barrels are sturdy, repurposed food-grade barrels, meaning no new plastic was created to make the barrels!***

THANK YOU for supporting Living Green Barrie! We hope you continue to stay well, stay connected, and stay home, while enjoying more time in your garden. 

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Webinar: Green Chip Investing Webinar

This webinar will be of special interest to people who want to align their investment portfolio with their principles of a cleaner environment.

During this presentation, you will meet Jackie Ramler, Portfolio Manager with Raymond James, Executive Wealth Advisors. With a degree in Environmental Sciences/Political Sciences, she brings a unique perspective to investment management. Jackie supports her clients who want to “clean up” their portfolios and support companies that represent positive change in reduced carbon foot print, zero waste to land fill, diversified boards, and that provide fair/safe work environments for their employees. Capitalism for Good.

You can expect to learn:

· how to align your investment portfolio with your values,

· come to understand the concept of supporting Sustainable Capitalism,

· how “cleaner” portfolios have outperformed the TSX (Toronto) the past few years.

This event has passed, but the recording will be available for future viewing.

Join other local people who care about the future of our community for a valuable hour of new and useful information, followed by questions and answers.