Because the world’s national and state level sustainability plans are currently insufficient and inconsistent and this is a collective problem that demands collective solutions, local initiatives are necessary. Sustainable Orillia is our local response.
Sustainability needs to be defined and everyone has a different focus. We view Sustainability as a resource supply-demand issue but within a socio-economic-environmental context.
Our working definition of “sustainability” is meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability, in this sense, suggests that human communities must be designed and realigned so that humanity’s “way of life, technologies, and social institutions honour, support, and cooperate with nature’s ability to sustain life” (Capra, 1999).