What is Sustainable Severn Sound?

Sustainable Severn Sound is an organization dedicated to helping the communities in the watershed realize the actions and goals within the Sustainability Plan. We help our partners and municipalities develop, coordinate, and support sustainability goals and initiatives.

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Protecting our environment...

The integrity of the natural environment is vital to the watershed’s economic base, the lifestyle of its residents and the long-term sustainability of its communities.


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Building healthy communities...

Wellbeing is also known as quality of life. Quality of life starts with the basics - food, shelter, and healthcare. But it also involves how we spend our time, how we care for each other, and how we respect the world around us.

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Growing a sustainable economy...

Job creation, growing our economy and increasing Severn Sound’s long-term prosperity is a priority. Ensuring economic vitality connects to a number of goals within the Plan.

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Plan Pillars

Environmental Protection & Integrity

This pillar supports initiatives like: water quality protection, wetland restoration, improving air quality, addressing climate change, and better waste management.

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Community Wellbeing

This pillar supports initiatives like: public safety, health and recreation services, affordable housing, protection of cultural heritage, and community volunteerism.

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Economic Prosperity

This pillar supports initiatives like: green businesses, main street revitalization, sustainable agriculture, farmers markets, local purchasing, and the promotion of festivals and activities.

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Download the Severn Sound Sustainability Plan:
Complete Plan (PDF)  Appendicies (PDF) French Complete Plan (PDF)

Sustainable Severn Sound Blog

Community Spotlight

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Summary of SSS’s June 15 Speaker Event at Lakehead University

The natural environment is experiencing unprecedented change by way of human influence. In some areas, biodiversity loss is accelerating in the face of population growth, climate change, and development. Research has established a clear link to both the environmental and human health benefits derived from nature. On Wednesday, June 15, SSS welcomed guest speakers, municipal staff, Council representatives and community members to Lakehead University, Orillia, to discuss this topic and explore practices which can enhance the natural environment and contribute to healthy, sustainable communities.

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Newsletter

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June Sustainability Bulletin is Now Available!

June’s Sustainability Building Block (June E-News Theme) is Greener, Food-Secure Communities! We’re throwing the spotlight on our partner initiatives which celebrate and support food and the environment, including Tay’s Community Orchard and the FPA’s Food and Ag. Charter Champion Awards! Plus, review the presentations from our Sustainability Speaker Series on June 15 at Lakehead University, Orillia. And, kudos to Tiny for hosting their 2nd Annual Health and Fitness Day on June 4th, and to Tay for a successful 2nd Annual Bike Day on June 18th which welcomed the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray to the Township! And, stop by the SSS office this month for FREE wildflower seeds to celebrate National Pollinator Week!

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Local Information

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SSS’s 2016-2018 Sustainability Action Plan!

The 2016-2018 Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) considers both the status of the original Sustainability Plan, and the strategic priorities selected by the members of the SPSC through internal feedback, committee member interviews and group strategic planning sessions. SSS is working to create a new website, ensuring it is easily accessible and useful. The site will include case studies on municipal sustainable practices, funding opportunities and sustainability-focused whitepapers (evidence-based research). We’re also planning multiple events as part of our 2016 Sustainability Speaker Series, and hope to see you there! Any suggestions for speakers or topics, please get in touch at tracy@sustainablesevernsound.ca

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