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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You are Invited to Join SSS & the SPSC on November 29, 2016

Please join SSS and your appointed municipal representatives and partner organizations of the Sustainability Plan Steering Committee in ‘Celebrating Municipal Sustainability: Successes and Opportunities’ on Tuesday, November 29th from 2pm-5pm at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, 527 Len Self Blvd., Midland. SSS staff will launch their new website, release the 2016 Sustainability Report Card, present each municipality with a Sustainability Leadership Award, and welcome Dr. Karen Farbridge as the afternoon keynote speaker. This FREE event is open to our partner municipalities and their communities (Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay). This event is also proudly supported in part by the County of Simcoe.

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Newsletter

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September Sustainability Bulletin Now Available!

SSS has been busy preparing for the launch of our new website, plus the release of the 2016 Sustainability Report Card in November! Check out the details about the event in the newsletter. And, if you have a story to share or would like to submit an article for our October issue, get in touch with Tracy via e-mail at tracy@sustainablesevernsound.ca

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Local Information

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Baseline Survey of Municipal Opinions on Sustainability

Part of SSS’s 2016-2018 Sustainability Action Plan (Strategic Plan) is fostering a culture of sustainability in our communities; particularly within municipal operations. Ensuring that employees understand the importance of sustainability and how they can make a difference is crucial to creating a culture of sustainability within government.

Key findings from the survey were:

    Council members tend to be more aware of SSS than staff,
    Satisfaction with information provided by SSS is mixed (Increased Awareness would = Greater Satisfaction),
    Climate change and community economic development are the number one top priorities (evenly),
    Environmental threats a top motivation for the implementation or adoption of sustainable practices, and
    Increased communication and awareness initiatives are the top suggestions to enhance stakeholder engagement.

Recommendations from municipalities to SSS included:

    Increase engagement with municipal staff (i.e., events just for municipal staff and council members),
    Increase presence at community events (i.e., attend municipal volunteer events or collaborate to organize themed-events such as discussions on climate change),
    Highlight SSS’s work on respondents’ top priorities and motivations, and
    Communicate key findings back to municipal staff (i.e., municipal newsletter and a separate community newsletter).

 

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