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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July Sustainability Bulletin Now Available!

SSS’s July E-News is focused on information and initiatives on ‘Housing and Community Development’! This issue contains:
1. Update on SSS Activities,
2. Sustainable Initiatives by Our Partners,
3. Climate Change and Net Zero Housing,
4. Funding Opportunities for Sustainability Projects, and
5. Next Sustainability Speaker Series event planned for November!

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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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