Resources

What is a ‘Sustainable Community’?

“A sustainable community uses its resources to meet current needs while ensuring that adequate resources are available for future generations. It seeks a better quality of life for all its residents while maintaining nature’s ability to function over time by minimizing waste, preventing pollution, promoting efficiency and developing local resources to revitalize the local economy.“
Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University

 

The following are links to organizations that provide information on various subjects pertaining to sustainability and sustainable communities.

Local and Sustainable Food

100 Mile Radius Ontario
http://www.100mileradius.ca/ontario/page1-ontario.htm

Giving Garden
http://www.givinggarden.ca/

Kemptville Farmers’ Market
www.kemptvillefarmersmarket.ca

Local Flavours (Savour the Arch)
http://www.localflavours.org

Ontario Natural Food Co-op – Buying Club
http://www.onfc.ca/buyingclub/home

The branch restaurant
http://www.thebranchrestaurant.ca/

 

Food Security and Agriculture/Gardening (gardening, organic & local food resources)

Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming
http://sustainontario.com

Canadian Organic Growers
http://www.cog.ca/

FarmLINK Ontario
http://www.farmlink.net/

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada
http://www.oacc.info/RegionsCanada/ontario_welcome.asp

Seeds of Diversity
http://www.seeds.ca/en.php

WWOOF Canada
http://www.wwoof.ca/

 

Home and Yard (cleaning, recycling, composting)

Composting Council of Canada
http://www.compost.org

Environment Canada: Waste Management
http://www.ec.gc.ca/

Kemptville Freecycle
groups.yahoo.com/group/KemptvilleONFreecyle/ (www.freecycle.org)

North Grenville 2011 Waste & Recycling Calendar
http://www.northgrenville.ca/2010wastecalendar.cfm

Ontario Recycling Council
www.rco.on.ca

The No Plastic Project
http://www.noplasticproject.ca/


Water Issues

Ontario Clean Water Agency
http://www.ocwa.com/

Water and Wastewater
http://www.cwwa.ca/home_e.asp

World Water Council
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/

 

Climate Change

Climate Crisis Solution Campaign
www.350.org

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
http://www.ipcc.ch/

Sierra Club Canada
http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/climate-change

The Climate Group
http://www.theclimategroup.org/

 

Energy

Bullfrog Power
http://www.bullfrogpower.com/

Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance
http://new.canrea.ca/site/

The Canadian Solar Industries Association
http://www.cansia.ca

Canadian Wind Energy Association
http://www.canwea.ca/index_e.php

Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE)
http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/energuide/home.cfm

Ontario Clean Air Alliance
http://www.cleanairalliance.org/

Ontario Power Authority
https://saveonenergy.ca/

The Pembina Institute
http://www.pembina.org

Solar Energy – Background research
http://www.cansia.ca/solar-energy-101

Transition Network
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/

 

Transportation

Carpooling
http://www.carpoolworld.com
http://www.erideshare.com

greencars.org
http://www.greenercars.org/

OC Transpo – Rural Partner Services
http://www.octranspo1.com/community-events/rural_partner_routes/

South Mountain Stagecoach Transit
http://smtntransit.com/

 

Sustainable Living – General Information and Guides

Centre for Sustainable Community Development
www.sfu.ca/cscd/about-us/what-is-sustainable-community-development

David Suzuki Foundation
http://www.davidsuzuki.org

Earth Day Canada
http://www.earthday.ca

Ecovillage Network of Canada
http://ecovillagenetworkcanada.ning.com/

Environment Canada – Take Action for the Environment
http://www.ec.gc.ca/education/

EnviroZine – Environment Canada’s Online Newsmagazine
http://www.ec.gc.ca/envirozine/default.asp?lang=En&n=94DCD5DA-1

Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Green Municipal Fund
http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca/GMF/

Frontenac Arch Biosphere
http://www.fabr.ca

Green Communities Canada
http://greencommunitiescanada.org/

Greenpeace
http://www.greenpeace.ca

Green Matters – Green Lifestyle Website
http://www.ec.gc.ca/education/

International Institute for Sustainable Development
http://www.iisd.org/

Local currency info
www.smallisbeautiful.org#94BE01

New Economics Institute
www.neweconomicsinstitute.org

NRC – Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division
http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/

Ontario Stewardship
http://www.ontariostewardship.org/

Pembina Institute
http://www.pembina.org/

Pollution Probe
http://www.pollutionprobe.org/

Project for Public Spaces
www.pps.org/.webloc

Sierra Club – Livable Communities
http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/livable.asp

Simple LIving Forums
http://www.simplelivingforum.net/

Smart Growth Online
http://www.smartgrowth.org/

Stockholm Resilience Centre
http://stockholmresilience.org/

Sustainable Communities Online
http://www.sustainable.org/

thegreenpages.ca
http://thegreenpages.ca/

Tomorrow Today
http://www.tomorrowtodaycanada.ca/

Towards Sustainable Communities: Resources for Citizens and Their Governments
http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3887

WWF Canada
http://www.wwf.ca/

 

Local Initiatives

Leeds Grenville Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) 2012
http://www.leedsgrenville.com/en/invest/ouruniqueadvantage/communitysustainability.asp

North Grenville’s Sustainable Action Priorities, from the ICSP 2012
Read PDF

Bishop’s Mills Natural History Museum’s submission to the Leeds & Grenville ICSP 2012
(An impressively clear statement of the collective misinterpretation of the word “sustainability”)
http://pinicola.ca/L&GR_phase1_workbook.pdf

Eco Perth
www.ecoperth.on.ca

Rideau Environmental Action League
www.realaction.ca

Merrickville Goes Green
http://village-green-community.com