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

Giving Garden

Kemptville Farmers’ Market

Local Flavours (Savour the Arch)

Ontario Natural Food Co-op – Buying Club

The branch restaurant


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

Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming

Canadian Organic Growers

FarmLINK Ontario

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada

Seeds of Diversity

WWOOF Canada


Home and Yard (cleaning, recycling, composting)

Composting Council of Canada

Environment Canada: Waste Management

Kemptville Freecycle (

North Grenville 2011 Waste & Recycling Calendar

Ontario Recycling Council

The No Plastic Project

Water Issues

Ontario Clean Water Agency

Water and Wastewater

World Water Council


Climate Change

Climate Crisis Solution Campaign

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Sierra Club Canada

The Climate Group



Bullfrog Power

Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance

The Canadian Solar Industries Association

Canadian Wind Energy Association

Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE)

Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Ontario Power Authority

The Pembina Institute

Solar Energy – Background research

Transition Network




OC Transpo – Rural Partner Services

South Mountain Stagecoach Transit


Sustainable Living – General Information and Guides

Centre for Sustainable Community Development

David Suzuki Foundation

Earth Day Canada

Ecovillage Network of Canada

Environment Canada – Take Action for the Environment

EnviroZine – Environment Canada’s Online Newsmagazine

Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Green Municipal Fund

Frontenac Arch Biosphere

Green Communities Canada


Green Matters – Green Lifestyle Website

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Local currency info

New Economics Institute

NRC – Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division

Ontario Stewardship

Pembina Institute

Pollution Probe

Project for Public Spaces

Sierra Club – Livable Communities

Simple LIving Forums

Smart Growth Online

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Sustainable Communities Online

Tomorrow Today

Towards Sustainable Communities: Resources for Citizens and Their Governments

WWF Canada


Local Initiatives

Leeds Grenville Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) 2012

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”)

Eco Perth

Rideau Environmental Action League

Merrickville Goes Green

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