May Round-up of What's Happening in the World of Transition - US Edition

Building on the monthly "Roundup of What's Happening in the World of Transiton" pulled together over at Transition Culture, here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US...

In California > Transition Los Angeles' 'Transition Enterprise' working group is hosting a 'Business in Transition' 6-session discussion series. The group is "exploring how business and the economy can evolve to cope with this dramatically changing world." The session topics range from how to start a social enterprise and what is a resilient business to funding in an era of de-growth.

In ColoradoTransition Colorado is "delighted to announce the upcoming edition of our magazine (formerly EAT LOCAL! Resource Guide & Directory), which will be available in June (see sneak peek of the cover to the right). This full-color print magazine is the flagship for the 2012 Local Food Shift Campaign and 10% Pledge, featuring informative articles on the burgeoning local food movement and stories about Boulder County's local food and farming scene, and including the most comprehensive directory of local food producers and the restaurants, grocers, organizations and educational institutions that support them."

In Montana > Meanwhile, Transition Missoula celebrated Earth Day in style, hosting a table at the Earth Day elebration where they converted old fabrics into new functional bags. Read the full story here.

In New Jersey > On May 5th, community members gathered for the launch of Transition Red Bank, celebrating with a homemade cake! Cake-baking to mark special events is a longstanding tradition with Transition Initiatives. For a great cake recipe, check out the ingredients, courtesy of Transition Culture >>

In Oklahoma > Transition OKC set up a pop-up garden as part of a collaborative project called Better Block OKC. Presented by ULI Oklahoma, Better Block OKC is "a community revitalization project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life."
 
Photos: Volunteers Vicki and Don Rose, Ron Ferrell and Shauna Struby
 
In Pennsylvania > Transition Pittsburgh (PGH) hosted their premiere screening of In Transition 2.0 which features their local Whitney Avenue Urban Farm in Wilkinsburg! The footage was captured by Mark Dixon of (Y.E.R.T.)  whospent  a day in the neighborhood back in December filming the farm and gardens as well as conducting interviews with residents. 
 
 
In Vermont > Daniel Hoviss of Transition Putney has been a part of a fabulous project weatherizing homes as part of the Putney Energy Committee. Daniel reports, "The Putney ACE weatherization program was very successful. We surpassed our target of 25 households (weatherizing 31 homes) during the winter of 2011 -2012 with a total yearly energy savings estimate of $32,839.00*. We matched Efficiency Vermont’s incentives in the approximate amount of $56,000.Over 30 households participated in the program and many have called and emailed to thank us for this program exclaiming how much warmer and more comfortable their home is.
 

In Washington > Local 20/20's Judith Alexander and Bill Wise received their Heart of Service accolades yesterday in a ceremony with 200 people present. Congrats!! Judy is quoted as saying: “Being of service is so normal for me that while some of you get out of bed in the morning thinking about that first cup of coffee, what makes my feet hit the floor is something to do with gardening or food projects or other projects.” Local 20/20's Transportation Action Group (T-Lab) has been working their bike-toned buns off mapping safe bike routes to Port Townsend schools and on May 9 participating in Bike to School Day, a nationwide campaign which featured over 900 schools.

Transition Woodinville members gathered to with citizens to speak out against the proposed zipline adventure
park in Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, WA.

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