Transition Streets Sneak Peek

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

Join Transition US and Transition Initiatives across the country for a sneak peek of the US adaptation of the award-winning, 7-session program to build resilience, reduce the carbon footprint of entire neighborhoods, and save hundreds of dollars on household bills.  (See the cast of presenters below!)

Here's how it works: Transition US is hosting this TeleSalon to introduce the Transition Streets curriculum and connect local Transition Streets groups across the country. You're welcome to gather with your neighborhood Transition Streets group and call into the teleseminar as a group, or to participate as an individual.

If you'd like to bring Transition Streets to your neighborhood, contact

How Does Transition Streets Work?

A handful of neighbors (6-10 households) get together for 7 meetings, during which they follow clear and easy steps in a user-friendly workbook that covers 5 topics: food, energy, water, housing, and waste.  The focus is on low-cost (or no-cost) actions that result in lowering both expenses and carbon footprint.

Often a Transition Streets facilitator, someone who has been through training, leads the first meeting to ensure that the sessions get off to a good start.

This popular program has been very successful in Transition Town Totnes and beyond. Households cut their bills by an average of $900/year and reduce their carbon emissions by 1.3 tons. Just as important were the side benefits: neighbors formed a social bond and glimpsed what a low-carbon future would look like in their neighborhood.

Presenters of Transition Streets "Sneak Peek" TeleSeminar

Mary Popham, runs the UK’s Transition Streets project out of their office in Totnes, England. She is heavily involved in Building, Housing & Energy initiatives including Transition Homes, Transition Streets, the CARD project, Open Eco-Homes, and works on energy efficiency and fuel poverty.  Mary will provide an overview of the Transition Streets project and stories from the over 500 participating households.

Jon Freise brings an engineer's problem solving perspective to the coming energy transition. He enjoys learning and sharing ideas and innovations for powering down our need for fossil fuels. Jon has written articles for The Oil Drum on natural gas supplies and EROeI (energy returned on energy invested). Jon's pre-transition career has focused on robotics and the design of commercial color printers. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science. Jon edited and adapted the Energy Chapter of Transition Streets.

Tim Wulling is a retired electrical engineer whose interest in home energy performance started in the late 1970's, lapsed during the '90s and has been a major interest since then. He is among the core group who leads the effort to make their St. Paul neighborhood Transition Town All Saint Anthony Park – Transition ASAP. Tim helped edit the Energy Chapter of Transition Streets.

Matthew Freiberg completed his Master's Degree at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management where he specialized in Water Resources Management. Since then, he has worked in Natural Resources Management in the Non-Profit, Government, and Private Sectors. Currently Matthew is with Toeroek Associates, as an Environmental Scientist/Analyst, where he works with the Federal EPA to build cases against companies liable for the remediation of Super Fund Sites. Outside of work, Matthew, along with his wife Femke Oldham, co-chair the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition's Water Working Group. Matthew edited the Water Chapter of Transition Streets.

Diana Donlon is the Director of the Cool Foods Campaign at Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national non-profit public interest organization. Cool Foods offers hope on climate by empowering the public to make the critical connection between everyday food choices and climate change. Before coming to work for CFS, Diana worked for a variety of family foundations supporting youth and sustainable agriculture programs and was one of the founders of Roots of Change, a state-wide collaborative transitioning California to a healthy food system by 2030. Diana edited and adapted the Food Chapter of Transition Streets.

Devi Peri, a CA credentialed teacher, was for 8 years the Education Specialist at Marin Recycling for Marin Sanitary Service in San Rafael.  Devi gave tours of the entire operation, showing people of all ages, and especially school students on field trips, what happened to the stuff they tossed in their garbage or recycling cans.  She also presented school assemblies about the 4 R’s of waste reduction and worked in the schools helping them start or improve recycling and compost programs at the school. Devi edited and adapted the Waste Chapter of Transition Streets.

Sandra Hamlat has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics and Policy with over 10 years experience in the environmental planning field. She is also one of the co-founders of the world's largest open streets program and has served on the board of directors of Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) for the last three years. Sandra edited the Transportation Chapter of Transition Streets.

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