122. Transition Wayland

Status: 
Official

Group Photo

Years Active: 2011-Present

Current Activities: In view of the crisis in 2020, the old core group decided to relaunch the initiative. On April 22nd, we sent out "here's a thought" on our large Wayland bulletin boards: "Anyone interested in learning about gardening, chickens, and other food growing?" Next, we had a Facebook group with over 100 members, sending in questions, photos, pleas for help, gardening jokes, and offers of mentorship. We are running with this.

Accomplishments: Transition Wayland got started in 2011 and was very active until 2017 with a strong core group and a large volunteer pool. Over the years, we organized several Earth Day Festivals (one running an entire weekend), a packed In Transition 1.0 screening (which features our initiative), two successful Solarize campaigns (the first of which resulted in 44 solar arrays in six months and jump-started the high adoption of solar in our town), uncountable workshops and conversations on climate change, adaptation/resilience, beekeeping, gardening, mushroom cultivation, regenerative ecology, permaculture, grief work, home funerals and green burial, trash and recycling, household energy systems, etc. We helped ban the use of plastic bags and styrofoam food containers through our Town Meeting. Our extensive "Big List" still moves people on campaigns such as Community Choice Aggregation and a Climate Emergency Declaration (both for 2020). In 2017, we took a break after spinning off into several separate projects, among them a thriving community gardening group, a beekeepers support group, and Energize Wayland. Another result was the founding of the non-profit MassEnergize, which creates the tools that were on our community organizers' wish list and shares them with other communities. 

Contact: Kaat Vander Straeten at kaat@energizewayland.org

Location:
Wayland, MA
United States

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