Transition US Newsletter - December 2009

Happy Holidays!

Despite the tension of these times, especially evident this week in Copenhagen at the Climate Talks and the alternate climate conference at Klimaforum 09 there is the proverbial silver lining. With each passing day the Transition work becomes more vitally important and with each passing week a new group of committed residents forms a Transition Initiative.

This past month Transition turned 50 when Reno, Nevada became an official Initiative.  Also wholeheartedly welcomed to this growing movement are Transition Van Buren-Allegan in Michigan, Transition Town Manchester in Vermont and Hay River Transition Initiative in Wisconsin.  With the addition of Nevada and Wisconsin official Transition Initiatives are now in 22 states in the US!

Another significant milepost reached this month is 1,000, marking the number of people who have completed the 2-day Training for Transition in this country. 

As always thank you for your inspiring dedication, stories, ideas, solutions, resources and energy. Together we are building the future we look forward to living.

May you have a holiday enriched by your merit and filled with love, friendship and some really good local food!


Transition Initiatives

Transition Initiatives are continuing to emerge in communities around the world. Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative. This month, we welcome  four Official Transition Initiatives:

Throughout the month, we post stories from Transition Initiatives about some of the wonderful projects they are working on. Here are some highlights:

photoTransition West Marin Copenhagen Diary
On Dec. 5th, Bing Gong and Eleanore Despina of Transition West Marin left Point Reyes Station, CA for Copenhagen. Since then, they've been reporting back daily on what’s happening on the streets of Copenhagen and inside the negotiations at the Bella Center... (more)


photoCarrboro Passes Climate Change Resolution
On December 8, 2009 the Board of Alderman unanimously passed a resolution on climate change. We asked to Sammy Slade of Transition Carrboro - Chapel Hill to give some context to this step in addressing climate change issues... (more)


photoAnn Arbor 350 blitz
Transition Ann Arbor partnered with Ann Arbor 350 on the 350 blitz to put up stickers, buttons, posters and more all over town on December 11, during the Copenhagen Climate Conference... (more)


photo Reaching out to local government
Many Transition Initiatives are beginning to connect with local government. There are several examples to point to internationally and here in the US, we wanted to share with you an example of a Transition Initiative reaching out to local government... (more)

Read more stories online.


Transition Training

T4T Vancouver Upcoming Training for Transition (T4T) courses are scheduled in (find out what it takes to host a Training course):

Photo: Training for Transition in Vancouver, BC on December 4-5, 2009

Building Partnerships and Coalitions with Existing Groups
Wed. December 16 (1:00-2:30pm PST online)
The early stages of Transition are focused on building relationships and laying a foundation of partnerships. Doing these stages well will bring much greater success, and catalyze a more creative process in your community. This webinar will help you move ahead more smoothly and with a lot more fun and excitement.  You’ll learn how to engage a very wide range of community groups in Transition and build a solid foundation for “unleashing collective genius”.  You will participate in evaluating and designing successful awareness-raising events for diverse communities and networks.

The Nitty-Gritty of Getting Transition Rolling in Your Community | Part II
Wed. January 13 (12:00-1:30pm PST online)
Whether you're already engaged in a Transition Initiative in your community or are considering launching one, this interactive webinar is designed to give you some practical guidance and inspiration, drawn from the experience of local initiatives across the country (and beyond). Here's where you can get your questions answered and share your concerns, and get feedback from other leaders in the Transition movement.

See the online trainings archive for recordings of past webinars and our newly enabled on-line forums to continue discussions.


News from the Transition Network

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Transition Resources

Your Free Guide to Setting Up Local Currencies
imageTransition Network is delighted to be able to present the first in an occasional series of PDF only ‘How to’ guides, focusing on the experience of the Lewes Pound, and how to set up a similar scheme. Written by Oliver Oliver Dudok van Heel, one of the scheme’s founders, it is a clear and concise guide, a delicious taster for Pete North’s ‘Local Money’, (the second in the ‘Transition Books’ series, after ‘Local Food’) due out in March. (learn more)

Ten Things You Can Do to Start a Community Garden
Great article on starting a community garden, featured in the September 2009 issue of the Nation. The article goes through organizing a group, finding land, designing the space, assessing costs...(learn more)
Thanks to members of Transition Whatcom for recommending this!


Post Carbon Institute in Copenhagen

Transition US Partner | visit for more articles, reports and news

cop15PCI is in Copenhagen Dec 12-20 to get a first-hand look at the COP15 proceedings and, more importantly, connect with like-minded individuals and organizations. We haven't any hope that President Obama or other first-world leaders will propose significant action, but we do see high value in the work happening outside of government.  

Daily video and blog updates from Copenhagen are available at

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