Transition US Newsletter


June 09


The 2009 Transition Conference held last month in London was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Transition movement around the world and we've returned full of inspiration and ideas for helping to support Transition Initiatives across the country. Read on for news from groups, a recap of the conference, upcoming trainings and new resources.

We'd also like to share with you a special letter from Bill McKibben of about the role that Transition can have in helping to fight climate change. There certainly is a feeling of urgency in the air and we encourage all of you to help broaden the Transition Movement in the US. One way is to make presentations to your circles of friends and colleagues or convene meetings to talk about these critical problems in the context of Transition. Please also direct people to the Transition websites (listed below).


Transition Initiatives

This month, we welcome nine new Official Transition Initiatives in the US, bringing the total to thirty-three: Ann Arbor, MI, Oklahoma City, OK, West Marin, CA, and Tucson, AZGreater New Haven, CTSanta Barbara, CA, Stelle, IL, and Hancock County, ME. Check out the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative.

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

Transition Hohenwald: Rural Community Targets Energy Efficiency
The small town of Hohenwald Tennessee, population of around 4000 people, is taking small steps at greening up the community. Since 2006 a group of dedicated volunteers have been hosting events building on Hohenwald's efforts to make Lewis County...(read more)

Transition Denver Civic Center Garden
Transition Denver, the Mile High Business Alliance, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Living Earth Center, among many other organizations, founded the Grow Local Colorado Campaign to promote local food production, with the goal of 2009 new gardens in 2009.
(read more)

Sustainable NE Seattle receives local "Hero Award"
In May, Sustainable NE Seattle was recognized by the local Wedgwood Community Council with their annual "Hero Award." The declaration stated: "In the past year, Sustainable NE Seattle has provided an excellent means for northeast Seattle residents...
(read more)

Read more stories online.


Transition Training

Our twenty-two US Trainers have been working in pairs visiting communities across the country helping to prepare participants with the skills to fully engage in Transition. Download our guidelines and find out what it takes to host a Training course.

Traning Photos

Upcoming Training for Transition (T4T) courses are scheduled in:

June 19-20 - Vancouver, BC (Canada)
June 20-21 - Portland, ME
June 28-29 - Stelle, IL
July 16-17 - Pheonix, AZ
July 18-19 - NYC, NY
July 18-19 - Nelson, BC (Canada)
July 25-26 - Montpelier, VT
August 15-16 - Ashland, OR

See all upcoming trainings



We will begin hosting a series of webinars on a variety of topics you may find useful. To start us off:

  • Richard Heinberg will give us an update on Peak Everything,
  • Starhawk on Group Dynamics and Decision-Making and
  • Michael Brownlee on Starting a Transition Initiative.

We will be adding more presenters and topics as we go, and as usual value your ideas and suggestions. Another hot topic is a discussion on the various legal structures an Initiative can take: nonprofit, coop, membership organization, etc., and the pros and cons of each. Let us know if you are able to offer this one! We will be adding more presenters and topics as we go, and as usual value your insights and suggestions. Contact us for more details.


The Crash Course Seminars: Thriving in Any Future
Chris Martenson imageTransition Colorado (formerly Transition Boulder County) has just announced that Chris and Becca Martenson will be delivering the Crash Course Seminars in Denver on July 18-19, and presenting two major public talks about Transition and the economy (Boulder on July 16, and Denver on July 17).
"We feel that the Crash Course is exactly the kind of information that Transition needs to be making available to our communities," says Michael Brownlee, co-founder of Transition Colorado. "With the economic meltdown, we have a responsibility to provide tools for individual and community preparation."
Going far beyond the popular online and DVD version of the Crash Course, the Crash Course Seminars will provide participants the opportunity to cultivate a new vision of "true prosperity" and develop personal action plans to come to terms with profound economic change. Find out more


News from the Transition Network


Transition Conference

Conference CircleOn May 22-24, 2009, about 350 transitioners from around the world converged at the Battersea Arts Centre in London for the fully-booked 2009 Transition Conference. Some highlights:


In Transition Film

Mullers mapThe first version of the film, In Transition, premiered at the Transition Network Conference in London, and has also been previewed online with much feedback. The film is directed by Emma Goude, with input from Transition communities around the world. Although the film is not available for viewing at this time, you can help finish it by providing footage, donations and feedback.

Photos by Mike Grenville

Now that the first phase of the website development is complete, we've set out to build up the site with as much fresh and useful ideas and tools as possible. Find information on organizing or attending trainings, stories, resources and guides for Transition projects.

Calling all bloggers...if you've taken a liking to blogging about Transition, we'd love to hear from you! Give us a shout and we'll talk with you about our plans to start a superstar blogging team.

Twitter picAnd, for those who wanted to connect with Transition on other social networking sites, we've arrived!

Check us out on twitter, Facebook, and WiserEarth, as well as flickr and YouTube. If you have any suggestions of places we should join, let us know!

Thank you to all the Initiatives and Mullers who participated in our survey!

From the surveys that were received from our Initiatives we now have a lot of valuable feedback on how best to provide support to this growing movement. Thank you! We certainly have our work cut out for us.

We also sent out surveys to mullers and enticed them with a chance to win our "Getting started" resource kit which includes: A copy of the Transition Handbook and the Transition Timeline plus our handy Governance Toolbox (this latter will be available to all soon on our website). The winners from the random drawing are: Salem Transition Initiative for Relocalization (STIR) in Oregon and Potsdam and Canton Transition (PACT) in New York. Congrats!


Transition Resources

The Powerdown Show
Powerdown Show

The Powerdown Show is a 10-part TV series of the Cultivate Centre in Dublin, Ireland that takes a fresh and engaging look at the community responses to the converging challenges of climate change and peak oil. We have a golden opportunity to create a far better, more sustainable way of life. Millions around the world - many in your own community - are already making the transition to local resilience. Watch the 8th episode online - Transition Towns and Energy Descent Pathways. For more info on the The Powerdown show go to

Richard Heinberg's new book

Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis. Is there really enough coal to last two hundred years? Will "clean coal" technology help us power our economies without destroying the climate? Blackout is a must-read for anyone concerned about energy consumption, peak oil, and climate change is Heinberg's latest exploration of our global energy addiction, this time with a focus on the dirtiest fossil fuel around.  

Food & Farming

Food and Farming reportThe Food and Farming Transition Report produced by Post Carbon Institute in cooperation with the Soil Association (UK) outlines the transition to a new food system, which will require more farmers, smaller and more diversified farms, less processed and packaged food, and less long-distance hauling of food. Governments, communities, businesses, and families each have important parts to play in reinventing a food system that functions with limited renewable energy resources to feed our population for the long term. (Download the PDF (1.9 MB) - the report is also being translated by members of Transition Italia!)

If you come across any resources that you would like to see featured in the monthly Transition US Newsletter, or would like to volunteer as a translator, please let us know!


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