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

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

While large oil companies are struggling to find oil or acquire other companies to stay in business-as-usual, communities around the world are envisioning a future where we are less dependent on oil and natural resources and having fun doing it.

Transition Colorado is hosting a two-day conference February 25-27, 2011 titled, "Our Local Economy in Transition: Food Localization as Economic Development," featuring guest presenters, Nicole Foss (Stoneleigh), Michael Shuman (BALLE), Woody Tasch (Slow Money) and Michael Brownlee (Transition Colorado). "The economy is on the precipice of an unprecedented transition—and this has profound implications for our local economy. This conference is an opportunity to explore how local food and farming can contribute to the resilience of our local economy, reduce our contribution to global warming, and ensure the health, well-being and self-reliance of all our citizens." They'll be kicking things off with a Friday night premiere screening of "The Economics of Happiness."


Laguna Food GroupIn California, Transition Laguna has been reaching out to help other communities start the movement and were featured in their local news. (Photo to the right of the Transition Laguna Food Group by Hoiyin Ip). Meanwhile, Transition Albany wrapped up a screening of the documentary by Starhawk and Donna Read, Permaculture: The Growing Edge.
In Oklahoma, Transition OKC is planning a full 72-hour Permaculture Design Course tentatively scheduled for fall 2011 in Oklahoma City and laying the groundwork for an Art Exhibition and fundraiser in April. Check their website for details.
If you're in the Kentucky area, you might want to check out Sustainable Berea's handy planting guide included in their recent newsletter.


And if you were ready to start thinking about spring and warming weather, well, members of Transition Northampton in Massachusetts, have been busy organizing roof raking and ice dam removal parties! They were featured in their local paper, The Gazette. Members have been holding educational workshops for neighbours to learn about proper roof insulation to prevent valuable heat from escaping the house. Ice dams and snow build up on roof tops can cause serious damage and leakage.

Tina Clarke gave a presentation for the Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency program at Greenfield Community College on how Transition Initiatives are rebuilding community relationships and networks in preparation for energy descent, food scarcity and harder times ahead. Tina also wrote: "We had a wonderful fifth Training for Transition last weekend in Greenfield!  Belchertown and Wendell have joined us, with Westfield getting going, too!  We are now 23 Transition Initiatives in western MA!!" - Congrats all and welcome!


folk school

Over in Idaho, the Sandpoint Transition Initiative is starting news sessions for 2011 of their Transition Folk School, a school "committed to expanding community access to classes that teach “the arts and crafts of sustainable living,” featuring classes that aim to expand knowledge, develop new skills, or create an opportunity to build community. STI folks are also starting to dream about 2011 season of their 60-plot community garden

In North Carolina, Transition Carrboro-Chapel Hill is helping the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill organize a free Energy Efficiency Education Fair on Feb. 26, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Century Center in Carrboro.


(copy from the "January Roundup of What's Happening in the World of Transiton" pulled together by Helen and Rob over at Transition Culture)

Over in the US, Transition Town Putney has a lovely story of their community garden and how it’s going – it seems there’s huge interest in the project as all the 44 plots up for grabs are already taken, so they may now search for more land to satisfy the needs of those on the waiting list. The founders of Transition Voice and T Staunton Augusta gave a talk about the Transition movement to people in Charlottesville, VA, so let’s hope it leads to more Transition initiatives starting up there…

Here’s our Kevin from Transition Town Pittsburgh with his Transition Town Floetry… This time he’s gone live at the Shadow Lounge!

Transition South Bay LA is holding a Transition Salon as well as a workshop on the ‘Healing powers of local food and cultured vegetables’. A new Transition group has emerged in Southside Pride called Longfellow Transition to Sustainability, so we welcome you and wish you a fantastic future. People in Berkeley are invited to an introduction and discussion about how to help create a Berkeley Transition Town, so if you’re around there then why not go along and get involved. Have a look at Transition Boulder’s Transition Singles… while Transition Pittsburgh is holding a gift circle…what a great idea!   Transition Town Manchester will hold a potluck dinner and discuss future plans for Riverwalk, and start planning for springtime activities such as nut tree planting (hooray for spring!), while Transition St Clair Shores will be watching ‘In Transition’ and then discussing how they can transition towards a more sustainable future for their city.  The Bucks Transition Group recently held a ‘Citizens Energy Forum Unconference’, here’s a great little film about it:

Transition San Fernando Valley has started up the San Fernando Valley Time Exchange, a cooperative enabling people to exchange hours of instruction in Transition skills such as solar cooking, raising backyard chickens, low water gardening and rainwater collection. Transition Town Northern El Paso County is a new Transition Initiative busily raising awareness with movies and discussions on how to put Transition into action, so we welcome you and wish you all the best.

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