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

Here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the country and around the world...

Sustainable Berea helped sponsor three local business persons who attended the BALLE conference in Charleston, South Carolina on May 21 – 23. Sustainable NE Seattle is celebrating their second birthday!

Members of Sustainable NE Seattle are planning and raising funds for their first annual conference on sustainable living, called Planet:Home on August 21st, 2010, "an event to educate and learn about sustainable practices throughout the home by way of conversation, hands-on activities and participation."

Transition Ann Arbor in Michigan is calling for presenters for their third ReSkilling Festival on July 17th. The Ann Arbor Summer ReSkilling Festival will be held at the local High School and will provide plenty of opportunities for anyone to learn practical low-energy skills from preserving local fruits and vegetables to hanging laundry in the sun, learning to sing, or building a backyard hoop house.

Bernard Brennan of Transition Greater New Haven's work was recognized in the 2010 Connecticut Climate Change Leadership Awards. Congrats Bernard! (photo left)

Transition Houston in Texas held their 2nd Permablitz on June 6th, which focused on water, with rain barrel installation, water gardens, raised bed construction, and more.

Transition PDX is hosting a presentation on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and Transition on June 30th to learn about interviewing people, cataloguing their skills, organizing their efforts - and talk about how they might adapt it to communities where we live.

VISIONS of FUTURE RENO: ENERGY in TRANSITION What Future do you envision for Reno? Resilience? Clean energy? A slower pace? A more nurturing environment and economy? Come see how local artists responded when Transition Reno in collaboration with the Electric Auto Association of Northern NV invited them to share their vision. Visions of Future Reno: Energy in Transition is part of the 15th annual Artown festival, July 2010. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.

Transition Media in Pennsylvania is holding an event,"Transition: How Do We Get To Where We Want To Be?, where they'll discuss "how it might be possible to match local resources with local needs in ways that build community while increasing capacity, resiliency and economic well-being, as well as how we might change our local economy in spite of the fact that the global economy of which we are part is so powerful and resistant to the kind of changes we would like to see come about."

We can all breath a sigh of relief to the defeat of Prop 16 in California, which would have had huge consequences on the energy future of the state and beyond. Here's a note from Jan Markle of Transition West Marin: "Huge thanks from all of us to our intrepid activists who worked day and night, sacrificing their personal lives, to fight the Goliath with their stones of truth until the entire state heard the message. Thanks for securing for all of us in California the right to a future of power owned and directed by the people." read more.

Check out photos from Transition VanBuren Allegan's recent reskilling workshop put on in collaboration with the Michigan Land Trustees on a warm and wonderful day with lots of great people and a turnout of over 70 participants!


Photo by pjchmiel

Transition Santa Cruz launched their first monthly 'Potluck for a Purpose' with featured guests, a needs and offers board where folks could participate in all kinds of resource-sharing, a share table where you can share surplus garden produce and the like, and a presentation on the topic of the month after they cleared the dishes away. (modeled after Transition Whidbey Island's potluck events!)

Transition Los Angeles has been maintaining an area-wide map of Transition action across the basin, based upon information from their local pods, from speaking engagements, from meeting attendance, and from email contacts.  It is exciting to see the action spread (look at the circa-Fall'09 still shot on the TLA website, and then click it to display the current view!)


For more news from Transition Initatives worldwide, mosey over to the Transition Culture blog: A June Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

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