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

Building on the monthly "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...

First off, we were fortunate this month to be featured in the May/June issue of E Environment Magazine, with highlights of Transition Initiatives across the country (Note, since the article was written, we've had 5 new official Transition Initiatives!):

Going Local
Across the U.S., Communities Are Forming “Transition Towns”—Pooling Skills and Resources to Prepare for an Uncertain Future
May 1, 2011 | Patricia Hemminger

Read it online here >>

In Pennsylvania, Transition Media put on a family-friendly potluck/dance party with latin jazz tunes to celebrate the launch of Timebank Media, a Transition Town Media initiative that "seeks to reweave the Greater Media, PA community through an extended, volunteer-based "circle of giving."" Check out their facebook page for more info.

In Oregon, Transition PDX's Emergency Preparedness group met to talk about ongoing projects and potential collaboration with local goverment. 

In Washington, Sustainable NE Seattle is hosting a brunch fundraiser with Nicole Foss (part of her tour up the coast), planning for their Summer rendition of the Planet: Home community showcase (read about their last Planet:Home festival), and seeking out materials for their Meadowbrook Community Garden and Orchards.

Transition Whatcom held a series of events from May 13th through 15th that were rolled together to add a Placemaking theme to the 350 Home and Garden Challenge. The weekend started with a talk by Michael Cook of Portland's City Repair, who showed photos and described the history of the public participation projects that have helped to transform intersections to create public gathering places in several Portland neighborhoods. Thusly inspired by the art, beauty, and cooperative spirit of these projects, they approached two placemaking projects over the weekend - one, Renovating the Food Bank Garden with Reclaimed Materials, and two, Reclaiming a Waste Area for Gardening and Stormwater Treatment. Read the full story

In Texas, Transition Houston held their 5th Permablitz and captured it in this lovely video - thanks to Jose Figueroa for this excellent work. Transition Old Sixth Ward is one of our Houston neighborhood initiatives.


In California, Transition Los Angeles is getting set to host internationally acclaimed energy and economic analyst Nicole Foss (aka Stoneleigh, Automatic Earth blog) on June 16. In the desert region where the town of Joshua Tree is located, Transition Joshua Tree is finding it's legs, exploring how to grow food locally and apply permaculture principles. Read about them in their local news.

In honor of bike month, Transition Santa Cruz spiced up their monthly potluck and invited "zany bike creators, bike commuters with trailers, folks with Extracycles and unicycles and adult tricycles, and more to bring their human-powered conveyance" to collectively explore, test ride, and answer questions about cycling and commuting.

In Virginia, Transition Centreville/Clifton is screening the film How to Boil A Frog (check out their calendar of events).

In Massachusetts, Transition Wayland is forming! Having just hosted a successful Training for Transition, T4T, they've been scheming on projects and planning for the future. Read their story of beginnings...

In Colorado, volunteers from Grow Local Colorado (a project of Transition Denver) and Outdoor Colorado converged on the Colorado State Governor's lawn to "[transform] the mansion into a showcase for the sustainable-food movement", musing even about growing hops for a local State beer! The garden project was featured in the Denver Post, which you can read here. And they even got a short spot on the 9News - check it out! (Though all this doesn't come as much of a surprise since we've seen Grow Local Colorado's past transformation of the Denver Civic Center front lawns!)


Transition NorthfieldIn Minnesota, despite wind and rain, Transition Northfield celebrated their annual Earth Day Celebration indoors with music and treats and learned how to install a rain barrel (how appropriate!).  Right: Connor Rohwer of Northfield Youth Transitions showed a prototype for a recycling bin that could be installed downtown. (Credit: Mary Schier / more photos via Northfield Patch).

Also, Pat Benson of Transition Northfield and her family along with others were interviewed as part of a school media project, about how they buy, cook, grow and think about food to "weave a larger dialogue about Northfield’s present and the possibilities for the future of a local food culture and system." Listen to the program below.

BeyondtheHype by hafnerm


In North Carolina, Transiton Carrboro - Chapel Hill's action group, Replenishing for Activists, is wrapping up their series of 10 weekly meetings following the work of Joanna Macey. We congratulate you and hope to acknowledge the importance of having spaces like these to inspire and nourish our Transition work!


..And, from the UK April Roundup by Helen:

Over in North America, Transition Wayland recently hosted a talk by Tina Clarke of Transition US, and one of their members was interviewed by Wayland Patch, which you can read here.  Transition Town Chelsea put on a few special events to mark Earth Day, and there’s a new group getting started atTransition Kensington so we wish you the very best! Transition Town Phillips recently held a Mother Earth Day and Potluck with poetry, singing, face painting and spending time getting to know each other more. Transition Long Prairie is ready to go into their community and put into practice the ideas they’ve come up with during their study group sessions…so we wish you all the best! Transition Honesdale and the Ellen Memorial Health Care Centre are starting up a community garden with 25 plots for local residents who don’t have gardens but want to grow their own food…fantastic!  


For more news from Transition Initatives worldwide, mosey over to the Transition Culture blog.


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