November Roundup of What's Happening out in the World of Transition - US Edition

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

Learning about natural gas fracking and organizing on climate change in California > Transition Santa Cruz is hosting an event for the public to learn about fracking with guests from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Ventana Wilderness and Land Trust -- "Fracking in California is unregulated by State government, although hundreds of fracked wells have been drilled in the state. Many more may be in store, because California contains nearly two-thirds of the nation's shale oil reserves." Read more. Meanwhile, members of Transition Culver City joined others at UCLA to take part in the Do The Math Tour with a presentation from Bill McKibben. Find out about upcoming tour dates at

Growing a Transition Movement in Virginia > Sustainable Loudoun and George Washington University are hosting a public forum at the Loudoun GWU campus on the evening of Nov 30th to discuss the Loudoun Transition Initiative.

Exploring Regional composting markets in ColoradoTransition Colorado, along with the City of Boulder and others, hosted a Regional Composting Summit on November 13, 2012, to explore challenges and opportunities with local markets, identifying trends, barriers and potential solutions. Also check out the video recordings from their EAT LOCAL! Week, including Michael Shuman and Woody Tasch presenting on Slow Money and the Economic Benefits of Localizing.

Teaching home weatherization practices in Pennsylvania > Transition PGH and the Pittsburgh Green House weathization team has been inviting residents to explore home energy and water conservation practices and touring local houses.

Connecting Inititiatives across North Carolina > Southeast and Western NC Transitioners (including folks representing Transition initiatives in Asheville, Black Mountain, Hendersonville and Atlanta, GA) gathered and were hosted by Transition Asheville. Read a recap of the day.

Planting gardens in Florida > Members of Transition Venice took at night time stroll and planted in some unsuspecting places...

Rethinking ideas for holiday gift traditions in Washington > Neighbors in NE Seattle came together for a film and discussion on alternatives to high stress, high consumption holidays - asking the question, "What do we do during the holidays to have fun and enjoy low stress celebrations without the focus being the purchasing of more stuff?" Here's a list of some of their ideas!

Unleashing the collective genius in Wisconsin > Transition Viroqua had a "wonderful turnout, great representation and presentations from community groups and a thought-provoking talk by Richard Heinberg" earlier this month to celebrate the wealth of community organizations and engage in planning for the future. Read their "Great Thank You" >

Brainstorming projects in Tennessee > Transition Nashville is getting set to host a Potluck and World Cafe-Style Brainstorm for Transition Nashville Projects 2013, asking the questions "What Transition needs do you see in your personal life, your neighborhood, the city as a whole? And how artistic can you get in 15 minutes or less?" 

Building a deeper sense of place in Massachusetts > Transition Wayland has been hosting a series of events monthly called Wayland Walks. "The Aim Is to engage people with diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities, and civil and social organizations in a wide variety of projects to walk, assess, mark and maintain, and make more accessible, Wayland’s public trails and the natural and cultural endowment of our wetland, water and river system, woods and meadows, thereby increasing awareness and enjoyment of our natural resources and helping to shape a generation of stewards that is conscious of that legacy facing a future of climate and development pressures. We hope to produce a comprehensive map of all of Wayland's trail networks, which we will present as a 375th anniversary gift, from one generation to the next." 

Nationally: How are Transition Initiatives doing? Active co-leaders of Transition Initiatives are having a heartfelt open discussion about the challenges within their Transition Initiatives. Lots of food for thought. For those who are also active and have not been participating you can join the discussion here:






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