Transition Initiatives Get to Work for 10/10/10!

Spurred by and the 10:10 campaign, October 10, 2010 is shaping up to be "A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions"-- together we'll get to work in our communities on projects that can cut carbon and build the clean energy future. 

Thousands of people around the world have already registered their plans, including bike repair workshoppers in San Francisco, school insulating teams in London, waste-land-to-veggies-gardeners in New Zealand, and solar panel installers in Kenya.

With less than 2 weeks to go, over 4300 events are being planned in 173 countries around the world. Transition Initiatives across North America, are stepping up to organize for 10/10/10.




 Here is a peak at what's coming up:


Transition Carrboro-Chapel Hill's Energy & Community Resilience Fair

Transition’s Energy & Community Resilience Fair will take place at Carrboro Town Commons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 10. The event is being co-sponsored by the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

The event will include:

  • local companies and nonprofits demonstrating high- and low-tech ways to conserve energy or start using alternative energy
  • laptops where you can discover green energy resources and calculate your carbon footprint
  • information on Chapel Hill and Carrboro town government energy programs
  • smoothies made in a bicycle-powered blender
  • goodies baked in solar ovens
  • a map of community gardens and farmers markets to help you eat more healthily and cut the fuel consumption of your food at the same time
  • and hopefully a nearby demonstration of a home energy audit, with experts on hand to tell you how to reduce your own home’s energy bill.

Transition Reno's Great Unleashing Work Party!

The Great Unleashing is a one-day event on the 10th of October, 2010, that will engage a collective response to a transition away from fossil fuels into a localized, resilient community. Learn what Transition is about, hear an inspiring keynote speaker, eat a free delicious lunch, and make community connections by participating in a collective envisioning of a vibrant, dramatically less energy dependent Reno. This brainstorming event will kick-off the process of creating a long-term Energy Descent Action Plan, a game plan for a thriving Reno in a powered-down future, by prioritizing and forming Action Groups.



Transition Houston 10-10-10 Permablitz
Houston, TX Transition community will be at work with two Permablitz projects on October 10! 

  • Transition Houston will be Permablitzing in the Sharpstown area of Southwest Houston on the morning of October 10.
  • The Clear Lake Transition Initiative will be Permablitzing all day on October 10 at the community garden at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in League City.

Details for both will appear in the Transition Houston newsletter at the end of the month, but for now please clear your calendar on 10-10-10!

Join Transition Town Manchester and Help Create "Riverwalk Park" on 10/10/10

Join members of Transition Town Manchester as we begin the creation of a walking path through Manchester’s central wooded glen that runs along the West Branch of the Battenkill. This large area of nature, in the heart of Manchester, will be a friendly trail that will encourage walking, making the town more pedestrian friendly. From the site of the former bowling alley to the Mill pond, this 2000 feet of river frontage named ‘Riverwalk’, will be one part of our local solution to the climate crisis.

We will begin this community work party on 10/10/10 at 10 AM. Our plan is simple; with clippers and chain saws, we’ll open up the paths that are already exist but are overgrown. With gloves, we’ll haul out the trash. With pick-up trucks, we’ll carry the firewood off to needy families. Young naturalists will create signs to identify interesting botanical specimens and at the end of the day, we’ll have a celebration in the woods.

In the future, our hope is to work with other groups, public and private, to create a useful, handicap accessible public park. We envision a bridge across the river, a stairway to Main Street, and a stage for theater-in-the-woods.

Making our community more pedestrian friendly should be a long-term design goal for our town. On10/10/10, we want this to be a real community project. We hope you’ll join us in creating “Riverwalk Park”.

Transition West Marin Work Parties + Dance Celebration
Celebration at the Dance Palace at 4:00 pm – Following the work parties in West Marin, participants will gather at the Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station on Sunday, October 10 at 4:00 pm to celebrate the accomplishments of the day and community resilience. Music by the Tim Weed Band. Speakers include Steve Kinsey, Marin County Supervisor. Food, beer and dessert provided by Mainstreet Moms, Straus Family Creamery, Tomales Oyster Company, and the Lagunitas Brewing Company. Transition West Marin is coordinating all of the events and celebration. For more information, contact Bing Gong at (415)663-1380.

Transition Albany teams up with the City of Albanylogo

The City and Transition Albany are teaming up to make the Global Work Day 10/10/10, promoted by (on October 10th), a big splash.

The City will award prizes to the most creative neighborhood project that involves the most people and makes the most difference to our collective carbon footprint either directly or indirectly. (A direct effect could be in reducing miles driven or energy used in the home, for example, whereas an indirect effect would be producing food in your own garden, or cleaning up trash). There are many ideas on the City web page and on

Transition Albany is standing by to offer support, whether it’s discussing ideas with your community or helping to make your project a reality.


Sustainable Northeast Seattle 2nd Annual Barter Fair & Cider Press

Did your garden produce lots this year? Did you can or preserve the harvest from your garden? Come to the barter faire and trade what you have for what others have. Pies, baked goods, skills and other homemade non-cash items may also be traded. A cider press will be on site to juice apples or grapes.


Transition Palo Alto: Work Day

Get ready for 10/10/10! Transition Palo Alto has signed up with for this worldwide day of action to spread the word about peak oil and climate change, and all the ways you can cut your carbon emissions. We’re planning a big day of activities for kids, parents and all adults, including skills you may have forgotten or never learned, but which your grandparents likely knew.

Among the highlights:

  • We’ll be building an end-to-cheap-oil tower.
  • Activities include building a solar oven, knitting, creating arts and crafts, and many more (additional info here).
  • See a slide show on reducing your carbon footprint by one of Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Thirty”, Axel Clavier.
  • Pledge to reduce your carbon and get your passport to a greener Palo Alto!


Transition Sebastopol:  10/10/10 Event & Annual Harvest Community Potluck

Transition Sebastopol and St Stephens Church cordially invites you to attend our first Annual Harvest Community Potluck on 10/10/10 to pledge our commitments to reducing our carbon footprint and to celebrate the harvest of our gardens and farms.

10/10/10 is an international day of action to reduce global warming organized by We, along with people and communities all over the world will be participating in projects and activities that make a difference to this cause. We invite you to join in with friends that day to work on a project that makes a difference, and then come to our Local Food Potluck to enjoy the harvest of our abundant gardens.

Bring yourselves, your families and friends, a potluck item, and (if you have it) something to share from your summer garden. We will trade our homegrown goods, be entertained by music from a live band, share stories, press all the apples you bring, and laugh! So definitely bring all the apples you can, and we will press them into a Transition apple blend for you, and everyone to enjoy.


Transition Los Angeles

This October, is rallying communities around the world to "get
down to work" and to create a global work day for climate solutions.
Of course this idea completely dovetails with what we do every day
within our local Transition groups.
Thus we invite you to come on out on the weekend of 10/10/10 and join
us at any of several projects we're hosting. Show support for climate
action and 350 at the same time as you reconnect with friends in your
local Transition group.
Local groups throughout the greater Los Angeles area hosting the
following events:
* 100 Mile Meal - Venice area of Los Angeles, Sunday 10/10/10
* Plastic Bag challenge think tank - Culver City, Sunday 10/10/10
* Basic Bike Maintenance - Manhattan Beach area of South Bay LA,
Sunday 10/10/10 8am
* Rainwater Harvesting hands-on workshop - Westchester area of Los
Angeles, Saturday 10/9/10, 9am
* Valley Glen Demo Gardens - Valley Glen area of San Fernando
Valley, Sunday 10/10/10 8am
* Haskell Creek Cleanup - Van Nuys area of San Fernando Valley,
Sunday 10/10/10 8:30am

10-10-10 World Wide Day of Action in Whatcom County: The Perennial Project
logoA Transition Whatcom Event

The local 10-10-10 event begins at 9 am on the steps of Bellingham City Hall. Live music, info booths and speakers get us started, with Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike planting our first tree in the Bellingham Public Library grounds at 10:10 a.m. Then we load up bike trailers with our assembled plants and head to the school to plant the new additions to the school garden. Bring your energy and enthusiasm, and a shovel if you can!

We will be planting at Alderwood, Birchwood, Columbia, Roosevelt and Parkview Elementary Schools, Shuksan and Fairhaven Middle School, Squalicum High School – all in the Bellingham School District plus Beach Elementary School (Lummi Island) and the Lummi Nation School.

We still need bike trailer folks to transport the plants from City Hall to the schools, Planters at each school, and help with staging the Kick-off event. The day before (Saturday) we need a pick-up brigade to transport donated compost to the school locations.

More info:


Transition Lake County invites you to participate in TLC's 10/10/10 Community Celebration at Redbud Park in Clearlake!
Join us for an afternoon of local music, potluck bbq, and a chance to network with other active citizens and celebrate the great work being done all around the county to build a healthier, happier and more resilient community!
This event is part of's "Global Work Party," an international day of action and celebration intended to empower and inspire more of us to live more sustainable, environmentally friendly, carbon-neutral lives. TLC is helping to coordinate countywide volunteer efforts leading up to our 10/10 celebration -- everything from tule-planting parties and trash-cleanups to clothes drives and community garden workdays -- so if you are planning (or would like to plan) any activities to better your community, please let us know! We'll post it on our website and do our best to help find you more volunteers -- and then we can celebrate all our work together on the 10th! Visit for a current listing of work parties and community-building events taking place on or before 10/10/10, and join your neighbors in some meaningful work : )
The 10/10/10 Community Celebration will feature the work being done by TLC Working Groups and other local organizations, as Lake County citizens continue to co-create local health resilience. The park will have plenty of space for all sorts of local clubs and interested individuals to set up tables and share their work with the community, and you are welcome to participate and table as well. To see the growing list of groups to be involved in the 10/10 festivities, visit the 10/10 Working Group page, and to get involved, contact us!
All citizens, including politicians, are invited to this event. We recognize that it is election season, and that collectively we face many active issues of civic importance. This is a networking event, and all are encouraged to attend and participate. Come as you are, with your authentic beliefs and desires, and take advantage of this opportunity to meet with others and grow this organic local resilience movement!
This event is free and open to the public, and families are welcome. There will be a potluck, so please feel free to bring healthy food to share, as well as your own re-usable water bottle and eating utensils. We will also feature plenty of live music from local artists, as well as some fun interactive family activities.
Fore more information, visit us on the web at or call us: 707.928.0159 (Nils Palsson) / 707.995.0940 (Ed Christwitz).
We look forward to celebrating together on the 10th together in Clearlake!

logoTransition Cotati
Help clear trash out of the Laguna channel in Cotati before it washes downstream into the rest of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, the Russian River and out to the Pacific Ocean!  This event will be held in collaboration with Sonoma County Water Agency, the City of Cotati, North Coast Corporation/Redwood Empire Disposal, Transition Cotati, and C-CORP (Concerned Citizens of Rohnert Park).   It is also listed as one of thousands of events taking place around the world for 10.10.10 organized by (and supported locally by GoLocal, see as part of a Global Work Party, an international day of action on climate change.
Wear old clothes, with boots if you have them, or sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather – in layers, with sun protection and/or with raingear if rain is forecast.  Bring your own drinking water bottle.
Where?: We will be starting in two locations simultaneously!  Come to whichever one works best for you!
  • Cotati City well lot no. 2 on Lakewood Ave.  Parking at Ladybug Park, Liman Way, Rohnert Park.
  • Falletti Park, off Gravenstein Way (east off Old Redwood Hwy, just north of Walgreens, across from the Hwy 116 intersection)
For a downloadable flyer with map and directions go to
We're taking back the streets for 10.10.10!  The CAReFREE Sunday Street Scene/Avenida Recreativa will be staged in the area near Julliard Park in Santa Rosa and will create a safe, car-free environment for walking, bicycling, and having fun.  Streets will be closed off from car traffic from 9 am to 3 pm to allow for all the fun to happen.
Modeled after the original such event, named Ciclovia, in Bogota, Colombia (started in 1976, it occurs every Sunday and on holidays, drawing 2 million people---equal to 30% of the population), this smaller-scale Santa Rosa event is considered a beginning in creating a grassroots effort focused on building community cohesion and promoting healthful bicycling, walking and exercise.   For more, see our listing on

Events by other collaborators:

Green Means Business: 10/10 Climate Challenge Kick-Off Event

Saturday, October 9, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
San Rafael City Plaza, 4th & Court Streets

Join Sustainable San Rafael for a 10/10 Climate Challenge Global Work Party on SATURDAY, October 9, walking door-to-door to engage businesses and residents in ten practical actions to cut carbon emissions by 10% every year for 10 years. Gather for a Kick-Off Rally at 1:00 Saturday at San Rafael City Plaza to form teams and pick up 10/10 Climate Challenge material for distribution to businesses along 4th Street or in your own neighborhood.

More info at:


Is your Transition initiative holding an event? email us! and we'll add it to this list.

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