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Working together to rebuild resilience in Bellingham and all of Whatcom County.



Zoning and Permits?

Started by James Hagarty in General. Last reply by James Hagarty Jun 28. 2 Replies

Army Corps Halts Gateway Pacific Terminal Process

Started by David MacLeod in General. Last reply by J. C. Walker,Jr. May 10. 1 Reply

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Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 29, 2016 at 9:24am 0 Comments

On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry.

I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper than being just about me; my journey sheds light upon our culture’s ‘jobs versus the environment’ debate; upon this region’s challenge to manage the explosive nature of oil by rail;…


Efficiency Without Sufficiency Is Insufficient

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 2, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

I’ve spent my adult life reducing my ecological footprint, struggling with possible next steps because they are, frankly, enormous.  Giving up air travel, for instance.  Visiting my aged parents in Florida and accessing the wilderness in the southwest are particularly appealing.  [I can, and do, purchase carbon offsets for such travel – though offsets are an admitted distant second to actually hanging up my wings […


Time for a wellness exam?

Posted by Rick Dubrow on January 14, 2016 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

No, not for you!  Nor your kid.  I’m talking about your house.

When was the last time someone knowledgeable was in your crawlspace or attic?  What… you don’t hang out there and know its current condition? C’mon now

That’s my point… for the same reason that annual wellness exams are recommended for you, someone experienced should periodically study your home’s health and well-being.

How often?  One obvious time is when you’re about to…


Conditioned Space

Posted by Rick Dubrow on December 23, 2015 at 1:43pm 0 Comments

Feelin’ pretty cozy?  Chances are you’re reading this blog post while inside conditioned space whose air temperature is being controlled by you or some other human.  We typically move around from conditioned space to conditioned space:  our car, home or place of work.  We’ll go outside and travel through unconditioned space in order to gain access to our next managed, conditioned cocoon. Comfort zone to comfort zone, minimizing discomfort while in transition.

Comfort drives so…


Passing the Baton

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 27, 2015 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

If all goes well I must relinquish the throne here in about three months.  That’s the optimistic time frame when A-1 Builders will morph into a worker-owned cooperative (WOC).  I use the phrase ‘must relinquish the throne’ rather lightly given that I’m bringing it upon myself; this shift in power is voluntary. Instead of Presidential decisions, they will be made by 6 hopeful owners, myself included, each of whom has worked here at least 5 years, each person bearing one vote, 6…


Welcome to Transition Whatcom's Community Networking Site!

This is a community networking site for those interested in helping us achieve our vision of resilient and more self-reliant communities throughout Whatcom County with a local food supply, sustainable energy sources, a healthy local economy, and a growing sense of vitality and community well-being.

About Transition Whatcom

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* These funds will be used to keep this website up and running. They may also be used to support our various activities, i.e. Transition Film Series at the Limelight, design grants, the Skilshare Faire. Please email if you have questions.

*  PayPal takes a percentage of your donation - if you'd like to send us a check you may make it out to: Transition Whatcom and mail it to: 2416 Broadway, Bellingham, WA 98225

Many, many thanks for your support!


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Transition Film Series

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Help with existing projects of the Transition Whatcom Organizing Group or suggest projects you are willing to help with! Join the discussion.

To learn more about Transition Whatcom, Start Here

We aim to unleash the collective genius of our community to find the answers to this momentous question:

For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we...

Dramatically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
Significantly increase resilience (in response to peak oil);
Greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?

Transition Initiatives make no claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to take stock and to start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.


To learn more about the issues, start here

(Why Transition, Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economy, Peak Everything)

Latest Activity

Heather Harmony updated their profile
Aug 16
Heather Harmony added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers

Detox Foot Bath with Infrared Belt

Model MDF-201P A1 2X Power Detox Foot Bath Package Purchased from for $380, we have only used this a few times and are downsizing. Complete kit from original purchase minus one ionic array and the salt (just buy coarse sea salt). 10 ionic arrays remaining, never used. The infrared belt is a bonus and feels very healing, and can be used on its own or with the detox foot bath. This item is listed also on Craigslist for $200…See More
Aug 16
Amy Vergillo posted events
Aug 16
Karl Meyer posted an event

Hootenanny to Benefit the Co-op’s Farm Fund at Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden

September 4, 2016 from 6pm to 9:30pm
Hootenanny to Benefit the Co-op’s Farm FundDo-si-do and swing your partner to fund local farms and celebrate Eat Local Month. Bellingham, Washington | Aug. 12, 2016 —The fourth annual Hootenanny to Benefit the Co-op’s Farm Fund is right around the corner. Join the fun and support local farms! The Community Food Co-op is happy to co-sponsor this lively, fun community event with Sustainable Connections and to kick off Eat Local Month in grand fashion—a month dedicated to celebrating all the folks…See More
Aug 11
Patricia Herlevi commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"I found someone to share a house with, only we need to find the house. So if you know of any reasonably price 2-bedroom houses that are for rent please contact me ASAP. We prefer to be centrally located. He likes to ride his bike, so green ways are…"
Aug 6
Marilyn Flint posted an event

Village Books speaker on Active Peace at Village Books in Fairhaven

August 9, 2016 from 7pm to 8pm
Active PeaceA mindful Path to a Nonviolent WorldThis book is one of the best I've read about how to create healthier relationships and a healthier environment. Here is a review I wrote:Scott Brown effectively describes historical and current causes of our separations from nature and from each other, then links causes to realistic ways to help overcome personal, global and environmental separations. He openly discusses his own personal and professional divisions and how he learned to overcome…See More
Aug 4
Neah Monteiro is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Aug 1
David MacLeod updated an event

Herbal Apprenticeship Program at Bow, WA

August 20, 2016 at 10am to November 19, 2016 at 5pm
Our region is brimming with medicinal plants. Whether you live in the city or country there are medicinal and edible plants growing right outside your door! This course is all about what they are and how to use them.  Each class will be out in the mountains, shores and fields of our bioregion learning from the healing wisdom of our plants. Classes are hands on & interactive. Each class will provide you with medicine from our harvests for your personal apothecary.  Course topics include:…See More
Jul 31


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