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Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…


Let's Change the Tune for Housing in Bellingham

Posted by Patricia Herlevi on January 17, 2017 at 4:16pm 0 Comments

Your $10 donation to my Go Fund Me campaign helps me to end a 2+ year housing journey and land in my own home.

Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

I live in an all-electric home and when the power grid is out we have nothing. No water, no sewer, lights, cooking or anything else. I will have a generator to run sparingly to keep the freezer and the refrigerator going. Our home is a passive solar home with great insulation.

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happens, the grid could be out for a year. During that time, with the well pump not working, we will need a source of clean fresh water.

A slow sand filter, made…


Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 3, 2016 at 11:51am 0 Comments

All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues:

“How many nights are you staying out?”

“None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.”

“Then why are you carrying so large a pack?

Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that extends into my settled, civilized life as well.  Why, at home, are Cindi and I prepared for a major natural or…


Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 12, 2016 at 6:10pm 1 Comment

Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson.

typical-ankle-buster-trail Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming in pain from above; close by.  In moments we reached Patricia, a fit 59 year old Peruvian child…


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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.

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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

Karl Meyer posted an event

Whatcom Town Hall: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

February 22, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm
Whatcom Town Hall: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, an event designed to foster dialogue about building a culturally responsive and community-informed business The Community Food Co-op invites you to join us in a very important discussion that will aid the Co-op Board directors in defining issues and goals for further exploration and action as we began a process to engage with the community in building a socially responsible business. Voice YOUR opinion on how we can build a business that is…See More
Feb 8
Steve Wilson posted an event

Seed Saving For Gardeners with Terri Wilde at Chuckanut Center

February 17, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm
$3-10 per personLearn basics of the ancient craft of saving seed from successful vegetables in your garden. Close the loop of sustainability!Terri Wilde has been gardening and saving seed for many years and has taught in a variety of venues including the Ecology Center in Berkeley CA, Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, The Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Cascadia Skillshare Faire.$3-10 per person, payable at event.Children 13 and above are welcome!See More
Feb 2
Karl Meyer posted an event

Let’s Talk: Stretching Our Edges on Race and Privilege at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

February 11, 2018 from 2pm to 4:30pm
 “What we do not say, what we do not talk about, allows the status quo to continue.” -Stephanie Wildman, Making Systems of Privilege VisibleEngaging in frank discussions of race and race-based issues is often a delicate task, requiring participants to recognize their status and privileges (or lack thereof) concerning another in a differently situated group. Many people remain ill-equipped with the skills necessary to navigate these encounters constructively. Discussions about race and racism…See More
Feb 2
David MacLeod posted an event

Heirloom Seed Swap at The Majestic Hall

February 11, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm
Our 10th Annual Community Seed Exchange!    Sunday, February 11, 2018at The Majestic , 1027 N. Forest St,  Bellingham3:00pm-5:00pmShare and receive heirloom garden seeds and edible tubers!  Bring saved seed to share (labeled) or come without seeds and commit to grow seeds,and learn to save and share seed. Meet fellow gardeners.Your Donations of Seeds & Finances Supports this Event.Seed Donors and Volunteers Arrive Early!Set up begins at 1:30pmContact Volunteer Coordinator…See More
Jan 21
Jean Kroll posted events
Jan 21
Angela MacLeod commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"VCR Player? Does anyone have one I could borrow for a week? I have a bunch of vhs recordings of my dance and choreography from decades ago and I want to see if the tapes are still viable. Should transfer to digital and I will if the tapes are still…"
Jan 16
Erik Livingstone is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jan 15
Anna Strick is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jan 10


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New Study Questions Impact of Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Ending the world’s fossil fuel subsidies would reduce global CO2 emissions by 0.5 to 2.2 gigatonnes (Gt) per year by 2030, a new study says. The research, published by Nature, concludes that the removal of subsidies would lead to bigger emissions reductions in oil and gas exporting regions…

Dark Kitchen: Salmo Salar

There is a sense of normality and purpose in the lives of true artisans of food, people who have learned how to engage with their environment to feed themselves. They represent the great passing on of human knowledge, with a profound understanding of how to live in a given landscape – a nobility in their craft that is threatened but unsullied by big industry.

The World in 2018 – Part Three

Mainstream economics seems to have learned little and changed nothing in the last decade, despite the fact that the financial crisis and its aftermath laid bare a number of important issues with its theories and models.

History Crash

My previous post offered a retrospective take on my ‘Peasant’s Republic of Wessex’ post cycle that I completed a while back. I thought I might now turn to another such retrospective, this time on my recently-completed ‘History of the world’ cycle. So I’d like to offer a few thoughts on the way we think about history, with the help of a couple of books from my recent reading.

Protecting the Environment, the Nation, and a Denier: At No Added Expense

The Donald and his Congressional budget hawks are looking pretty profligate at the moment—having just added $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next ten years for tax reforms, $300 billion for fiscal years 2018/2019 by the budget deal and a possible $25 billion more to build a Wall. Spending pressures on one side will be met with saving pressures on another.



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