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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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;…

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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 twog@gmail.com 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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You can find other TW members in your neighborhood by typing your neighborhood into the search box on the Members page.

Help the TWOG

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)

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Redifining Prosperity (Film) and TW 10th Anniversary! at First Congregational Church

February 28, 2019 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Redefining Prosperity is the story of the transformation of culture and economy in California’s largest Gold Rush town -- Nevada City. With its legacies of environmental devastation and extreme mistreatment of both the native Nisenan Indian people as well as the immigrant workers who built many of the mines, Nevada City citizens transformed it into a model community with emphasis on protected common resources, respect for others, local organic foods, artistic creativity, tourism, and citizen…See More
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Redifining Prosperity (Film) and TW 10th Anniversary! at First Congregational Church

February 28, 2019 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Redefining Prosperity is the story of the transformation of culture and economy in California’s largest Gold Rush town -- Nevada City. With its legacies of environmental devastation and extreme mistreatment of both the native Nisenan Indian people as well as the immigrant workers who built many of the mines, Nevada City citizens transformed it into a model community with emphasis on protected common resources, respect for others, local organic foods, artistic creativity, tourism, and citizen…See More
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Seed Swap, Barter Fair and Skillshare at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

March 9, 2019 from 10am to 8pm
Rescheduled due to weather. Note that the new date is March 9th.The 11th Annual Seed Swap, and the Skillshare and Barter Faire, will be held at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship on March 9th. Doors open at 10 am with a suggested donation of $10 (under 12 free).Classes for seed saving, food preservation, gardening and homesteading and more are offered starting at 10:30The Seed swap begins at 1:30 pm. Swappers are encouraged to bring seeds and take home up to 10 varieties of seeds.Bring…See More
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Mary Ann Dow is now a member of Transition Whatcom
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David MacLeod posted an event
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Redifining Prosperity (Film) and TW 10th Anniversary! at First Congregational Church

February 28, 2019 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Redefining Prosperity is the story of the transformation of culture and economy in California’s largest Gold Rush town -- Nevada City. With its legacies of environmental devastation and extreme mistreatment of both the native Nisenan Indian people as well as the immigrant workers who built many of the mines, Nevada City citizens transformed it into a model community with emphasis on protected common resources, respect for others, local organic foods, artistic creativity, tourism, and citizen…See More
Jan 30
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Farm Share Fair at Boundary Bay Brewery

March 30, 2019 from 12pm to 3pm
Meet local farmers. Learn about local food boxes (CSA), farm fresh, healthy food, in 1 convenient weekly box. Enjoy live music and a pint! In Boundary Bay's Mountain Room.With meal kits and online delivery on the rise, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share allows customers to enjoy the benefits of convenience and eating well while supporting local farms. CSA programs also let you skip the middle man and forgo busy box stores, all while ditching plastic packaging and creating less waste…See More
Jan 30
Karl Meyer posted an event

21st Annual MLK Jr. Day Event at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

January 21, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm
Community Food Co-op Hosts 21st Annual MLK Jr. Day EventMonday, January 21, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PMBellingham Unitarian Fellowship1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, Washington 98225Please note our new location for this event: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship! Free. Everyone welcome.In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Community Food Co-op hosts Keeping the Dream Alive! On this evening, we celebrate Dr. King’s notion of a “Beloved Community,” with ceremony, song, presentations, and community…See More
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