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


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Weekly Newsletter Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Posted by Margo Terrill on August 19, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Get Involved!

Check out this weekends schedule at the SkillShare Faire. Find skills and learn them from a local sharer! 

TW Featured Events



All the Peak Moment Videos Filmed at Inspiration Farm

Posted by David MacLeod on July 6, 2014 at 4:34pm 0 Comments

I'm starting to lose track of the Peak Moment episodes filmed at Inspiration Farm, so I thought it would be nice to see them in one place.  Visit and subscribe to see these consistently good series of interviews (and see if you can find the one filmed in my front yard).

I'm also hoping you will be inspired to consider attending the Permaculture Design course at Inspiration Farm coming up August 17-29th.…


Survive and Thrive with Permaculture

Posted by David MacLeod on July 4, 2014 at 6:36pm 0 Comments

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture site. Be sure to see the comment at the end related to the local opportunity of a Permaculture course at Inspiration Farm in August (which will include, btw, admission into the Whatcom Skillshare Faire/Northwest Permaculture Convergence).…


Open Source Everything

Posted by J. C. Walker,Jr. on June 19, 2014 at 10:44pm 1 Comment

The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth

Nafeez Ahmed

Thursday 19 June 2014…


New Energy Report from IEA Forecasts Decline in North American Oil Supply

Posted by David MacLeod on June 5, 2014 at 12:29pm 0 Comments

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture site.

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” reported this morning:

NPR’s Business News starts with the outlook for oil. This is a change of course – the International Energy Agency…


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

See Transition Whatcom sponsored events here.

Did you know??

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

Transition Film Series

Provide your thoughts on what film TW should show next! Visit the group to add your comments.

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)?

The goal of Transition Whatcom (and all Transition Initiatives) is to create a long term Energy Descent Action Pathway, a blueprint- by the community, for the community- of how to significantly reduce energy use and yet provide for our basic needs in times of energy scarcity.


Transition Initiativesmake 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

Hank Kastner's event was featured

Natural Concerns reading group at Village Books at Village Books event space, ground floor - in Fairhaven!

October 13, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm
Join us the second Monday of each month from 5-6pm in the Readings Gallery for the Natural Concerns book group. We discuss contemporary and classic writings that explore the issues, insights and inspirations of our relationship with the natural world. With a focus that spans from our Pacific Northwest to earth-wide, you can expect beautiful and challenging non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and more. We are always reading something interesting! Authors DO NOT attend. October selection: Sand County…See More
Sep 25
Joy Patterson and Paula Krizan are now friends
Sep 22
Paula Krizan is attending Heather Harmony's event

Sacred Space Sound Circle at My cosy home.

October 2, 2014 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Come out and honor your spirit in a sound circle with intent to go deeply into the experience of authentic being. We will take time to create sacred intentions, breathe deeply, and just BE in a meditative state; either sitting meditation or quiet moving meditation of your choice. Please call or email your intent to attend, and for clear directions. This event is free.See More
Sep 22
MarCia McBride McGee, LMP might attend Amy Vergillo's event

Downtown Steward Safari at Sustainable Connections office

September 26, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Do you love downtown? Do you love delicious local food? How about our waterways?Join Sustainable Connections as we adventure downtown in a Steward Safari. This downtown tour will be showcasing local businesses taking action to make our downtown more vibrant, our community stronger and are helping to protect Whatcom Creek. During this tour you will:-Learn about the Downtown Improvement Gardens project -Find out what businesses are doing to make a difference for Whatcom Creek-See inside some of…See More
Sep 21
MarCia McBride McGee, LMP is attending Joy Patterson's event

Potluck Weed and Feed - TW Member Gathering at Center for Local Self Reliance (CLSR)

September 28, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm
This is our periodic TW membership gathering. We'll be meeting at CLSR and doing some weeding for them and then a potluck for us.1:00 Bring gloves and your favorite tool for weeding and general help. 2:30ish potluck: Bring your own plate, and utensils (Napkins, cup) and perhaps blankets, chairs, and other things to sit upon If anyone is interested in organizing face painting, a drum circle (leader needed), bartering... just let us know by leaving a comment below.Stay tuned for further…See More
Sep 21
Aspensong might attend Karl Meyer's event

Community Co-op Farm Fund Hootenanny Benefit at Firehouse Performing Arts Center

September 27, 2014 from 6pm to 9:30pm
The Hootenanny is back by popular request—join the fun and support local farms! Enjoy a wonderful Eat Local Month event featuring farm fresh munchies, live music and square dancing, a raffle and updates from local farmers—all to benefit the Community Food Co-op Farm Fund. 100% of the proceeds directly benefit food and farming projects in Whatcom and Skagit counties. $5 to $20 donation at the door.Eat local throughout the night (available by purchase): Homemade Firehouse Café chili; salad from…See More
Sep 20
Kyle Fuller posted an event

Downtown Meeting at The Leopold Retirement Residence

September 24, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm
The Downtown Bellingham Partnership is excited to announce the next Downtown Meeting on Wednesday, September 24, at the Leopold Retirement Residence (1224 Cornwall) at 6:00 pm. This month’s meeting will focus on connecting Western Washington University and the downtown district.A Q&A and general discussion about the relationship between WWU and downtown will be the main point on the agenda. A representative from WWU will be at the meeting to answer any questions that come up. Also on the…See More
Sep 17
Patricia Herlevi commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"Do you have a couch or spare room to share for this week? I'll do trade for the room while I continue my search for permanent housing. I'm clean, quiet, sustainable to a fault, responsible and I have local references.  I'm also…"
Sep 16


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