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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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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. https://www.gofundme.com/patriciaherlevirelocation

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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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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Many, many thanks for your support!

 

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

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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

Summer Starr joined james bauckman's group
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Living Democracy

Working group formed at the Great Unleashing. Mission Statement under revision.  Stay tuned!
Dec 2
Summer Starr liked james bauckman's group Living Democracy
Dec 2
Amy Vergillo posted an event
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Smart Business Summit – Measuring & Marketing Sustainability at The Leopold Crystal Ballroom

January 25, 2018 from 11am to 5pm
Businesses will come together for actionable, take-home knowledge on sustainability reporting and better business performance. The half-day summit will host inspiring speakers and powerful panelists including Kevin Wilhelm, who has more than 20 years of experience helping companies set and execute sustainability goals and has authored three acclaimed books in this field, Stephanie Ryan from B-Lab, one of the most celebrated sustainable business organizations, and Melissa Elkins the…See More
Nov 21
Amy Vergillo posted an event
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Whatcom Housing Week at kick off: Eleanor Apartments

November 6, 2017 at 10am to November 9, 2017 at 8pm
With presentations from national experts, deep-dive workshops, and tours, Whatcom Housing Week builds awareness of innovative housing options as a means to create diverse, vibrant, healthy places for everyone. Whatcom Housing Week activities take place November 6-9 and are open to the public, industry professionals, and civic leaders. Some events require advance registration, and many events are free. For details, please visit…See More
Oct 30
Steve Wilson posted an event
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Making Raw Seed/Veggie Crackers & Kale Chips (everything is Gluten Free) at Chuckanut Center

November 4, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Presenter:  Suki AufhauserCome learn how easy it is to make raw crackers from seeds & veggies, as well as how to make raw kale chips with all the extra kale you have in your garden.Suggested donation $20.  Kids under 14 free with adult.  Pre-registration required.See More
Oct 30
Roseanne might attend Amy Vergillo's event

Whatcom Food Network's Fall Forum: The State of Farmland at Ferndale Public Library

November 9, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm
Please join us for our second and final Forum of 2017! We will be learning about the state of farmland here in Whatcom County, networking, digging into the new update of the Whatcom Community Food Assessment and debuting our new website.Our keynote speaker will be Hannah Clark, the Executive Director of the Washington Association of Land Trusts. She currently works to provide a unified voice for Washington's 28 local land trusts in policy and advocacy and to strengthen private voluntary land…See More
Oct 20
Lisa Citron is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Oct 12
Steve Wilson posted an event

Fresh Hops Block Party at Stones Throw Brewery

October 8, 2017 from 12pm to 8pm
Save the date for this upcoming Block Party being hosted by Stones Throw Brewery, our local southside watering hole.  They have taken some of the hops grown at the Center, and are making a special batch of beer with them.  Proceeds from beer sales will benefit Chuckanut Center.We'll also be pressing cider and hosting a garden produce exchange table.This should be a fun time and hope you can stop by.See More
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Do we have the wrong model of human nature?

"Selfish Shellfish" at PixelACHE (2005) Finland via Anthere at Wikimedia Commons

Are we wrong to believe that competitiveness must and always will be the central animating principle of human action? Media studies scholar Michael Karlberg thinks so. In fact, he believes that another animating principle, mutualism, is both central to human interaction and necessary to aid human society in meeting the myriad challenges it faces regarding climate change, inequality, governance, education and many other issues.

Beam Uses Crowdfunding to Support Job Training for the Homeless in the UK

There are more than 300,000 people who are homeless in the United Kingdom. That’s the figure from Shelter, a nonprofit based in London, England, that provides legal and other support services for the homeless. A new organization called Beam, founded by Alex Stephany, is taking a unique approach to assist the homeless population. The platform features profiles of people — recommended by other charities — who are looking for job training assistance.

Growing Future Farmers

If we want to eat a sustainable healthy diet, then locally grown, chemical-free vegetables are an essential component. But who is going to grow that healthy, tasty veg? There is a worrying dearth of training opportunities in the UK for people interested in becoming ‘growers’ – and it leaves the reality of sustainable food production with a doubtful future.

How Should Communities Cope with the End of Coal? Advice from the Frontlines

Coal generation makes up about a third of the United States’ power supply — a share that has been shrinking thanks to a boom in natural gas, among other factors. As the end of coal looks more and more inevitable, so does the need for “just transitions.” That is, the engineering of fair economic and environmental conditions for communities who have historically relied on fossil fuel extraction.

George Monbiot on the Commons

George Monbiot, a columnist for the British newspaper and website The Guardian, may be the most prominent champion of the commons that I’ve discovered in mainstream journalism today.  He has long been a compelling, out-of-the-box thinker on all sorts of economic and environmental issues.  Now he is introducing the commons to his large readership and explaining its importance and its historic neglect by economists and politicians.  Bravo!

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