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


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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…


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…


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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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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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

Michael Weaver posted a discussion

Bellingham City Council hearing tonight on Initiative 1631

Hello folks,I've been working on the Yes on 1361 campaign to make top polluters in Washington State pay for their carbon output. The Bellingham City Council is having a public hearing this evening to endorse the measure, and there will be some people from the NO campaign rallying in protest. The YES campaign is asking for supporters of the measure to show up to demonstrate their support. 6:30 Monday 10/22 at Council chambers. Hearing is at 7:00.thanks!michael weaverSee More
16 hours ago
David MacLeod posted an event

2018 General Election at Whatcom County, WA

November 6, 2018 all day
General Election ballots are being mailed Wednesday, October 17, and the Voters’ Pamphlet should arrive within a few days of receiving your ballot. You will be receiving one Voters’ Pamphlet that combines the Whatcom County Local Voters’ Pamphlet with the State, Auditor Debbie Adelstein said.If you decide to return your ballot by mail, the State has agreed to pay the postage in an effort to increase voter participation. Remember that your ballot envelope still needs a postmark no later than…See More
Kara Shepard-Poat posted an event

Medicinal Herbs at Flowers Wellness Center

October 20, 2018 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Celt of Sustainable Bellingham is here to share her knowledge of medicinal herbs.Medicinal herbs provide color and structure in the garden, habitat forpollinators and useful remedies. Celt will teach how to grow medicinal herbs for common complaints. We will cover herb propagation, basic home medicine making, and how to grow dozens of useful herbs.This Skillshare will take place at the newly opened Flowers Wellness Center, a Wellness Education Center empowering people to turn knowledge into…See More
Oct 15
Karl Meyer posted an event

Doctober movie: "Modified" at Pickford

October 17, 2018 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Please join the Community Food Co-op for an evening featuring a heartfelt movie, panel discussion, and a Q & A session on one of the most important farming concerns of our times.   Doctober Film Screening: “Modified”Sponsored by Community Food Co-op Pickford Film Center Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 pm The Co-op will host informational tabling prior to the movie with a short panel discussion and Q & A session after the film. Purchase tickets at:…See More
Oct 9
Lindsey Rieck posted an event

Common Threads 9th Annual School Garden Harvest Dinner at Whatcom Middle School

October 25, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm
Common Threads 9th Annual Harvest Dinner will take place from 5-7 pm, Thursday, October 25th inside the Whatcom Middle School cafeteria. Attendees will enjoy a seasonal menu prepared by students, featuring food grown in school gardens across Whatcom County. The event will also include garden tours, crafts, games, music, and entertainment by the Community Food Co-op’s fabulous Real Food Show!Your $10 ticket will give you access to the event and a full plate of delicious, seasonal food. Thanks to…See More
Sep 29
Lindsey Rieck is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Sep 27
Szilvia Hosser_cox is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Sep 22
Szilvia Hosser_cox liked Travis Tennessen's discussion Permaculture-Inspired Community Engagement Fellows in Whatcom County
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The risks of synthetic biology in the information society

Synthetic biology offers grand new possibilities to “process information, manipulate chemicals, fabricate materials and structures, produce energy, provide food, and maintain and enhance human health” according to Wikipedia. But the supposed benefits cannot sensibly be weighed against the catastrophic systemic risks which are inherent in its use.

When it comes to sustainability, we’re a society of distracted drivers

Person using cell phone while driving. (2007)

Rather than sharing the distractions now capturing the attention of other drivers, we must each retrain ourselves to pay attention to the instrument panel and the road ahead of us. Abandoning old habits and making new ones requires effort. But some habits are so unwise that changing them is a life-or-death affair.

The Two Sub-cultures of FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early)

FIRE community

Lest it seem like I’m putting socialism above libertarianism, and the common good above individual achievement, I also see that as FIers mature into this freedom they find a balance between focus on themselves and service to community.

The Mighty, Mighty AGs: Remember Your Mother on November 6th

Attorney Genneral elections

From Mother Earth’s perspective, the most important ballots cast on November 6th could be in the 30 contests for state attorney general (AG). The role played by AGs in the nation’s transition to a low-carbon economy is easily ignored in the heat of this year’s Congressional elections.

The measure of a man in 120 breaths

Jan Lundberg

“It has been a disappointment to me that so many people, including all too many environmentalists, thought the spirit of liberation of the 1960s was and is dispensable.” — Jan Lundberg (1952-2018)



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