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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.

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;…


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 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.

Transition Film Series

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

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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

Angela MacLeod commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"I'm looking to re-home my flock of 7 chickens (no roosters) They are 2 years old, very healthy and laying eggs. My life has gotten busier so I need to find a good home for these lovely birds. I'm looking for people who want to have a…"
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Christopher H is now a member of Transition Whatcom
June Harris is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Debbie posted an event

Gardening in the PNW at Bellingham Alternative Library

April 2, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
Join us for a casual workshop for beginning gardeners. Hear local farmers and experienced gardeners talk about what works and what doesn’t work for our climate. Krista Rome from Resilient Seeds, Celt Shira, Muriel Kehl and Debbie Cantrell will share information gleaned over 30 years of gardening in Whatcom county. Garden planning, the 10% Plan, starting seedlings, soil prep and health, and seed saving are some of the topics that will be covered.Reserve your spot: text or call  360-920-0981.…See More
Kathy Reed might attend Terri Wilde's event

Benefit Dinner and Dance Party for the Cascadia Skillshare Faire! at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

April 15, 2017 from 5pm to 10pm
Enjoy Dinner and Dancing with music fromHot Damn Scandal and Latin Tinge!5pm Chili Dinner $6Dancing $5-$20 Sliding ScaleLatin Dance Lessons by YasmareBeer and Wine. All ages welcome.cascadiaskillshare.orgSee More
Mar 21
Kathy Reed is attending Terri Wilde's event

Plant Walk and Creek Restoration Visit with Terri Wilde at Meet at the Chuckanut Center

April 8, 2017 from 1pm to 2:30pm
We will have a leisurely walk to the Padden Creek restoration site, learning of native, edible and medicinal plants. See More
Mar 21
Kathy Reed is attending Steve Wilson's event

Chuckanut Center Grand Opening at Fairhaven Park

April 1, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Volunteers have spent the past 8 years restoring the former Caretakers House at Fairhaven Park.  We are now ready to open to the public.  Please join us for a brief celebration followed by informal house and garden tours.  At Chuckanut Center we Grow Food, Skills and a Resilient Community.See More
Mar 21
Cynthia Livingston might attend Rhys Faler's event

Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption at Bellingham Cohousing Common House

March 21, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Ma'ikwe Ludwig will be at Bellingham Cohousing on Tuesday March 21st to speak about her timely and powerful new book, "Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption", which will be released on Earth Day 2017.This is a free event to attend. However, we will be accepting donations to help defray the cost of Ma'ikwe's travel expenses to and from Cheyenne, Wyoming. As for tickets, it's very helpful if we can get a good idea of how many people to expect so that there will…See More
Mar 20


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