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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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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

Anneliese Kamola is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Dec 5
Zachary Robertson posted an event

Friendconomy Bazaar in the Sushi Coop House. at Sushi House

December 1, 2018 from 12pm to 11:45pm
Join me on my birthday to celebrate our friendconomy and vend or purchase some great things made by people you love. Never vended before? Try it out!!!! Don't want to vend? just come, meet awesome people, support their crafts, and enjoy!!  A great thing for your Saturday night!See More
Nov 26
Amy Vergillo posted an event

Bellingham Green Building Slam at Sylvia Center for the Arts

December 7, 2018 from 5:30pm to 10pm
10 speakers, 10 slides, 10 minutes. That's all there is to it: the Green Building Slam. A simple idea, started years ago, has transformed into one of the most fun and inspirational green building events of the year. Learn about 10 innovative, sustainable, green buildings, ideas, or advances that push the envelope in our built environment.Each of our 10 presenters will have just 10 minutes to show us 10 slides of their exciting project as they explain what they learned, what they would do…See More
Nov 9
David MacLeod replied to Michael Weaver's discussion Bellingham City Council hearing tonight on Initiative 1631
"Thanks Michael, I hope it went well?"
Oct 23
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
Oct 22
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
Oct 17
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


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Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future

gas pump

Our goal presently is to broaden the discourse on energy futures. If we cannot always provide comprehensive answers in the space available, we hope at least to provoke thought about new questions, with the aim of unsettling some assumptions about energy futures presently held with undue confidence.

Feeding the Melting Pot: Inclusive Sustainable Diets in the Multi-Ethnic City

Syrian refugees

What could inclusiveness look like in providing sustainable diets to a multicultural population? This question drives my current research, in which I study Syrian migrants in the Netherlands.

A Price Tag on the American Dream


This is a book about what it means to be poor. It is a book about what it means to be rural. And it is a book about what it means to be a woman. All three of those things, together, could have meant a very different life for Smarsh.

Trump – the Climate’s Secret Champion?

Peoples climate march

Cut away the economic niceties and the social cost of carbon is little more than an attempt by a particular hue of economists to put a price on the global scale impacts of climate change from now, throughout this century, and on across centuries to come.

Can China Save the Planet?: Review

Chinese wind farm

A current book asks Will China Save the Plamet? The author, Barbara Finamore, served as the China representative of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her story gives first-hand material less for answering this question than for showing how a big country can  move from defensive nationalism to global leadership in starting the transition to a green economy.



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