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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.

Chaos, Havoc, and the American Abyss

Posted by David MacLeod on November 28, 2016 at 7:45pm 0 Comments

Part I: Chaos, Havoc, and the American Abyss

Reposted from my blog at

“If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst.” – Thomas Hardy

In the final days before the 2016 American presidential election the pundits were out in force, engaged in collective hand-wringing. …


Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 2 Comments

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 2 Comments

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…


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.

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Many, many thanks for your support!


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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

Patricia Herlevi commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"So many times when I have asked people if they know of any studios for rent, they give me the song and dance of not enough to go around. Or they say they would help if they knew how. Well, your $10 donation to my Go Fund Me campaign helps me to…"
Patricia Herlevi posted a blog post

Let's Change the Tune for Housing in Bellingham

Your $10 donation to my Go Fund Me campaign helps me to end a 2+ year housing journey and land in my own home. More
Patricia Herlevi added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers

small house or studio apt requested

Do you have a small house (studio or one-bedroom) on your property to rent? Looking for wood or tile flooring, lots of light, near a bus route and closer to town or Fairhaven. Looking to a sign a year lease beginning February 1st. If I like the house, I'll stay much longer.Hopefully, the house has built-in shelves and lots of storage space, a full kitchen, full bath. 350 to 500 square feet is preferred. Some utilities water/sewage/garbage included in the rent. And I need a jack for my internet…See More
Jill Giegerich liked Jan Woodruff's event Evening with the Tar Sands Valve Turners: Civil Disobedience Today
Jill Giegerich liked Jan Woodruff's event Evening with the Tar Sands Valve Turners: Civil Disobedience Today
David MacLeod posted a discussion

Michael Dowd: Standing for the Future, Part 2

As a way of attempting to create interest in Michael Dowd's upcoming visit to Bellingham, here is Part 2, reposted from my Integral Permaculture blog. Our Transition Whatcom event listing is here – Jan. 22nd (Sunday morning) and Jan. 23rd (Monday evening), both at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.A follow-up from…See More
David MacLeod updated an event

Community Seed Swap at The Majestic Hall

January 29, 2017 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Heirloom Seed Swap - Bellingham's 9th Annual.Door Open 3pm to Public. (Earlier for Volunteers & Set-Up). "Honoring Biodiveristy of Seeds for Food & Medicine" * Amateur & Professional Seed-Savers Welcomed. * Seed-Potatoes & Permaculturely Edible Tubers Too! * Bring Your Envelopes & Seeds to Share. * Donations Requested at Door or Seed Tables. CLASS! 3pm - downstairs! "Seed Breeding & Saving at Home" 2:30 or Earlier Arrival for Seed-Savers & Volunteers who Sign-Up…See More
Jan Woodruff posted an event

Evening with the Tar Sands Valve Turners: Civil Disobedience Today at Lincoln Theatre

January 18, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
Every life on Earth depends on our collective willingness to do the Right Things ... Right Now. We are in the greatest Climate Emergency humanity has ever faced. In the absence of political leadership, five PNW elders felt duty bound to protect their children, grandchildren and future generations. They Shut Down all Canadian Tar Sands pipelines into the US on October 11, in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock. Now they face felony charges, up to 95 years (life) in prison, and hundreds…See More
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