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

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Zoning and Permits?

Started by James Hagarty in General. Last reply by Shannon Maris on Sunday. 1 Reply

Army Corps Halts Gateway Pacific Terminal Process

Started by David MacLeod in General. Last reply by J. C. Walker,Jr. May 10. 1 Reply

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Efficiency Without Sufficiency Is Insufficient

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 2, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

I’ve spent my adult life reducing my ecological footprint, struggling with possible next steps because they are, frankly, enormous.  Giving up air travel, for instance.  Visiting my aged parents in Florida and accessing the wilderness in the southwest are particularly appealing.  [I can, and do, purchase carbon offsets for such travel – though offsets are an admitted distant second to actually hanging up my wings […

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Time for a wellness exam?

Posted by Rick Dubrow on January 14, 2016 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

No, not for you!  Nor your kid.  I’m talking about your house.

When was the last time someone knowledgeable was in your crawlspace or attic?  What… you don’t hang out there and know its current condition? C’mon now

That’s my point… for the same reason that annual wellness exams are recommended for you, someone experienced should periodically study your home’s health and well-being.

How often?  One obvious time is when you’re about to…

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Conditioned Space

Posted by Rick Dubrow on December 23, 2015 at 1:43pm 0 Comments

Feelin’ pretty cozy?  Chances are you’re reading this blog post while inside conditioned space whose air temperature is being controlled by you or some other human.  We typically move around from conditioned space to conditioned space:  our car, home or place of work.  We’ll go outside and travel through unconditioned space in order to gain access to our next managed, conditioned cocoon. Comfort zone to comfort zone, minimizing discomfort while in transition.

Comfort drives so…

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Passing the Baton

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 27, 2015 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

If all goes well I must relinquish the throne here in about three months.  That’s the optimistic time frame when A-1 Builders will morph into a worker-owned cooperative (WOC).  I use the phrase ‘must relinquish the throne’ rather lightly given that I’m bringing it upon myself; this shift in power is voluntary. Instead of Presidential decisions, they will be made by 6 hopeful owners, myself included, each of whom has worked here at least 5 years, each person bearing one vote, 6…

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It Takes a Village...

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 23, 2015 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

Have you seen the finished Community Bicycle Repair & Information Station, or C-BRIS, that we designed and built on our property on Northwest Avenue?  Better yet, have you used it?

It’s here for you; built for you… hoping to help you get on your bike more and more.  And with…

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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

See Transition Whatcom sponsored events here

Donate to Support Transition Whatcom

* This donation will not be tax deductible

* 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 twog@gmail.com 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.

Help the TWOG

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

Josh Shupack joined Tom Anderson's group
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Tool Libraries

This group site is intended for those interested in Tool Libraries and how we can get something started locally
Wednesday
Barbara Sumerwell is attending Angela MacLeod's event
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Small Scale Paddock Pasturing System for Back Yard Chickens at The MacLeods

June 25, 2016 from 10am to 12pm
A mini workshop Saturday June 25th 10 am to noonChickens love to eat fresh live greens and insects. In a permanent fenced in yard chickens will consume all the growing greens and most of the insects within a month or so, and then their yard is just dirt. Chickens living on the same ground are more at risk for sickness. Plus it’s just boring for them.Come see how I’ve created a small scale system of moveable fences and alternating paddocks around our chicken coop. Once set up it’s not a lot of…See More
Monday
Roseanne commented on Roseanne's event Montana Practical Permaculture Design Course
"I was unable to raise the funds. I would still like to promote this PDC in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. If miracles happen I can still go but if not there is always next year. I am also thinking of taking one of the free online courses but the…"
Monday
Shannon Maris replied to James Hagarty's discussion Zoning and Permits?
"Hi James I am a residential designer here in Bellingham and have designed cob homes and have gotten permits for them. There is no effect on zoning for a cob home. A cob is a type of construction. If they are building a single family home in single…"
Sunday
David MacLeod commented on Cindi Landreth's group Heart and Soul
"'I Dance!' A Living Dance Workshop is a (mostly) outdoor dance workshop in the glory of summer in the Pacific NW. It is about the joy of dancing, speaking, and singing as our multi-faceted selves. It is about diversity.   It is about…"
Jun 18
Margo Terrill added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers
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Mason Jars for sale

My daughter and her boyfriend are moving to a studio apartment in Seattle and need to purge her abode in Birchwood. She has about 60 mason jars she cannot take with her. She is a starving student so she could use a bit of cash. Any offer gratefully accepted. Contact: Kelly Smith at kcsmith18 at gmail dot com to arrange a time to see them.Thanks!See More
Jun 18
Angela MacLeod's event was featured
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Small Scale Paddock Pasturing System for Back Yard Chickens at The MacLeods

June 25, 2016 from 10am to 12pm
A mini workshop Saturday June 25th 10 am to noonChickens love to eat fresh live greens and insects. In a permanent fenced in yard chickens will consume all the growing greens and most of the insects within a month or so, and then their yard is just dirt. Chickens living on the same ground are more at risk for sickness. Plus it’s just boring for them.Come see how I’ve created a small scale system of moveable fences and alternating paddocks around our chicken coop. Once set up it’s not a lot of…See More
Jun 18
Angela MacLeod posted an event
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Small Scale Paddock Pasturing System for Back Yard Chickens at The MacLeods

June 25, 2016 from 10am to 12pm
A mini workshop Saturday June 25th 10 am to noonChickens love to eat fresh live greens and insects. In a permanent fenced in yard chickens will consume all the growing greens and most of the insects within a month or so, and then their yard is just dirt. Chickens living on the same ground are more at risk for sickness. Plus it’s just boring for them.Come see how I’ve created a small scale system of moveable fences and alternating paddocks around our chicken coop. Once set up it’s not a lot of…See More
Jun 18
 
 
 

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