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Plant data request

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Zoning and Permits?

Started by James Hagarty in General. Last reply by James Hagarty Jun 28. 2 Replies

Army Corps Halts Gateway Pacific Terminal Process

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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;…


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 […


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…


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…


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

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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.

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

Amy Vergillo posted an event

Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum at The Garden Room, Whatcom Public Works Building

November 17, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm
All are invited to attend the Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum on November 17th for a presentation about the Center for Good Food Purchasing, a national organization spearheading powerful initiatives for food system transformation through values-based food procurement. See More
Heather K commented on Rick Dubrow's blog post Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue
"Nice team work sharing all you had with you."
Oct 19
Heather K commented on Stephanie Manzo's event Active Hope for Bellingham
"Hi Mary, send me a faceboo invite...I don't sign on this site very often."
Oct 19
Heather K might attend Stephanie Manzo's event

Active Hope for Bellingham at Belltower Community Center (Purple Church)

October 30, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm
You who feel the world deeply: Earth protectors, justice workers, farmers, artists, educators, healers, makers, musicians, you whose vocation defies description, and you whose vocation does not define you..Perhaps you have heard of ecophilosopher, Joanna Macy? If not, now you have!She is a wise and beloved elder who has dedicated her life to environmental activism, Buddhism, teaching, and writing. Along the way she has created an open-source body of work called the Work That Reconnects (WTR),…See More
Oct 19
Heather K might attend Leslie Lekos's event

Mushroom Mysteries and Medicine at Bellingham, WA

October 23, 2016 from 10am to 5pm
Join Herbalist Yarrow Willard as he takes us into the fascinating world of medicinal mushroom, unraveling the science and folklore of how to use them as food and medicine. The higher level tree mushrooms, having a complementary modulatory effect on our external environment as well as our immune and other body systems. In this intensive we will take a deeper look at many of the medicinal mushrooms that can be found locally, as well as some of the most world renowned ones. Through better…See More
Oct 19
Heather K might attend David MacLeod's event

Documentary: "Sustainable" at The Pickford Cinema

October 21, 2016 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Presented by Cloud Mountain Farm Center as part of the Pickford's Doctober series, Sustainable is a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it.Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.The narrative of the film…See More
Oct 19
Heather K might attend Sarai Stevens's event

Resilient Gardening Class with Celt Shira at Woolley Market

November 16, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Resilient Gardening Class with Celt ShiraNovember 16th at 6:30 pmat the Woolley MarketResilient gardening makes the most of the space you have, here in our tricky maritime climate. This class shows you how to grow calorie crops (squash, field corn, potatoes, dry beans and peas) in the garden. We will also talk about winter gardening, planning a garden for subsistence, and growing small amounts of grains for brewing, baking, feed and cover crops. If time permits, we will have a little…See More
Oct 19
Heather K is attending David MacLeod's event

Seed: The Untold Story - Bellingham Premiere at The Pickford Cinema

October 26, 2016 at 7pm to October 29, 2016 at 9pm
* TWO DAYS ONLY  - Wed. Oct 26 and Sat. Oct 29* Stay for a Q&A with the Director after the screening! Director in attendance on Oct 26th Purchase tickets at * Watch the trailer at * From…See More
Oct 19


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