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


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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…


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…


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…


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…


Patterns for Navigating the Transition to a World in Energy Descent

Posted by David MacLeod on September 3, 2015 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

Integral Leadership Review Integral Leadership Review (ILR) has published the paper I presented to the recent Integral Theory…


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

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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

Zachary Robertson posted an event

B-ham Naked Bike Ride at The Hub Community Bike Shop

June 3, 2016 from 3pm to 9pm
Protest our indecent exposure to fossil fuels!  Showcase bicyclist vulnerability! Express yourself artistically!  Fight body objectification!  Join us at the HUB community bike shop for body painting at 3:00 pm and bike with us at 6:00!Visit our page at BellinghamNakedBikeRide.comShare our event on Facebook at More
21 hours ago
Shannon Maris posted an event

Bokashi: Urban Composting using Fermentation at Chuckanut Center (formerly Center for Local Self Reliance)

May 7, 2016 from 1pm to 2:30pm
CHUCKANUT CENTER : ON-SITE OUT DOOR CLASSBokashi : Fermented Compost class THIS Sat, May 7, 1:00pm – 2:30pmwith Nicole StylesBokashi means "fermented organic matter" in Japanese. This composting method is great for those lacking the space for a traditional compost set-up because it is done right in your kitchen with a five gallon bucket. The process is complete, ready to add nutrients to the soil, in one month! We will learn how to use the Bokashi system from in your kitchen, to creating…See More
Patricia Herlevi added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers

Request studio or small cottage near Whatcom Falls

Do you have a healthy, clean, quiet, and comfortable studio apartment (MIL is best) available to rent to an author and entrepreneur? Near Whatcom Falls Park, Lake Whatcom (on reliable bus route), Alabama Hill, Barkley, or Puget Neighborhoods. Wood floors are best, small is good, such as 350 to 500 square feet. I prefer a full kitchen, but a kitchenette with an induction burner works fine for me. Looking for a year lease. Also require a washer and dryer on the premise and will pay higher rent if…See More
Michele Sanger is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Apr 28
Shannon Maris posted an event

Chuckanut Center Annual Spring Plant Sale at Chuckanut Center (formerly Center for Local Self Reliance)

May 14, 2016 from 10am to 3pm
Chuckanut Center Annual Spring Plant SaleSaturday May 14th 10am -3 pm Check out our collection of heirloom tomato and pepper varieties, more vegetables, including short season heirloom eggplants, tomatillos, lettuce, strawberries, hostas, cucumbers, and ground cherries. With nearly 100 heirloom tomato varieties, you are certain to find a favorite as well as other lovely plants for your yard or for Mom's day!Parking is Load/unloading only - Please walk, bike, bus or park at Fairhaven Park lot or…See More
Apr 27
David MacLeod's event was featured

Cascadia SkillShare and Barter Faire- 2016 at Circus Arts Quarry Land in Alger

September 16, 2016 at 10am to September 18, 2016 at 6pm
5TH ANNUAL SKILLSHARE FAIRE Sept. 16-18, 2016 Circus Arts Quarry Land in AlgerYes, the Skillshare is happening and evolving.  We have decided to do the Whatcom Skillshare Faire this year as the Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Faire!  We are able to hold it at the Circus Arts Quarry Land in Alger, where we will be able to camp.  We have reserved the weekend of Sept. 16-18, 2016.  We will also be able to have full music and kombucha garden again.  And be in a beautiful and unique outdoor…See More
Apr 27
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Apr 27
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Herbal Apprenticeship Program at Bow, WA

May 21, 2016 at 10am to November 19, 2016 at 5pm
Our region is brimming with medicinal plants. Whether you live in the city or country there are medicinal and edible plants growing right outside your door! This course is all about what they are and how to use them.  Each class will be out in the mountains, shores and fields of our bioregion learning from the healing wisdom of our plants. Classes are hands on & interactive. Each class will provide you with medicine from our harvests for your personal apothecary.  Course topics include:…See More
Apr 27


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