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


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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.

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;…


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.

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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)

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B-HAM's 9th Naked Bike Ride at HUB community bike shop

June 1, 2017 from 3pm to 11pm
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! We will make an appearance at the pop up bazaar in the Herald parking lot and will finish up with a dance party at the new location of the Alternative Library on High and Maple. Visit our page at Share our event on FacebookSee More
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Patricia Herlevi added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers

Do you have a private studio to rent?

Now, that the students are getting ready to leave for the summer, are any of you private landlords renting out a studio in your home or backyard? I'm looking for a tiny house or small house situation that is affordable and on a bus route.I'm heading back to college for two to three quarters and working part-time. I need to stay in Bellingham but I can go as far out as Barkley, Whatcom Falls Park, Sunnyland, etc...I just need easy access to a bus that goes to WCC and easy access to downtown and…See More
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Community Talks on Energy at Sustainable Living Center

April 27, 2017 at 6:30pm to May 11, 2017 at 7:30pm
Join RE Sources for Sustainable Communities for a seminar series on energy presented by Sandy Lawrence, taking place place on 10 consecutive Thursdays from March 9th through May 11th. The presentations will cover everything from petroleum and coal, to wind energy, solar, and biofuels, and conclude with a look at re-engineering the grid. Download the PDFs.Thursdays, March 9th to May 11th6:30 PM Sustainable Living…See More
Apr 23


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Oil production cuts: Fool me once…no, make that any number of times

Cartoon, "Wall Street bubbles - Always the same". American financier J. P. Morgan is depicted as a bull, blowing soap bubbles for eager investors. (See Bull market). Several of the bubbles are labeled, "Inflated values." Seen behind Morgan is a stock ticker, a machine which provided current information on stock prices.

The Saudis and the Russians want to appear to being “doing something” about low oil prices. But they and their fellow producers aren’t really doing enough to push prices higher. And, that may suit the Saudis and the Russians just fine.

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Communities of color must lead the People’s Climate March

Mass Mobilization at the Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond, California, USA (August 15, 2009). Photo by planet a.

Here in the predominantly low-income Latino community of Wilmington, CA, we have five major oil refineries within a nine-mile radius. We are not alone: across the country, minority and low-income neighborhoods host the lion’s share of polluting facilities, and families like mine are impacted first and worst.

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How to Do a Food Rescue

Proyecto Plato Lleno counts 439 food rescues in Buenos Aires, a total of 46,269 kilos of food saved from the dumpster. According to their calculations, this equals 92,538 “full plates” across 60 shelters, foundations, and schools.

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Participating in Change: Farmer-led Documentation

Traditionally, smallholder farming communities worked together, sharing localized innovations and best practices with one another in a horizontal and collective spread.

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Coal Miners Deserve their Healthcare Benefits

While politicians fiddle, citizens are again being left to suffer–perhaps none more than the nearly 23,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and elsewhere, facing the loss of healthcare benefits.

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