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Rhys Faler
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How are you currently involved in the Transition?
I wear several hats, all of which are sustainability-related, but the one most relevant to Transition Whatcom is my work with Carbon Neutral Bellingham. This nonprofit organization is working to accelerate Bellingham's transition to a net zero carbon city.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
Over the millennia, human civilization has become an ever greater burden on our biosphere. I'm interested in understanding what an urban sustainable lifestyle is and how to make it the norm for our world.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
I have expertise in sustainable solutions for the urban built environment and I work closely with local and state government.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
Happy Valley
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I enjoy connecting with other sustainable-minded people in and around Bellingham

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At 6:01pm on August 24, 2011, Behrouz said…

Hi Rhys,

I am glad you took an interest in me because it is mutual.  Nice to see you interested in experimenting with sustainable community living options especially with the ecological (or dialectic) concept of permaculture as a model.  Looking forward to working with you in research / planning / implementing  potentially viable projects in TW ecosociosphere.

At 10:24pm on January 1, 2011, Jean Kroll said…

Hi Rhys,

Heather K referred me to you, as we were talking about a film series I'm coordinating for the Center for Local Self-Reliance ( We're hosting a series of 4 films for this winter/spring at RE-Sources learning center.  I'm looking for people who have some expertise on the topics of the films to be available for questions at these films; specifically on soils (for the movie "Dirt"), water (for the movie "Blue Gold"), or an update on Cuba (for "Power of Community).  She said you might be able to identify people if you, yourself, would not be able to attend.  So, thanks in advance in you can help!  Jean

At 12:45am on November 16, 2010, Juliet Thompson said…
Hi Rhys,
Would you like to come to a website infrastructure meeting? We have a Doodle poll set up - If you could mark the times and dates you're available that'd be great. We'll talk about software upgrade, limitations of current software, how to make decisions, who's doing what in terms of admin. Thanks, Juliet
At 8:57pm on September 12, 2010, Charles Kelm said…
Hey Rhys, it was great meeting you this weekend (I was the one who brought his own chair, ha ha). I wish you luck with your work with Cascadia NeoTribalism. Be sure to update the board here with any interesting events which are coming up (and Perm 101 & 201 classes in October).
At 10:56pm on August 23, 2010, Heather K said…
Hi Rhys! Great to read of the two Permaculture events being held at the Outback Farm! Will these events be held regardless of how many folks sign up?
The last time I referred some of my Earthcare Garden Design clients to this class series, the class was cancelled just a few days before the weekend.
Once this September class is a sure thing, let me know, as I have some folks I would like to refer, and I can help promote once its a sure go.
( If I'm in town I'd be willing to help out also. )
I attended the Outback event at the stage but came late.
It would be great if Western would count this class towards students credits! Someday Western may actually offer Permaculture Design & Application classes that include a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC).
At 10:08pm on August 19, 2010, Laura J Sellens said…
Oh, I forgot: you mentioned NVC as a skill you might want to have workshops on--you're aware that Alan Seid teaches an intro to NVC the first Saturday of every month at Explorations Academy (same building as Sustainable Connections)? Sliding scale and well worth it, I took it earlier this month. David and Angela MacLeod handle registration, I believe. As far as piggybacking on what other groups are already doing, that one's a slam dunk. Cheers, Laura jean
At 11:19am on March 25, 2010, Heather K said…
Rhys - Great to see you again at planning time for Great Unleashing! We would welcome you & Oasis friends to come out to the Heartsong Garden Sanctuary again and enjoy a lakeside fire & potluck. We're still planting more trees & shrubs!
At 11:17am on January 7, 2010, Rick Dubrow said…
Hi Rhys,

Thanks for offering to volunteer for the Great Unleashing planning group. Please email me at with your email address so that I can send you an invite with further info. Thanks.
At 10:28pm on December 4, 2009, Chris Wolf said…
Hi Rhys,
If you know anyone who is currently looking for a semi-communal living situation, my partner and I have the upstairs of our house available for rent (bedroom plus living space) and we are friendly and into sustainable community living. We have lots of garden space and knowledge to share if someone is into that. They can email me at chrisandbella at yahoo dot com or call me at 961 9028. Thanks!
At 1:06am on November 26, 2009, Heather K said…
Hey Rys, I like the mission on the nTN! Keep me in the loop. If you have an email list I can send you mine to add me on.

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