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Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…


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;…


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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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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

April Barker is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jul 8
Karen Steen updated their profile
Jun 6
Lindsey Rieck posted an event

Common Threads Insect Safari at Twin Sisters Brewery

July 13, 2019 from 1pm to 6pm
Insect Safari! 2000+ live and not-so-alive bugs from around the world! Suggested donation $10/adult benefits Common Threads’ food education programs. Face-painting, live music, more!See More
May 31
Amy Vergillo posted an event

Smart Business Leadership Series at Bellingham Community Food Co-op Connections Classroom

June 19, 2019 from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Sustainable Connections in partnership with the Community Food Co-op, will host three workshops as part of the Smart Business Leadership Series, starting June 19. Local experts will provide guidance on how to design, track, and report out on purpose-driven goals related to people, planet, and profit to improve organizational performance and community value. Attendees will learn how to incorporate social equity and sustainability into your business practices to make meaningful, significant…See More
May 24
Amy Vergillo posted an event

NW Green Home Tour at Whatcom County

June 22, 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Join us for the 17th annual Northwest Green Home Tour—the longest running, most comprehensive green home tour north of Seattle! This year, we’ve teamed up with the experts to provide a suite of homes that demonstrate the latest in environmental building solutions while embodying our Pacific Northwest aesthetic. Step inside some of Whatcom County’s most innovative and sustainable new and remodeled houses and meet the people who created and envisioned them. Spend time talking to experts at each…See More
May 22
Karl Meyer posted an event

The New Old Time Chautauqua Vaudeville Variety Benefit Show – To support Alaska Summer tour! at Bellingham circus guild

June 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
The New Old Time Chautauqua Vaudeville Variety Benefit Show – To support Alaska Summer tour!Thursday June 6th, 7:30pmBellingham Circus Guild1401 6th St. Bellingham, WA 98225Tickets $10-$20 sliding scale at the door  Come to the New Old Time Chautauqua benefit show at the Bellingham Circus Guild on Thursday, June 6th, 2019, at 7:30pm. Proceeds from this show will support a three-week-long tour of Southcentral Alaska.  This  knock-yer-socks off vaudeville extravaganza offers an evening of…See More
May 20
Michele Sanger posted events
Apr 24
Brian Kerkvliet is attending Terri Wilde's event

Live Permaculture Consultation Weekend at Hawthorn Hearth in the Beautiful Upper Skagit

May 25, 2019 at 10am to May 26, 2019 at 2pm
 Join knowledgeable Brian Kerkvliet of Inspiration Farm and Terri Wilde, as we learn to look at real land to evaluate, map and plan for a long term permaculture system design that provides food and needs in an ecologically regenerative way.  Examine how water moves through a landscape.  $65 for the day or spend the weekend in lovely accommodations, continuing to learn."A live consultation allows one to be involved in the Permaculture design process. The beauty of this kind of event is that it…See More
Apr 20


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How the gourd killed the whale

Whaler poised to harpoon a submerged automobile.

Our Achilles Heel as a species may have come at a fork along our evolutionary biology pathway many millions of years ago. Relatively few others of our fellow creatures decided to follow our lead, and for good reason. We decided to sweat.

Responding to Collapse: Uncertain Future Forum’s First Week

It’s telling that our four Uncertain Future Forum authors—though asked broadly about how to respond to collapse—each ended up with the same focus: tending to and working at the individual and community scales.

Monetary Alchemy: How to Turn Bad Money into Good

Bristol Pound notes

The prosperity, resilience and self-determination of a community is greatly dependent on its having an adequate supply of payment media to connect available supplies with basic needs, so the usual scarcity of conventional money needs to be overcome.

Preference as the Missing Link in Food Policy


We won’t build a more diverse food system until we help people develop more diverse preferences. At the moment, our food system is suffering from lack of diversity both at the level of supply and of demand.

Climate Emergency Declarations Guarantee Nothing; We Need Total System Transformation for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Keep Families Together protest

Do what you can and as much as you can, even as you factor in your own limits.. Those of us who are awake must find our way to work on what has been unleashed. What we choose to do must become effective participation in the longest relay race we’ve ever been forced to run. Don’t drop the baton, and do pass it on.



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