St. Anthony Park has one of the largest, most active Transition groups in the Twin Cities. Transition ASAP – “All St. Anthony Park” - grew from an existing activism group that shifted its focus to energy resilience, supported by the local community council.
As it pursued the goals of climate awareness, the limits of fossil fuels, and the need for community adaptation, the group gained wide neighborhood support, solidifying as a Transition Town in 2014.
The Community Served
Located in the northwest corner of St. Paul, the neighborhood includes a lively mix of residents. Along the Green Line live the artists and entrepreneurs of the Creative Enterprise Zone. To the north is the U of M St. Paul campus and Luther Seminary, with students and faculty from around the state, the country and the world. Both parts of the neighborhood have small but thriving business districts and growing ethnic diversity, including residents from Somalia and Southeast Asia.
Programs & Activities
Transition Town ASAP programs engage homeowners and renters, businesses and residents, students and seniors, faith groups and school groups.
Eight action groups operate independently. These groups are always open to new participants.
- The Home energy curtailment group helps families learn how to live comfortably using less energy.
- The Community solar group is trying to develop its own community solar garden, has registered SAP Solar 1 as its name, and is negotiating a location for a neighborhood-sited solar array.
- The Housing options group understands the benefits of greater housing density in terms of energy savings, housing options, affordability, transit efficiency and business viability. This group has been active in hosting community conversations about accessory dwelling units and required zoning changes to allow for them. The Community Council has now taken up the issue.
- The Transportation group encourages the use of transit alternatives with its Drop a Car program. However many cars your family has, let’s see if you can drop one. “Meet the Bus” and “Meet the Bike” activities help people become familiar with public transit and biking routes.
- The group includes schools in their conversations and provides opportunities for students to engage beyond the classroom with the “Smaller Footprint, Stronger Community” goal. A former teacher is available to consult with teachers.
- Like most Transition groups, this one is very active with food growing and preservation. The group offers workshops on canning and food preservation, seed starting, and composting, and an action guide for protecting pollinators.
- The Zero Waste action group's mission is to individually and collectively minimize the waste generated in the neighborhood.
In 2014, Transition Town ASAP won a grant for its work from the SAP Community Foundation. The funds are helping the group host a series of community-wide meetings, do more outreach, involve student interns, and host two Transition Festivals.
A core planning group is now working on a long-term plan to shrink the neighborhood’s carbon footprint and improve resilience, based on broad community input.
Contact Transition Town ASAP
The group has multiple activities every month. Visit the website for information or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org