Transition NOW!

to a More Sustainable Future

Every day it becomes increasingly clear that we need to take action NOW to transition our homes, our businesses, and our communities to a more sustainable way of living. Across the Twin Cities and the globe, people are taking action – alone and together in community – to become part of the solution. You can too. You can begin TODAY to lower your carbon footprint and increase the sustainability of your community. The Transition Twin Cities website and local Transition Town groups can help you:

Transition Longfellow Skillshare

Throughout the Transition Twin Cities website you will find videos of local residents who have taken steps to Make the Transition in their own lives. If you’ve taken action to lower your carbon footprint, share what you’ve learned.  Send us a 1 minute video!

Ideas and resources found on this website are for informational purposes only. Listing does not constitute endorsement.

Time to TRANSITION! Twin Cities

Everyone Has a Part to Play

Chard Your Yard - Little Free Library

Some say that the only thing that matters now is systems change and political action. We DO need systems change and action at the highest levels of government. There are many excellent organizations in Minnesota using a variety of strategies to have an impact. Your skills and passion and financial support will be welcomed.

But it’s equally important that we all take immediate steps to lower our carbon footprints. As hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands of of everyday citizens make the changes they CAN make, we become the systems change we need to see.

Community-based Transition Town groups can help you find ways to take action.

Transition Towns is a global grassroots movement that has engaged millions of people of all ages, races, abilities, religions and income levels in taking practical action to lower their carbon footprint and build more resilient and connected communities. There are more than 1,100 Transition Town initiatives in 43 countries across the globe, and more than 100 groups in the U.S. And there are three active groups in the Twin Cities, as well as groups in Greater Minnesota.

No One Can Do It Alone

We’ve known about the serious problems created by increasing greenhouse gas levels for several decades. Why haven’t we seen big changes before now?

Because information isn’t enough. We also need vision … and a roadmap people can follow. We need a plan for how we can overcome barriers. We need role models to show us, in practical ways, how we can lower our carbon footprint and make more sustainable choices. We need support systems and encouragement. That’s what a Transition Town group can bring to the table. Transition Town groups start with a vision of what a resilient, low-carbon community can look like, and then help people identify steps they can take – in their household and in their community – to reach that goal.

By working together, we can help to shape our shared future.

Minnesota Transition Groups

Connect to a Transition Town Group, or another grassroots group, in your area

Find a Transition Town group near you. In St. Paul that will be Transition ASAP. In Minneapolis, that will be Transition Longfellow. Visit a meeting, participate in an activity, and join their Facebook page. If there is no group in your neighborhood, feel free to attend one in another community. Most Transition group activities are open to the public. If you have questions, contact us. This website also includes links to other grassroots groups in areas where there is no Transition group.

Start a Transition group

If you’d like to get something going on your block, in your workplace, or at your faith community, go ahead and start a group! It’s easy and it’s free. Just find a few friends and do it!

If you start a group, please contact the Transition Twin Cities organizer and share your name, email and community. If we know of others in your area who want to be part of a group, we’ll connect you together and provide resources to help you get started. You can even get a page on this website to advertise your group and activities.

Transition USThe global Transition network provides resources on starting and growing a group. Transition US provides group workbooks for more sustainable and prepared living, as well as a variety of online and in-person trainings:

Dive in! Transition folks are here to help you learn to live more sustainably. We’re all in this together.

Global Transition Network

6 months ago

Tackling climate change, one home at a timeThursday, January 116:30–7:30 pmSaint Anthony Park Branch Library 2245 Como Avenue, Saint PaulIf you're a homeowner in the Saint Anthony Park area, this is for you. In this panel discussion, several expert neighbors will discuss how we can make our homes part of the climate solution — and how we can use new government incentives to do it.Whether you're planning a renovation or construction project, considering a switch from gas to electric appliances, or curious about home energy retrofits, join us. The session is part of the Second Thursday Forum series hosted by the Saint Anthony Park Branch Library Association and cosponsored this time by Transition Town - ASAP.The panelists will share climate-aware strategies for the types of homes in our area. Architect Terry Olsen is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional and member of the AIA - Minnesota Chapter Committee on the Environment. After 28 years of practice designing spaces for the public good, such as transit, public works, government, education and other commercial projects, she now serves as Facilities Program Manager for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Personally and professionally she advocates energy efficiency, daylighting, transit, xeriscaping, solar panels, net-zero energy design, decarbonization and electrification.Marty Ruddy is a cofounder of Terra Firma Building and Remodeling, an employee-owned co-op construction firm based in St. Anthony Park. Marty is a long-time neighborhood resident.Tim Wulling will moderate the discussion. A retired electrical engineer, he is a long-time advocate for renewable energy. Tim leads the Home Electrification Group for Transition Town - ASAP, connecting people interested in the same types of projects. For more info visit the Home Energy page on the Transition Town website.On that web page, you'll find resources for electrifying your home. Converting from gas to all-electric means planning ahead for what to do as appliances age out. Tim's diagram, below, shows how such projects can work, step by step. The all-electric home on the right no longer needs a gas line at all. It takes patience and coordination, but it's worth it, for long-term savings and, of course, for the planet. When neighbors share the process and trade tips, everyone benefits.Read about one neighbor's electric home conversion in the January Park Bugle. In Free from fossil fuels: A family's journey, writer John Horchner tells how Mark Thieroff and Rhona Wilson equipped their home with solar panels and electric heat and water pumps, reducing household energy use by two-thirds. ... See MoreSee Less
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