Examples of Actions Local Transition Groups Have Taken
- Hosted a monthly energy “mini-challenge” in which attenders could practice one low-energy behavior or make one energy-related change in their home each month
- Modeled energy reduction efforts of neighbors with a “winter fashion” slideshow on their website
- Organized and staffed a neighborhood energy fair, which attracted more than 100 participants and included NO-energy and LOW-energy options and a discussion of values and ethics. The Fair included workshops for small businesses and churches on low-cost energy audits, energy saving technologies and solar energy for businesses, with financing options.
- Hosted workshops on energy audits and ways to insulate windows.
- Hosted a skillshare event where people learned to sew and made insulated curtains
- The former Northfield Transition group developed an energy descent plan for their community that they brought to their city council. An affiliated youth group worked with a solar company to sign up 300 households for rooftop solar installations.
- Convened a team to work on bringing a community solar garden to their neighborhood
- Partnered with a local congregation developing a community solar garden
- Educated community about community solar gardens by hosting informational sessions
- Invited people to go together to the state legislature during discussion of the Clean Energy & Jobs Act to make it less intimidating to learn about how government makes decisions
- Drop a Car Challenge – Encouraging residents to reduce the number of cars in their household by one
- “Meet the Bus” events promoting public transit to several desirable sites in the community
- Transit workshop at neighborhood energy fair to provide information about bike commuting, electric cars and how and why one might do self-carbon taxing to offset the greenhouse gases
- “Meet the Bike” groups and events help people become more active bikers or bike commuters with workshops on biking equipment, how to use transit options while biking (bus and light rail), how to dress for bad weather
- Develop plans to take to neighborhood leadership to create resting places throughout the neighborhood to encourage seniors (and everyone) to walk more
- Movie nights about waste issues, reuse options, food waste and how other families have taken the zero-waste challenge
- Included waste reduction goals as part of a mini-challenge program
- Conducted a 4-week group on Going Zero Waste workshop and a 1-night Preparing to Go Zero Waste workshop at a local reuse business
- Demonstrated upcycling at a community celebration by letting attendees help make a rag rug
- Partnered with local church doing a hard-to-recycle plastics collection
- A former teacher and Transition member in St. Anthony Park consults with teachers and helps in the classroom on Transition-related projects (e.g., zero waste breakfast, building a rain garden, solar powered boats, beekeeping, and wind generators)
- A Transition Longfellow member shares her vegetable garden with students from a local school
Food & Garden Activities
- Chard Your Yard: Neighborhood-wide project that uses volunteer teams to build and install raised bed gardens in yards. The group has installed 187 raised beds in 7 years.
- An electronic bulletin board to connect people who want to can together, share tools or gardens
- Seed saving workshops and winter seed sowing workshops
- Skill shares events and demonstration projects: making biochar (a soil amendment), setting up a multi-rain barrel system, growing greens indoors in winter, hydroponics, pruning, composting and/or vermiculture (worm bins), haybox cooking, making kefir, canning, pickling, jam-making, dehydrating and fermenting, building a solar cooker and a solar food dryer
- Residents assisting each other, one-to-one, with their gardens
- Help build a Walipini for year-round growing
- Movie nights with films on food issues, farming and food policy
- Speakers on urban farming, chickens, city ag policies, food system challenges, land stewardship and eating in line with your values (diet decision making),
- Communal canning and preserving sessions
Permaculture is one of the core concepts of the Transition movement. It is a design method that seeks to replicate natural systems for sustainable food production and to regenerate damaged environments.
- Movie night viewing of permaculture videos
- Book club study of Mollison’s book “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual”
- Saturday discussion group of the ethics and principles of permaculture
Climate Change and Resilience Activities
- Engage communities in a visioning processes: Where do we want to be in 25 years? What do we need to do now to get there? How can we work together to promote physical and emotional health?
- Hosted a 6-part speaker series explaining current and near-term climate change impacts for our community, culminating in a preparedness fair
- Promote neighbors meeting neighbors with social events, potlucks, sing-alongs
- Convene monthly Inner Transition groups to help people consider together how they can deal with the emotional, spiritual and psychological challenges of the climate crisis
- Advocated to its neighborhood council for a multifaceted approach to increased population density (for aging in place, energy savings, transit efficiency, affordability and business vitality) with the addition of accessory dwelling units
- Hosted a land use efficiency group
- Created a local investment group, Local Dough
- Cohosted speakers on the challenge of shifting our economy away from dependence on fossil fuel
- Hosted a Sustainable Finance-Sustainable Life class for people who want to make different choices in their personal financial life to have a more positive impact on their community.