Building a Resilient Neighborhood with Transition Streets

Transition Streets is a neighbor-led project to reduce household energy and water use, build resilient local food systems, and build community resilience on your street. It takes the systemic thinking of Transition & permaculture and breaks it down into simple, actionable steps that add up to real change. If you’ve been looking for ways to engage your neighbors in building resilience, you won’t want to miss this workshop!

Transition Streets is a new, successful project of Transition US which has been tested in 3 communities in Northern California. We’re currently preparing for a fall national roll-out. This workshop will provide participants with a taste of the curriculum as well as tips on how to implement it (for example, outreach to neighbors & local media, running a successful meeting) and other takeaways/lessons learned from the project. Presenters will include TUS staff (Marissa and/or Carolyne) as well as local Transition leaders who have implemented Transition Streets in their own neighborhoods (Linda Currie and maybe Catherine Sutton or Larry Goldberg). YES Transition Streets will help us grow our movement – it breaks down Transition and permaculture into bite-sized pieces that the average person can easily connect to and take action. It also helps build basic community organizing skills. We also recently applied for a Google impact grant to fund a regional Transition Streets roll out in Northern California. We will try to make the workshop as participatory as possible.


More About the Transition Panelists:

Linda Currie is co-founder and initiating team member of Transition Berkeley, part of the Transition US network.  She is an outreach organizer and sustainable living facilitator, involved in educating community members on sustainable living practices since 2008. Linda tested the Transition Streets pilot program with her neighbors last winter. She serves on the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition steering committee, a group formed to implement Berkeley’s ambitious climate action plan. She was the Program & Event Manager for Green Sangha, an organization that brings together mindful practice and environmental action. Linda also worked for and served on the board of Bay Localize, a nonprofit whose goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, while increasing community resilience and livability. Linda lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, son and daughter, both college students and dog. She enjoys traveling around on her bike, hanging clothes on the line, doing community gardening projects and watercolor painting.

Jamie Edmonds wants to live in a world where humanity lives gently and sustainably on this pale blue dot in harmony with all of our fellow creatures. Jamie is the founder of Transition San Diego, bringing the global Transition Movement, and other concepts and techniques related to sustainability, resilience, community building and permaculture to San Diego County. He also advocates for the adoption of a Natural Law/Resource Based Economic Model and has been active in the San Diego Chapter of The Zeitgeist Movement since 2011. When he’s not speaking on the need to transition to a more sustainable, lower energy lifestyle, you can find him working on expanding his urban permaculture homestead very near his childhood home and San Diego State University. Since retiring from a 22 year career as a Firefighter/Paramedic in March of 2015, Jamie is far busier now exploring the possibilities of ephemeralization, creating abundance, living in the gift, spreading the love, making/walking labyrinths, and reifying the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

Marissa Mommaerts is Director of Programs and REconomy Project lead for Transition US, part of the international Transition Network. Marissa is the co-author of two recent reports on the new economy movement, “Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement,” based on a series of interviews with new economy leaders across the US and published by Post Carbon Institute; and “25 Enterprises that Build Community Resilience.” Her vision is to empower people and communities with the tools and information we need to take back our economic and political power.