An April Round-up of What's Happening out in the World of Transition - US Edition

Here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the country and around the world...

In Minnesota, Transition Northfield is planning an Earth Day Celebration which will showcase what's happening in Northfield around sustainability from green architectural design to the City of Northfield's Energy Task Force and Environmental Quality Commission to community gardening, music and arts.

(Download their beautiful flyer // Browse our Earth Day page for ideas on organizing.)

imageIn Arizona, members of Sustainable Tucson have been collaborating with the folks planning Cyclovia for Tucson. The Inaugural Cyclovia Tucson is scheduled for April 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Cyclovia will unfold from within the comfortable traffic free city streets, public parks and areas in-and around the University of Arizona. The 5-mile people friendly street-promenade will provide residents and visitors to its diverse urban neighborhoods with opportunities to experience a fantastic menu of fun activities. Stay tuned for more info! Read a recent article on Cyclovia Tucson // visit www.cycloviatucson.org for more info.

posterIn California, Transition Sebastopol was written up in a Writers Picks on page 71 of the recent North Bay Bohemian (March 17 - 23, 2010)! Sebastopol ~ Best Place in America to Transition!

The revolution may not be televised, but it will be screened at local venues for a modest donation, thanks to Transition Sebastopol. The grassroots group is at the forefront of an environmental movement that has been rapidly gaining popularity in the States. They show environmental- and food-themed movies, network with local transportation and environmental groups, and work to increase small-scale local food production, all with the aim of creating a more livable future... (read original post)

An article by the founders of Let's Live Local, another California Transition Initiative, was recently published for Public CEO, a website that provides information and news to City Managers, County Administrators, public executives and elected officials in California. Read about Let's Live Local's six project groups: Energy, Food, Government Review, Health, Local Economic Development, and Water (read the article).

Following up on our recent story about the 350 Garden Challenge project, here's an update from Joseph Antaree in Santa Rosa, CA:

The 350 Garden Challenge project for May 15-16 here in Sonoma county is growing beautifully, with the word really getting out, and a great deal of organizing and planning taking place. People are signing up and volunteering, excited to participate in this community event.

This large gardening project is serving to activate our whole countywide gardening community. We have the support and sponsorship of county supervisor Shirlee Zane, the Sonoma County Water Agency and a host of local green organizations. 75 key people came to the 1st countywide meeting, all plugging in to create a whole new level of healthy community thru the 350 Garden Challenge.

The county health department has set up a gardening service database at igrowsonoma.org, which is really helping to facilitate our gardening community, and contains all the information and signup for the 350 GC. There's also a 350 Garden Challenge facebook page facilitating our networking.

Next year we hope to see communities all over the world take up this challenge, and every year henceforth!

And of course, we're very proud of what mulling groups across the US are accomplishing in their communities...

News from "Mullers" in the US:

Transition Milwaukee in Wisconsin was recently featured in their local community - read more / visit their website: transitionmilwaukee.ning.com.

imageIn Virginia, Abingdon Transition & Washington County pushed aside the mulch on this fertile ground and planted the seeds of a variety of Working Groups envisioned to grow and mature as the foundation of Community Resilience for their area. Over 60 people attended the event, head-lined by the music of folk artist Jan Benschop, fed by the inimitable talents of the ElderSpirit Chefs and self-organized into viable Working Groups with the help of the steering committee. They were featured in their local news - click to read the article or visit their website for more info: transitionswva.org

Via the Transition US facebook page - some fans replied:

Iver Lofving: Transition Skowhegan had a woodlot tour followed by maple syrup and pancakes and is starting seeds and visioning here in Central Maine.

Margie Campaigne: Sierrans in Rochester, NY are hosting our 12th annual Environmental Forum on Earth Day, 4/22 titled Transitioning to Sustainable Communities. Tina Clarke from the Sustainability Institute is our featured speaker. See http://newyork.sierraclub.org/rochester/2010forum.html


International news:

For a showcase of what's happening in other corners of the world - read the full "April Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition (now with added film clips!)".

If you have an update that you'd like included in the May update - send us a message at newsletter@transitionus.org!

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