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  • Tyra Rankin
    All: Some of you may know of the Transition Towns movement. Mark Juedeman started the Houston group. It is a community plan to reduce fossil fuel use.
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 18, 2009
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      Transition Houston update



      Some of you may know of the Transition Towns movement.  Mark Juedeman started the Houston group.  It is a community plan to reduce fossil fuel use.   Mark’s six month progress report is below.  He has done amazing work.




      From: mark.juedeman@... [mailto:mark.juedeman@...]
      Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 3:17 PM
      To: mjuedeman@...
      Subject: Transition Houston update


      Dear Houston Transitioner,

      It is hard to believe how far we have come in just a few months!  It was exactly six months ago that we first met as a group to kick off Transition Houston.  Today, through the work and participation of dedicated and active volunteers like you, we are on the cusp of explosive growth as Transition begins to enter the national and local consciousness.

      On Labor Day, just before we met as a community to talk about Transition and share food, we received the news that Transition Houston has been recognized by Transition US as the 40th Official Transition Initiative!  This is a key milestone in our journey, as it provides both credibility and support for our work. 

      Even before receiving our official recognition we were working with Transition US to set up a “Training for Transition” (T4T) class in Houston .  We are very pleased to announce that we will be holding the training on November 21 and 22 at Sheldon Lakes State Park and Environmental Learning Center .  This will be the first T4T class offered in Texas .  Details and enrollment instructions may be found at http://transitiontexas.ning.com/forum/topics/training-for-transition-class, or through the training calendar at http://www.transitionus.org/.  We believe this class will be key to building our capability to lead the movement toward resilience in Houston , and hope that you will consider joining us.  The class is limited by facility space to 25, so please enroll early while space is available and to obtain an early-enrollment discount.

      We now have a great-looking Transition Houston website to complement our ning social network.  Check it out at http://transitionhouston.wordpress.com!

      We are planning a Transition Film Series at Rice Cinema starting in October, as a joint effort with the Rice Environmental Club and the Center for the Study of Environment and Society.  This will be an important part of our awareness activities in the community.  Details will be posted on the Transition Houston website and ning group as they are finalized.

      The first series of Permablitzes in Houston -and, as far as we know, Texas-will be held starting on October 31.  A permablitz is like a barn raising, where a group of volunteers descend on a backyard on a Saturday to transform it into a food garden at the same time they learn about Permaculture design principles.  Volunteer at three permablitzes, and you are eligible to have your backyard permablitzed!  We will be drawing names for the first three permablitzes at our monthly meeting on October 5, so be sure to attend the meeting and get your name in the hat!

      We are now a member of, and have obtained financial sponsorship through, the Houston Peace and Justice Coalition.  This means that we will be able to apply for grants and receive tax-deductible contributions.  If you know of opportunities for grants, or would like to make a contribution, please let us know!

      We have also joined the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, and our events will start to appear on the CEC calendar.

      Finally, Transition Houston will be at the Bayou City Farmers Market (in the parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside) tomorrow, September 19, from 8AM to 12PM to raise awareness about our activities.  We will also be at the Market on October 17.  Please stop by and say hello!

      Thank you for your ongoing support and energy.  It is through your participation that we are all able to work for resilience in Houston .

      Your Transition Houston core team

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