Sustainable NE Seattle

Connecting for a sustainable community


The Transition movement takes a look at the sweeping problems we face, and then consciously designs a plan to grow local resilience -- our community's ability to flex and adapt.

If you've not heard of the Transition movement before, take a few moments to watch the film:  "In Transition 1.0" 

and a bit more time to read "What is a Transition Initiative?"

The following resources will assist you in understanding the problems, as well as taking positive action which prepares your family, friends, and community.

Local Resources

Map of Northeast Seattle Community Organizations

Paul Wheaton's, an excellent resource on all topics permacultural

Jocelyn's Events calendar offers a massive array of hands on workshops and other sustainability-oriented excitement in the Northwest

Wallingford Meaningful Movies - Relevant movies every Friday night, and Transition Fridays - 2nd Friday each month

Sustainable Greenlake

Sustainable Wallingford

Seachar, the developing citizen science of biochar

Sightline Daily: Sustainability news coverage for the Northwest

Northeast Seattle Trails Project

Peak Oil

  • Peak Oil Visually Explained (VIDEO 3 minute, English)
  • Peak Oil Primer, Energy Bulletin
  • Peak Oil for Dummies, Lionel Badal (ASPO peer reviewed)
  • Future Scenarios, by David Holmgren (shorter online version) or Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change, by David Holmgren (expanded book version) (TLA)
  • PowerDown, by Richard Heinberg
  • "Can renewable energy make a dent in fossil fuels?" CNET review of book by Ripudaman Malhotra about the Cubic Mile of Oil
  • Quotes:
    • "One thing is clear: the era of easy oil is over" -- David J. O'Reilly, Chairman & CEO, Chevron Oil, July 2005 (source, additional source)
    • "Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand." -- Jeroen van der Veer, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell (source)
    • “One day we will run out of oil. We have to leave oil before oil leaves us, we have to prepare ourselves for that day. The earlier we start, the better, because all of our economic and social system is based on oil, so to change from that will take a lot of time and a lot of money and we should take this issue very seriously.”  -- Dr Fatih Birol, the chief economist at the respected International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, which is charged with the task of assessing future energy supplies by OECD countries. (source)

Climate Change

Biocapacity (a.k.a. Global Footprint)

Economic Contraction

The Transition Movement

  • The Transition Primer (free online), by the Transition Network explains the underlying concepts of the Transition approach, including the action steps that Transition initiatives are implementing
  • Transition Culture, the insightful and entertaining blog of Transition concept founder Rob Hopkins
  • The Transition Handbook, by Rob Hopkins, the handbook to growing Transition action in your local community.  A free online version without images
  • Transition United States offers trainings and resources.
  • the international Transition Network
  • The Transition movement is founded on Permaculture principles.: Permaculture Principles, by David Holmgren

Energy Downscaling Action Plan

The Energy Downscaling Action Plan (EDAP; also known as the Energy Descent Action Plan) is what uniquely distinguishes the Transition process from all other "greening" efforts.  Early efforts of Transition initiatives (awareness-raising, reskilling events, networking) are designed to get a community ready to envision a powered-down, lower carbon future.  Next, the Transition initiative forms the working groups which will create the EDAP.  These teams analyse what resources we currently have to work with, create a vision of where we want to be and use backcasting techniques to determine the pathway toward that brilliant future.  After the EDAP is published, efforts are directed toward getting the EDAP ideas incorporated into other area planning tools (city planning, etc.).  Eventually, the Transition initative will focus on implementation of the EDAP:  gearing up skills, installing physical projects, building relationships, and accumulating the tools necessary to make the EDAP vision come alive.

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