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We connect you to Pittsburgh’s sustainable business & grassroots organizing scene: food, energy, buildings, Social Entrepreneurship, & more–through tours, networking, films, speakers, classes, etc. Ask us where it’s at, or suggest an event we haven’t thought up yet.

    

Transition Initiatives try to make communities more fun and connected while preparing them for troubled times ahead. Transition Pittsburgh draws people to businesses, nonprofits, & neighborhood initiatives already doing this.

There’s so much already here in PGH to see that’s just a bus ride or click away: Construction Junction’s salvaged building material warehouse, Stormworks’ rain barrels, GTECH’s vacant land reclamation, GrowPGH’surban farming, the Larimer neighborhood’s bid for $30-million-plus in federal and local grants, the Environmental Finance Collaborative’s 4-organization split CFO, etc.

Our aim as a Hub for local Transition Initiatives is to have an initiative in every neighborhood & town across Pittsburgh, each making their participants lives more rewarding and fun… i.e building businesses and initiatives that’re trying to relocalize their economy as much as possible–with more local food, local building materials, local energy (solar, wind)–transitioning away from fossil fuel use. We also do the practical work ourselves, if we see gaps we can fill and people who’ll help fill them.

There’s a global, ~450-initiative-stong network of these initiatives, in at least 34 countries, ~120 in the U.S. It started in the U.K. in 2006-ish.

Some notes:

  1. We’re also on MeetupFacebook, & Twitter. Meetup we use for our events moreso than anything, Facebook for conversations, and Twitter because everyone tweets (these priorities may change over time). We put longer posts here on WordPress.
  2. For questions, thoughts, requests, or questions about “how do I get further involved?” consider messaging Justin Thakar, who’s one of the current organizers (and who, as of Spring 2013, blogs here). There’s lots of new ways to get involved.

Books & Literature:

The Transition Companion details what’s going on globally in many initiatives circa 2011, with case studies and models, and the general patterns that’ve come up.

Natural Capitalism and Cradle to Cradle make the case that we’re at the start of a new Industrial Revolution, where those who stand to make the most bottom-line profit are those who act like they’re terrified of climate change & ecological collapse.

Cheerful Disclaimer: No one knows for sure if this will work. But we believe this:

  • If we wait for government to act, it will be too little, too late.
  • If we act as individuals, it will be too little
  • If we act as communities, it might be just enough, just in time.

So we do our best to do this here in Pittsburgh. Don’t forget you can contact us directly, or suggest an event.

 

 

The picture credits: “By phillq23 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons”

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