Monthly Archives: September 2010

Discover Inspiring Urban Solutions

Transition Albany presents a showing and discussion of A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2007), a film by Giovanni Vaz del Belle, produced by Maria Terezinha Vaz.

Sunday, October 3, 1:30 – 4:00 pm, Albany Library, Edith Stone Room

No charge; donations accepted to cover screening fee. Questions? 510-528-2261

Since the early ’70s, Curitiba’s visionary leadership in

  • transportation
  • public parks
  • recycling
  • and affordable housing

has made this quaint mid-sized city in Southern Brazil, one of the most livable in the world.

A speaker and discussion follow the film.

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2010

Fun Urban Farming-Related Events in October

This fall, Albany reads Farm City, The Education of an Urban Farmer by local author Novella Carpenter.

Unpretentious, eye-opening, accessible, funny, and set in urban Oakland, this book was on Oprah’s list of 25 books to read this summer, and was also chosen by Albany Reads: “What if everyone in Albany read the same book?”

October 13, Wednesday, 7-8 pm, Albany Library

Rosalie Gonzales leads a book discussion

October 17, Sunday, 2-3 pm, Albany Community Center

Meet the author herself, Novella Carpenter

October 20, Wednesday, 7-8 pm, Albany Library

Urban Farming tips from Albany’s Urban Forester, Tony Wolcott.

Albany Reads is co-sponsored by Alameda County Library, Friends of Albany Library, Albany YMCA, City of Albany and Albany Unified School District. For details, contact Ronnie Davis 526-3729 ext. 16 or email

October 31, Sunday, 1:30-4 pm, Albany Community Center with Transition Albany

Watch and discuss the film Mad City Chickens

Mad City Chickens delivers plenty of laughs, with egg-laying hens strutting around backyard coops, and even a moment of shock-horror with the appearance of a King Kong-sized bird, but “the best part of having chickens is the connections they foster among neighbors,” says chicken keeper, Pam Karstens of Madison, WI

The film starts at 2 pm, but we plan to have some real chickens to visit from 1:30 pm, weather permitting. Bring the family!

The event is free, but Transition Albany would be happy to accept donations to cover the screening fee. We will try to have available information about keeping chickens and classes on the same.

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2010

Global Work Party Day 10/10/10

As many of you have heard, the City and Transition Albany are teaming up to make the Global Work Day 10/10/10, promoted by (on October 10th), a big splash.

The City will award prizes to the most creative neighborhood project that involves the most people and makes the most difference to our collective carbon footprint either directly or indirectly. (A direct effect could be in reducing miles driven or energy used in the home, for example, whereas an indirect effect would be producing food in your own garden, or cleaning up trash). There are many ideas on the City web page and on

Transition Albany is standing by to offer support, whether it’s discussing ideas with your community or helping to make your project a reality.

There are so many ways to approach this, and all of them require …. approaching your neighbors. We’ll be the first to admit that this can seem daunting at first, but we can state from experience that once you’ve had a successful communication with one person, there’s an exhilaration that comes from breaking through a personal barrier and suddenly it’s lots of fun!

Let us help you any way we can. If you need encouragement, contact us and we’ll work out together the best way for you to proceed.

Here are some facts in case you need more motivation.

You’ve probably heard about the terrible flooding in Pakistan that’s covered one fifth of the country and left millions of people homeless. But did you know that similar weather disasters are expected to become more frequent and more damaging because of global climate change? You can get the facts about the link between global warming and extreme weather here:

The scary thing is that the climate-related disasters we’re seeing today are the result of our fossil fuel consumption 30 years ago, so it seems that even more extreme weather events are inevitable for the next three decades. But everything we do today to reduce our carbon footprint (and thus our impact on the environment) will eventually make a huge difference to the quality of life on earth.

You may say, what’s the use? Watch the story of the hummingbird told by Professor Wangari Maathai, a woman who won a Nobel Prize for planting trees and establishing green belts all over Africa. Imagine your grandchildren asking, “What did you do, Grandma/Grandpa, to help us get out of that terrible time?,” and imagine yourself, looking around at a world breathing a sigh of incredible relief as the global temperature starts to drop again, saying you did everything in your power and then some more.

Remember to send us an email or make a phone call if you would like support or encouragement. The City wants you to register your project by emailing, and registering it on the website will give it global visibility.

Let’s keep in touch with each other through the Transition Albany Yahoo Group (above), to share successes and challenges and ensure that we fully embrace this opportunity to make a real change. Our efforts today can make all the difference in the world.

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2010

Save the Planet and Save Money Too with Upcoming Class

Lose a ton of carbon!

Free classes for Albany residents start on October 5th!

  • Calculate your carbon footprint.
  • Create a plan and learn simple ways to reduce your footprint that works with your household and lifestyle.
  • Get support and share ideas with other community group members along the way.
  • Save money, energy, water, emissions and feel good about it!
  • Learn how to become a leader in helping others!
“The exchange of ideas was invaluable. Different perspectives – stemming from different professions, life experiences and interests – gave me ideas for conserving and reducing that I wouldn’t have conceived of on my own.”
~ Comment from a group participant

For more information, contact Linda Currie

510-851-2552  |

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2010


Please take our online survey: click here.
To those who have already done so, thank you so much for taking the time.
We are starting to compile the results and will shape our future events around the areas you are interested in.
For those who are interested in sharing yards, tools, appliances, cars etc., we suggest the book The Sharing Solution as a good read to find out how these things work best. earthJanelle Orsi and Emily Doskow, local lawyers, wrote the book to make it easier for people to share with their neighbors. We will be asking them to come and talk again (they have been to the Albany Community Center already at the invitation of the City).
If appropriate, we may be in touch with you with ideas for resources, contacts etcetera.
For those who offered to teach, we look forward to creating some kind of “reskilling” events where others can learn from you.
We’re excited about the next step with this survey. Thank you for giving us your feedback, and for caring.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2010