Yearly Archives: 2012

Transition Worldwide

Since our national government seems incapable of addressing the issues of global climate change, environmental degradation & resource depletion … Transition Albany & Transition Berkeley present an inspiring new documentary full of examples of how we can  prepare positively for a post-industrial future: 

IN TRANSITION 2.0, Sunday November 4, 2 pm
with Carolyne Stayton (Executive Director of Transition US)
Albany Library Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany  **FREE**

This 66 minute documentary provides an inspirational immersion into the growing Transition movement, with 16 stories gathered from seven countries around the world about people working together to respond to uncertain times with creative solutions and optimism. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, localizing their economies, growing food, sharing with neighbors and setting up community power stations.

Transition is an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment in a world of increasing uncertainty, based on hope, the ingenuity of ordinary people, and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.

Carolyne Stayton, Executive Director of Transition US, will be on hand with details of some of the projects she heard about at this year’s International Transition Conference in the UK.

Most of all we need YOU! Come find out how you can join forces with your local Transition initiative … or start your own.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2012

Questions for Candidates



On October 2nd we invited all the candidates for Albany City Council to our Potluck with a Purpose and asked them to address the questions below. Nick Pilch, Todd Abbott, Peter Maass, Sheri Spellwoman and Ulan McKnight accepted our invitation and you can hear the entire evening’s discussion recorded here. (We apologize that you might have to guess at times who is speaking!)

The TRANSITION MOVEMENT began as a community response to climate change, resource depletion and increasing economic instability. We believe in reducing consumption to levels that create an even playing field worldwide and drastically reduce individual and community-wide carbon footprints. It is said humans have at most two years to turn around our production of greenhouse gases and avoid a vicious cycle of increased global warming.

  • Which of your past achievements and/or actions would persuade voters that you are committed to a near-future for Albany that uses far fewer non-renewable resources and emits less greenhouse gases?
  • What plans do you have within your four-year term to strengthen and implement Albany’s Climate Action Plan? Which items do you see as most important or pressing?


The TRANSITION movement believes that it is the people who live in a community and experience its challenges firsthand that can have the insight and genius to come up with the most appropriate solutions. In contrast, previous city councils have spent thousands of dollars, when the budget was already tight, on hiring outside consultants.

  • How do you propose to tap into the genius of the community and also incorporate meaningful community input into the more important decisions you have to make on the community’s behalf?


The TRANSITION movement has the goal of creating resilient communities that produce a significant percentage of their essentials (food, energy, healthcare, housing etc.) locally. In addition, it is notable that local retailers/ suppliers return at least 52% of their revenue to the local economy, compared to just 14% for national chain retailers. (See study)

  • What is your position regarding the environmentally superior alternative for the mixed use development at Monroe and San Pablo that includes a smaller, locally owned grocery store, affordable housing for our seniors, and generates 70% less carbon emissions than the one currently proposed by UC?
  • How will you support local business owners?
  • In what ways will you encourage increased local production of essentials (food, energy, healthcare, housing etc.)?



  • How would you balance doing what the majority of the community wants with what you think is the right thing, if the two don’t coincide?
  • In many cities throughout the world, city councils partner with representatives from their Transition initiative. How would you feel about incorporating a Transition town task force to help address the challenges Albany will be facing in the coming years and create a more resilient community?


Posted in Economy, Energy, Food and Agriculture on September 28, 2012