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Richard M. Czaplinski is attending Dan Costin's event

Dealing with Climate Change with Dr. Alan Betts at Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library

April 17, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm
George Plumb is now a member of Transition Vermont
Dan Costin posted an event

Dealing with Climate Change with Dr. Alan Betts at Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library

April 17, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Apr 9
Paul Tynan is now a member of Transition Vermont
Apr 7

Welcome to Transition Vermont!

Welcome to Transition Vermont!

Transition Vermont is an informal network where Vermonters inspire, support, and learn from each other as they consider, adopt, adapt and implement Transition Initiatives in their communities. The purpose of the site is to facilitate members meeting up in person to do real transition work in real communities. This website does not represent any organization and is maintained by volunteers.


Guidelines for Members

The methodology of Transition, as embodied in the Transition Handbook, includes a spirit of interpersonal kindness, compassion and cooperation, and a dedication to building functional community dynamics as we address our common challenges. It is the intention and administrative policy of this website to adhere to these practices and maintain a safe and welcoming site.  

     As we share our knowledge, skills and resources on Transition Vermont, members are asked to adhere to the following guidelines to maintain a welcoming, safe and inspiring atmosphere:

   1) Respect the perspectives of others.

   2) Be concise and share the space.

   3) Respect the privacy of each member.

   4) Adhere to the standards of courtesy and civility that are expected in face-to-face interactions.

Members who do not adhere to these guidelines risk suspension from this website.

Respectfully, website administrators:

     Joan Bowman, Putney, VT

     Les Snow, Marshfield, VT


The Transition approach is a replicable, flexible methodology that empowers communities to face the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and economic instability, and to unleash their collective genius to answer the momentous questions around how to drastically reduce carbon emissions, how to rebuild resilience, and how to strengthen local economies. Transition Initiatives don't claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to build our future upon localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.

     For more information on what Transition Initiatives are and how they work, click here, and here. See the Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins for a complete and inspiring treatment by the Transition movement's founder.

Discussion Forum

Energy Descent Action Plan 3 Replies

Over the past few years, the EDAP committee of Transition Montpelier has developed a regional Energy Descent Action Plan for Central Vermont.  Here is a link for people to read a …Continue

Tags: EDAP

Started by Dan Costin. Last reply by Paul Tynan Apr 8.

Looking for a mentor 8 Replies

Hello everyone,I'm looking for a mentor/mentors to learn sustainable living skills from. I'm having trouble learning from reading on my own, because I learn much better by doing. I would take…Continue

Started by Emily. Last reply by Jocelyn Galvano Pickett Mar 10.

Has anyone built a Tiny House? 3 Replies

Hello!I've been wanting to build a Tiny House for a few years now but have never actually been inside one. Is there anyone out there who would be open to answering questions and offering advice on…Continue

Started by Anouk Mackenzie. Last reply by Jocelyn Galvano Pickett Mar 10.

Transition Gathering New England Presentations

You may have missed the October New England Transition Gathering in Portland Maine.  But there are presentations available if you want to catch up on what other transition groups are doing. Enjoy.…Continue

Tags: kucha, pecha

Started by Dan Costin Dec 21, 2013.

Blog Posts

Reducing Fossil Fuel Use as Renewable Energy Comes on Line?

The following is a letter to The Valley Reporter which was published in the April 3, 2014 edition. I raise the question of how are we to reduce fossil fuel use as renewable energy sources come on line? Given the huge economic and social infrastructure we have created that promotes energy use at almost every turn, it seems we have an almost insurmountable problem to overcome. I hope we can have an in depth discussion on effective ways to tackle this problem.


The Valley…


Posted by Richard M. Czaplinski on April 13, 2014 at 12:56pm

Skill Sharing - TimeBanking -

One way to increase sustainability and resilience is to share our skills with each other. Here is a possibility to do this all year long and to build community at the same time.

The Onion River Exchange (ORE) is a timebank that helps us exchange goods and services without using money. Instead of cash we give and receive services based upon time. Each service is worth the time you spend…


Posted by Eric Bachman on March 1, 2014 at 11:44am

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