Transition Vermont

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

Permaculture Convergence in Frelighsburg, Quebec! July 18-20


Solutions converge to Frelighsburg!



The Second Edition of the Convergence will be held in Frelighsburg, Quebec, from July 18-20 2014 ( The event is open to all those interested in Permaculture, local…


Posted by Yada Claassen on July 8, 2014 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Villagebuilding Convergence 2014 June 21-22

The 6th annual VbC will be on the solstice, June 21-22nd this year at All Together Now Community Art and Education Center in East Montpelier.  Same place as last year.

With renewed energy in the organizing committee, this years free community skill share weekend, will feature over 30 workshops on all your favorite Permaculture and Local Resilience topics from learning how to hunt deer, identifying herbs and plastering clay ovens to getting a better understand of how Montpelier…


Posted by Ben Graham on May 27, 2014 at 10:38pm

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