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All of that wishing for good weather must have paid off…

It is really good to see the long-awaited and hoped-for cooler Fall weather finally arrive.  I find my personal reserves of energy restored, and I’m looking forward to a full plate of activities during the beautiful days of October, including our monthly Transition Houston meeting.

Transition Houston October meeting, Monday, October 4
As highlighted in our last newsletter, Richard Johnson, Sustainability Director at Rice University, will be a special guest speaker at Transition Houston’s October meeting.  Richard will be discussing climate and resource depletion threats, the current status of Houston sustainability, and opportunities to build our community’s resiliency.  We will also be discussing plans for our 10/10/10 Permablitz (our project for the 350.org Global Work Party), No Impact Project workshops, reports from Transition neighborhoods, and plans for Transition training in early 2011.  As always, we will close out the meeting with refreshments and conversation.

Richard Johnson at Transition Houston October Meeting
Monday, October 4
7:00-9:00PM 
Urban Harvest, 2311 Canal St., Houston, 77003
For details see  the event listing

No Impact Man Screening, Friday, October 1
Priyanka Johri sends word of a free screening of “No Impact Man” on Oct 1st in the Woodlands area:

There are several screenings all around Houston and we wanted to bring it to our neighborhood too. Please pass it on to your friends, neighbors and group members in surrounding areas who may be interested. We are located at the boundary of The Woodlands & Conroe. Everyone from The Woodlands, Conroe, Willis, Kingwood, Spring, Tomball and Magnolia are invited.

Please carpool or ride your bike if you can.
Hope to see you here.

No Impact Man free movie screening
Friday, October 1
7:00 PM
Indus Valley Sustainable Living Institute & Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary
2463 Bill Smith Rd., Conroe, TX  77384
Contact –
EcoLiving@IndusValleySustainableLivingInstitute.com

Solar Tour and Social, Saturday, October 2
Please remember the Houston Solar Tour and Social this Saturday, October 2.  Matthias Jung of Transition Houston is the chair of this year’s tour, and he and his colleagues have arranged for an excellent renewable energy and green living experience.

Solar Social (pre-Tour event)
Saturday, October 2
9:00AM to Noon
at the University of Houston, College of Architecture Building
 
Solar Tour
Saturday, October 2
Noon to 5:00PM
Self-guided tour
 
For details about both go to the Tour website.

Transition Houston Permablitz, Sunday, October 10 (350.org Global Work Party)
Quealy Antin, our Permablitz coordinator, has been working with the Permablitz team to hold a Permablitz on October 10:  Learn by doing!  Work with us at Transition Houston’s October Permablitz on the 10-10-10 Global Day of Action. We’ll apply Permaculture principles to create an example of local resiliency and turn a suburban landscape into a gorgeous food garden. The ‘Blitz will take place in Sharpstown, Houston’s oldest modern suburb. Bring shovels, gloves, loppers, clippers, and anything else you think we could use. Extra points for wheel barrows!  Early morning coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided by the host family.

Transition Houston Permablitz
Sunday, October 10
8:30am – 1:00pm
7502 Croton Street
Houston, TX  77036
details at the Event Listing.

Clear Lake Transition Initiative Permablitz, Sunday, October 10 (350.org Global Work Party)
And Clear Lake Transition has a Global Work Party planned too!  The plant a seed ~ feed the need community garden at St. Christopher Episcopal church is a donation garden providing fresh organic produce to the food pantry at Interfaith Caring Ministries in League City Texas. We will be planting an orchard, fall veggies, installing rain barrels and irrigation, and building compost systems all under the counsel and direction of Certified Master Gardeners and Permaculture designers. This community event will provide labor for the garden and a hands on educational experience for the participants, with several guest speakers on permaculture, sustainability, making lifestyle changes, and building community resilience.

Plant-a-Seed Feed-the-Need Permablitz
October 10
8:30am – 3:30pm
2508 St. Christopher Avenue
League City , TX, 77573
details at the Event Listing
 and Blog

Transition Houston Leisure Learning class, Monday, October 18
We want to remind you of the opportunity for your interested family and friends to learn about Transition.  On the evening of Monday, October 18 Transition Houston will be presenting a class at Leisure Learning about the Transition movement and Transition Houston, followed by a visit on Saturday, October 23 to the Japhet Creek Transition community.  If you have family or friends who are curious about the Transition movement, what it is all about, and what it means for Houston please tell them about this class.  A portion of the class fee will go to Transition Houston for our projects.

Transition Houston–Strategies for the 21st Century
Monday, October 18 7-9:30pm (field trip on Saturday, October 23, 10am-noon)
Greenway Plaza Area: Richmond/Kirby
for registration and details see the class page.

GreenWeek Houston, October 10-17
GreenWeek Houston is a collaborative effort brought to the City of Houston by the USGBC Emerging Professionals, Houston Green Scene and the Last Organic Outpost.  GreenWeek Houston is designed to connect, educate, facilitate and inspire fellow Houstonians to live in a sustainable way that preserves and enhances our City.

Following the No Impact Man film, book, curriculum and experiment created by Colin Beavan, USGBC Emerging Professionals are implementing a week of No Impact activities taking place all over the Greater Houston area.  See the EP website for specific details on each event, and please join us!

Houston Training for Transition, February, 2011
As we mentioned in the mid-September newsletter, there has been a good deal of interest amongst Transition Houston members about having another Training For Transition (T4T) class, following up on last November’s very successful course.  The class is useful for those who want to learn about the Transition movement as well as those who are already involved.  We have now also received interest from Transition Dallas folks who are starting up their Initiative now.

There has also been a significant expression of interest from the Dallas Transition community in our class, and so it looks even more likely that the class might happen, probably in mid-February 2011.  There is still time for you to express your interest in attending by contacting Mark Juedeman (mjuedeman at gmail dot org).  The cost of the two-day class, including breakfast and lunch, Friday potluck, and optional garden tours, is likely to be around $200.  There will also be a few partial scholarships available.

Enjoy these good October days and myriad opportunities to learn Transition skills!

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October is the busiest month (in warm Houston)

As the October weather cools down (we deeply and sincerely hope), activities of interest to the Houston Transition community heat up.  Here is our mid-September update and look-ahead for your anticipatory pleasure.

 

Transition Houston October Meeting October 4
We are very fortunate to have a special guest speaker at our October meeting.  Richard Johnson is the Director of Sustainability at Rice University, in which role he coordinates, supports, leads, and provides technical assistance for a broad range of campus sustainability initiatives, including high-performance “green” building, recycling, energy conservation, and environmental education.  Richard gave a talk at My Houston 2040 a couple of months ago that spoke directly to the challenges and responses of the Transition Movement.  You won’t want to miss his talk.  Details of the meeting can be found at transitiontexas.ning.com/events/transition-houston-monthly-137.

Transition Houston October Meeting
Monday, October 4
7-9pm
Urban Harvest (2311 Canal St., Houston)
contact:  Mark Juedeman (mjuedeman at gmail dot com)

 

No Impact Project
Our annual Labor Day Potluck was excellent, again–we had a great group of people, great food, and–this year–a special movie screening of the No Impact Man Movie.  If you missed that opportunity to see the movie there is another screening on Tuesday, September 28, 7:30pm-9:30pm, at the Houston Arboretum.  This is all leading up to GreenWeek Houston, October 10-17, presented by USGBC Emerging Professionals, Houston Green Scene and the Last Organic Outpost.  Many of our Transition Houston members are involved in GreenWeek, and several are actually going to be facilitators for No Impact Experiment workshops.  One of the facilitators, Nancy Edwards, provides this tidbit:

The No Impact Project is coming to Houston, Oct. 11-15, the week after 10/10/10, the Workday for the Planet.

After you see the film you might be frightened and think, “I could never do that, even for a week.  That’s too hard.”  Also from the film you get the impression that Colin Beavan spent all his time on shopping at the Farmer’s Market and childcare.  Actually his child had a daycare provider and he went to The Writer’s Room, a co-op office, during the week and worked on his book.

But the point is not to do everything that he did.  The point is to use the impetus of the project to learn and implement new ways to lower your own impact.  It is also an opportunity to meet other people at the evening seminars who are working on the same experiment and learn from their trial and error as well as your own.  If you want to sneak a peek at what you will be doing go to 10/11 – 10/15: No Impact Experiment (Evening Workshops).

I hope to see you at New Living, the green building and home store (6111 Kirby Drive) where I, along with Matthias Jung, will hold seminars Monday through Thursday evening  from 6:30 to 8PM  (The seminars are not required).  Mary Schultz and Jan Tijmes will be at Taft Street Coffee, 2115 Taft Street (between Fairview and West Gray), holding seminars there also.

Nancy Edwards
needwards at comcast dot net

 

10-10-10 Permablitz(s)
Speaking of the 10/10/10 workdays–our Transition community will be at work with two Permablitz projects on October 10!  Please save the date to participate in whichever is most convenient for you:

Transition Houston will be Permablitzing in the Sharpstown area of Southwest Houston on the morning of October 10.

The Clear Lake Transition Initiative will be Permablitzing all day on October 10 at the community garden at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in League City.

Details for both will appear in the Transition Houston newsletter at the end of the month, but for now please clear your calendar on 10-10-10!

 

Solar Tour and Social, October 2
As you can already see, October is chock-full of activities and events that will be of great interest to the Transition Community.  Here is another that you won’t want to miss–The 2010 Houston Solar Tour and Social, chaired by Transition Houston’s own Matthias Jung:

Are you curious about how solar systems work?  Learn about solar system designs, the costs and how a solar energy system will reduce your electricity bill.

Come to the ASES Houston Solar Tour for a first-hand experience showing a variety of solar solutions. From commercial installations and residential projects to solar thermal hot water and pool heaters, don’t miss out on this opportunity to see renewable energy solutions. Meet homeowners with solar systems, plus learn why solar energy systems are becoming more and more popular.

This year’s Solar Social will take place at the University of Houston’s College of Architecture. Stop by between 9 am and noon to meet the city’s solar installers and other groups involved with our growing renewable energy industry.  Learn about the Green Building Component Program at U of H, and see student projects that are being developed as part of the green building movement.

Transition Houston will be represented at the Solar Social, but we need volunteers to be a contact and to staff the table during the social.  Can you help?  Please contact Mark Juedeman (mjuedeman at gmail dot com) and let him know you are available!

 

APTA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, October 3-6
For those of you with an interest in transportation policy–a key tool in managing energy descent in our Transition communities–you may wish to attend the American Public Transportation Association annual meeting in San Antonio October 3-6.  Michael Davies (also a member of Transition Houston) will be attending, and can provide more information (davies88 at gmail dot com).

 

Transition Class at Leisure Learning, October 18
But wait, there’s more!  October isn’t done yet–on the evening of Monday, October 18 Transition Houston will be presenting a class at Leisure Learning about the Transition movement and Transition Houston, followed by a visit on Saturday, October 23 to the Japhet Creek Transition community.  If you have family or friends who are curious about the Transition movement, what it is all about, and what it means for Houston please tell them about this class.  A portion of the class fee will go to Transition Houston for our projects.

Transition Houston–Strategies for the 21st Century
Monday, October 18 7-9:30pm (field trip on Saturday, October 23, 10am-noon)
Greenway Plaza Area: Richmond/Kirby

 

Training For Transition Class, January 2011?
There has been a good deal of interest amongst Transition Houston members about having another Training For Transition (T4T) class, following up on last November’s very successful course.  The class is useful for those who want to learn about the Transition movement as well as those who are already involved.  We have now also received interest from Transition Dallas folks who are starting up their Initiative now.

Given the lead time required to plan a class, and indications that early next year would work best for the Dallas people, we are tentatively thinking about having the class in mid-January of 2011.  We still don’t have enough people indicating their interest for this class to make it definite, so if you would like to attend please let Mark Juedeman know as soon as you can (mjuedeman at  gmail dot com).  The cost of the two-day class, including breakfast and lunch, Friday potluck, and optional garden tours, is likely to be around $200.  There will also be a few partial scholarships available.

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Free Movie Screenings of Interest (did we mention that they are free?)

Transition Houston has long intended to have a Transition Film Series; unfortunately we are still not there.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of great movies with messages relevant to our Transition journey being screened in Houston.  For instance, the Emerging Green Builders Houston have been showing a number of highly relevant movies, and there are a couple more coming up.  Soonish!

For instance, there is this free screening of the movie: Tapped!

Friday, April 9, 2010 @ 6:30pm
New Living
6111 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas
Seats 50; RSVP at EGB.Screenings@gmail.com

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.

And, on Tuesday of Earth Week, there is a free screening of  No Impact Man

April 20, 2010 @ 6pm
Green Building Resource Center
3300 Main Street
Houston, Texas

Limited seating: click here to RSVP

A movie about a guilty New York liberal who decides to practice what he preaches for one year. He turns off the electricity, stops making garbage, gives up TV, taxi’s and takeout and becomes a walking, bicycling, composting, tree hugging, polar bear saving, local food-eating citizen…all the while taking his baby daughter and caffeine loving, retail-obsessed, television addicted wife along with him.

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