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
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.
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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.