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Community Meeting on Monday February 22 at 7 pm

posted Feb 10, 2010, 1:45 PM by Ania Moniuszko   [ updated Feb 12, 2010, 12:14 PM ]

On Mon Feb 22nd, Transition SF will have it's first Community Meeting since becoming an official Transition Initiative!
Please come and share your ideas for making SF more resilient in the face of climate change and peak oil.

When: Feb 22, 7pm
Where: The "Gazebo", at CPMC Davies Campus
, on Castro between 14th and Duboce.
(From the main hospital entrance, stay outside and go around the building to the right.  The Gazebo is the one-story structure in the middle of the raised plaza. 

This event is meant to engage our SF community in forming a vision for San Francisco in the face of climate change and peak oil.  We'll use open technologies format for the meeting and groups will form around the following topics
FOOD local food production, food preservation & storage
ENERGY use reduction, local renewable energy sources, decentralized energy grid, solar, biofuels
TRANSPORTATION pedestrian-friendly, bicycles, mass transit, reclaiming roads for other uses
ECONOMY local currencie, barter, cottage industries, green business & local entrepreneurship, local business
RESKILLING reuse, repairing, repurposing, reducing, recycling, bike repair
Transition Towns is a worldwide movement that began in Ireland and the UK roughly five years ago. Transition began as an effort to apply permaculture principles to a world that is experiencing a widening gap between supplies of oil and demand. The goal of Transition is to help people improve their lives through a much enhanced local focus in food, work, commerce, currency, and more. Transition has grown rapidly, to the point where there are now hundreds of officially recognized Transition Initiatives worldwide. Visit for more information.


Transition San Francisco has recently gained initial recognition and is engaged in study and awareness raising. San Francisco has already begun some of the steps involved in Transition. San Francisco is the first major city to have passed a resolution recognizing the problem of peak oil. The city is full of groups working in related areas including transportation, urban farming, water use and re-use, and much, much more.


TransitionSF is beginning research to identify relevant existing work and gaps where further effort is needed, and has undertaken awareness-raising efforts which will expand in 2010. We are seeking people interested in helping with awareness-raising, research, and coordinating with existing groups. For updates with the latest information, please join our Google group, available from our Web site at

Transition SF is official!

posted Feb 5, 2010, 9:15 AM by Floyd Smith   [ updated Feb 10, 2010, 1:21 PM ]

Transition San Francisco has been recognized as the 55th officially recognized US Transition Initiative. Press Release here.


Contact: Carolyne Stayton 
Executive Director 
Transition US 
+1 707 824 1554 

Contact: Ania Moniuszko 
Transition San Francisco 
+1 415 819 9663 

Transition San Francisco Recognized as 
55th Official US Transition Initiative 

San Francisco, California, February 5th, 2010 -- Transition US and 
Transition San Francisco announced today that Transition San 
Francisco has received official recognition as a Transition Initiative. 

Transition Initiatives start when a small group of motivated 
individuals within a community come together with a shared
concern: how can the community respond to the challenges and
opportunities of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis?
This small team forms an initiating group and then adopts the
Transition Model with the intention of engaging a significant
proportion of the people in their community to significantly increase
resilience and reduce carbon emissions. 

Transition San Francisco’s initial contact person is Ania Moniuszko. 
Their Initiating Group is comprised of a diverse set of individuals, 
each with deep roots in the local community. Ania said: “I believe 
that San Francisco is a unique place for the Transition movement
to develop, and we are already at work creating positive visioning
projects for what San Francisco can be. We’re interviewing leaders
of existing groups interested in climate change and sustainability
issues for a video about how we all see San Francisco evolving in
the next 20 years. We’re looking forward to collaborating with
organizations already working on issues related to transition.” 

Bay Area Localize, founded in 2006, recently published the Community 
Resilience Toolkit for the Bay Area. Bay Localize co-founder and 
Transition US board member Dave Room said: “The Bay Area is highly 
dependent on a globalized economy which is not only economically 
unsustainable, inequitable, and dangerously out of balance with 
nature, but also highly vulnerable to energy supply disruptions and 
shortfalls. Transition SF holds to the promise of awakening San
Francisco to the reality of our predicament and activating us to make
our communities more resilient and equitable.” 

Ongoing work includes: 
 - The Visioning San Francisco Project, a video which will feature 
leaders of interested groups sharing their vision for San Francisco’s 
development over the next 20 years. 
 - Speakers’ Training, a series of seminars in which half a dozen 
area residents are learning about peak oil and climate change while 
developing a presentation and skills to facilitate community
discussions on the subjects. 
 - Steering Committee meetings, which have produced a “mind map” of 
needed actions and will focus on bringing them to life as a range of 


For more information about the Transition movement in the United 
States, or to schedule an interview with Carolyne Stayton, please 
call 707-824-1554 or email her at 

For more information about Transition San Francisco, or to schedule 
an interview with Ania Moniuszko, please call 415-819-9663 or email
her at 

For more information about Bay Localize, or to schedule an interview 
with Dave Room, please call 510-834-0420 or email him at 

About Transition US 

Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, 
encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition 
Initiatives across the United States. They are working in close 
partnership with the Transition Network, a UK-based organization
that supports the international Transition Movement as a whole.
The Transition Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that
seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as
peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It represents one of
the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their
communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life
that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected. 

Web references: 
Transition US: 
Transition SF: 
Bay Localize: 
Brief history of Transition: 

TSF Update Newsletter #1 - Wild & Scenic

posted Jan 25, 2010, 3:45 PM by Floyd Smith   [ updated Jan 25, 2010, 3:54 PM ]

The first issue of TSF Update is out, dated Monday, January 25th, 2010. It includes an update on the Wild & Scenic Film Festival held in Nevada City a week ago. To subscribe, email

Towns Rush to Make Low-Carbon Transition

posted Dec 17, 2009, 1:54 PM by Ania Moniuszko

More and more neighborhoods are making the transition to a climate-friendly community. Has yours?

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