Transition Pittsburgh was founded in early 2010 by a diverse group of folks - farmers, educators, filmmakers - who wanted to catalyze a community-based response to a variety of environmental and social problems. TransitionPGH is officially a regional hub, and our goal is to create, connect, and encourage initiatives in and around Pittsburgh that are looking to Transition their neighborhoods. Our approaches to this vary, but generally include public events on the motivation behind the Transition movement, helping connect local groups (schools, non-profits, the city, etc.) to speakers on various topics, and rolling up our sleeves to implement some projects of our own. [Note: Long term, this will probably include some advising and connections to the City Council.]
At present, we’re working with three local initiatives - Sustainable Monroeville, Transition Sewickley, and the Urban Green Growth Collaborative of Larimer. Each of these has their own projects, their own core group of people, and their own unique challenges. If you’re in one of those areas, we encourage you to get involved! If you’re not, join up here and let us know that you might be interested in doing some Transition-y activities where you live. And regardless of where you live, sign up for our mailing list or grab an RSS feed of our events so that you know what’s going on with TransitionPGH!
About the Transition Movement:
At its heart, the Transition movement is a community-based response to peak oil and climate change which focuses on relocalization and resilience. It grew out of the group Transition Town Totnes in England, which was started by Rob Hopkins after running a class project on what a resilient community might look like. The idea of acting as communities to build a stronger economy and society and improve the local environment spread across the U.K. and then around the world - there are over 100 initiatives in the U.S. Each one is unique - there are a core set of ingredients which are found in many instances, but the order, scale, organization, and priorities of each initiative vary, just like the places where they are found.
If you find yourself asking ‘Why Transition?’, we offer the movement’s cheerful disclaimer as to why this might be necessary at all:
- If we wait for government to act, it will be too little, too late
- If we act as individuals, it will be too little
- If we act as communities, it might be just enough, just in time.
We think that, even with Pittsburgh’s healthy non-profit sector, many of the issues we face, whether economic, environmental, or social are interconnected in a way that a broader approach is necessary, and that simply building community can go a long way towards building stronger Places. Transition, and TransitionPGH are by no means unilateral - we’re just more place-based rather than issues-based. We love our partner organizations, and we’d love to make more friends, whether they’re community development groups, environmental non-profits, or policy-makers looking for a way forward. If you’re still curious about what makes Transition special, you can have a look at one of our member’s thoughts on the matter
If you want to know more on these subjects, or you want to get involved, take a look at our Resources page