As I travel around, I occasionally see what at some time were locations with mills or other earlier industries that generated electricity from our local streams. The power from those streams is still available for local development, as depicted in these websites: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/yasinsac/hvarch/wappingers.html and http://www.slideshare.net/pamelaboycesimms/reskilling-watermills-bill-sharp.
Readers will recall that Howard Nemon is publishing a multi part blog on his experiences as an international relief and development worker in Brazil; his story covers three remarkable Brazilian cities which created solutions to the most difficult problems confronting localities and nations everywhere.
City of Dreams – Curitiba
I remember the cold… read more +
What’s the best thing about this video?
a. seeing all the creative, useful permaculture systems we installed?
b. feeling the connection we created together with land-owners, students and apprentices?
c. being inspired by the permaculture leaders being trained and nurtured?
d. all of the above and more?
New expanded format adds more hands-on experience plus tours of successful permaculture site.
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I have spent about a third of my life abroad and for most of that period, I lived and worked in South America. Traveling around this amazing continent, I enjoyed immensely all the distinct beauty, cultural richness, and historical complexity of each country, each region, each locality. Of course, I had my favorite places. One of them was Brazil—a large, multicultural country full of the contrasts.
I spent several years in Brazil as an international relief and development worker. Although Brazilians are generally viewed as an easygoing people, madly in love with soccer and samba, their society struggles with… read more +
On November 20, 2013, officials and agencies from Buncombe and Madison counties held an informational open house about responding to impacts from climate change in the region. Hosted by NEMAC (National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center) at the Grove Arcade, the purpose of this first in a series of gatherings was to present material about significant climate events that have occurred in recent years: heavy snows, droughts, record annual high temperature, record annual rainfall and resultant flooding.
With that data as background, local officials/agencies hope to formulate… read more +
Winter is a season of gratitude for me; gratitude for the shelter I have from the cold and the wind; for the heat that embraces me when I step inside; for the hearty soups I can cook on my stove and the pies I can bake in my oven.
In short, it is a season when I am acutely aware of fossil fuels and the role they have played in keeping me comfortable. I have to push myself to see beyond the snug relationship I feel with the fossil fuel industry at this time of year.
And–why “push” at all?
Well,… read more +
Transition Asheville continues to follow the progress of Solarize Asheville, as it brings home solar collection units to families in the Asheville region. Meet Matt and Shannon, again in the Norwood Park neighborhood!
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The Water Sustainability Initiative sponsored by Transition Asheville and WaterLinks, PLLC, presents solutions to water problems associated with both flood and drought conditions. Our WSI_WNC Summary 102313 explains aspects of the project, while our Water Sustainability Petition 102313 provides the opportunity for individuals to demonstrate support for our work. Present our Letter of Support 102313 to groups in which you participate to help convince local governments that we have widespread awareness, interest, and enthusiasm for our practices and policies. You can also attend a presentation (see Events), schedule one for your group, or donate money in support of our… read more +
Gar Alperovitz anticipates moving beyond corporate dominated capitalism. Key is localizing, as we well understand. Here are the things he recommends to move us in that direction.
What Then Can I Do?
Ten things you can do right now to start building a new economy
1.) Put your money in a credit union – and then participate in its governance to encourage greater local investment of capital in marginalized communities, building a healthier local economy
2.) Get… read more +
The Taste of Bioneers Conference put on by Lenoir-Rhyne University yesterday was fun, educational, and stimulating. Sponsored by the Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, the mini-conference addressed what a resilient community is and how we can make our community more resilient. It projected world leaders in the sustainability movement from the national Bioneers Conference in California and included panels of local leaders in Green Building and Resilence, Food Resilience and Permaculture, Local Resilience in Ecological Systems, Resilient Energy Systems: Solar in Asheville, and Local Resilient Communities. Transition Asheville’s own Dylan Ryals-Hamilton… read more +