Transition Howard County is a non-profit
organization located in Howard County, MD.
sustainable communities in Howard County that embrace ethical stewardship of
resilient and engaged communities by: raising awareness of climate change,
declining resources and the need to adapt to future challenges; focusing on the
sustainable development and use of local resources; promoting the crucial
importance of a biodiverse ecosystem; encouraging lifelong learning; and collaborating with community organizations and
- Provide and share in programs and
events such as talks, forums, film screenings, arts, demonstrations,
fairs, socials, education and training.
- Provide communications and
publicity such as websites, blogs, video, media articles and interviews,
event calendars, and posters.
- Provide opportunities to share
advice, guidance and training.
- Collaborate and coordinate with
other Transition Town Initiatives and others working with the Transition
Model at regional, national, and global levels.
- Engage with other organizations,
including government, citizen, nonprofit, and business in pursuit of their
mutual aims and objectives.
- Undertake all of the above in the
spirit of fun, joy, and support at coming together to co-create the future
that we are envisioning.
Transition Howard County follows the fundamental
principles of the Transition Network, an international charitable organization
that inspires, supports, and trains communities
that use the Transition Model to rebuild resilience and drastically reduce CO2
emissions. The Transition Model is a
multi-stage process to determine the interest in Transition, to make efforts to
act on this interest, to connect with groups within the local community, to
build these relationships to increase localization,
and to expand Transition to the national stage.
At the most
fundamental level, Transition Howard County subscribes to the principles of the
UN Declaration of Human Rights (General Assembly resolution 217 A (III)
of 10 December 1948) that affirms the fundamental dignity and worth of all
together because we know that together we are greater than the sum of our
parts. We work in a collaborative way
because we get better results for less effort.
We do not
need permission to act. There is no
hierarchy. Everyone shares leadership.
We trust that those who step forward have good intentions and will make
representing Transition Howard County, individuals agree to abide by and uphold
all of our principles and take responsibility for their own decisions, actions
and results. We give autonomy and
support to those who wish to be part of Transition Howard County.
We are open
to working with everyone. We welcome
diversity and see it as a strength.
categories of "them and us".
We acknowledge initiatives of other organizations (including government,
citizen, non-profit, and business) and seek ways to collaborate.
and as a group we identify what needs to be done. People volunteer for tasks when they already
have the skills or want to develop the skills.
We help and support each other’s learning.
We do not
have a blueprint. We believe in multiple
paths, ideas, and possibilities. We think questions are as important as
answers. It is fine to make mistakes and
to learn from them.
We work with
a natural momentum, driven by our passion and positive approach.
transparent in everything we do.
Everyone is responsible for ensuring the free flow of information and
knowledge within the Transition Howard County network and also the wider
Transition network. We always consider
the effects of our actions on our public reputation.
all committees, except for the Steering Committee, is open to all Transition
Howard County members.
will form as needed to do what needs to be done, usually based on a particular
area of concern such as energy, health, or water. Committees exist to deliver the aims of
Transition Howard County in a positive and concrete way. The committees make
decisions, take action, and dissolve when the
need is gone. Within the Transition
Model, Committees are referred to as Working Groups.
Each of these
Committees (Working Groups) has one or two
representatives on the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee is responsible for the overall administration of
Transition Howard County and has decision-making authority. Decisions are made
are up to two additional at At-Large members to serve on the Steering
Committee. They are appointed by the
the Steering Committee must attend at least 50% of the Steering Committee
meetings during a year to maintain membership on the Committee.
Committee meetings are open to all Transition Howard County members.
Steering Committee meetings are open to all Transition Howard County members,
only members of the steering committee may vote in decisions.
If anyone in
Transition Howard County does not agree that a project or action is in line
with THC aims and principles, then that person can take the matter to the
Steering Committee for discussion.
Committee makes all financial decisions for Transition Howard County.
Transition Howard County has arranged a relationship with an existing 501(c)(3),
Earth Party, to be our fiscal sponsor.
Treasurer, who also is a member of the Steering Committee, will maintain a bank
account and keep records of income and expenses. A quarterly report will be given to the
which funding is sought must be approved by the Steering Committee. The project must support the aims of
Transition Howard County and be in line with THC principles.
committee will hold the budget for their projects, account for them publicly,
and be responsible for monitoring their projects, their process and outcomes.
Constitution is the governing document for Transition Howard County. It is anticipated that this document will be
revised when necessary, requiring a 75% majority approval of the Steering
Committee members. This Constitution is a general approach and will be made
more specific as needed.
November 4, 2013 by the Transition Howard County Steering Committee:
Duesterhaus – Steering Committee Chair
Ann Coren –
Ecosystem Landscaping Committee Chair
– Knowledge Committee Chair / Treasurer
Nancy Fayer –
Food Committee Chair
– Outreach Committee Member
– Outreach Committee Chair
Goedeke – Energy Committee Chair
Hilsenrath – Energy Committee Member
Nan Lyon – Food Committee Member
Andy Monjan –
Health Committee Chair
– Water Committee Member
White – Economy Committee Member