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Happy 1st Anniversary Transition Howard County

posted Jan 6, 2013, 9:40 AM by Margo Duesterhaus

On Jan 6, 2012, Transition Howard County was officially launched with a presentation on state banks.  In one short year, our small group has grown and accomplished the following:

·         We formed committees on different transition topics including Health, Knowledge, Energy, Ecosystem Landscaping, Outreach, Water, and Steering

·         We created a display and brochures for tabling at events such as the Climate Change Observations from Space event at Howard Community College and at Greenfest

·         We started Howard County's Green Homes Now Tour

·         We are a partner with the Earth Forum and kicked off the Water Challenge

·         We work with local organizations such as the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County and Howard County's Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC)

·         We are a partner with the Columbia Community Exchange, Howard County’s Time Bank

·         We are listed in the Local Environmental Groups on

·         We sponsored presentations on local currency (e.g., Baltimore BNote), the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), and Climate Reality

·         We hosted movie nights on In Transition 2.0, the Power of Community and FLOW (For the Love of Water)

·         We hosted an aquaponics workshop and a rain garden planting party

·         We have a twitter account

·         We now have 501(c)(3) non-profit status thanks to our fiscal sponsor, Earth Party

·         Our web site has had over 700 unique visitors since August

·         We have a new logo

·         Our email list has grown to over 140 people

It is exciting how much has happened in one year.  But there is still much to do.  And looking ahead can sometimes feel daunting given all of the problems we are currently facing from extreme weather to economic issues.  Buckminster Fuller once said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  Transition is that new model.  Not just because it focuses on resilience and sustainability but because it emphasizes the importance of community.  We do not know what specific problems we will face in the future.  But our chances of surviving AND thriving increase when we face them together. 

In Transition!