posted Jan 5, 2014, 9:52 AM by Margo Duesterhaus
Our group continues to grow and
work towards creating more sustainable and resilient communities in Howard
County. In our second year, our group
has accomplished the following:
- We are the FIRST official
transition initiative in Maryland. We
are excited about our new relationship with Transition US and look forward to
learning and sharing information with other transition initiatives.
- We received national recognition
from Resilience Circles
as a new initiative that highlights sustainability at the local level: http://localcircles.org/2013/10/17/get-small-to-go-big-how-howard-county-md-launched-a-transition-initiative/
- We had our 2nd
successful Green Homes Now Tour with 12 Howard County homes and were featured
in the Howard County section of the Baltimore Sun in two articles
- We had two successful forums with
Howard Community College. Both events
increased community awareness of transition-related issues:
- Beyond Fossil Fuels: Energy Solutions for You and Your Community
- Your Health and Our Changing Climate
- We received the Community Earth Care Innovator award from the Earth Forum of Howard County in recognition of our
- Outstanding leadership in developing a new and engaging community earth care program
- Organizing and presenting community environmental educational programs
- Establishing partnerships with other environmental groups
- Developing an effective community communications network
- We were invited to speak to the Frederick County Sustainability Commission
- We continue to partner with HoCo Climate Change, Earth Forum of Howard County, Howard County's Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC), and the Columbia Community Exchange, Howard County’s Time Bank.
- We worked with Watershed Stewards to put in a woodland and watershed conservation garden and promote talks on “Slow the Flow” of stormwater.
- We continued our outreach at events like Greenfest and the 50+ Expo.
- We sponsored a discussion circle on the Moneyless Manifesto.
- We sponsored talks and movies including Climate Reality and the Triple Divide.
- Our All Hands bimonthly newsletter got a major facelift. Our average open rate of 35% is well above the industry average.
- Our email list has almost TRIPLED in size from 140 to 405.
- Our web site continues to grow
- over 1500 unique visitors this year
- several blog posts on ecosystem landscaping and resilience
- new newsletter archive
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Transition Howard County. Encourage your friends and neighbors to join in the fun of building sustainable and resilient communities!