Local Economy

Do you want a thriving local economy? Then join our REconomy group and let us know your thoughts and ideas. Please contact info@transitionhoco.org for more information.

Maryland Fibershed

One project we are developing is a Maryland Fibershed. A fibershed is a cradle-to-cradle system of creating clothes from regionally grown fibers, natural dyes, and local talent. Visit our Maryland Fibershed page for more information.

Here is some information on other local initiatives to build a local, sharing economy.

Time Banking

Transition Howard County partners with the the Columbia Community Exchange (CCE), Howard County's Time Banking program. Time Banking values everyone's contributions equally and encourages social harmony. Membership is free and the concept is simple: members exchange services. Spend an hour doing something for a fellow member and earn a Time Dollar. Then you have a Time Dollar to buy an hour of another member's time or service. It is a simple concept with profound effects that weave stronger communities, forge friendships, and strengthen the daily fabric of life.

For more information on CCE, see their website at http://columbia.timebanks.org/

Here's an article on CCE: https://www.columbiaassociation.org/time-is-money/

For more information on time banking in the US, visit the TimeBanks USA website.

Local Currency

Information about the Baltimore local currency (called the BNote): BaltimoreGreenCurency.org

And to see what they look like, click The Baltimore BNotes

Maryland's Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI)

Information on the GPI: http://www.green.maryland.gov/mdgpi/