Transition Houston Meeting: The Green New Deal

Date: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Green New Deal

What Does it Mean for Me and What Does it Mean for the Future?

We hope you'll join us for our August Transition Houston meeting!

There are moments in history when the world changes. Sometimes we don’t see it up close and in the moment it happens. Some examples in the history of this country are the Civil War, the emancipation of slaves, the civil rights movement, human footprints on the moon…….

The New Deal in the 1940’s represented a shift towards social and economic equity for all Americans after the Great Depression. It was amplified in the 1960’s through the Great Society by the Johnson presidency to include marginalized Americans who were excluded from the American Dream.

Now we have a visionary proposal called the New Green Deal. It is a marker for the framework necessary for legislation and policy to turn back global warming and build a green infrastructure for future generations. The Green New Deal seems to represent the fastest and most logical way to face a future of unspeakable fears. The Green New Deal is where the rubber meets the road.

Failure is not an option.

About Our Speakers

Jaime Lawson is a native Houstonian, who works both professionally and within the community to raise awareness about sustainability and climate action. For the past 8 years, she has worked as a Sustainability Consultant, primarily in the commercial green building industry. Jaime works with local grassroots organizations to promote equity in sustainability and the need for urgent climate action. She is currently a Community Outreach Coordinator at the Houston Climate Movement, and serves on the board for PSR Houston, leading the environmental and climate action committee.

Jen Schmerling is the Deputy Director and head of Environment Texas's clean energy program, she focuses on building renewable distributed generation across Texas and advocating for clean air, clean water, and open spaces in any way she can. Her experience includes three years working in solar energy, from building utility-scale solar plants to selling home-sized systems in rural Uganda. Since moving to Houston, she has worked on studying automotive fleets and analyzing building efficiency. She has a Master's in Engineering from Stanford University.

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Welcome to Transition Houston!

Permablitz collage of activities and images

Transition Houston is an optimistic and energetic response to the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil at the local level. The Transition Movement supports the transition from oil dependency to local resilience by equipping communities with creative adaptations in areas such as food, energy, health, education, spirit and economy to generate a road map towards sustainable living.

Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.

 Transition takes action by:

  • Raising awareness of peak oil and climate change and related issues.
  • Building resilience across a wide range of areas and scales, and doing all we can to ensure general environmental resilience.
  • Providing access to good information in ways which are playful, articulate, accessible and engaging, and which will enable people to feel enthused and empowered rather than powerless.
  • Empowering communities with tools to relocalize its resources and reskill its members.

Transition Houston meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Please check the calendar for the location of the meeting.

For more information, please email us at transitionhouston@gmail.com.

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Get Your Garden ON! Join Transition Houston for a Permablitz

Date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 8:30am - 1:00pm

Come together with like minded people to learn how to learn about permaculture, live more sustainably and help build community! We have a beautiful palette in the Heights to work with and there are several projects to work on including:

  • Planting / seeding a garden
  • Adding a spiral garden bed
  • and more!

And you could be next! After participating in 3, you become eligible!

Bring yourself, gardening tools (shovels, gloves, etc.) and a friend! Morning refreshments will be provided and we’ll have a potluck lunch. Please bring something to share! We hope to see you there!

PLEASE RSVP Online At:

http://evite.me/yFTdjTcr2Y or by sending email to info@transitionhouston.org to receive address details!!!!!

For more visit our website at: www.transitionhouston.org

Spiral Garden

Transition Houston Meeting: Cohousing - Creating Intentional Community / Learn About Houston's First Official Cohousing Project

Date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Join us for our final meeting of the year!

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

Are you interested in the concept of building a cohousing community in Houston, one of the most wonderfully diverse and dynamic cities in the country? Cohousing Houston will be presenting their initiative to develop the first ever cohousing community in Houston.

What is Cohousing?

Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods, and share common facilities and good connections with neighbors. All in all, they stand as innovative and sustainable answers to today’s environmental and social problems.

We hope to see you there!

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Holiday POTLUCK at Japhet Creek!

Date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Exciting things are happening at Japhet Creek and the Transition Houston holiday potluck which will be both a social and informative event!

We'll enjoy a potluck dinner, so bring yourselves and your favorite food to share!

We'll take a tour and enjoy the benefits of our recent permablitz at Japhet Creek. We recently installed a cistern. Previous efforts of Transitioners included grading the walkway, installing solar lighting, performing cleanup, and planting a garden directly outside the classroom facility.

We'll meet at the classroom and find out about other exciting plans for the community.

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Gonzales Garden Fall 2015

It's our favorite time of year to begin planning and planting our fall garden. This fall we're planting

  • Bok Choy
  • Chard
  • Cabbages - Chinese cabbage and round head cabbage
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Dill

Garden Gonzales 2014

We were so fortunate, thanks to my brother Charlie, Mark Juedeman and all the other GREAT folks, to get involved with Transition Houston in 2009. At the first meeting, a drawing was held and the lucky winner would host the first Permablitz in Houston. Charles won, but at the time, could not take on the project. So... he went in search of another to host it. After checking with his church and I then offered the option to the University of Houston Downtown who was just starting up a community garden, alas, neither were able to host.

Long and short, we decided to start our first garden and get involved with the Transition movement.