Transition Houston Meeting: Climate Change: It's warming, It's Us, We're Sure, It's Bad, We can fix it!

Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Climate Change: It's warming, It's Us, We're Sure, It's Bad, We can fix it!

We hope you'll join us for our first Transition Houston meeting of the New Year!

Our meeting will feature a presentation and Q&A by Dr. Larry Kremer, from Citizens Climate Lobby who will present the findings of the Fourth National Climate Assessment report which draws a direct connection between the warming atmosphere and the resulting changes that affect Americans’ lives, communities, and livelihoods, now and in the future.

Climate shapes where and how we live and the environment around us and the Houston Climate Movement is leading the way for local action! Texas, and Houston in particular, face unique risks and challenges due to the impacts of climate change, from flooding to heat to droughts and more. We hope you'll be a part of the journey to address these issues.

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

About Our Speaker

Dr. Kremer obtained his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Utah and his BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a visiting fellow at the Nuclear Physics Institute in Amsterdam Netherlands where identified radioactive sulfur containing molecules produced in particle accelerators.  In post doctoral studies at Yale University he studied reaction products of high energy Tritium atoms with hydrocarbons.  His 38 year industrial career involved many aspects of the chemical and energy industries.  As Senior Technology Advisor at Baker Hughes, he was involved in many areas including handling of hydrocarbons form hydraulic fracturing operations, processing various feed stocks in refineries including biomass based feed stocks, carbon capture and storage, and reducing hazards handling hydrogen sulfide.  He worked on evaluating new technologies, particularly from small stat up companies.

For many years he led the sessions on Desalting at the National AIChE conventions.  He was a Director of the Fuels and Petrochemicals section of AIChE.  He last spoke at an AIChE conference at the Spring Meeting in New Orleans in 2014. Since retiring, he has been an advisor to companies in energy area and working on sustainability. He has over 50 publications and 19 issued US patents.

About Citizens Climate Lobby

The Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) has been working hard to educate and lobby on behalf of climate change and thanks to hard work and support over many years, bipartisan legislation is currently before the Congress! The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 introduced in Congress by two Republicans and three Democrats. This historic bipartisan bill would enact carbon fee and dividend into law when passed.

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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.