Transition Houston Meeting: Resilience and Hope in Extraordinary Times

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We invite you to our first gathering of 2017 on Tuesday, February 7th.

We'll be viewing a short film focused on inspiring ways to find and create resilience and hope in extraordinary times. During our follow-up discussion, we'll be asking for your input to guide our activities for the coming year.

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Transition Houston Meeting! Tuesday, August 2nd - Growing Food in Uncommon Places

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Do you or someone you know live in a food desert? How can we bring quality food to our communities?

Join us to learn more about Rob Finley, a Guerrilla Gardener who serves the community by teaching people the power of growing your own food.

We’ll also hear how youth from Houston’s East End Green Belt Conservation Corps are making a difference locally! They’ve planted over 100 fruit trees and in association with Houston Parks and Recreation, will be breaking ground on a community garden in Herman Brown Park to bring quality food to our Houston communities which serves as a catalyst for good nutrition and encouraging community development.

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Transition Houston Meeting: The Resilient Garden: Food Security in the Age of a Pandemic (ZOOM)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

We hope you'll join Transition Houston as we explore the resilient garden and how to enhance food security in the age of this pandemic. 

This will be Transition Houston's first meeting by video conference using Zoom on August 4th @ 6:30pm! 

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Houston is a very fortunate place!

We have diversity of population, local farms, Houston is a major port and transportation hub and we have abundance, even in this once in a lifetime pandemic. 
But the food supply is dangerously fragile. We depend on imports from around the world, high carbon transportation systems to get our food to our grocery store, high labor requirements for picking, processing etc. And factory farms have put many small farmers out of business.
In the late 90's there was a local food movement growing on the two coasts and it made its way here to the Gulf Coast. There were local advocates and leaders who led this movement forward and created a local food movement. Now local farms grow more food every year responding to restaurant chefs, farmers' markets, local CSA'a and local grocery stores sell more local produce.
As the pandemic strips away our veneer of abundant, cheap and convenient food, we see that buying local and supporting local is the only answer in times of this economic and health panic. Shopping at the farmers' markets and growing one's own food is increasingly popular.

Tonight we will hear how

  • the local food movement got started in Houston
  • the movement has continued to build
  • our farmers have risen to the challenge
  • local food saves us in a time of fear of a food system's collapse

Also, in a time of pandemic, it is necessary to protect our ability to be more self-reliant and back yard gardens, community gardens and food co-ops are increasingly popular. There are lots of resources in Houston and you will hear about those tonight.


Join Us!

We need you – whoever you are, however much time you have – to help build a powerful movement. Our vision of change involves mass participation. Together we're unstoppable.

About Our Speakers

Kevin TopekKevin Topek, Permaculture Garden Designer
Owner of a sustainable landscaping and planning company, Kevin has practiced Permaculture design for over 30 year and is a native of Houston. His website is
Tyler Horne, Urban Harvest Farmers' Market Manager
Tyler has been Market Manager for 12 years with the main Urban Harvest Farmers' Market near River Oaks. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and camping.
Libby Kennedy, Urban Harvest, Director of Strategic Projects
Libby has been with Urban Harvest for 6 years and is instrumental in planning the annual Fruit Tree Sale and the expansion of the Farmers' Markets.


Transition Houston Meeting: Combat Climate Change with Extinction Rebellion!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

We hope you'll join Transition Houston for our first meeting of 2020 as we Combat Climate Change with Extinction Rebellion!

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


We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making.


We are unprepared for the danger our future holds. We face floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failure, mass displacement and the breakdown of society. The time for denial is over. It is time to act.

Conventional approaches of voting, lobbying, petitions and protest have failed because powerful political and economic interests prevent change. Our strategy is therefore one of non-violent, disruptive civil disobedience – a rebellion.

Historical evidence shows that we need the involvement of 3.5% of the population to succeed – in the UK that’s about 2 million people.


We need you – whoever you are, however much time you have – to help build a powerful movement. Our vision of change involves mass participation. Together we’re unstoppable.

About Our Speaker

Brent SullivanBrent Sullivan has lived his life in Houston, first becoming active on environmental causes via Occupy and the Tar Sands Blockade actions against the Keystone pipeline in the woods of Nacodoches.

More recently, he served on the planning committee for the People's Climate March and started "Tuesdays at Cornyn's" which has met with his staffers and rallied on the sidewalk every Tuesday for over 150 weeks.

In September, along with 18 others, Brent started forming Extinction Rebellion Houston, a group dedicated to driving its 4 demands into public debate and into policy through direct action. "Heading for Extinction--and what to do about it" lays bare the scope and scale of the emergency we face and makes both a moral and practical case for direct action.

Most of Brent's family is in the oil business, so he views Extinction Rebellion's 4th Demand for a Just Transition as foundational to the entire effort. Please join us!

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Transition Houston Meeting: Houston Landscape of Nature

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Houston Landscape of Nature

We hope you'll join us for our upcoming Transition Houston meeting! Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

From Big Thicket to Coastal Marshes and from Post Oak Savannah to Coastal Prairie, we live in one of the most diverse ecological regions. Productive land had brought prosperity to the settlers and laid the foundation for many that followed.

The region has much more capacity and to be able to sustain and to provide higher quality of life, if we must respect and understand our landscape of nature. We can protect habitats and enrich the balance of native vegetation and wildlife, we can be more resilient in uncertain future of Global Warming and Climate Change and we can be better prepared to provide food security and for better air and water quality.

Keiji AsakuraAbout Our Speaker

Keiji Asakura holds over 40 years of experience in urban horticulture, and practices urban design, landscape architecture, and community planning throughout the US and internationally. In his highly regarded practice, he has master planned and designed beautiful and functional spaces in a variety of settings, from park and recreation destinations to streetscapes, educational facilities, and affordable housing. Keiji believes ecological health of community is based on performance value of landscape and provides a holistic and context-sensitive approach that considers both the aesthetics and function of a plan or design, allowing for opportunities for enhanced mobility, connectivity, community health, and social interaction, while respecting the historic and cultural heritage of a site.

Keiji is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows and is the recipient of numerous high honors including the ASLA Distinguished Member Award, the President’s Call for Service Award, and the City of Houston Mayor’s Proud Partner Award for Distinguished Service. Keiji was a founding principal of SLA Studio Land Inc. in Houston, California, and Tokyo before opening Asakura Robinson in 2004.

Keiji was born in Japan, and at age 15, he left Japan and moved to Southern California before coming to Houston in 1982. He grew up with a very strong sense of this other country where landscape of nature is the basic belief of the society. In the US, the idea has enabled him to see things from a different perspective to that of many of his American peers.

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Transition Houston Meeting: The Green New Deal

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

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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Join Us for RePurposing Houston!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

ReUse, ReDuce, ReCycle

Have a project in mind, but just need a few materials to make it happen? There is no such thing as "away". When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere! Finally, recycling and reuse of materials comes to Houston.

Please join us for the upcoming Transition Houston meeting as we hear from Caroline Kostak, the owner of the RePurpose Depot and Keith Koski, the manager of the City of Houston's ReUse Warehouse who will present the emerging market for used building materials and household products. Both will share details of their work helping people rebuild their homes and lives after Hurricane Harvey.

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

Caroline Kostak is the owner of RePurpose Depot, a residential deconstruction and reclaimed building materials company. She is also a LEED AP-Homes and a LEED Green Rater and helps people achieve LEED certifications for their homes. She is the vice chair and Green Schools Committee chair for the US Green Building Building Council Texas Gulf Coast region. Prior to deciding to save the world through Green Building, Caroline was a Flight Controller at NASA, helping to build the International Space Station. In her spare time, she teaches leadership development and yoga.

Keith Koski has worked in design and construction for most of his adult life. He has striven to minimize waste in his projects as much as possible. Since 2009, Keith has had the privilege to manage the City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse, a component of the Solid Waste Management Department. The Reuse Warehouse accepts building materials from individuals and companies, diverts them from landfills, and gives them to non-profit organizations for free.

We hope to see you there! Bring a friend!


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Houston Stronger: A Path to A More Equitable City

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 8:00am - 11:00am

Cities across the country are facing increasing social and economic inequality, and Houston is no exception. Despite Houston’s strong economic growth, income inequality has sharply increased over the past 30 years, and worker wages have been nearly stagnant over that same time period. Inadequate economic opportunities and a widening economic divide combine with racial and ethnic discrimination to place a particular burden on communities of color, preventing them from having the full opportunity to share in Houston’s success.

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Transition - It's Up to You

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Are you feeling curious? Critical? Excited? Daunted?

The Transition movement is made up of people like you who are already feeling the benefit of connecting with others to take care of themselves, their community and the planet.

Transition - It's Up to You

We hope you'll join us at the next Transition Houston meeting as we explore local issues and how to raise awareness enabling us to make informed decisions in November and beyond. Educating and empowering members within our communities and our elected officials is an integral part of bringing about the changes we need. By continuing to learn, share and take action with one another, we can transform our present and our future.

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

Between the things we can do as individuals, and the things government and business can do to respond to the challenges of our times, lies a great untapped potential. It's about what you can create with the help of the people who live in your street, your neighbourhood, your town.

If enough people do it, it can lead to real impact, to real jobs and real transformation of the places we live, and beyond!

We hope to see you there! Bring a friend!

Quoting Rob Hopkins, one of Transition's founders - "For years, in the green movement, we have held that we are right, that we have the answers … [But] many of the answers we need are to be found in people who we might, in a more judgmental moment, be seen as being part of the 'system', including business people, lawyers, church groups, local history groups, and thousands of ordinary people with busy lives, bills to pay and children to raise."

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