Wow!! I never thought this group would blow up like this. I am pretty psyched about 7 other people coming to this event. I have been bogged down with my internship as of late, so I haven't had a chance to work on anything for this event, but my hope is that these meetups are open forums where people can discuss sustainable development and new urbanism as well as network with others who are interested in the area. Personally, I am looking to research the feasibility of a housing co-op in Pittsburgh, something which I believe is a vital part of new urbanism as well as achievable considering the low cost of housing and the large student population in Pittsburgh. I will also try and get an impromptu presentation of the City Repair project which takes place in places like Seattle and Portland. If anyone has any ideas or projects they want to get together on, feel free to present them at the meetup. See ya soon!
Transitioning away from fossil fuels to local economies should be fun, practical, and (extremely) profitable. We connect you to who's doing it that way in Pittsburgh. That means our sustainable business & grassroots scene--food, energy, super-insulative buildings, Social Entrepreneurship & more--throughtours, networking, films, speakers, classes, etc. Join us & suggest a new Meetup! Or sign up for our email list, which has full event updates semi-biweekly. Or ask us stuff! Or catch us on Facebook!
Transition Initiatives try to make communities more fun and connected while preparing them for troubled times ahead.Transition Pittsburgh draws people to businesses, nonprofits, & neighborhood initiatives already doing this.
Our aim as a Hub for local Transition Initiatives is to have an initiative in every neighborhood & town across Pittsburgh, each making their participants lives more rewarding and fun... i.e building businesses and initiatives that're trying to relocalize their economy as much as possible--with more local food, local building materials, local energy (solar, wind)--transitioning away from fossil fuel use. We also do the practical work ourselves, if we see gaps we can fill and people who'll help fill them.
About the larger picture: Reinventing Fire says the U.S. could get off coal and oil by 2050, profitably--and shows how renewables & efficiency will soon become a matter of national competitiveness if we don't. Rocky Mountain Institute worked with officials at Shell, GM, Volkswagen, and many other companies to produce the book, and Bill Clinton backs it. The Upcycle, with similar credentials, goes into how Cradle to Cradle design has changed similar companies like Ford, Walmart, USPS, and Chinese corporations.
Some notes & guidelines:
Like other Meetups, RSVP "No" only if you planned on going and had to cancel. And know that the RSVP count never really accurately displays how many people actually have come since...