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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--through tours, 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.
There's so much already here in PGH to see that's just a bus ride or click away: Construction Junction's salvaged building material warehouse, Stormworks' rain barrels, GTECH's vacant land reclamation, GrowPGH's urban farming, the Larimer neighborhood's bid for $30-million-plus in federal and local grants, the Environmental Finance Collaborative’s 4-organization split CFO, etc.
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.
There's a global, ~450-initiative-stong network of these initiatives, in at least 34 countries, ~120 in the U.S.
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...
...We're also on Facebook & Twitter. Spread the word there. :)
For questions, thoughts, requests, or questions about "how do I get further involved?" consider messaging Justin Thakar, who's one of the current organizers. There's always new ways to plug in.
An expanded "About Us" with further reading is here. Join in the conversations & grassroots work today! :)