Plug-In Electric and Hybrid Auto Show – Monday August 25, 2014

Transition Centreville & Clifton presents a Plug-In Electric and Hybrid Auto Show Monday August 25, 2014 7-9 pm at the parking lot of Sully District Government Center at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd.

Vehicles to be shown include Tesla S, Chevy Volt, and BMW. Many other auto models expected.

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Sizing up living conditions in our communities for this century – Monday 28 January at 7pm

Join our local Transition group on Monday January 28 at 7pm at the Sully District Government Center at 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard as we start a new project to
gauge the living situation for our area in terms of climate, fuels, water, food, transportation, financial stability, and more for this century.

In subsequent meetings we’ll take a look at what could be done to mitigate and adapt to those conditions. Then we’ll anticipate roles for individuals, communities and local government.  And later this year we would write up our efforts for presentation to local bodies.

For this Monday’s meeting we’ve covered climate change, peak oil, and water.  Would you like to make a short statement on food, transportation, financial stability, or other issues for our local area?  

As a starter here is a link to the new Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report:

Please let me know if you want to speak to an important issue affecting our lives and our community this century.

Jackson Harper
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Forum on Monday November 26 – Finding the Prosperous Way Down

Dear Friends

Join us on Monday November 26 at 7pm at the Sully District Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard for the forum on “Finding the Prosperous Way Down”. Howard Odum, renowned American systems ecologist, was one of my heroes with whom I had a long conversation about his work before his death in 2002. In a posthumous publication co-authored by his widow Elisabeth Odum, “The Prosperous Way Down”, systems principles are used to suggest how we could not only ease our way through resource shortages and energy descent but prosper as well,

What remains is to find the prosperous way down for our communities here in Northern Virginia. Can the Odums’ prescription be translated to the community level?

Population and Relocation
Population relocation from urban areas to farming areas may become important as the unemployed discover new job opportunities.

Policy on Fuels
What policies can be put in place to limit wasteful use of fuels? Using communication instead of transportation, moving closer to work, and shopping on line can help reduce fossil fuel use and lower carbon emissions.

Environment and Agriculture
More agricultural labor to reduce use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. More intensive agriculture. Restoration of ecosystems – forests, rivers, wetlands.

Information and Electric Power
Extensive deployment of nonrenewable electricity generation. Optimal allocation of electricity for Information Technology.

Decrease in growth capitalism. Eliminate luxury and waste.

Structure and Materials
Restructuring communities for greater efficiency, salvaging shoddily made buildings. Reuse and recycling of materials.

Human Life
Minimum standard of living. Education for energy descent, growing food, buildimg structures, and recycling.

Join us for this exploration into how we might prepare our communities for resource scarcity and energy descent.

Jackson Harper

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Green Drinks in Manassas on Wednesday November 14 at 7:30

The first Green Drinks in Manassas will be held on Wednesday November 14th at 7:30pm at the Beijing Gourmet Restaurant at 9886 Liberia Ave. Green Drinks is an international effort to bring local environmentalists together.

Our first meeting will be a social gathering of people interested in environmental action. Presentations may be offered at future meetings held the second Wednesday of each month.

Everyone is welcome.

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Emergency Preparedness Forum – October 22, 2012, 7pm

Join us on Monday October 22, 2012, at 7 pm for the Emergency Preparedness Forum at Meeting Room #1 of the Sully District Government Center at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd.

As you know there are garden variety emergencies once or twice a year when electricity service is off for days due to storms and downed powerlines. Flooding and high snow fall can also create emergencies.

We’ll discuss how to get ready for emergencies at home in terms of food, water, heat, first aid, communication, and self defense. What to store at home and how much?
We will also extend the discussion to rare events such as solar storms and nuclear fallout.

The key to emergency preparedness is resilience – having more than one way to accomplish a task.

Jackson Harper

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How Green the Next Congress? – Monday September 24 at 7pm

Join us on Monday September 24 at 7pm at Meeting Room # 1 in the Sully District Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. to hear and interact with Congressional candidates for Districts 10 and 11.  All have been invited and at this point speakers include Kristin Cabral (D-10), Peter Marchetti (IG-11), and Joe Galdo (G).

Kristin Cabral earned law degree from Harvard Law School, which she attended alongside Barack Obama.  Balancing work and family Kristin became a federal prosecutor at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.  “Rebuilding our economy and getting people back to work here in Virginia starts with the President’s three points: funding education; prioritizing basic services and infrastructure; and ensuring entrepreneurs and small business owners can innovate and thrive.”

Peter Marchetti calls for “more trains, less traffic” and “more candidates, less apathy”.  He is a 37 year old husband and father with 15 years in Information Technology.  He writes, “We only have one environment to live in, we have to keep it livable. If we allow industry to pollute the environment, here or abroad, we are slowly poisoning ourselves and our children.”

Joe Galdo “has been a proactive champion for the environment and renewable energy.  Called Mr. Green Markets by the then assistant secretary for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs at DOE,   Joe is a doer who produced results on a relatively small budget.  He believes this is the way government should operate.”

We’ll take at look at candidates’ positions and the actions of incumbents.

In national polling in March by George Mason, Yale, and Stanford 72% of registered voters indicated that Global Warming should be a high priority for the President and Congress.  The polling indicated that in swing states a pro-climate stance would win votes, at least for Democrats.

This event is sponsored by Transition Centreville & Clifton (TCC), part of a nationwide network of Transition Towns now numbering 123 in the US and 443 worldwide.  TCC helps to make our communities more resilient and self reliant in the face of the climate, energy, and economic shocks of the 21st century.

Jackson Harper

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“Heart and Soul” – Monday April 23 at 7pm

Many transition initiatives have Heart and Soul groups to help those who are deeply concerned about the changes coming about in the climate, fuel costs, economy, and society.  Bob Dylan wrote “The Times They are A’changin'”.  Indeed, whether we take action or not to stabilize the climate, resource depletion, or the economy, there will be radical changes in the way we live and the ways in which we face the world. Continue reading

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Finding Meaning in Collapse

The threats of economic failure, oil depletion, climate catastrophe, and ecosystem collapse loom large in our lifetimes and in the decades to come. Even the collapse of industrial civilization is not out of the question according to environmentalist Lester Brown in “Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization”, as he surveys the increasing failure of nation states such as Haiti, Zimbabwe, and Somalia. We stand to experience the decay of centralized systems and infrastructure as the crises of the 21st century deepen. Continue reading

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Nuclear Energy Forum on February 27

Transition Centreville & Clifton will present the Nuclear Energy Forum on Monday February 27 at 7 pm at the Sully District Government Center at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd.
Longtime nuclear activist John Steinbach will be the principal speaker. Mr. Steinbach, has written extensively on environmental, economic, social justice and nuclear issues. His published works include the map and database Deadly Radiation Hazards USA co-authored with his late wife Louise Franklin-Ramirez. Other titles include Environmentalism & Social Change, The Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program, Comparing Israel’s & Iran’s Nuclear Programs, Nuclear Nightmare:The Bush Administration and U.S. Nuclear War-Fighting Policy and numerous other articles. He recently appeared on the Democracy Now! show. Continue reading

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Home Water Conservation Workshop on Monday January 23

The Home Water Conservation Workshop will be presented by Transition Centreville & Clifton on Monday 7pm, January 23 at the Sully District Government Center at 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard.

Stephen Vandivere will show how to install and use rain barrels. Rain barrels receive water from home gutters reducing the impact of runoff to streams and providing water for lawns and gardens. John Steinbach will tell of his experiences with drip irrigation gardening. Drip irrigation is used for home gardens to water plants more efficiently, save water and money, and reduce plant diseases. As a long time backbacker and camper, biologist Jackson Harper will talk about acquiring and purifying water during emergencies. In the event of heavy snowfall or violent storms that bring down power lines and reduce mobility, it is essential to have a supply of water for a few days for household use.

Jackson Harper

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