Join us for our monthly gatherings where we network, discuss sustainability and resilience in Albuquerque, get updates from our work groups, share food, scheme ideas, do activities, and learn something new.

Our next gathering is Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm at First Unitarian Church (Carlisle & Comanche, map here) in the Memorial Hall.

We’ll have a holiday-themed potluck, a used-item gift exchange, and to catch up with our resilience action groups on plans for next year.

We’ll have hot cider and cocoa. ☕ Bring a dish to share along with an item or two you no longer need or want that you think someone else might need or want. (Please only bring items in good working condition. You’ll be responsible for taking them home if no one else takes them.)

Past Events

For resources from our past events including links to websites, books, and other materials, please see our Resources page.

November 8, 2017 Resilience groups planning session

We had a potluck and planning session for the new work groups that came out of the Resilience Forum. We broke up into project groups to work through the questions on this worksheet. Groups that met were: City Climate Action Plan, Sustainability Resource Guide / Neighborhood Assets (they kind of joined forces), and Reskilling / Prepping Fair.

October 15, 2017 RESILIENCE Action Forum

Questions we’re addressing:
How should we address our overlapping ecological, energy, economic, & equity challenges?
How will we do our part as individuals & communities to keep the Paris Climate Agreement?
What are our priorities for local community projects? for City & State policies?

At this special Sunday-afternoon gathering, we used two Open Space sessions to gather the ideas of participants and form groups to discuss how to move forward on those ideas. At the end of the two sessions, we created a circle chart with a section for each project, and gave three colored stickers to each participant, who used them to show their commitments and to vote on which projects Transition ABQ would take on. Our follow-up meeting on November 8th, the groups will meet again to decide what the next steps for these projects are. See the photos from this forum here.

September 6, 2017 Organizing Neighbors

With Charey Fox (Fringecrest) and Patrick Scott (Mile Hi)

For this gathering, we talked about how to organize neighbors to get things done in your community. As we implement Transition Streets (a program to help neighbors come together to learn and do practical actions to lower carbon footprints, conserve water, reduce waste, and strengthen communities) we heard from folks who have successfully organized their neighborhoods for events and projects.

August 2, 2017 Transition Streets

Building resilient neighborhoods, one street at a time

For this gathering, we talked about Transition Streets, a program to help neighbors come together to learn and implement practical actions to lower carbon footprints, conserve water, reduce waste, and strengthen communities. We went through the outline of the program, shared some examples, and talked about how we can bring it to our neighborhoods!

July 5, 2017 Picnic in the Park

A summer catch-up with friends and talking about the Get To Know Your Neighbors Challenge in preparation for Transition Streets.

May 3, 2017 Practicing Permaculture talk by Amanda Bramble

Amanda Bramble, local Permaculture rock star, co-creator of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, told us about her life and work at her beautiful off-grid, self-sustaining, mountain oasis. Her practice at Ampersand includes greywater & rain capture, growing & preserving food, solar cooking & dehydration, passive heating & cooling design, solar energy systems, composting of all kinds, earthen building techniques, watershed restoration, and teaching & training. We were so inspired!

March 1, 2017 Self Care for Activists Workshop

How does one participate in civic life, while sustaining one’s own life?
Phone calls and letters to elected officials, petitions, rallies, hearings, and town halls… we can’t do it all, but we do what we can. At this workshop we discussed the different ways we’re coping, managing our time, balancing our outrage with inner peace, our activism with our sanity, avoiding burnout, and cultivating personal resilience.
We had a few structured exercises to spur contemplation, evaluation, and sharing of interventions.

February 1, 2017 TED talks watch party

A casual and fun watch party where we heard some of the best ideas from TED talks on Sustainability and the New Economy over popcorn and hot cider! See our TED talks playlist here.

January 4, 2017 Act on Climate

Getting prepared to take action during New Mexico’s 2017 legislative session. We learned about statewide efforts to address renewable energy and climate justice and how to join in! Presenters were Tom Solomon, Director of New Mexico and Camilla Feibelman, Director of Rio Grande Chapter of Sierra Club

December 7th The Story of Stuff


As the holiday season comes upon us, this time of giving thanks and gifts often leads to extensive shopping and consumerism. We’d like to re-think that tradition with a screening and discussion of the film The Story of Stuff. After watching the short film, we had group discussions and a gifting table where you could bring a used item to gift!

November 2nd Preparedness to Resilience


We heard some short stories from our friends on withstanding disasters or times of going without, then we had a quick lesson on the difference between Emergency Preparedness and Community Resilience. After that we had upbeat discussions on preparing for different circumstances which might arise in Albuquerque – forest fire, electricity blackout, drought, food shortage, economic meltdown. Topic tables included Food, Water, & Shelter; Transportation, Communication, & Technology; Health; Money, Barter, Time banking; Neighbors, Tribes, Support systems; Essentials; and Fun & Creativity.

We want to design opportunities for our individual, family, neighborhood, and city’s future. We want to be prepared, not reactive, in wise and positive ways. Transition Towns all over the world are working on building community resilience to improve day-to-day lives while also preparing for the future. This was our first step.

October 5th Your Energy Efficient Home


Marlene Brown got us ready for winter weather with a a thoughtful talk on energy efficiency, conservation and weatherization for home and office. She focused on low cost and no cost measures you can do yourself.
Marlene has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and 20 years at Sandia National Labs as a Systems and Solar Engineer. She’s a renewable energy pioneer who has taught countless workshops in solar energy and conservation.

September 7th Transitioning Your Garden to Fall


John Garlisch, Horticulture expert from NMSU / Bernalillo County Extensio discussed steps to take to transition your garden to cooler weather, including cold frames, hoops houses, cover crops, and other winter gardening techniques.

August 3rd Picnic in the Park


Just a summer evening outdoors with a picnic and games!

July 6th Solar Power


Potluck dinner and presentations by
Renewable energy expert Greg Crabtree on solar thermal,
Solar consultant Scott Chazdon on photovoltaics, and
Home solar user Ella Joan Fenoglio on her experience.

June 1st Visioning


Fostering Community Partnerships. The purpose of Transition is to break free of oil addiction and create a resilient community. It’s essential to partner with the fabulous people and intelligence in Albuquerque. How do we become more effective, have a significant role in ABQ?
Facilitated Open Space exercise on “How do we support each other so that everyone has a bigger impact on creating community resilience and confronting climate change in Albuquerque?”

May 7th CSAs & Farmer’s Markets: Impact on Our Lives & Our Economy

May Event

Potluck dinner and discussion keynoted by three stellar experts:
Robert Hoberg, Director, Downtown Farmer’s Market,
Casey Holland, Manager, Red Tractor Farm & CSA, and
Jedrek Lamb, General Manager, Agri-Cultura Network / La Cosecha CSA Co-op.

April 6th Saving Water

Networking, snacks, visit water barrel displays
“Saving H2O – Water Use at Home and Garden”
“Xeriscaping in Albuquerque” & soil-based water conservation
by Richard Chapman, President of Smart Use, a contractor with the Water Utility Authority
Demonstration of 3 water recycling approaches
Q & A
Community announcements & Earth Day updates

March 2nd Soil workshop

Light snacks potluck
Introduction talk by Alberto Lopez
Soil texture & composition testing
Soil building stations
Discussion & Announcements
Core Group meeting

February 3 Relocalize our Economy: A discussion on how to cultivate a sustainable, community-based economy in Albuquerque

Featuring speakers: Vern Hagen on Public Banking; Andino Novato on Local Currency; Bob Allen on Timebanking; and Clifton Chadwick on Buying Local.

Light snacks potluck
Short talks by panelists
Q & A with all panelists
Community Announcements
Closing & Cleanup
Core Group meeting

January 13 “Forward From Paris: The Participation of Civil Society and Faith Communities in Combating Climate Change”

Sister Joan Brown, Executive Director of NM Interfaith Power & Light and delegate to the Paris COP21 spoke on the Paris climate talks and the Paris Pledge. Maggie Seeley presented the Albuquerque CO2 Pledge for personal application of climate responsibility.
Cider & Cookies
Presentation by Joan Brown
Questions & Answers
Presentation of Paris Pledge & Albuquerque CO2 Pledge

December 2 Winter Gardening Panel

We learned from four experts on Winter Gardening in Albuquerque. Valerie Smith, Sean Ludden, Robin Day, and Mary Carson spoke and answered questions on
• How to eat locally in winter
• Growing your own micro greens and sprouts
• Building a winter hoop house for your backyard
• Planning your year-round garden
• and more!

Holiday Game
Winter Gardening panel presentations
Questions & Answers for panelists

November 4 Stories of Transition

21 stories of Transition were chosen by Rob Hopkins in advance of COP21- the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris next month – and is a joyous and inspiring celebration of what the Transition movement has become. It tells 21 stories of 39 Transition projects in 15 countries, drawing out some staggering insights into their impacts

Stories of Transition presentation
Local Food Fest report
Work Groups reports
CivNet presentation & community announcements

October 7 Film & Discussion

Gather & snacks
Report from Maggie Seeley, just returned from Global Transition Conference
Local Food Festival (October 11th) update and signups
Film screening: INHABIT – A Permaculture Perspective
Discussion of film

September 7 Bike Talk

Pot Luck
Bike Talks by experts Lee Ann Ratzlaff and Daniel Majewski
Local Food Fest update
Working group updates & community announcements

August 12 Brainstorm

at 6:30pm at The Source.

Pot Luck
Mini Scavenger Hunt in The Source’s garden
Planning our booth & scavenger hunt educational activity for the October 11th Local Food Festival
Quick work group updates & announcements

July 1st Picnic

picnicat 6:20pm at Roosevelt Park.

Gather & eat
Check ins & Gratitude practice
Working groups check ins
Updates & announcements
Discussion of Autumn project(s)
Games & other merriment

View the brainstorming boards from our May 27 gathering

May 27 Brainstorm

at 6:21pm at First Unitarian Church

Finger Food potluck
Work Groups report on beginnings of work
Individuals who started The Method may give follow-up
Brainstorm/Discussion of “What’s Next” for Transition ABQ

April 29 Talk
The Method by Bruce Milne, Charey Fox, and Bev Salas

milneat 6:21pm at First Unitarian Church

6:00 Pot luck
6:30 Introduction (Bev and Bruce; Story of our meeting by means of The Method)
6:45 Introduce The Method parts I, II, III
7:00 Part I: Exercise – Mindfulness and replacing negative thoughts (Charey)
7:15 Exercise: Replacing today’s negative thoughts – fishbowl and trade positive solutions with partners
7:30 Part II: Burning Desire; exercise (Bruce, handout to fill in)
7:45 Conquering Doubt; Bev’s Navajo story and Charey’s ‘internal critic’
8:00 Part III: Gratitude – Recipe and fishbowl to show how it is done
8:15 Groups find gratitude within Transition topics, e.g., water, energy, inequality
8:30 Sign up for phone check-ins over next few weeks