Transition Streets is an effective, replicable and fun project where neighbors come together to implement practical actions to lower carbon footprints, conserve water, reduce waste, and strengthen our neighborhoods.
Guided by a user-friendly handbook, you can join with a handful of your neighbors to read and discuss clear and easy actions, tips, and facts to increase your energy efficiency, cut down on waste, eat fresh and local, save money, and build a stronger community. Participants of Transition Streets have fixed drafts and leaks, started composting, installed rainwater catchment and greywater systems, swapped recipes and ideas, shared tools and skills, lowered their utility bills, and best of all built friendships.
Transition ABQ will help you get started
Starting in August 2017, Transition ABQ will be training members to go out into their own neighborhoods to start this project. At our August gathering we will provide guidance on how to start a Transition Streets group in your neighborhood, and make the materials needed available at low or no cost.
Members of the Core Group can also attend your first group meeting and remain available if you have questions or need support as you go through the handbook. When you’ve completed the handbook with your neighbors, you may want to share your group’s experiences and evaluations with others.
Get To Know Your Neighbors Challenge
Before we launch the Transition Streets project, we have to get to know our neighbors first! And what better time than summer to get us outside, slowing down, grilling food, and fussing with our plants?
So for Summer 2017, we challenge you to get to know your neighbors.
Level 1: Meet 3 neighbors on your block you’ve never met before.
Level 2: Offer 2 neighbors a gift (bonus points for giving fresh produce from your garden!)
Level 3: Host a barbecue or dinner party, inviting 2 or more neighbors.
Level 4: Organize a block party, inviting everyone and coordinating a potluck.
Here are some resources to get you started:
Meet Your Neighbors Without Seeming like a Crazy Person | Good
9 Ways To Meet New People In Your Neighborhood | Apartment Therapy
How To Meet Your Neighbors | Strong Towns
Invite Your Neighbors Over for a Barbecue This Weekend | NY Times
5 Tips On Inviting Your Neighbors Over For Dinner | 3595 Blog
How to Organize and Host a Frugal Block Party | The Simple Dollar
The Basic Block Party: 9 Steps | Instructables