Transition Bluffton is hosting a river walk along the Little Riley on Sunday, April 23. Naturalist Anne Coburn-Griffis will lead the walk exploring plant and animal life in the Motter Metro Park just outside of Bluffton, Ohio. The walk will start at 6 p.m. and last 1-1.5 hours. Walkers will explore park trails and be introduced to creatures that make their home in and along the Little Riley. Participants will need good walking shoes and should bring binoculars and magnifying lenses. Parking for Motter Metro Park is located at 10740 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road. The 105-acre park has a mowed grass trail and is restoring grassland habitat to the area. Coburn-Griffis is a facilitator at The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm near Pandora, Ohio, and has been active in volunteer water quality monitoring and wildlife rehabilitation. The riverwalk is one of several events hosted by Transition Bluffton this spring and summer. The organization’s mission is to bring people together to build resilience and sustainability in Bluffton and beyond. To learn more about future events, visit TransitionBluffton.org.
If you haven’t heard, February 25-26 Bluffton Transition is having a TransitionUS Launch Training. Our guest trainer from TransitionUS is none other than Tina Clarke! Tina became a Transition Trainer in 2008 and has helped 120 communities create Transition Town groups and given 42 weekend trainings. We are excited about bringing such a knowledgeable and well respected trainer to Bluffton for what will be a memorable Launch event. Click Here to read more about Tina Clarke and her experiences. Need to register yet? Click on the registration below. Remember space is limited!
Bluffton ‘Transition’ Group to Host Transition US Launch Training
Transition Bluffton will be hosting a Transition US Launch Training lead by national Transition US leader Tina Clarke. The two day event will be held on Saturday – Sunday, February 25-26 th at the Bluffton Sportsmen Club, 405 N. Spring St., Bluffton, Ohio. Interested people can register for the event at transitionbluffton.org .
Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. The Launch training will provide instruction on how to set up a local Transition Initiative and empower your community to directly tackle the issues of Peak Oil and Climate Change by rebuilding community resilience and self-reliance. Transition US is working in close partnership with the Transition Network, a UK based organization that supports the international Transition Movement as a whole.
Transition Bluffton is a local group, modeled after the Transition Town Movement.
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Transition Bluffton will be hosting a talk on energy efficiency and alternative/renewable energy sources by Dan Klear, owner of Superior Energy Solutions, Ottawa, Ohio. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 17th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 North Main St., Bluffton, Ohio.
Winter is an especially good time to learn about changes you can make to conserve energy and reduce your utility bills. Are you are curious about how a home energy audit can help reduce your energy consumption? Would you like to learn how alternative/renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind generators can make you more energy independent? Here is a great opportunity to learn, share and connect with other interested people in the area.
Dan Klear is an industrial engineer and founded Superior Energy Solutions in 2009.
Transition Bluffton is a local group, modeled after the Transition Town Movement. Transition Towns are vibrant, grassroots community initiatives, that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and economic uncertainty.
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TRANSITION TOWNS: From oil dependence to local resilience…
This event is a launch training for starting a transition town group. We welcome people from Bluffton, Ohio and beyond to join us for this inspiring weekend. Everyone will be warmly included. Financial assistance is available. Please ask questions, and let us know if you want to apply for a scholarship, have any specific food needs, or would like to be hosted in a home for the duration of the training by emailing email@example.com.
As we face the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and economic contraction, the Transition movement (Transition initiatives) is a positive approach that focuses on local solutions and building community resilience. Training for Transition is the popular, in-depth experiential workshop created by the global Transition Network. The course describes how to set up, run, and maintain a successful Transition initiative. It is packed with imaginative and inspiring ways to engage your community, and delves into both the theory and practice of Transition that has worked so well in hundreds of communities around the world. It meets the training criteria recommended for local initiating groups to become an internationally recognized Transition initiative.Get more information or register using the link below!
Unlike big box stores who have vast amount of captial and overhead to cusion the blows of rocks midstream, an owner of a local business can sometimes feel like they are running rapids in a small skiff and their paddles have just broke. However, everyone knows that shopping local helps build the economy of your hometown. So how do local business owners build up local loyalty and trust that can act like the needed “cushion from the rocky rapids”? What does building local resilience mean?
TransitionUS has tried to answer that in their Re-Economy program. In order for a business to show resilience it needs to be flexible and malleable enough to adapt and change with the local needs. It means local business need to be able to supply their materials locally and hire workers from the local community. To be seen as giving back. Transition US has created a checklist, “CHECKLIST FOR RESILIENCE-BUILDING ENTERPRISES” to assess if local businesses are resilient. How many Bluffton businesses do you think make the grade?
Struggling to get that change you so desperately know the world needs? Running out of money and steam while trying hard to make important changes in the world? Have you considered the power of making that change locally.
That is one of the goals of Transition US and one of the basic precepts of Transition Bluffton. There is power in starting with our own families, houses and land that can lead to great change at a community level. Working locally allows you to direct all your energies toward a solution you can enjoy the outcome of directly and still make global change. Once others outside the community notice the positive change within your community they will want to know how the change occurred. When they come to you TEACH them. This is where true activism occurs.
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This year Bluffton celebrates the 30th year of the Blaze of Lights with opening ceremonies on November 26th. Come see the Ream Christmas folk art display, Blaze of Lights parade, downtown festive window art and Lighting of Main St at 7pm. This year Transition Bluffton will be in the parade! We have a float and will power it via BIKE POWER! Stay tuned for more information. We would love to see everyone there cheering Transition on– or better yet, join us!
This Page, from the Bluffton Chamber of Commerece, give details on the Blaze of Lights event and the schedule for the season.
Please join the Bluffton University Sustainability Club and Transition Bluffton for a free showing and discussion of the film “Voices of Transition” on campus at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, November 15th, in room 113, Centennial Hall.
With the planned opening of the Augsburger Road phase of the Bluffton bike path set for later this month, it is a great time to talk about making Bluffton a bike-friendly town. The new section of the bike path will connect Maple Crest Senior Living Village and Bluffton University Nature Preserve to Riverbend Rd. This bike path extension allows travelers to get from the new development areas on Augsburger Rd and Maple Crest to downtown for shopping, then from downtown to the Village park for a picnic or softball game.
Many people in Bluffton pride themselves on their use of alternate transportation to work and for pleasure. However, in order to make the bike path (and bicycles in general) a practical form of transportation, shopping bags, picnic baskets or other small loads need to be effectively, efficiently carried across town. There is no right answer for how to carry a load on a bike, there is just what works for you. The people that brought you the Mind The Gap Movie, a documentary on urban transportation, have a short video on way people carry loads on their bikes.
Bluffton Transition is dedicated to furthering the discussion of how to make Bluffton a more bike-friendly town. The bike path is a great start, but a knowledgeable biking community will be what allows Bluffton to be a city other cities look to for alternative transportation inspiration. What are some of your ideas?