Links

  • Transition Resources

    • Transition Culture
      How might our response to peak oil and climate change look more like a party than a protest march? This site explores the emerging transition model in its many manifestations.
    • Transition Network
      Transition Network’s role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions.
    • Transition US
      Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. We are working in close partnership with the Transition Network.
  • Other Transition Towns

    • Crystal Palace Transition Town
      An international example from the birthplace of transition. A community-led, not-for-profit initiative that will move Crystal Palace and its community towards a sustainable future, resilient to the challenges posed by climate change and peak oil.
    • Transition Northfield
      A town nearby! They envision a vibrant, resilient, and socially equitable community committed to respect and care for each other and our natural world that is prepared to meet our basic needs by relocalizing our sources of food, energy, and health care.
    • Transition Putney (Vermont)
      Engages the creativity, expertise and skill-sets of friends and neighbors in the design of a sustainable, resilient, socially just and mutually supportive community. We reinvent, rethink, rebuild and celebrate our community and the world around us.
    • What's happening in the "District"?
      Ecolocity empowers people in the Metro DC area to build environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable communities. The group provides a hub for networking, connects people to local resources, and creates cohesion between existing projects.
  • Food

    • Amethyst Farm
      A farm with CSA where even Bread is available, close to the center of Amherst.
    • Amherst Community Gardens
      Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment.
    • Grow Food Northampton
      Grow Food Northampton is dedicated to promoting food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.
    • Kendrick park Farmers' Market
      Farm Fresh Produce, Prepared food vendors, Relax with friends and family on the green with live music
    • North Amherst Community Farm
      We promote and support sustainable agriculture in the heart of North Amherst by preserving and developing our 35 acre farm site into a productive and educational agricultural resource for the community.
    • Northampton Community Gardens
      The Northampton Community Garden comprises 7 acres on Burts Pit Road just off Rte. 66 and occupies the former kitchen garden area of the Northampton State Hospital.
    • Nuestras Raíces
      Nuestras Raíces is a grass-roots organization that promotes economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.
  • Co-operatives

    • Co-op Power
      Co-op Power is a consumer-owned renewable energy cooperative. We operate within a regional network of autonomous Local Organizing Councils to create a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future.
    • Collective Copies
      We’re a worker-owned collective and union shop — we all do the work, we all make the decisions, we all benefit from doing those things well.
    • Food for Thought Books Collective
      Food for Thought Books is a not-for-profit, workers’ collective bookstore located in downtown Amherst, MA – now in our 35th year! We feature a wide array of radical & progressive media – all manner of nourishment for the heart & mind.
    • Franklin Community Co-op
      Located in the Pioneer Valley in beautiful western Massachusetts, Franklin Community Co-op operates Green Fields Market in Greenfield and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls.
    • GaiaHost Collective
      Reliable Internet hosting services from a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to environmental and social sustainability.
    • Pedal People
      Pedal People Cooperative Inc. is a worker-owned human-powered delivery and hauling service for items under 300 pounds in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.
    • River Valley Market (Northampton)
      A community-owned, full-service grocery store specializing in fresh, local and organically grown food. We offer fresh produce; meat & seafood; groceries; a deli with soups, a hot and cold bar, sushi, desserts, and gifts; and a wellness department.
    • The Old Creamery
      The Old Creamery is a small country store cultivating a big vision. We want to make the world a more just, loving, and environmentally sustainable place, starting in our own neighborhood, through the vehicle of a vibrant, community-oriented retail store.
    • Valley Free Radio
      Valley Free Radio is a non-profit, community based and volunteer run radio station for the Greater Northampton area. We seek to educate, inspire, and entertain through programming that reflects the diversity of the local community.
  • Sustainability

    • Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
      Farmers. Families. Restaurants. Grocery stores. We’re all working to keep local agriculture in western Massachusetts strong.
    • Earth Thrives
      Earth Thrives tells the story of what is Green, Sustainable and Local for the Pioneer Valley
    • Greening Greenfield
      A unique private/public partnership focusing on the transformation of Greenfield School’s urban site into an outdoor laboratory that teaches children while they play about their symbiotic relationship to the environment.
    • Pioneer Valley Local First
      Building Sustainable Communities. Our mission is to encourage people to Think Local First so that they Buy and Bank Local First.
  • Conservation

    • Franklin Land Trust
      The Franklin Land Trust works with landowners and communities to protect their farms, forests, and other natural resources significant to the environmental quality, economy and rural character of our region.
    • Kestrel Land Trust
      KLT works with landowners, governmental agencies, citizen groups, and other organizations to protect farmland, woodlands, wildlands, habitat, and scenic vistas in the Connecticut River Valley.
    • Rattlesnake Gutter Trust
      For over 20 years, the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust has worked to protect the natural and scenic areas of Leverett.
    • Trust for Public Land
      The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
  • Economy

    • Chris Martenson
      I think the next twenty years are going to look very different from the last twenty. My primary goal is to position you for a positive tomorrow by taking appropriate action today.
    • Common Capital
      Common Capital is a community financing resource for businesses, community projects and nonprofit organizations in Western Massachusetts.
    • Common Good Finance
      We design and create the framework for a new economy, where communities everywhere gather to decide for themselves what their funding priorities should be, by integrating a fast-growing mutual credit system with a new type of bank account.
    • Valley Time Trade
      Growing local Resiliency by using time as a currency. We connect people and unmet needs with untapped resources, provide economic relief through access to alternative resources, and encourage increased community interaction.
  • Energy

    • Alliance to Develop Power
      ADP grassroots leaders fight for just policy reform, create new cooperatively controlled businesses, all while empowering a diverse grassroots base – we are creating a sustainable community economy that leverages power, relationships, and resources.
    • Energia
      A socially responsible energy services company that provides energy efficiency upgrades for residential and commercial properties to reduce energy costs and energy use throughout western Massachusetts.
    • Urban Power (wind turbines)
      Urban Power USA Inc. is committed to promoting low cost environmentally friendly wind generated electricity to all people.
  • Environment

    • 350.Org
      350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.
    • Amherst 350
      We are a group of folks from the Amherst area committed to the goals of 350.org and to raise awareness about climate change.
    • Local 20/20 Energy Action (Port Townsend, WA)
      Local 20/20’s Energy Action Group is dedicated to finding practical answers to help us locally, today in our homes, schools, official buildings and businesses to conserve energy, save money, enhance our self-reliance and strengthen our community.
  • Education

    • Amherst College Center for Community Engagement
      We provide faculty and students with opportunities to engage the world in sustained, collaborative, reflective, and meaningful ways that enrich an innovative liberal arts education.
    • Earthwork Programs
      Immersed in Nature, We Reconnect You with the Earth
    • Living Routes
      Living Routes’ mission is to create opportunities to live and learn within human-scale communities that are consciously striving to live well and lightly.
    • Sustainability Programs in the Region
      A list of local sustainability programs, for growing healthier communities based on sustainable energy use, agricultural production, building design, and economic development.
    • The National Network for Sustainable Living Education (NNSLE)
      Sustainable living balances economic, social, and environmental needs while meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations.
  • Equality

    • Occupy Amherst
      A local movement in support of Occupy Wall Street. Northampton and other towns have occupy movements too.
    • Springfield Noone Leaves
      We are a group of community organizations and organizers dedicated to helping former owners and tenants stay in their homes after foreclosure.
    • Springfield Partners for Community Action
      The federally designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for the greater Springfield area, serving more than 11,000 low-income people annually, with a mission to empower people in need to attain self-sufficiency and economic stability.
    • Strong Towns
      The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model for growth that allows America’s towns to become financially strong and resilient.
    • The Solidago Foundation
      the Foundation seeks non-traditional and creative approaches to deep-rooted social problems that address the institutionalized disparities of wealth, resources, power and opportunity.
    • Western Mass Jobs With Justice
      Founded in 1987, Jobs with Justice’s Mission is to improve working people’s standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers’ right to organize.
  • Skill Building

    • Appropriate Technology Library
      A vast collection of articles and books assembled for the purpose of researching and disseminating promising new technologies that can benefit humanity in environmentally friendly ways.
    • Low-tech Magazine
      Low-tech Magazine refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution. A simple, sensible, but nevertheless controversial message; high-tech has become the idol of our society. (Also look at their sister publication, No-Tech Magazine).
  • Other Community Creating Activities

    • Kendrick park Farmers' Market
      Farm Fresh Produce, Prepared food vendors, Relax with friends and family on the green with live music
    • Pioneer Valley Project
      A coalition of churches, synagogues, labor unions, and other organizations that have a strong interest in community life in the Pioneer Valley.
  • Bicycling

    • Ahearne Cycles
      Building all kinds of frames, and a blog
    • Atomic Zombie
      This site will help you learn how to build custom bicycles from parts coming from used or defunct bicycles. A great push in expressing your creativity, and reclaiming your independence from bike companies, on a tight budget.
    • Bicycle Use for Community Building
      A local project (in Amherst) on using bicycles to strengthen the community. it welcomes neighbors and community members to fix their bikes and offers hands-on workshops on a variety of bike-related topics.
    • Bicycling Magazine
      Rich content and long articles about bikes and bike culture
    • Bicycling resources on the Web
      A long list of all kinds of bicycle resources with an emphasis on California and regional resources.
    • Bike Cad (Design Software)
      A free on-line bicycle designing software
    • Bikepedia
      The best site for bicycle classification
    • Bikes at Work
      Possibly the best trailers for bicycles to transport serious amount of cargo. Also, support on figuring out what is possible.
    • Boxbikes and more
      Creative bike designs, and use, as well as stories right from the capital of bicycling – Amsterdam. (In English).
    • Cargo Cycling
      This site is dedicated to getting the word out about bicycles that are designed to carry a load, whether that means groceries, kids, restaurant deliveries, dogs, camping gear, and so on.
    • Cyclorama
      Our goal is to promote cycling. We hope the site provides knowledge and inspiration in equal measure. The site is intended to appeal to cyclists of all levels of experience, from beginner to bike geek.
    • Human Powered Network
      Aims to promote decentralized fabrication of human powered transportation and infrastructure based on Human Powered Machines designs and methods.
    • Human Transport
      Resource for bicycling related legal, safety and training issues.
    • Jim Langley bicycle resources
      An excellent resource site with lots of information and even more links
    • Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike)
      The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
    • MetroFiets
      Cargo bicycles – two wheels, big box up front
    • Pedal People
      Pedal People Cooperative Inc. is a worker-owned human-powered delivery and hauling service for items under 300 pounds in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.
    • Pedal Power Generator
      Options to create electric power with bicycling.
    • Splendid Cycles (Cargo)
      A cargobike-only store in Portland, Oregon
    • Streetfilms
      Steetfilms offers news and short videos that promote people-friendly urban design.
    • The Blayleys
      Excellent biking, maintenance, trips and travel advice
    • Troy Bike Rescue (NY)
      A collective of cycling enthusiasts committed to removing bikes from the waste stream and getting them back on the streets. They operate a volunteer-run community bike space by organizing bike repair nights, bicycle education, and mobile workshops.
    • Video recording of the Winter Bicycling Workshop
      Video recording of the Winter Bicycling Workshop – Recorded in Amherst
    • Work Cycles
      Two or three wheeled loadcarrying machines galore.
    • Worksman Cycles (NY)
      A surprising found: all kinds of utility bikes and trikes produced right in New York. Buy American! Low prices, traditional design, old skool but strong and stable.
    • Xtracycle
      Sellers of a conversion kit for bicycles that transforms your bike to a longtail capable of carrying load on the back of the bike. Also sells complete longtail bikes.
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