We are a new community of concerned citizens and businesses that wants not only to boost our economy but bring about a shift in our attitude towards money.
Tricountynytransition is an affiliation of towns, villages and cities in upstate NY in Warren, Washington and Essex Counties. We are linked by common interest in the global Transition Town model (see www.TransitionUS.org). This website serves as a “temporary initiating HUB” connecting regional localized efforts.
A Transition Town looks to the future and prepares for accelerating economic, oil depletion and climate change challenges by decreasing its energy dependence on fossil fuels. Transition Town draws its motivation, inspiration, and action from a community base; it coordinates, initiates and supports local efforts in the areas of food production and distribution, transportation alternatives, sustainable energy systems, water quality and conservation, waste/recycling/ reuse, alternative currencies and time banks, green sustainable job creation, and new infrastructures supporting community resiliency. Among these many efforts, it supports and attracts locally owned and energy- wise businesses, and partners in planning with local town governments to promote Energy Descent Action Plans in the face
of Peak Oil. Peak Oil refers to the fact that the amount of available oil in world regions will peak…and then run out.
Much is already in place in our northern NY counties. We are an area rich in resources that are sustainable: Farmers’ Markets, Food Co-ops, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). We have Town officials working on alternatives: Bike Paths, Carpooling & Ride Share Sites, Alternative Hybrid Town Vehicles, Solar Initiatives, Retrofitting. But we have many challenges to prepare for, both common sense changing circumstance or possible emergencies / shocks facing our region in the 21st century. We need to be effective and farsighted stewards as well as activists and innovators. Practical solutions will affect future generations in this region. This website aims to coordinate information and give people the opportunity to share and exchange ideas. It is a work in progress; we invite you to contact us with any ideas.