Transition in Charlottesville

Transition Charlottesville Albemarle began in April 2011 with a small group of folks who wanted to apply the global Transition Movement model to our local community.

In 2011 the group met monthly at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlottesville to get to know each other and strategize for building community resilience. We gave demonstrations on vermiculture, solar cooking and bike maintenance at the Vegetarian Festival, at the Heritage Harvest Festival and at Casa Alma.

In February 2012, we hosted “Training For Transition,” a three-day public workshop at CitySpace. Participants from Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Richmond, Loudon, Falls Church, and even from North Carolina & Ohio practiced community organizing skills and made plans for launching Transition into the wider community.

Since then we have been working within our community to build resilience. We’re learning from the work of other Transition Initiatives across the world as well as from our friends and neighbors right here in Charlottesville. Some of our greatest successes have been:

  1. Our monthly Skill Share, which encourages the re-learning of lost skills to improve community resilience, enrich our lives, and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.
  2. Raise awareness about peak oil and climate change through film screenings, panel discussions, work projects and community conversations at our monthly Transition meetings.
  3. Connect with our local allies – all the folks & organizations already working to combat climate change, grow local food, move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, create infrastructure for human-scale transportation & development, and build a resilient local economy.

To learn more please browse our Working Groups pages. We hope that you will join us!