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Posted April 1, 2014 by

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Are you interested in ordering from this year’s Treemobile? We are happy to be able to provide a wide selection of plants this coming year and would love to include your order! Please review the order forms:

How to order: You can see all the available trees and bushes and order directly from the Treemobile website here: http://www.transitiontreemobile.org/. If you have any questions about the process, you can check out the FAQ online at http://www.transitiontreemobile.org/help.asp get in touch with us at treemobile@transitionguelph.org.

About the Treemobile: The Treemobile is a volunteer-run project of Transition Guelph that can provide fruit-bearing trees and shrubs to our members at as low-cost as we can, deliver them to your door, and offer location and plant care consultation (by phone or email), and even help with the planting! To learn more about the Treemobile project, click here or visit the Treemobile website directly at http://www.transitiontreemobile.org.

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Posted February 24, 2014 by

Resilience is a word that we love around Transition Guelph. Are you ready to take community resilience to a global level? If so, you need to check out the Whole Earth Summit, a 3 day online event from March 11 – 13 featuring 42 speakers that are making changes on a global level. Here are more details from the Whole Earth Summit website:

Why join? Though our hearts know another world is possible, it’s not necessarily easy to create the regenerative culture we dream of. Whether in our own backyards, communities at large (or even within ourselves), how do we actually create the world we want? Join this first time gathering of extraordinary activists and on-the-ground leaders as they share what they’re up to, why it’s important, and what you can do about it in your own life. Gain valuable insights and inspiration to be a more dynamic, community-oriented, and effective change-maker. A whole earth is calling us…

  • What if everything we did created a world that benefited all life?
  • Do you consider yourself an agent of change with a desire to make a difference?
  • How can you be a strong collaborator who connects the dots in your own community?
  • How can your local projects ripple throughout the landscape and shake up the status quo?
  • Do you want to be so awesomely inspired so that you’ve got to take your next leap?

If you’re interested, you can register for free (yes, free!) on their website at www.WholeEarthSummit.org.

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Posted February 24, 2014 by

Jasmine Mah, a student at the University of Waterloo is working on her undergraduate thesis on the topic of composting toilets and is looking for people to interview. Do you have experience with composting toilets? She would love to hear from you!


Do you own or have you used a composting toilet? Are you interested in participating in an exciting study? My name is Jasmine Mah and I am currently searching for participants who have had experience with composting toilets for my honours thesis research project at the University of Waterloo, about the opportunities and challenges of composting toilets in urban areas. Participation would involve an interview of approximately 1 hour by phone or in person at a convenient location for you. All participation is treated as anonymous unless you give explicit permission to use direct quotations and names.

The project is supervised by Dr. Derek Armitage, and has been approved by the university Office of Research Ethics. Participants who have concerns or questions about their involvement in the project may contact the Chief Ethics Officer, Office of Research Ethics at 519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or maureen.nummelin@uwaterloo.ca.

If you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact me at jjmah@uwaterloo.ca or (226) 972 2766 for more information. I will be conducting interviews until March 14, 2014. Thank you for your interest, I look forward to hearing from you.

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Posted February 18, 2014 by

volunteersThe 2014 Resilience Festival is fast approaching and  we have a number of amazing events lined up for the week, including a number of lead up events before the festival week. All of these awesome events are made possible by the hard work of many different individuals, and we are looking to support event coordinators with a number of volunteer positions. To learn more about the festival events, visit http://www.guelphresiliencefestival.ca.

Volunteering for the festival is a great way to get involved with Transition Guelph! If you haven’t been out to any TG events in the past, volunteering can connect you with like-minded people in Guelph who share the same interests and passions as you. If you’re planning on attending an event, think about volunteering – it’s a great way to meet new people and learn more about topics that interest you. We will be providing training sessions for all volunteers that sign up and will also be hosting a volunteer appreciation night after the festival is finished. We also encourage people to sign up with friends – each event has at least two slots available.

We have a convenient sign up form that shows you exactly what we are looking for in the way of volunteers, and what’s involved with each position. Click here to view the signup form and find a time slot that works best for you!

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas around volunteering for the festival, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Kelly Baker at kelly@transitionguelph.org.

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Posted February 10, 2014 by

EssentialOilsMinga Skillbuilding Hub, a Transition Guelph partner with the reskilling working group is hosting an exciting workshop for DIY fans: Body Care Products!

Body care products are chock-full of ingredients that have harmful effects on you and your family: Tricolsan, Sodium-Laurel Sulfates and synthetic fragrance are just a few. Healthy alternatives can be expensive. You can learn to make your own healthy and inexpensive body care products that are perfect for yourself, your family and make a wonderful gift. In the class, Minga instructors will show how to make five products: lotion, deodorant (that actually works), lip balm, tooth paste and body spray/perfume.

You will learn about:

  • why its important to sway away from conventional personal care products
  • how simple it is to make these products in a hands on teaching style
  • where to purchase the ingredients (you probably already have many of them)

To learn more about this workshop as well as other workshops that Minga is offering, check out their website at http://www.mingaskillbuilding.ca You can register for the Body Care Workshop online at http://www.mingaskillbuilding.ca/workshop/diybodycareproducts/

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Posted February 10, 2014 by

timebanklogoThe local economy working group is happy to announce that we have received funding from the City of Guelph’s Wellbeing Initiative to further enhance the Guelph Wellington Time Bank. To get the ball rolling, the team has been working hard on launching a new time bank system where people can register and participate.

Within the Time Bank, for every hour that you volunteer to meet the needs of another member, you earn a time credit for the exchange. This time credit can then be redeemed for services from any other member of the Time Bank. Every person has something to share — skills, knowledge, talent, strength, or companionship — that is of value to another, and everyone’s time is valued equally.

We welcome new members at any time. There is a three-step process for joining:

1. Fill in an application. Join here!

2. Attend an orientation.

3. Finalize your profile.

Time Bank is free to join, thanks to financial support from Transition Guelph, the Elevator Project, and the City of Guelph’s Community Wellbeing Grant Program. To contact a Time Bank Coordinator, please email gwtb@transitionguelph.org. If you would like to learn more, you can visit http://www.transitionguelph.org/timebank.

 

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Posted in Local Economy
Posted February 10, 2014 by

elevatorprojectOver the weekend, the first round of public voting took place for Guelph’s Elevator Project – a new initiative to help match great ideas with the resources need to get off the ground. The project officially launched late last year with the announcement of a Trillium Fund Grant to help to project get up and running. Since then, 52 ideas have been submitted, many by TG members and supporters, that were voted on over the weekend.

You can take a peak at the project list over on the Elevator Project’s website at http://theelevatorproject.ca/shop/ and stay tuned for the next round where 15 projects will be selected to have their full information forwarded to cash investors in advance of the “Big Show” – a final presentation where investors will choose ideas they think have merit. While all ideas are going to presented, the 15 top finalists will have extra attention. Aside from financial support, projects and ideas can benefit from in-kind resource donations, volunteer support, and more publicity.

If you’d like to learn more about The Elevator Project, or learn about how you can get involved, check out their website at http://theelevatorproject.ca/

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Posted November 21, 2013 by

‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.

In Transition also includes a bonus disc containing 5 more short films.

PLEASE NOTE: These DVDs are in PAL (European video) format, which most North American DVD players will play. Should yours not be one of them, we also have an NTSC (domestic video standard) copy of the “In Transition” documentary only.
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Publisher The Transition Network
Subject transition towns, peak oil, climate change, resilience, sustainability, community, relocalization
Released 2009
Length 50

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Posted in Lending Library
Posted November 21, 2013 by

Witness as five film crews follow a rich variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of seven continents. With teams totalling more than 450 people, 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers used planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of staggering beauty that Entertainment Weekly hailed as “mesmerizing!” and the Los Angeles Times applauded as “Breathtaking! As lofty as it is exhilerating.”
Author Jacques Perrin
Publisher Sony Pictures
Subject nature, birds, bird migration, environment
Released 2003
Length 89

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Posted November 21, 2013 by

The result of 4 years of investigation, we meet more than 30 of the world’s leading experts on both sides of the debate. Travelling to 11 countries and using archive and graphics, we uncover the truth about the rise of oil prices and the terrifying future that may be facing all of us.
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Publisher Accreditor Ltd.
Subject peak oil, oil depletion, oil crash
Released 2008
Length 48

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