Northern Berkshire Transition

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Transition is an evolving exploration into the head, heart and hands of energy descent.


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2nd Annual Homestead Tour at Williamstown, North Adams

July 19, 2014 from 10am to 3pm
Saturday, July 19, from 10am-3pm is the 2nd Annual Homestead Tour. This is a  fundraiser to help…See More
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THOREAU HIKE, MOUNT GREYLOCK - Free at Notch Road gate parking lot

July 19, 2014 from 10am to 1pm
NORTH  ADAMS- Hike the historic route of American naturalist and writer, Henry David Thoreau to the…See More
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FARMERS MARKETS Ongoing Weekly at Adams, North Adams, Williamstown, Lanesboro

June 25, 2014 at 8am to November 1, 2014 at 12pm
  North Adams Farmers Market Saturday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM June 20 to November 1, 2012St. Anthony…See More
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Welcome to Northern Berkshire Transition

Focused on creating a more stable and resilient community, Northern Berkshire Transition considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, Transition draws upon existing community strengths to build a stronger, more sustainable community for the future.

While many of the ideas of the Transition are not new, what is unique is that it unites people, working with a new understanding that social, environmental and economic issues do not exist in a vacuum; they are all interrelated and will most effectively be addressed together.

On this journey, we have adopted the following four assumptions:

  • That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.
  • That our settlements and communities presently lack the resilience to enable them to weather the severe energy shocks that will accompany peak oil.
  • That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now.
  • That by unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected, more enriching and that recognize the biological limits of our planet.

A future with less oil can, if enough thinking and design is applied sufficiently in advance, be preferable to the present. There is no reason why a lower-energy, more resilient future needs to have a lower quality of life. Indeed, a future with a revitalized local economy would have many advantages, including a happier and less stressed population, an improved environment and increased stability.

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  • North Adams VISION 2030 Plan

    June 2, 2014 at 8:30am to May 2, 2015 at 7pm – City Hall

    North Adams VISION 2030: The City’s Comprehensive Plan North Adams Vision 2030 Adopted May 2014 On May 12, 2014, the North Adams Planning Board adopted the North Adams Vision 2030, the City’s first c

    Organized by City of North Adams, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission | Type: planning

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North Berkshire BIKEfest 2013

BIKEfest 2013

The 2nd Annual Bike North Berkshire BIKEfest is looking to…


Posted by Northern Berkshire Transition on May 3, 2013 at 11:00pm

Protected Bike Lane for Main Street North Adams

 Protected Bike Lane for Main Street North Adams

The information below was compiled by Jay Walsh of North Adams, MA  (4/20/12)


Highest and Best Use

Current North Adams Downtown Parking

What is a Protected Bike Lane

North Adams Comprehensive Plan - COMMUNITY PRIORTIES

Merchants Say Bike Lanes Good for For…


Posted by Northern Berkshire Transition on April 19, 2012 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Berkshire Bike Trails - Adams to North Adams to Williamstown and MORE...on community


Bike Friendly Folks
Are you interested in promoting biking to work or school? Do you want to make it easier to ride in Northern Berkshire? Join a group of citizens working together to plan Bike to Work/Bike to School week in May.…

Posted by Northern Berkshire Transition on November 15, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments


Food Freedom - The battle against GMO's grows 6 Replies

 GMO Crop Sabotage on the Rise: French citizens destroy trial vineyardAug 2010Early Sunday morning, French police stood helpless as sixty people, locked inside an open-air field of genetically modified grapevines, uprooted all the plants.  In Spain…Continue

Started by Northern Berkshire Transition in Uncategorized. Last reply by Northern Berkshire Transition Apr 13, 2011.

Let's Get The P.A.C.E. Program Back On Track 6 Replies

 Let’s Get TheP.A.C.E. Program Back On Track The Property-Assessed Clean…Continue

Started by Northern Berkshire Transition in Uncategorized. Last reply by Northern Berkshire Transition Jan 29, 2011.

Guidelines for types of events to post? 2 Replies

Hi,I'm a new member and had a question about the guidelines for which kinds of events are ok to post. There are two events coming up - one costs money and I didn't know if that was ok to post, but it's related to transitioning to a new future --…Continue

Started by Kerry Thompson in Sample Title. Last reply by Kerry Thompson Aug 4, 2012.

The 3/50 Project - Northern Berkshire 2 Replies

  SIMPLY THINK 3/50 PICK 3 Businesses/ SPEND $50Think of three businesses you'd miss if they were gone. Stop in, say hello, pick up a little something that makes you smile. That's what keeps them around, after all.SPEND $50 a month among these…Continue

Started by Northern Berkshire Transition in Uncategorized. Last reply by Jay Walsh May 7, 2011.


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2nd Annual Homestead Tour

July 19, 2014 from 10am to 3pm at Williamstown, North Adams

Organized By: Hoosac Harvest




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