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Bringing neighbors together to build a more sustainable, resilient
future for 
Berkeley. We envision a strong, diverse local economy,
with a greatly reduced 
dependence on fossil fuels, 
and a cooperative, rewarding, community life.

T r a n s i t i o n    B e r k e l e y

Transition Berkeley is part of a growing international network of Transition initiatives.
We're joining cities around the world to face the enormous challenges of economic instability, climate change and fossil fuel dependency. Transition Berkeley is proud to become the 110th U.S. Initiative. The Transition approach will help Berkeley to envision and create a future with more locally produced food and other 
necessities, cleaner forms of transportation and energy. Along the way, we'll build a more equitable and vibrant local economy and re-learn practical skills our grandparents once had.
Join us
and discover just how powerful the collective genius can be when people work together!


Exchange garden crops, seedlings, eggs, honey & homemade goods. Meet your neighbors.Talk about gardening. Come to an existing one or start your own (with tip sheet available)! If you don't have crops, come anyway. We share seeds and seedlings etc. All ages welcome! It's also easy to help out - many hands make strong communities!

North Berkeley location: Ohlone Greenway @ Sacramento & Delaware (across from N. Berkeley BART)

Mondays, 6:30 pm (May-Oct)

South Berkeley location- Mosaic class July1 & July 15: Malcolm X School playground, Ellis St. near Ashby. The class will be taught by Priscilla Hines. July 1st, we will design & adhere tiles to paver stones. July 15th we will grout and clean up the tiles.

Saturdays, 10:30 am (May-Oct)

Cost: FREE

Locations: see info above dates/places

Questions/to volunteer email: [email protected] 

Film Screening and Potluck: Smog of the Sea

Thursday | July 06, 2017 | 6:30 pm — 9:00 pm

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall | 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

Join Transition Berkeley for a film screening of Smog of the Sea, followed by a discussion with San Francisco’s Senior Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, Jack Macy, who will share info about local efforts to reduce single use plastics. Smog of the Sea follows the crew of @5Gyres SEA change research expedition, as they discover that the great ocean garbage patch is actually a “fog” of microplastics – trillions of barely visible shards – permeating the world’s oceans. The crew includes renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham. Using sparkling underwater cinematography and live-action footage of the crew’s research, Smog of the Sea makes an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic. 

Attendees are invited to meet and greet and asked to bring healthy snacks to share if possible. The film will begin at 7:00 and discussion will follow, as well as hands-on opportunities to create alternatives to plastic packaging.

Co-Sponsors: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists) 

Stay tuned for the link to RSVP! 

This event is part of our series for Plastic-Free July. Learn more here. 

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Cost: $5-$10 sliding scale donation at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Transition US National Gathering

Date:  Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 9:00am - Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 5:00pm
Early Bird Tickets Available now! Get yours at

Mark your calendars for the first-ever Transition US National Gathering, “Growing a Movement for Resilient Communities: Broadening, Deepening, and Scaling Up,” to be held July 27-31 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Transition members and community resilience builders from across the country are invited to gather in St. Paul, Minnesota, this July to make connections, share knowledge, and generate strategies to bring the Transition vision of resilient, local, connected and fossil-fuel-free communities to life across this nation.

With a team of Transition organizers from across the country, and 75 knowledgeable, dynamic and diverse presenters, this event promises to be inspiring, informative and fun!

For More Info, Visit:
Facebook: Transition US National Gathering
Web page:

Can't Go Yourself This Year?
You can help by giving a small donation to a Transition Berkeley member and help pay expenses to the Gathering for training to strengthen our local Transition movement.

Transition Berkeley Presents: 

Film & Discussion “Normal is Over”
A Story About Solutions

Thursday, May 4, 2017
(6:30 pm Refreshments, 7-9 pm Program)

“Normal Is Over” is a compelling and visually rich film directed by award winning investigative journalist Renee Scheltema.

Her film chronicles the way humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet: species extinction, climate change, depletion of critical natural resources and industrial control of our food production.

This unique documentary examines how our economic and financial system connects these issues and offers SOLUTIONS that could be implemented immediately, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm.
This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists).

Historic Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
At Bonita Ave, one block east of MLK Way & three blocks west of Shattuck Ave
Wheelchair accessible via the ramp
Suggested Donation: $5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds!
Bring: A healthy vegetarian snack to share at 6:30 pm if you like!
For info email: [email protected]

Catherine Sutton Memorial Work Party
Saturday, January 28, 10am-1pm

Catherine Sutton and Transition Albany helped to manifest the Albany Edible Garden at Memorial Park, an exemplary example of community organizing in the Bay Area. Please come to this special work party to honor Catherine’s legacy!

We will working on various tasks in the garden, from installing the sign honoring Catherine to placing wood chip on the paths and straw on the garden beds. Please bring gardening gloves and tools if you have them.

PARTICIPATE IN MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE! Delia Carroll and Kat Steele will also be hosting a lively conversation about how we can mimic plant communities to foster our human communities. How can we foster more connections based in our urban landscapes? How can we use our neighborhood connections to create Food Forests from Albany to Oakland? Join these amazing permaculture educators for this insightful conversation.

JOIN US IN A SPECIAL UPCYLING CRAFTS ACTIVITY! Delia will be leading us in a fun crafts activity to make pots out of discarded paper.

EAT! Please bring food for a potluck lunch. We will bring some special treats too! This work party is co-hosted with the NorCal Community Resilience Network.

Location: Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave, Albany
Info: click here

Cap Emissions
Mon, Jan 30, 8:15 am
Let's protect air quality in the bay area and keep out the dirtiest oil! Attend the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Stationary Source Committee meeting to urge evaluation and passage of Rule 12-16, the Community-Worker proposal for caps on refinery emissions., keeping out the worst pollutants and dirty crudes from coming to the bay area. Warm bodies need to show support!
Location: 375 Beale St., Suite 600, SF (about a 10-minute walk from Embarcadero BART)
Info: click here
Ohlone Crop Swap
Sat, Feb 4, 10:30am 

This time of year we shift the Swap to the first Sat. of every month, 10:30 am, and include books and clothing!Bring your crops and advice for growing as we enter the winter season. Bring seeds, seedlings or something homemade to share. Volunteers needed to help lead, set up and clean up. Everyone is welcome. Afterwards help weed our Native Plant Garden for a half hour or so! Bring gloves!
Cost: FREE
Location: Ohlone Greenway, near Sacramento & Delaware St, across from N.Berk BART

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WINTER Swaps are held the 1st Saturday of the month in North Berkeley location only:

Ohlone Park:


Swaps take place  the 1st Saturday of the month starting November 4th;

10:30am at Ohlone Park in North Berkeley

. Across from the North Berkeley BART station.

Bring your crops, homemade yummies, clothing, books, ideas. Be part of this wonderful sharing economy! Could you lend a hand to keep the Swaps going? Contact Linda at the link below. Clothing, books, prepared food and other items to swap are welcome. Music and neighborhood free fun for all!

 Info: contact i[email protected]

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