Starting Thursday, December 13th from 1 to 2pm, we’re featuring the award-winning program Transition Streets on our show “Here Comes the Sun” at 91.3 FM and streaming at www.wioxradio.org

Transition Streets brings neighbors together to implement simple household changes, turning concern into action and building community street-by-street. Participating households typically save about $900 per year on expenses and reduce carbon emissions by about 2600 lbs per year.

Transition Streets provides a curated guidebook to make changes, empowering neighbors with proven actions to conserve energy and save money. The actions are mostly no-cost or low-cost, so anyone can play.

Each show will feature two neighbors in the studio. We’ll also have a call-in expert, who can answer any questions that arise. Follow along with us as we go through the handbook’s chapters on Energy, Food, Water, Waste and Transportation. At the end of each section, we’ll each commit to one or two actions we can take to save money and reduce carbon, and we urge you to do the same. 

Here’s the schedule for December thru May on our every-other-Thursday 1-2 pm time slot:

December 13th:  GETTING STARTED

Carolyne Stayton from Transition US in Sebastopol, CA, joins us to introduce the Transition Streets program. Kirk Ritchey from Woodstock Transition will weigh in on the Transition movement and what’s happening in their group.

January 10th & 24th: ENERGY 

Using less electricity, oil or gas in your home will save you money and reduce carbon emissions. Often we can waste a lot of energy without realizing it. This section of the workbook offers a dozen ideas to start saving $$ right away.

February 7th & 21st:  FOOD

Having a strong local food system is essential if our communities are to be more self-reliant, less fossil fuel-dependent, and less exposed to the global weather and price fluctuations that affect how much we pay for our food. In times of global shortage or local supply disruption, it’s important that we are able to feed ourselves sufficient, nutritious food at a reasonable cost.

March 7th & 21st: WATER

Saving water will not only reduce environmental impacts; if you are on a water meter, it will also save you money on your water bills.

April 4th & 18th: WASTE

Every year, homes, schools, businesses, schools and hospitals in the U.S. produce about 250 million tons of municipal solid waste, also known as garbage. Individually, each of us produces an average of 4.5 lbs of waste per day. San Francisco has a goal of zero waste to landfill by the year 2020. What would it take for our region to reach that same goal?

May 2nd & 16th: TRANSPORTATION

Since transportation accounts for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., our decisions about how to get from A to B can have far-reaching effects.

May 30th: WRAPPING IT UP

This session is all about evaluating and celebrating our achievements.

What people most often say about the program is that the best part of it was getting to know their neighbors. If at any time, you would like to gather a group of neighbors to experience the Transition Streets program on your street—we’re here to help!  Contact our coordinator, Kristina: kz@TransitionCatskills.org