Transition Portland Groups



Transition PDX is loosely organized into a network of groups comprised of people coming together to explore how the Transition model can be applied in the Portland, Oregon area.  These include a number of Working Groups and Transition Neighborhood Groups, plus a Coordinating Group to provide overall direction and coordination.  In addition, ad hoc study groups are formed from time to time.


Coordinating Group

The Coordinating Group works to craft the overall vision and mission of Transition PDX; determine what actions are needed to move the organization forward; and coordinate the overall network of Transition PDX groups.


Working Groups

Communications & Outreach — Works to raise awareness and spread the word about the local Transition movement via electronic and print publications, event planning and publicity, speakers bureau, and other public education projects. Contact: becky.pdx at gmail dot com

Community Health — Aims to build neighborhood alternative and other health resources as an important part of resilience.  This working group is just getting underway. For dates and locations of meetings and for more info, Contact: barbaraw at tpdx dot net.  

Community Preparedness — Meets usually on 4th Tuesdays to develop and implement programs on preparedness for both short-term and longer-term emergencies. Come and help spread awareness about both household preparedness and organizing neighbors for mutual support in an emergency of whatever kind. The Community Preparedness group has its own mailing list, which you can subscribe to by sending an e-mail to  Contact: liz at tpdx dot net

Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) — This group is working to develop an Energy Descent Action Plan that will show how to move toward a resilient Portland area. Contact: jameyharris at gmail dot com

Food — Committed to community and collaborative action in building a locally resilient food system that is dedicated to food equity as well as the health and protection of both our precious environmental resources and our neighborhoods. The group is currently embarking on a new initiative, the Median Farms project, and invites you to join them for food issues and fun.  For dates and locations of  monthly meetings and outreach projects and for more info, Contact: Barbara G, splendiforus at hotmail dot com.

Heart & Soul — This group focuses on the psychological, spiritual and emotional aspects of energy descent. The group is currently on hiatus, but if you are interested in helping facilitate and coordinate meetings, Contact: Zeratha, mooglicious at gmail dot com

Planning & Policy — Replaced by the Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) group.

Transition Neighborhoods — This group meets periodically to share ideas, resources and support for moving toward greater resilience and closer community in Portland neighborhoods. Anyone wanting to work at their neighborhood level is welcome. The group also works to bring the Transition Inititiative model to neighborhoods as yet without a Transition neighborhood group. Contact: Jim, jnewcomer at tpdx dot net


Neighborhood Groups

Neighborhood groups aim to bring the Transition message of building community, connectedness and resilience against climate change, rising energy costs and economic insecurity to specific neighborhoods in the Portland metro area. For help starting one in your area, come to the Transition Neighborhoods group above.

Transition Sunnyside — Meets 2nd Mondays under the umbrella of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Sustainabilty Committee. All Sunnyside residents and interested visitors are invited to attend. Current focus is on emergency preparedness for the entire neighborhood, and we have pilots happening on several blocks as well. Meeting Place: Southeast Uplift Offices, 3524 SE Main Street. Time: 6:00-7:30 pm. Contact: reuben at tpdx dot net

Transition Westside — Works to bring the tradition of the Transition movement to  the west side of the Willamette River. The group hopes to inspire a grassroots burgeoning of people who are prepared for emergencies, in community with their neighbors, and resilient against coming problems. They prefer to partner with other established groups involved in food security, housing, healthcare, permaculture, etc. The group generally meets 2nd Sunday for a potluck and program. Everyone is welcome! Time: 5:30-8:30 pm. Contact: Claire Darling, claire at clairedarlinglmt dot com

Transition Woodstock Area — Covers Woodstock and surrounding neighborhoods (e.g. Mt. Scott-Arleta, Brentwood-Darlington, Creston-Kenilworth, Eastmoreland, Reed, Foster-Powell) in Southeast Portland. TWA meets 2nd Thursdays from September to May for film screenings, talks, workshops and potlucks. During the summer the group meets on different dates and locations for various hands-on projects and workshops. Everyone is welcome! The group has its own mailing list, which you can subscribe to by sending an e-mail to Usual Meeting Place: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele Street. Usual time: 7:00-9:00 pm. Contact: liz at tpdx dot net

Transition Outer Eastside — Includes area known as East Portland (east of 82nd, more or less) and Gresham. The group meets as part of the East Portland Action Plan and/or the EastCo Gardening group. Contact: jeremy at tpdx dot net


Ad Hoc Study Groups

Transition Companion Study Group — The Transition Companion, sequel to the  Transition Handbook, was released in late 2011.  A study group is in progress with the aim of  furthering understanding of the ingredients of the Transition model and how it can help Transition PDX move forward. The full title is The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times by Rob Hopkins. Contact: Jim, jnewcomer at tpdx dot net about the study group.