Transition Streets Canberra
The Transition Streets Canberra program is a way for neighbours and friends to come together and support each other to reduce their ecological footprint, save money and be more connected.
Transition streets has a structure a bit like a book group. The ‘street’ could be a group of neighbours, a bunch of friends, people living in an apartment complex, or any other combination of friendship groups.
Every few weeks your group meets up and explore one of the topics: water, energy, food, waste and transport.
Groups are encouraged to think about what changes they can make together to their lifestyles through:
- The fun & practical workbook with information & discussion tips for the topics of water, energy, food, transport and waste/consumption.
- Fun, thought provoking activities and challenges that highlight how we can make easy changes in our lifestyles which have a big effect.
- Creative actions that help communities to become more sustainable. Together each group decides what they can do in their own homes and community to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
How to get started?
It is easy! To start a Transition Streets project in your neighbourhood, all you need to do is sign up by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canberra Transition Street Resources are all here:
- Transition Street Canberra Workbook – with chapters on ‘getting started’ and a chapter on each of the topics – water, energy, food transport and waste.
- Transition Streets Canberra Links and Resources – use this with the workbook to look up resources and websites.
- Check your ecological footprint through our simple calculator and discover how your resource usage impacts the planet.
- Transition Streets Canberra Street Party Flyer – you can use this to invite your neighbours over for a street party and chat about Transition Streets.
- Transition Streets Canberra Fun Activities – each topic has a list of suggested activities which makes your journey through the workbook interesting and fun.
Please note that we are currently working on updating the Transition Streets workbook.
Who can participate?
Anyone can participate in the Transition Streets Canberra project. All you need is someone willing to get group of friends together and to kick-off the first meeting – that could be you!
What funding is available?
Funding is available to support neighbourhoods to take action.
Up to $200 is available for the eligible neighbourhoods to undertake at least one of the eligible activities.
Download the funding guidelines for more information about eligibility and the process for applying for funding.
Julie: Thanks for being such a great transition streets group in Gungahlin.
- I have had the two exterior doors to my living area sealed, insulated and double-glazed. (The windows were done previously)
- I now have much shorter showers by using the timer as a guide.
- I have removed some unwanted plants from my backyard hedge and replaced them with some herbs and leafy green vegetables. I plan to do more here.
- I am currently shopping at the Canberra local Farmers Market for a few vegetables.
- I am more conscious about taking my reusable cup with me for coffee or making sure I use ceramic cups in a coffee shop.
- I have studied the current guidance for recycling correctly and have adopted better procedures.
- I have studied the readings from RepositPower’s metre for my solar panels, battery storage and electricity use and realised something was chewing up power while I was out of the house! It was the boosters for the solar hot water and I have now adjusted the programming of booster timing.
- I have learnt the I can ready my PHEV car for departure with respect to battery temperature and room temperature. I now program the car’s computer to have it ready for departure at a certain time. This means the car uses the electricity from the house (often solar and battery) to heat or cool the car and battery, which in turn saves the car battery so it goes further in pure electric drive.
- I have studied the instructions for the house Daikin air conditioner/heater and have realised there are comfort and economy modes I can use.
- I realise that having food delivered to my house from Lite and Easy is not very sustainable but I will have to stay with them until my weight goals are achieved (slowly) and I successfully maintain the weight loss. I have tried many, many diets and failed but this one is working for me, with a 13 kg loss so far, so I will have to stay with them for my health. However, I can order meat-free dinners and I do handle the plastic and cardboard waste responsibly.
Maureen: Here’s what our Transition Street in Ainslie has accomplished:
- made friends with neighbours and the people on our street
- energy savings to our heating and cooling systems. This has included become more energy efficient and draft proofing our homes.
- changed out modes of transport and two people have purchases electric bikes
- watched the film Cowspiracy and are eliminating or reducing consumption of animal products
- learned about bee keeping and wicking garden beds. Helped another group build wicking beds
- sharing vegan recipes
- de-cluttered our homes and donated large amounts of house hold goods to op shops.
Sasa: SEE-Change helped us with funds for an urban food structure which got more neighbours involved.
Maryanne: One of the best things about Transition Streets for me has been getting to know my neighbours better, and gaining more of a sense of community connection. I have really enjoyed meeting at different neighbours’ places and sharing ideas about how to reduce our ecological footprint, through saving energy around the house and through lifestyle and food choices. We’re currently thinking about ideas for greening our street, such as planting fruit trees. We’ve held two outdoor street parties, and they’ve been lots of fun, with neighbours bringing food to share. We’re planning our next street party for early spring.
Jodie: In February 2015 I held my first Transition Streets meeting with my neighbours. I had 4 other households come along to my house and we all had a wonderful time. Everyone was really positive about the process and were really keen to look at what they could do. Their ecological footprints currently ranged from 2 planets to 5 and as everyone was so keen to get going on actions, the week after we looked at the ‘Energy’ section. At this second session on ‘Energy’ we invited an Actsmart energy expert along. Everyone learnt lots about what they could do to save energy around their homes and we all chose to take some actions after the workshop. I highly recommend the Actsmart service for all those currently doing the Transition Streets initiative.
Jodie: In April I met again with my neighbours to progress our Transition Streets project. In this session we looked at food and it was delicious (one neighbour made some vegan treats for us)! We discussed a range of issues, including where to get local food and the ethical considerations of prioritising organic food vs local grown vs environmentally friendly agriculture vs economically sustainable vs supporting local business vs reducing packaging. At the end we agreed it’s a tough choice and there is no one answer, but we will share books and DVD’s that we are aware of and take on one or two actions to reduce our impact from food.