Transition case study database

There are many case studies on local and regional transitions. Until now, an overview of such case studies was missing. This database allows for sharing information of previously done European case studies in order to foster reuse of the knowledge gained in previous studies. Everybody is welcome to add existing case studies to the database. This can be done very simply, just send an e-mail to pathways@pbl.nl for instructions (you will need a password).

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In 2006, nearly three quarters of the 1800 residents of Comrie, in rural Perthshire, turned out to vote for the purchase of nearby Cultybraggan Army Camp, and form a Development Trust (CDT) to manage its affairs for the benefit of the community. The Trust was formed and within a year £350k (€450k) was raised through loan finance.

Updated: 06/20/2016 - 10:50

Transition Black Isle’s aim is to bring people together to face up to the challenges of climate change and resource depletion and to take practical local action now, rather than wait for top-down government action. Founded in 2009, TBI was inspired by nearby Transition Town Forres and is closely linked to the global Transition Network. They have around 140 members across the dispersed population of 10,000 spread across the small towns and villages of the Black Isle. Transition Black Isle has initiated a number of projects covering food, energy and transport.

Updated: 06/20/2016 - 10:50

Shared Planet is a student association that operates within the University of Aberdeen. It’s an umbrella for three food projects; “Shared Planet Café” (which sells ethically sourced, volunteer-made meals 5 days a week); the “veg bag” (vegetables bought from a local organic farm and wholesaler, bagged and sold at cost price.) and “The Corner” (ethically-sourced food from a wholesaler in Glasgow sold at cost price). 

Updated: 06/20/2016 - 10:50

Greener Kemnay is an environmental group in the rural village in Aberdeenshire. The village has nearly 4,000 residents and is located about 20km west of Aberdeen. It was started in 2012 by a handful of village residents who wanted to find ways to reduce energy usage, energy costs and carbon footprint for the whole village. Since 2012 Greener Kemnay has grown to around 12 people who meet regularly once a month to plan projects and discuss how to take the group forward.

Updated: 06/20/2016 - 10:50

The Suceava Pedaleaza (Suceava pedals) initiative promotes cycling, and organizes events for people who like to cycle. The club organizes weekly events where cyclists can participate. The organizations also has a representative role, in the sense that they promote the rights of cyclists (they organized some protests against the local authorities because of the poor state of the cycling lanes). They also organize specific events that promote cycling, and they try to get more and more people to cycle. Some members would describe the club as a community of cyclists that support its members.

Updated: 06/20/2016 - 10:50

Trèvol started offering courier services by bike. It was the first organization to do so in the Spain. Trèvol was then imitated by different groups in Spain, which, in the 80s or 90s funded bike courier services in Madrid (Trebol) or Zaragoza (La Veloz). In their funding years, Trevol Barcelona helped the other groups actively develop the model in their respective cities. In addition to the transportation area, the cooperative has also a green cleaning department, ECO-NETEJA.

Taxonomies: city, Transport, Spain
Updated: 06/20/2016 - 10:50

The Participatory Energy Plan of Sant Martí de Provençals, La Verneda and La Pau (known as PEP) is a community-based initiative operating in three working class neighborhoods in Barcelona, Spain. It was created in the autumn of 2010. Originally inspired by the Transition movement coming from Totnes, the group is working towards a more environmentally and socially sustainable neighborhood. PEP proposes a collaborative way of managing the energy use at a neighborhood scale, focusing on decentralization, sensibilization and the citizen participation.

Updated: 06/15/2016 - 17:23

In 2010 people at Herttoniemi, Helsinki, Finland started looking for solutions for sustainable food production by starting their own food co-operative. The basic idea is that the members of the co-operative rent a piece of land and employ a farmer to farm the field. After paying a certain price for the membership the member is entitled to receive a share of the crops. During the harvesting season the members receive their share once a week. Also a 10 h work commitment at the weekly bee is included in the membership.

Updated: 06/15/2016 - 17:23

Stadt macht satt (“Harvest the city”) is an initiative in Berlin that tries to answer the questions: “How can we use food resources in the city more efficiently? How can urban gardening bring food production closer to the people that are physically and mentally separated from nature?” Anja Fiedler, founder of Stadt macht satt, offers strategies and practical solutions to these questions. As an expert in sustainable development education, she provides know-how on urban gardening, and where fruits and vegetables can be harvested for free.

Updated: 06/15/2016 - 17:23

The initiative Bürger Energie Berlin (BEB) is looking for a way to get the electricity grid of Berlin back in the hands of the citizens. The energy cooperative is one of three remaining bidders in the awarding concession for the electricity grid of Berlin. By buying shares of the co-operative, everyone can become a part of this project. BEB wants to co-own the grid with the city of Berlin but in order to significantly buy into the endeavour, BEB needs a lot of money. In December 2014, already 2300 citizens bought shares worth 10.8 million Euros and the numbers are increasing.

Taxonomies: city, Energy, Germany
Updated: 06/15/2016 - 17:23

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