About TMA

Our Vision:

To empower Madison area residents to grow a sustainable, resilient, and vibrant community.

Our Mission:

To raise public awareness about the adverse effects of peak oil, climate change and the resulting impacts on environmental and economic stability, and to assist our community in cultivating local sustainable food, energy, economic, and social systems.

Transition Town, a definition by Judy, our TMA chair

Transition Town is about envisioning and creating a vibrant and resilient community that takes action to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change and Peak Oil in a resource constrained Economy. Some fixes for Climate Change ignore Peak Oil (for example, burying carbon from coal-fired power plants but driving our cars as if there will always be abundant supplies of fossil fuels). And some fixes for Peak Oil ignore actions needed to mitigate Climate Change (for instance, making liquid fuels from alternative feedstocks whose creation puts more carbon into the atmosphere.) And finally, in a world of finite resources, continued Economic Growth is unsustainable. In working together to create and achieve our vision, we use fewer resources and create a wonderful, sharing community.

The Transition Process uses the Head, the Heart and the Hands to create the vision, and to craft an Energy Descent Action Plan. The visioning activities develop work groups. The Hands part is the actions that are taken by the work groups. The work groups will develop and take action to help achieve the vision. The Heart (art, music, spirituality, Nature, elders, children) is interwoven throughout the entire process. The Energy Descent Action Plan is created through the visioning and work group process. We envision how to live well in 30 years in a carbon and energy constrained environment and then back-cast to create the steps to get there. Once the Plan is written, we implement it. And all along the way, we celebrate!


8 Responses to “About TMA”

  1. Mariah October 11, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Who’s the contact person for Transition Madison? I’m out in CA where I’ve been invited to attend meetings of Transition Sebastopol and Transition Willits. Would love to know what’s happening in Madison? Thanks

    • transitionmad October 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

      anyone is welcome to e-mail us at transitonmadisonarea1 (at) gmail.com

  2. lynne johnson June 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Would someone please tell me how to become active with the Madison WI area transition group?

  3. johanna September 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    hello! i tried the above email in several ways to no avail! i am part of the fledgling transition viroqua group. we are in our first month of meeting as a steering committee. i have been following your google group. i am reaching out to find out what’s happening in madison from an organizing standpoint. are you ready to do a little parenting of a nearby initiative? I’d love to meet with you sometime this fall. I will even be in town this friday afternoon!

    • transitionmad September 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      Hi Johanna,
      I am so sorry this has taken so long and been so hard for you.
      Rocky admin transition.

      If you see this before you head to Madison, give me a call (217-6600).
      I would be happy to talk with you and maybe do some mentoring.

      Judy Skog

  4. Deirdre Murphy March 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    I am moving to Madison in May. I have been actively involved in Transition for a few years now in Ireland and Germany. Can you send me a contact email or phone number? Thank you.I look forward to meeting you all! 🙂

  5. Becky Bedsole April 30, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    I am interested in learning more. Are you still up and running? I am participating in the Spring of Sustainability 9 week Webcast that includes the Community Resilience Challenge. Thank you.

  6. Paul Abramson September 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Hi Judy, Jessie Lerner mentioned seeing you at Thursday’s Border of Estimate so mtg. I could not attend due to traveling and sent a few people from my network in my place. X FROM what I’ve read about Transition Madison, you and I have quite a few common goals. When I return next week perhaps we can meet for coffee so I can tell you what I do.


    Paul Abramson, Paolo Verde Consulting LLc

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