A forum to discuss transportation methods that don’t require fossil fuels will be held at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls on Nov. 5.
The meeting will be sponsored by Tri County Transition Town, an initiative based in Essex, Warren and Washington counties whose purpose is to prepare for accelerating economic, oil depletion and climate change challenges by creating more self-reliant communities.
Carpooling, idling reduction, increasing community access to public transportation, improving roads for bicyclist safety and alternative fuels will all be discussed.
Speakers at the forum will include Anna Cook, the executive director from Ithaca Car Share; Scott Sopzzyk, the transportation director in Glens Falls; Lloyd Mott, chairman of the Warren County Safe and Quality Cycling Organization; and Jennifer Ceponis, transportation planner for the Capital District Transportation Planning Committee.
“The bigger picture is to inspire more involvement and plant more seeds for future projects,” said Diane Collins, one of Tri County Transition Town’s founding members. “We put out there what other communities are doing to be more self-reliant. “
Locally, the Transition Town movement began last spring when Collins attended the showing of the film “In Transition 1.0” in Greenwich, NY.
The movie inspired Collins and Lisa Adamson, Bernice Mennis and Kathryn Hull to form the Tri County Transition Town initiative.
Now, the group has about 140 people on its email list, had a table at the Glens Falls farmers market last summer and holds informational forums monthly.
Collins said the turnout for each event has been good so far, and she encourages anyone interested in the Transition Town initiative to attend, regardless of where they live.
In October, Tri County Transition Town had a program on going green that featured Jamie Rogers, energy program coordinator for the Adirondack North Country Association and in December there will be a program about alternatives to plastic.
But November is all about transportation.
“As it becomes clearer to the public, despite the political rhetoric, that fossil fuels are not a limitless supply and that we might even see higher gas prices, people need to be aware of other options and maybe work with town councils to implement some of those options,” Collins said. “The more we strengthen our local economies, the better off we’ll all be.”
The forum will be held in Crandall Public Library’s community room in Glens Falls on Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m.