Our Projects, an Overview
Transition Pasadena projects include Pasadena 100, Repair Cafe, AltaPasa Green Circle, Mulch for the People, Beautiful Swales, and the gardens at Throop Church and the Post Office on N Mentor Ave. Issues range from water waste to climate crisis.
Beautiful Swales celebrates water capturing by turning stormwater runoff into irrigation for gardens. Learn more about our project by visiting the Beautiful Swales website or the Beautiful Swales Facebook page.
Mulch for the People
Mulch for the People is a space for gardeners, arborists and city planners to share ideas about conserving water while diverting resources from the waste-stream. Visit Mulch for the People on Facebook to keep up to date with our initiative.
Pasadena 100 is a group focused on climate crisis and how the City of Pasadena can become a leader in reducing fossil fuel consumption. We promote two concepts:
1) no new long-term fossil fuel contracts and
2) save citizens dollars by getting to 100 percent renewable energy (zero percent coal or gas) by 2035.
Our efforts to strengthen the city’s Climate Action Plan began in Spring 2016, and were successful. Pasadena is blessed with engineers and academics who are a respected resource to our City Council members, city planners and to Pasadena Water and Power directors.
Our current focus is to raise consciousness in local citizens and city staff who are creating the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for our city. The IRP is our city’s commitment to a 20-year plan for exactly how we will be resourcing power for our electricity: fossil fuels, solar, wind, and hydroelectric. In terms of both climate impact and financial savings, it makes most sense to join the 65 other cities across our nation (as of May 2018) who have committed to 100% renewable energy.
To learn more, visit Pasadena100.
In the spirit of moving toward zero waste, Repair Café Pasadena links local handypeople to folks needing repairs of clothing, appliances, bikes, furniture, electronics etc. One repair at a time, it is also about creating a more vibrant local community. To stay current with this project visit the Repair Cafe Pasadena website.
Throop Learning Garden
Located at Throop Memorial Church (300 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena), Throop Learning Garden is transforming our environment through community; together, we have created a garden based on permaculture principles.
When we started, the garden at Throop Church consisted of Bermuda grass and hardpan clay. It now includes a raised bed food garden, a fruit tree food forest, a drought tolerant native garden, demonstrations of water harvesting techniques, soil building, uses for urbanite and other recyclables, and comfortable places to congregate. We enjoy hosting a wealth of birds and beneficial insects, including praying mantises, moths and butterflies.
In 2013, Throop Learning Garden won the Pasadena Green City Award for Urban Nature. Garden workdays are most Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30.
Eco Breakfast is a bi-monthly gathering of local environmental advocates who come together to learn about and support each other’s work. We started meeting after the styrofoam ban victory in Pasadena to keep the momentum going and strengthen our collective voice for environmental change in the AltaPasa community.
Want to join us? Send us an email to get on the Eco-Breakfast mailing list!
AltaPasa Green Circle
Working toward a zero waste community, AltaPasa Green Circle is a collaborative place-making project at the Altadena Farmers Market. We promote an eco-conscious, zero waste philosophy while responding to the crisis of plastic pollution at the local level.
AltaPasa Green Circle began as a Zero Waste Booth at the Altadena Farmers Market and evolved to Green Circle when local green groups, individuals and businesses joined in January 2017.
Our activities include Plastic-Free VIP Dining Service, Zero-Waste Station and Take a Bag Leave a Bag Program.
In addition to Altadena Farmers Market, Green Circle has visited local organizations such as Altadena Town Council, Altadena Library District and Repair Café Pasadena for community engagement.
In 2018, we will team up with Day One to work further towards a zero-waste community and to launching a BYOE—Bring Your Own Everything campaign soon. To keep informed, visit the AltaPasa Green Circle Facebook page.
Post Office Garden
In 2016, we turned a stretch of barren soil on the south side of the Jackie Robinson Post Office into a native plant garden (1355 N Mentor Ave). It was a true community effort, with dozens of neighbors and Transitioners showing up to dig, plant and mulch. La Cañada Rustic Stone, the Theodore Payne Foundation and the City of Pasadena supported the project by supplying free boulders, mulch and advice. The garden now provides a feast for the eyes of passers-by and local residents and a sanctuary for hummingbirds and butterflies. Workdays still happen!