SEBASTOPOL, CA, March 2009 : Transition US, set up informally in May 2008 by co-founders Jennifer Gray and Pamela Gray, has now become official.

Following funding from Post Carbon Institute, supplemented by contributions from a private investor, Transition US has achieved non-profit status, appointed a 5-person Board of Directors, opened an office in Sebastopol, expanded its training arm and hired Carolyne Stayton as interim Executive Director.

Transition US provides inspiration, support, training and networking for Transition Initiatives across the United States. Transition Initiatives are locally based groups working to equip their communities with the tools they need to build resilience in the face of fossil fuel depletion, climate change and the economic crises. Transition US works in close partnership with the UK-based Transition Network ( set up in early 2007 to support the emergence and growth of the Transition Movement internationally.

Transition US works cooperatively with the transition.ning social networking sites that have been built for the US, including all 50 States and many towns within them. These sites provide opportunities for individuals interested in the Transition Movement to network together, sharing ideas, information and experiences.

In December 2008 Transition US launched a new training program in the US that resulted in a core team of Transition Trainers able to provide training across the US. To date 350 people have gone through the basic Training for Transition in the United States and since the beginning of the year 22 new trainings have been scheduled across the nation. Graduates from the courses are working actively with people in their locales to help them rebuild community resilience and self reliance.

Within the next few months, Transition US will launch a new web site, announce the start-up of several new projects, and schedule its first national Transition Conference.