What is a Transition City?


A transition city is one that is aware its challenges and ready to do something about them. Meaning, a transition city knows that in the U.S. we currently import 66 percent of the oil we use. A transition city knows that no matter how many wind farms are created or solar panels installed, the city will be hard pressed to find enough alternative energy to match the current level of oil usage.

So what does a transition city do about this? What do we as citizens do? We take the opportunity to transition from conventional energy sources, like oil, to more local and renewable energy for a resilient and energy efficient economy. 

A transition city will seek better ways to make more of less, maximizing our local resources' potential. A few ways you can start the transition in your community:

Buy and grow local food:

  • Oklahoma Farmers Market Resources: Oklahoma Food Cooperatives sell food and non-food products that are made in Oklahoma. You know exactly who produced the food, where it was grown or raised, and what production practices the farmer or rancher uses. Find out more at

Support local businesses: 

  • MIO coalition: The Made in Oklahoma Program works with Oklahoma agribusinesses at local, regional and national levels to promote retail, institutional and gourmet sales. 
  • KeepitLocalOK: Keep It Local's mission is "to give people the tools and incentives they need to find and support independent, locally-owned businesses." 

Transition to energy efficient buildings and transportation 

  • OG&E: OG&E offers rebates for energy-efficient upgrades to offer incentives to transition to more sustainable energy use.
  • Spokies Bike Share: Spokies Bike Share program is available in Oklahoma City. This is a fun and very energy efficient alternative transportation option!