16,477 Actions for Resilience

You rose to the challenge – the Community Resilience Challenge!

This May, individuals and groups across the country committed to increasing the resilience in their communities by collectively registering 16,477 actions! Participants demonstrated their creativity by undertaking actions of all kinds, but most of them fell into one of the following four themes:

  • Saving water
  • Growing food
  • Conserving Energy
  • Building Community 

Below are 10 examples of the actions from this year’s Community Resilience Challenge:

1) Transition Palo Alto, CA hosted a self-watering planter workshop, where they taught folks how to build self-watering planters. Everyone who attended left with a fully functioning self-watering planter.

2) A group of office workers in Missoula, MT bused to work everyday and encouraged their coworkers to walk, bike, and bus as part of the Commuter Challenge community-wide event.

3) A team of students, professors, and professional from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and surrounding community worked on transitioning the campus from traditional trash and recycling receptacles to on-site solar-powered compactors.

4) Transition Asheville, NC partnered with several local groups to put on the Asheville ShareFest, including a “stuff swap,” skill share workshops, bike repair, a seed exchange, collaborative art projects, and kids activities.

5) John Connor in Colorado Springs, CO organized the Fifth Annual Take-A-Peak Chicken Coop Tour. They had 17 open coops and between 30 and 200 visitors per coop.

6) JD Stier from Raise Hope for Congo, hosted a nonviolence workshop in Washington D.C. The workshop enhanced activists' abilities to organize, recruit, and grow the human rights community in the DC area.

7) Becky Schlueter in Naples, FL created a wildlife habitat and saw three generations of monarchs in three weeks!

8) Groups across the country worked to start-up local food co-ops, including one in Temple, NH and one in Riverside, CA.

9) Individuals chose to contribute their time to local nonprofits during the Challenge. For example, Rennie Fountain with Transition Schenectady, NY worked with Bike Rescue and the Urban Farm Initiative.

10) Transition Northfield, MN hosted meetings for neighbors to prep and plan to make their homes and themselves more sustainable and more adaptive to changing conditions. They also began researching options for building/maintaining long-term food storage items.

Thank you each of you who participated in the Challenge! Thank you to the local organizers who worked with groups in their communities to register actions. Thank you to our partner organizations who helped promote the Challenge: Center for New American Dream, Bioneers, Northwest Earth Institute, Evolver Network, Post Carbon Institute, Shareable, Chelsea Green Publishing, Climate Access, and 350.org. And a special thank you to Daily Acts the originator of the Challenge for their inspiration and support in providing resources and materials for the national promotion of the campaign.


Photo credit:  Jannette Heartwood shared these wonderful images from some of Transition Humboldt's Challenge actions -- planting a fruit tree orchard, a potluck barbecue, and a late-nite campfire.


Newsletter Signup


User login