2013 Transition Challenge

Thousands of people stepped up and took the Transition Challenge in 2012 (over 4,000 actions nationally). There were any number of actions one could take to improve the place where they live while at the same time showing support for local businesses & efforts, educating & raising awareness, building community and empowering youth ... and they did.

Folks picked up their shovels and tools. Helped construct rainwater harvesting systems. Installed solar panels. Made energy efficiency improvements, and shared garden know-how with their friends and neighbors. All while having fun!

This was an opportunity to promote and increase participation in city and county programs for lawn removal, greywater and healthy food while creating innovative demonstration gardens in communities ranging from front yards to apartment patios, city landscapes, schools, churches, organizations and businesses.

It is clear that we are all part of something much larger.


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So what exactly is the Transition Challenge?

For the entire month of May, thousands of average citizens from around the country will work together to create new gardens, green their homes and build community resilience. Abandoned lots will be converted into green oases and school children pulled weeds and planted tomato starts. Others will share garden know-how with their friends and neighbors. photoAll the while educating and empowering community, and supporting local businesses.

People like you will identify specific actions in one or more of the four challenge areas: food, water, energy, community and/or you can volunteer on a community project. 

Here are just a few of the inspiring actions people took on ...

  • converted lawn (or patio/balcony) to grow food
  • planted a fruit tree
  • created an herb garden
  • grew a row for a local food bank
  • started a worm bin or compost
  • installed low flow
  • set up a greywater system
  • harvested rainwater
  • switched to drip irrigation
  • hung a clothes line
  • conducted a home energy audit
  • unpluged and tuned-in to Nature
  • had a block party and shared stories
  • helped a neighbor meet the Challenge


Honoring The Roots of the Challenge

In 2010 a handful of community leaders in Sonoma County, CA demonstrated their collective genius.  Inspired by the Grow Food Party Crew 100 Garden Challenge, the Gardens of Gratitude 100 Garden Challenge and the action-based programs of 350.org, the Sonoma County team garnered the support and cooperation of cities, local businesses, and governmental agencies as well as arranged for workshops, volunteer-led community projects, material donations, and numerous discounts.  In the end they far exceeded their goal with 628 registered actions!  In 2010, the Sonoma County efforts inspired several organizations including Transition Ann Arbor and the Victory Garden Foundation and Transition US took the challenge national seeding more than 1,200 actions on a single May weekend.  In 2012 Transition US again supported the Challenge nationally exceeding 4,000 resilience-building actions over the course of the entire month of May. 

Think of what we can do in 2013!

Only together can we bring about the awareness and change we want to see in the world.


BIG thanks to Daily Acts Organization and iGrow for seeding this national work!


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