Community Resilience Challenge

This Spring (March thru May), thousands of people across the country will take coordinated, grassroots action to build resilience in their communities. Together, we'll show the world what's possible when communities come together to get things done. Will you join us?

Last year we collectively registered over 20,000 actions as part of the Community Resilience Challenge! Way to stand up and be counted!!

The Community Resilience Challenge is organized around five themes: Save Water, Grow Food, Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste and Build Community. During the Challenge participants commited to undertake specific actions that fall under each theme such as installing a greywater system, planting a garden, weatherizing their home and/or coordinating a community project. The Challenge is a great reason to take care of home and garden improvements, to organize a work party in your neighborhood, or to plan a community visioning event. By registering our actions through a shared online portal, we can count our collective impact and demonstrate the strength of our movement.

Now's the time to start thinking about what kind of project you'd like to organize for this year's Challenge!

Here are a few ideas:

  • A work party to do much-needed maintenance on a school or community garden, vacant lot, or a neighbor's yard
  • Launch Transition Streets in your neighborhood (If you register to launch a Transition Streets group in your neighborhood by the end of May you can receive a free download of the Transition Streets handbook and extra help to get started! To participate in this excellent opportunity sign up here, take a look at our support resources, and start your own Transition Streets group this spring!)
  • Install a greywater, rainwater catchment, or composting system
  • Host an event or community discussion around building local resilience
  • Get creative!

Need some inspiration to get started?

Consider this: planting and tending a garden is one of the most powerful sustainability actions we can take, because it enables people to reconnect to their food source and to the natural cycles of the life giving forces we depend on for survival, like water, soil, and photosynthesis.

Check out the map

Print Materials

The following collateral can be used to help you and your fellow organizer get the word out about the Challenge in you local community.

  • Flier (English - pdf(Spanish - pdf)
  • Post Card (English - pdf(Spanish - pdf)

Community Toolkit

In this toolkit (pdf) you’ll learn about how you can become a Resilience Organizer and work to engage people in signing up for the Challenge or organizing an event. We hope that you’ll join us in creating lasting change this May through the Challenge! Thank you to Daily Acts for putting this toolkit together.

Project Ideas

There is really no limit to actions you and/or your organization can take to continue building community resilience. Below are links in each of the four Challenge areas with lists that are meant to inspire and inform.