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The Community Resilience Challenge (the Challenge) is an annual community mobilization campaign that runs throughout the spring and inspires thousands of citizens, leaders and groups to take action to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste and build community.

 

 

Our Partners

The organizations below are working hard to bring the Challenge to neighborhoods, towns and cities across the United States. To learn more about what's happening in your community, please click on the relevant organization's logo below.

Daily Acts
NorCal Community Resilience Network
Transition US

 Sustainable Contra Costa
Ashevilliage
Bay Localize
CivicSpark
 Compassion Games

The History of the Challenge

In 2010, Daily Acts was inspired by the Santa Monica 100 Garden Challenge, 350.org and Portland’s Village Building Convergence and the first ‘350 Garden Challenge’ for Sonoma County was launched. The first year’s goal was to create 350 gardens in a single weekend. The Challenge was an overwhelming success and resulted in hundreds of individuals and over 40 partner organizations registering the planting, expansion or revival of 628 gardens. In 2011, the Challenge was expanded to include home actions and a whopping 1,044 home and garden actions were registered. That year the Challenge was replicated locally by the Marin Garden Challenge, the Victory Garden Foundation and nationally through Transition U.S.

In 2012 and 2013 the number of actions grew​ exponentially (2,300 and 3,558 actions respectively) and other groups such as Sustainable Contra Costa successfully replicated the Challenge in other communities. In 2014, we registered 7,058 actions and changed the name to the Community Resilience Challenge to more accurately reflect the spirit of the event. In 2015​,​ an ​awe-inspiring 8,363 actions were pledged​ in Sonoma County alone.​

In addition, the Challenge was replicated on a regional and national level in collaboration with our partner organizations.​ Through these efforts, tens of thousands of additional pledges have been made over the past three years.​


Stories From The Field

  • In Memorial: Victory V. Lee

    The Challenge lost a real hero last month. Victory Lee embraced the Community Resilience Challenge and weaved it beautifully with her own Victory Garden Foundation. From her website:

  • CivicSpark Takes On The Challenge

    CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change in California, administered by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. In late 2015 Civic Spark partnered with Daily Acts with the intention of using the Challenge as the basis for each Fellow's required volunteer engagement requirements. This translates to over 40 young and empowered change-makers spread out across eight different regions in California.