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.
Together, we can create more resilient local food systems, economies, and communities; we can address the pivotal issues facing our planet, from our drought to food insecurity to climate change; and we can ‘be the change’ we wish to see in the world.
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.