Community action for resilience

Let’s face it: most people already recycle, but there are some other ways to contribute to a prepared region. Folks in the community have already pledged hundreds of actions toward the goal of 828 resilient acts that will grow food, save water, conserve energy, reduce waste and/or build community.

In the first week of Asheville’s Community Resilience Challenge, some of the things locals have done or have pledged to do include:

  • • Add a locally-grown, in-season dish to their weekly meal plan
    • Learn a new food preserva- tion skill (can, dry, ferment, pickle, etc.)

    • Discuss with their condo asso- ciation the use of Roundup on grounds that could support per- maculture plantings

    • Help insulate a house occu- pied by a low-income resident
    • Build a pizza oven for community gatherings

    • Donate, sell, or trade lightly used unwanted items
    • Install a heat pump water heater • Lower the thermostat on their water heater to 120 degrees

    • Hand out LED bulbs to other people
    • Record their monthly water use and look for places to reduce • Buy in bulk and avoid indi- vidually wrapped items and (new) packaging

    • Get off junk mail lists and “go paperless” for monthly statements • Host a potluck to share food, ideas, and resources with your neighbors

    • Improve soil health in their garden so that more water is absorbed during heavy rains

You can make your own pledge online at

About Able Allen
Able studied political science and history at Warren Wilson College. He enjoys travel, dance, games, theater, blacksmithing and the great outdoors. Follow me @AbleLAllen

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