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 ow.ly/4nvKnG

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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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