Community Resilience

As Gray-Greens we have perspective on the ways human communities are interdependent with one another, with other species and with the elements that support life. We are called as elders to witness and serve the interdependent webs of life for our benefit and that of future generations, to embrace the movement toward sustainability and community resilience. We appreciate how our lives as elders are enhanced as we find meaning and purpose in co-creating resilient communities in our neighborhoods, in our cities and towns.

This is an exciting time to be alive, to be elder, to be engaged on behalf of the future!

Urban resilience is a rising movement of local communities all around the world. Public, private and non-profit organizations are part of community resilience. For example, since businesses depend on local communities, resources, and infrastructure, regardless of the scope of their markets, they are impacted by extreme weather events, failure of nations to adopt effective responses to climate change, and water crises.

These challenges are recognized as significant private sector risks in the Global Risks Report 2015 from the World Economic Forum.

The resources, drawn from public and non-profit sources, point to community issues in public health, natural resource conservation, urban design, climate literacy and other matters with an eye to accessible engagement for Gray-Greens in community-scale challenges and opportunities. We have many opportunities to be active locally, to make a difference, and to matter to our communities.

Gray Is Green is pleased to partner with Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) for excellent printed Discussion Courses. We recommend two courses related to Community Resilience:

Choices for Sustainable Living
Menu for the Future

When you visit NWEI and order books for your discussion courses by clicking here, please select Gray Is Green as your referring organization.


Humans and Nature
Environmental Health is Human Health
Greenspace and Human Well-being
Parks and Equity

Soil and Food 
Local Food
Organic Food
Pesticides in soil and food (coming soon)

What is a watershed?
The Hydrologic Cycle
Watersheds and conservation
Water resources for communities
Storm water impacts

Composting in Cities
Recycling and more (coming soon)
Deconstruction (coming soon)

Climate literacy 
Climate Literacy for local communities
Human Health (coming soon)
Food Resilience (coming soon)
Water resources in a changing climate
Coastal flood risk
Ecosystem vulnerability (coming soon)

Local Economy (coming soon) 
Rules for a Local Economy
Local Economy primer
Slow money (coming soon)

Urban Place-Making 
Urban design and public health (Coming soon)
Tactical Urbanism
Urban Placemaking primer
Local agriculture (coming soon)
Arts and recreation (coming soon)
Traffic and transportation (coming soon)
City Parks

Emergency preparedness (coming soon)