webinar series – Cooling the Capital Region: From Models to Implementation

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) are conducting a regional urban heat island study, funded by a Caltrans SB1 Adaptation Planning Grant, to research strategies and provide recommendations to reduce the Capital Region’s urban heat island (UHI) effect.

Summers are becoming hotter in the Capital Region – and some places are warming faster than others. In fact, California’s latest Climate Assessment warns that the Capital Region will be as hot as Phoenix, Arizona, in 40 years. Urban and suburban areas can often be substantially hotter than the surrounding countryside, as a result of roofs, pavements, and buildings that all trap and produce heat – a phenomenon known as the UHI effect. In the Capital Region, the heat and pollutants that make up the UHI effect originates from urban Sacramento, but their impacts extend beyond Sacramento County up to Roseville, Auburn, and El Dorado.

Because the urban heat island effect is not a natural phenomenon and is the result of human development, we also have the ability to reverse this effect and cool our communities. Solutions such as urban forestry, cool roofs, cool and permeable pavements, and electric vehicles can help cool temperatures while delivering many public health and environmental co-benefits.

Join our webinar series to learn about the results of this study, the most effective ways to reduce the urban heat island effect in Sacramento, the best areas for implementation, and how these cooling strategies can benefit transportation systems as well as health, air quality, energy usage, and more.
February 13 | 1 – 2 PM

Everyone knows how hot it is stepping outside onto a black asphalt parking lot in the middle of the summer – but have you thought about how that heat can have cascading, regional impacts for air quality, public health, transportation, and more? The Capital Region’s urban heat island effect spreads far and wide, out from urban Sacramento to El Dorado, Folsom, Roseville, and beyond, thanks to our unique geography and weather patterns.

This webinar will introduce the unique characteristics of the Capital Region’s urban heat island effect and discuss the heat island’s implications for climate resilience, our transportation system, air quality, energy savings, and more. Cooling the Capital Region: Understanding our regional heat island challenge is the first in the webinar series presenting findings from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and the Local Government Commission’s Capital Region Urban Heat Heat Pollution Reduction Study.

Desired outcome for participants: Participants will have a better understanding of the Sacramento Region’s unique urban heat island effect and where it is the most severe. Participants will also gain learn about how urban heat affects climate resilience, transportation infrastructure, air quality, and public health, and the benefits of mitigating urban heat.

Cooling the Capital Region: Strategies for Safeguarding the Built Environment
Webinar # 3 – Date, TBD

Past Events


Climate Action in the Capital Region: 2019 ReCAP

December 2019
On December 16th, CRC hosted a quarterly meeting where participants heard of climate adaptation and mitigation projects and programs taking place in the Capital Region. The meeting took place at SMUD’s Customer Service Center in Sacramento. At this workshop, we featured presentations from new CRC members (City of Elk Grove, San Juan Water District, cbec eco engineering, and City of West Sacramento). Ryan Ojakian from Regional Water Authority provided a presentation on the American River Basin Study, and Willie Wittlesey from Yuba Water Agency presented about Yuba’s Forest Resilience Bonds. The Mayors’ Climate Commission was featured and presentations were given by Laurie Litman, Commissioner; Kathleen Ave, TAC Lead; and Jackie Cole, Equity Roudtable Lead. After, Meg Arnold, Chair of CRC, moderated a panel on the topic of Public Safety Power Shutoffs featuring Lisa Baker from Yolo County Housing, Erik White from Placer County Air Pollution Control District, and Will Mitchell from Raley’s Supermarkets. The meeting concluded with lightning round presentations.

Public Participation: Effective Climate Communication

September 2019
The Capital Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) and ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Communities program hosted an interactive webinar on how to effectively engage constituents on climate change. ecoAmerica shared their latest survey data on American awareness and attitudes on climate change and solutions, which showed that the vast majority of Americans support climate action. But the key to engaging constituents in support–and in their own action and advocacy–is helping them break through motivated avoidance, and communicating about the issue in a personally-relevant manner. This includes connecting climate and health outcomes, for instance, which has proven to motivate Americans to action. ecoAmerica shared the latest research-based guidance on communicating effectively on climate and their latest resources, such as the new Path to Positive toolkit, which includes “Let’s Talk Climate,” “Moving Forward on Climate and Communities,” Mental Health and Climate, a starter checklist on climate solutions, and many more. Special focus was given to solutions around resilience and adaptation.

CRC Workshop: All-Members Forum

September 2019

The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) invited members to our 2019 Annual Members Forum, which featured presentations and group discussions on the state of climate adaptation in the Capital Region, including opportunities for collaboration and synergy across sectors and jurisdictions, as well as a discussion of how CRC can support future opportunities and project concepts to bring additional capacity to our region.

Public Participation: How to Authentically Engage Communities

August 2019
The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) and the Institute for Local Government (ILG) hosted an interactive webinar on effective public participation. This webinar provided an opportunity for local agencies, nonprofits, and climate professionals to learn about authentic community engagement – specifically how to build community capacity, form lasting partnerships, cultivate community buy-in, and strengthen institutional trust in order to build and develop climate action. ILG also shared best practices that organizations need to know in order to build a strong foundation to foster effective, inclusive, and sustainable community engagement.

CRC Workshop: Managing Our Region’s Flood Risk

July 2019

On July 16th, CRC hosted a quarterly meeting focused on flood risk and resilience at the California Endowment Center in Downtown Sacramento. At this workshop, we featured presentations from new CRC members (WALKSacramento, Department of Water Resources, Sacramento-San joquin Delta Conservancy, and the Delta Stewardship Council). SAFCA also presented on the Capital Region’s flood risk and discussed current and ongoing efforts to increase our region’s prepardness and flood resiliency as a result of our changing climate and precipitation pattterns.  Tom Ghoring from the Sacramento Water Forum moderated a panel discussion on equitable flood infrastructure, investments, and emergency prepardness.

Adaptation Clearinghouse Spring Webinar Series: Capital Region

June 2019

The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program (ICARP) hosted a webinar on the Adaptation Clearinghouse for the Capital Region as part of a state-wide series of regional webinars. This webinar provided an opportunity for local stakeholders to learn about the Adaptation Clearinghouse, regionally-relevant resources, and opportunities to integrate adaptation into other local planning efforts. If you’d like to provide recommendations on new resources and case studies to be featured on the Adaptation Clearinghouse, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/735XMS8

Sacramento Valley Regional Climate Symposium | California’s Fourth Assessment

February 2019

On February 6th, 2019, CRC hosted our first quarterly adaptation exchange in 2019 on California’s Fourth Assessment. At this workshop, we had an in-depth discussion focused on the Sacramento Valley Region Report, and provided an overview of the climate-related risks our region will face, and adaptation strategies to address the risks. The goal was to share out findings from the research, and discuss how we can build on these findings to ensure our region is resilient.

Symposium Tour

After a full day of discussing climate action, participants recharged with wine and hors d’oeuvres and viewed a science-to-action demonstration of climate resiliency at Indigo Architect’s ZNE building. CRC is proud of our members who take action in mitigating and adapting to our changing climate in their day-to-day operations and we were pleased to showcase these efforts with participants after the symposium.


2018 CRC Members Forum

September 2018

This meeting featured presentations and group discussions on the state of climate adaptation in the Capital Region, including regional initiatives, and climate action plans, as well a discussion of how CRC can support future opportunities and project concepts to bring additional funding investments and financing opportunities to our region.

CRC Adaptation Exchange: Air Quality, Transportation, and Heat

May 2018
Air Quality Resource Library

CRC Adaptation Exchange: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Climate Adaptation

March 2018

Additional resources

Capital Region ACE’s Toolkit

Carbon Farming, Biosequestration, and Food Security

December 2017

Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Adaptation

September 2017

Disaster Preparedness and Climate Adaptation Planning

April 2017


2017 CRC Members Forum

January 2017

Extreme Heat & the Urban Heat Island in the Capital Region

October 2016

Vision for a Climate Ready Region

June 2016

Extreme Flooding in the Capital Region

March 2016

Climate Change and the Drought in the Capital Region

September 2015

Enhancing Economic Resiliency in the Capital Region

June 2015

Responding to the Impacts of Climate Change in the Health Sector

February 2015

Regional Adaptation Opportunities and Updates

October 2014

Regional Stakeholder Meeting

September 2013