April 16, 2020 | 1:00 – 3:15 PM
Virtual Workshop hosted on Zoom
Join the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) for our first ever virtual workshop (“virtualshop”) on April 16th from 1:00-3:15PM. We will discuss how COVID-19 is impacting our world, particularly the potential interplay between the economic impacts of Covid-19 and the need for public and private sector climate action, resilience building, and adaptation funding. We will also discuss the state’s priorities for climate moving forward and hear from community leaders about how they continued to fight for climate and reach underserved communities during a pandemic.
Now, more than ever, it is essential for partners across our communities to plan, coordinate, and work together on a regional scale. For this reason, and to inspire cross-topic discussions, we encourage participants to invite colleagues from other departments or organizations to register and join CRC in this important virtual discussion.
COVID-19 is showing what really matters is the same for all of us: the health and safety of our family, our friends, our loved ones, and our communities. These same priorities are at the heart of our shared goal to build a regional foundation to ensure our region is healthy, sustainable, and resilient in the face of a changing climate.
Register today to continue our work to meet our shared challenges!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This virtualshop is open to the public. We strongly encourage public agency staff (cities, counties, regional agencies, special districts, etc.), elected officials, non-profit and labor organizations, community-based organizations, private consulting firms, advocacy groups, students, and individuals interested in learning about climate action in the Capital Region to attend this engaging and informative event.
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) conducted 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.
webinar #1: Understanding Our Regional Heat Island Challenge – February 13
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.
webinar #2: Strategies for Safeguarding the Transportation System – February 18
The network of roads, highways, and pavements that support our transportation system is a key contributor to the heat island effect. The transportation sector is, in turn, affected by extreme heat, which will deteriorate pavements, increase maintenance costs, and damage rails. Extreme heat will also threaten the health of people who rely on walking, biking, and public transit – disproportionately burdening low-income communities and communities of color – as well as construction and utilities workers. However, there are solutions to improve the resilience of the transportation sector and reduce its contributions to the urban heat island effect. Cool pavements can help to cool the environment and protect public health, while EVs can also help to reduce urban heat, as they emit 80% less waste heat than conventional, internal-combustion engine vehicles.
Following our first webinar of the ‘Cooling the Capital Region’ series, this webinar will focus on how cool pavements can reduce the urban heat island effect. Dr. Haider Taha will present his modeled research on how cool pavements and vehicle electrification can provide effective cooling for the Capital Region, with a special look at Sacramento’s low-income and under-served communities. Speakers will share examples of transportation-sector solutions, such as cool pavements, bus shelter shading, and more. Jonathan Parfrey, the Executive Director of Climate Resolve, will discuss Los Angeles’s ambitious heat island reduction efforts, including a pilot project testing cool pavements on residential streets. Carrie Whitlock, Strategic Planning & Innovation Program Manager of Elk Grove, will also share examples.
Desired outcome for participants: Understand opportunities and strategies to reduce the urban heat island effect and build climate resilience in the transportation sector. Understand modeling results and takeaways for the Capital Region by learning about case studies and examples from other regions.
Climate Action in the Capital Region: 2019 ReCAP
Public Participation: Effective Climate Communication
CRC Workshop: All-Members Forum
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
CRC Workshop: Managing Our Region’s Flood Risk
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
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
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.
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
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
Air Quality Resource Library
- Report: State of the Air (United States)
- State of the Air Press Release (California)
- California Overview
- Sacramento Regional Summary
- California Grade Summary
- Most Polluted Metro Areas in California
- Californians at Risk Due to Air Pollution
- Ozone Pollution Factsheets
- Health Risks of Particle Pollution
- Short-Term Particle Pollution: Regional Trend Charts
- Annual Particle Pollution: Regional Trend Charts
- Ozone Pollution: Regional Trend Charts
CRC Adaptation Exchange: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Climate Adaptation
- Adverse Childhood Experiences: Looking at How ACEs Affect Our Lives & Society
- Video: Living Into Being
- Oprah calls Trauma Informed Care “game changing,” addresses long-term effects of trauma on 60 Minutes
- Bring community voices into disaster rebuilding and infrastructure planning
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event
- Trauma-Responsive Eduation is Changing School Culture
- Growing Through Adversity How schools are fostering recovery and resilience after the North Bay Firestorm
- Weather the Storms: A Guide to Health Expressions of Emotions for Parents and Children
- Basic Three Fires
- Center for Youth Wellness Resources:
- Building a Culture of Transformational Resilience Within Groups and Organizations
- Building Widespread Capacity for Transformational Resilience
- Building a Culture of Transformation Resilience Within Communities for Climate Traumas and Toxic Stress
- ITRC Conference on Preparing People for Climate Change in California
- Introduction to Resilient Growth Model to build Transformational Resilience
Capital Region ACE’s Toolkit
Carbon Farming, Biosequestration, and Food Security
Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Adaptation
Disaster Preparedness and Climate Adaptation Planning
- Rural Communities and Forests: Building Resiliency in a Changing Climate
Michael Pickard, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
- San Francisco Extreme Heat Response Plan
Tara Connor, Community Planning Coordinator, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Cyndy Comerford, Policy and Planning Manager, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Teri Dowling, Community Planning Manager, San Francisco Department of Public Health
- San Francisco Department of Public Health Extreme Heat Response Plan
- San Francisco Climate & Health Program
- San Francisco Climate and Health Adaptation Framework
- Heat Vulnerability Index
- Redacted Extreme Heat Event Checklist
- Cal OES MyHazards
- Cal OES Office of Access and Functional Needs Webmap
- Case Study: Integrating Climate Risks Into Local Planning in Alameda County
- Business Resiliency Initiative: A toolkit for small businesses in the Capital Region
- Fire Recovery Assistance from the US Department of Agriculture
- Reimagining New Orleans Post-Katrina
2017 CRC Members Forum
- CRC Member Projects and Initiatives Factsheet
- CRC Update: 2016 Accomplishments and 2017 Goals
Kathleen Ave, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
- 200 Year Floodplain Ordinance
Remi Mendoza, City of Sacramento
- Forest Resource Sustainability: Improving Air Quality and Reducing Greenhouse Gases
Erik White, Placer County Air Pollution Control District
- The Impact of Wildfire Smoke on Air Quality
Shelley Jiang, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
- Resilient Buildings in the Capital Region
Jonathan Hammond, Indigo | Hammond + Playle Architects
- Refining Future Predictions and Building Sustainable Solutions
Debbie Whaley and Amy Wagner, Institute for Water, Energy, Sustainability, and Technology at CSU Sacramento
- Local Adaptation Efforts Across the State
Julia Lave Johnston, Institute for Local Government
Extreme Heat & the Urban Heat Island in the Capital Region
- Characterization and Mitigation of Urban Heat: Meteorological and Air-Quality Modeling
Haider Taha, Altostratus Inc.
- Extreme Heat Events
Paul English, California Department of Public Health
- Innovation in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Los Angeles
Jonathan Parfrey, Climate Resolve
- Cool Roof Kick Start
Alex Araiza, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
- PG&E’s Cool Roof Incentives
Armando Navarro, PG&E
- Sacramento Tree Foundation
Colleen Cadwallader, Sacramento Tree Foundation
- City of Sacramento Shading Ordinances
Jim McDonald, City of Sacramento Community Development Department
Improving the Sustainability of Local Government Pavement: A Process and Practical Results
John Harvey, UC Davis Pavement Research Center
Vision for a Climate Ready Region
- Living Community Challenge Overview
Susan Rainier, Eagle Consult, International Living Future Institute
- Arch Nexus Living Building Project
Jeff Davis, Arch Nexus
Patty Karapinar, Arch Nexus
- Mutual Housing at Spring Lake
Vanessa Guerra, Mutual Housing California
Extreme Flooding in the Capital Region
- Existing Conditions Update: El Niño and its Impacts
Michael Anderson, Department of Water Resources
Climate Change and the Drought in the Capital Region
- Sacramento Area Transportation Climate Adaptation Plan
Melanie Chu, Local Government Commission
Laura Moser, Local Government Commission
- The State of Drought in the Capital Region
Jay Lund, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
- The State of Drought in the Capital Region
Dan McManus, Department of Water Resources
- Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance Revisions
Peter Brostrom, Department of Water Resources
- Local Drought Response Efforts
Brett Ewart, City of Sacramento
- Effect of mPOWER on Water Conservation
Jenine Windeshausen, County of Placer
Enhancing Economic Resiliency in the Capital Region
- Enhancing Economic Resiliency in the Capital Region
Meg Arnold, Valley Vision
Business Resilience Institute Toolkit
- Climate Action through Landscape Conservation
Michelle Passero, The Nature Conservancy
Alex Leumer, The Nature Conservancy
John Nickerson, Dogwood Springs Forestry
Dick Cameron, The Nature Conservancy
Elizabeth O’Donahue, The Nature Conservancy
- Climate Change Through Conservation
- Climate Change Through Landscape Conservation in Sonoma County: A Model Climate Strategy for Counties
Responding to the Impacts of Climate Change in the Health Sector
- Capital Region Adaptation Opportunities and Updates
Gordon Garry, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
- Responding to the Impacts of Climate Change in the Capital Region’s Health Sector
Linda Rudolph, Public Health Institute
Regional Adaptation Opportunities and Updates
- Capital Region Business Resiliency Initiative
Tammy Cronin, Valley Vision
- CAL FIRE’s Response to Climate Change
Duane Shintaku, CAL FIRE
- Climate Change at the California Department of Water Resources
Michelle Selmon, Department of Water Resources
- CivicSpark – A Governer’s Initiative of AmeriCorps
- 2014 California Adaptation Forum: Adaptation Action Framework
- Managing Sacramento’s Water in an Uncertain Future: Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation Amber Mace, UC Davis Policy Institute
- 2016 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy Update
Gordon Garry, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Regional Stakeholder Meeting
- Climate Change Impacts and Readiness Planning
Kathleen Ave, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
- Regional Planning for Healthy and Resilient Communities
Kathy Dervin, Department of Public HealthClimate Change Gantt Chart
- Vulnerability to Agriculture in the Sacramento Region
Louise Jackson, UC Davis
- Climate Change Gantt Chart
webinar #3: Strategies for Safeguarding the Built Environment – February 26
Did you know your roof is adding extra heat to your house in the summer? Our buildings are key contributors to the urban heat island effect, as roofs absorb heat and slowly radiate it out back into the environment – as well as warming up the indoors. Cool roofs and shade trees can help to cool our environment, while also delivering benefits such as up to a 20% savings on A/C costs, improved air quality, carbon sequestration, and a more beautiful community.
This webinar, the third in the ‘Cooling the Capital Region’ series, will introduce how improvements in our built environment across the Capital Region can help to substantially cool the Capital Region. Dr. Haider Taha will discuss his modeling results demonstrating the substantial cooling benefits of high-albedo roofs and tree canopy increases, and how they can support and enhance each other as complimentary cooling measures. Dr. Taha will also discuss how smart growth, solar PV, and other built environment improvements can help to cool the urban environment. Torin Dunnavant will address how urban heat reduction and climate action are core priorities of the Tree Foundation’s work, and how you can make a difference.
Desired outcome for participants: Understand opportunities and strategies for the built environment to help to reduce the urban heat island effect and build resilience, with co-benefits such as improved air quality, public health, and a more beautiful community. Understand how strategies such as urban forestry, cool roofs and solar can cool down the Capital Region.