Communities across the Capital Region (SACOG 6-county region) are increasingly vulnerable to rising temperatures and extending heat waves, due in part to the urban heat island (UHI) effect. Exposure to excessive heat not only threatens public health, quality of life, worker productivity, and economic vitality, but also degrades the already deteriorating transportation infrastructure such as roads and train tracks. Underserved and under-resourced communities are especially burdened by extreme heat and the UHI effect, often having fewer resources to respond.
To better understand the exposures and potential cooling solutions to excessive heat across the region, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and the Local Government Commission (LGC) led the Capital Region Urban Heat Island Mitigation project with Altostratus and WSP. This project identified priority strategies to reduce heat pollution and provide cooling benefits. SMAQMD and LGC engaged residents and community leaders to provide input on heat-related transportation concerns, priorities for UHI mitigation strategies, and how local jurisdictions can better serve community members living in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, Sutter, Yuba, and El Dorado counties.
We are now calling upon community leaders to help us engage residents to create heat-resilient communities throughout the region.
The Community Engagement Toolkit is intended to be used by community leaders in the Capital Region to share about heat risks and resilience solutions with community members. The project team designed the toolkit in a manner that enables community leaders without deep expertise on extreme heat and the UHI effect to be able to successfully present the findings of the project and engage community members.
Community leaders may use the following materials to present at neighborhood association meetings and/or to family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, in an in-person or virtual format.