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July 26, 2023

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Featured Opportunity

The 2023 California Adaptation Forum is Just a Few Days Away!

You still have time to register for the 2023 California Adaptation Forum, taking place July 31st - August 2nd in Pomona, CA! The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative is excited to be part of this grand reunion, the first in-person forum in five long years. We hope you can join us for three reenergizing days of learning and networking! We hope to see you there and encourage you to register here.

Upcoming Events

Water Wise Tree Care Workshop

August 26th: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Save water and help your trees thrive at the same time. It's possible when you learn smart irrigation techniques, the magic of mulch, and how low-water landscapes and shady trees are a perfect pair. Even with the winter rains, our summers are always hot and dry and these tips are useful every year for water savings and happy trees. This event is free to the public. This event will take place at the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity at 400 Jibboom Street Sacramento, CA 95811. More information on this event is available here.

Upcoming Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive Events

One of the best ways to experience an EV is to take one for a test drive! At SMUD's upcoming ride and drive events, you'll get to: experience the latest in electric vehicle technology. Talk to EV owners about their experiences, learn about EV charging, and find out about incentives and rebates that help make EVs an affordable option! These events will take place in Natomas, Elk Grove, and Sacramento between August and October. More information on timing and location of these events is available here.

Sacramento Climate Coalition: Monthly Climate Emergency Organizing Meetings

The Sacramento Climate Coalition is a grassroots alliance of Sacramento groups and individuals working to advance the broader movement for civil rights, justice and our environment, now and in these crucial years ahead. This coalition convenes climate emergency organizing meetings to discuss the upcoming needs and opportunities through the region. These meetings take place the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM via Zoom. You can register for these meetings here.

Opportunities and Resource

CalMTA: Request for Ideas

CalMTA is seeking ideas that will help California reach its aggressive energy efficiency, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, workforce development, and equity goals through market transformation. CalMTA aims to create long-lasting, sustainable changes in the structure or functioning of targeted markets by reducing barriers to the adoption of targeted technologies or practices.

If you have an idea that will accelerate market adoption of a new or under-used energy efficiency technology or practice, then CalMTA want to hear about it. If your idea is selected to advance, CalMTA will develop a plan for implementing it, and conduct a competitive solicitation of bids for its delivery. This request for ideas is open until August 18th. Learn more and submit your ideas here.

Sacramento Region Spare the Air

The Sacramento region’s annual Spare the Air season will continue through October 31. During this time, a Spare The Air alert will be issued when the AQI for ground-level ozone is forecast to be 126 or above. Find more up-to-date information on the region's air quality here.

Join CRCRC's Building Decarbonization Working Group!

Are you working on building decarbonization in California's Capital Region? Join

CRCRC's Building Decarbonization Working Group! This group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

If you are looking for specific input/ guidance or have any updates related to recent building decarbonization efforts that you would like to share with other participants from the region you are encouraged to complete this interest form and join the working the working group!

Share an Update through this Newsletter!

If you or anyone at your organization has updates you would like to have promoted through this newsletter, utilize this form to submit them to be included in this newsletter! This can include any updates, upcoming projects, or opportunities for collaboration that you would like to share with the broader CRCRC network!



Sacramento County Doesn’t Postpone 2030 Climate

Goal — For Now


Earlier this month the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors did not postpone a carbon neutrality goal after dozens of climate activists pushed back against proposed changes.  County staff had recommended the board change the goal from 2030 to no later than 2045 in order to match state plans, make the timeline more achievable and reduce the risk of lawsuits. Instead of approving or rejecting the suggested update, the board asked staff to present another version of the climate emergency declaration in late September or early October. In a 3-1 vote, with Supervisor Sue Frost abstaining, the board requested revisions including adding a requirement to measure progress on reducing emissions every five years. Read this full article here.

Swell Energy Increase Access to Solar Benefits in Sacramento

Solar Builder

Batteries Plus has launched a new pilot initiative with Swell Energy to provide an in-store home battery backup offer in Sacramento, California. This joint initiative will showcase residential battery solutions and Swell’s virtual power plant (VPP) capabilities at four Sacramento area Batteries Plus retail locations, providing customers with convenient in-person opportunities to learn more about powering their homes with solar and home batteries, as well as VPP programs designed to save them money on their utility bills. Read this full article here.

Extreme Heat

US Heat Wave Could Last into August After Breaking Over

2,300 Records

CBS News Sacramento

The long-term forecast for the ongoing heatwave looks bleak. The extreme heat could continue into August in some of the hardest-hit areas and even a brief glimmer of cooler hope for some parts of the country headed into the weekend will only mean new areas swelter as a heat dome slides west. The first heat alerts went out on June 10 and more than 2,300 heat records have fallen from Florida to California. That number will only grow as millions of people suffer through dangerous temperatures. Read this full article here.

Sacramento-Area Cooling Centers Open Ahead of Anticipated Triple-Digit Heat


As Sacramento faces yet another upcoming triple-digit forecast, local agencies are reopening cooling centers to help residents seek respite from the heat. The centers offer air-conditioned spaces for unhoused people and others who don’t have access to home cooling. Sacramento broke heat records last weekend. And though it cooled down early in the week, meteorologists with the National Weather Service are predicting Friday and Saturday could see temperatures up to 106 and 105, respectively. Read this full article here.


Cal Fire Now Using Artificial Intelligence to Fight Wildfires

CBS News Sacramento

Artificial intelligence is now helping fight wildfires in California. Captain Chris Africa works in the Cal Fire Emergency Command Center in Grass Valley where artificial intelligence is now helping identify wildfires with cameras that can detect smoke without the help of any human eyes. "These cameras are all auto-generated and have all moved based off AI indicators," Africa said. Read this full article here

California Wildfires: Increased Fire Danger in Sacramento as Triple Digits Return

ABC 10

Intensified by climate change, especially warmer nights and longer droughts, California’s fires often morph into megafires, and even gigafires. Watch coverage of the region's ongoing and increasing wildfire risk here.

Air Quality

CARB and Truck and Engine Manufacturers Announce Unprecedented Partnership to Meet Clean Air Goals

California Air Resources Board

The California Air Resources Board announced a Clean Truck Partnership ealier this month with the nation’s leading truck manufacturers and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association that advances the development of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) for the commercial trucking industry, which includes flexibility for manufacturers to meet emissions requirements while still reaching the state’s climate and emission reduction goals. Read this full article here.

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The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative is a membership based collaborative network designed to promote greater climate change resilience planning coordination in the six-county Sacramento Region. The purpose of this collaborative network is to create a forum where leaders from government, academia, environmental and community groups, the business community, and labor can come together to exchange information, identify vulnerabilities and data gaps, leverage resources, and advance comprehensive solutions in an effort to create stronger, sustainable, and economically viable communities in the Capital Region.

CRCRC is a program of CivicWell.