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November 9th, 2023

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Valley Vision's California Jobs First Capital Region

Community Survey

The CA Jobs First Capital Region (previously CERF) was established with the vision to develop an equity-based low-carbon economic plan through an inclusive, transparent, co-owned, and subregional data-informed process. As such, your voice matters!

Please complete this short survey to help Valley Vision better understand what works well in your county, areas of improvement or opportunities to increase jobs, and improve the environment, health, and economy across the eight-county Capital Region. There are no right or wrong answers. All responses will be anonymous. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and is available here.

City of Sacramento Existing Building Electrification Strategy

The Existing Building Electrification Strategy is a roadmap for the transition of Sacramento's existing buildings to carbon-free electricity by 2045. Electrification of existing buildings is a crucial step in the City’s work to achieve carbon neutrality. The full document is available for review and comment here.

15th Annual CCEC Pre-forum Survey

The California Climate & Energy Collaborative is excited to announce that our 15th Annual Forum will take place June 25th-26th, 2024 in Palm Springs, CA!

This 10-minute survey is intended to get a better understanding of local government needs and interests to inform activities undertaken by the California Climate & Energy Collaborative and help shape the 2024 CCEC Forum. If you would like to make your voice heard, please complete this survey by December 1st.

Upcoming Events

Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) Conference

November 12 - 15th

The focus of this year’s BECC conference is on driving transformation—new ideas, new policies, new methods of changing behavior towards mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2007, the BECC community has applied behavioral research and practice to foster individual and organizational change. We are back in person in Sacramento, CA, excited to discuss innovative behavioral solutions that ensure equity and inclusivity. More information on this event is available here.

Grid Modernization: Global Insights & Local Solutions

November 29th, 3:00 - 4:30PM

This one-and-a-half hour event will feature a series of speakers from around the globe discussing common challenges and potential solutions as governments worldwide seek to transform their electric grids for a decarbonized future. Among other topics, we will hear about the complex dynamics of grid transformation, the capacity of the grid to handle electrification, the role of microgrids in a decarbonized grid, and the potential of public-private partnerships to help streamline the energy transition. With a diverse array of speakers and topics, this webinar will have something to offer not only for practitioners but for anyone interested in the future of our energy system. Information on speakers and registration for this event is available here.

Bolstering Water Resilience in California's Capital Region December 13th, 2:00 - 3:00PM

Amid long periods of extreme drought and brief levels of precipitation far above historical average, California’s Capital Region continues to explore innovative ways to effectively and reliably supply water to its residents. The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRCRC) is proud to host this conversation highlighting key efforts from the Department of Water Resources, the Regional Water Authority, and the City of Woodland to increase the resilience of our region's water systems. Register for this event here.

Resources & Reports

2023 Adaptation Legislative Update

This resource developed the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) and the California Resilience Partnership (CRP) that highlights new key laws related to climate change adaptation and resilience. This full report is available here.

2023 Energy & Mitigation Legislative Update

This resource developed by the California Climate and Energy Collaborative (CCEC) and the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) highlights new key laws related to climate change mitigation and clean energy. This full report is available here.



Sacramento Nonprofit Receives Grant to Fund Resiliency Hub, Retrofit Neighborhood Center

CBS News Sacramento

The La Familia Counseling Center received a $5 million grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to retrofit its current Maple Neighborhood Center on 37th Avenue in south Sacramento. The nonprofit said the funds will also go toward building a resiliency hub that will service community members during critical times of need – like natural disasters. Read this full article here.

Climate Change is Global, but Local Responses Can Help. What Would You Do With $5K?

The Sacramento Bee

Climate change is global but the actions we take here in Sacramento play a role in shaping our environmental future. The Sacramento Bee has spent the past six months writing stories that examine and celebrate bold climate actions that are taking place in our community or have been tried by communities facing similar challenges. Read this full article here.


What Governor Newsom’s Trip to China Accomplished

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Tensions between the United States and China have been on the rise over the past five years. Governor Gavin Newsom’s visit to China has helped thaw relations and builds on the Biden Administration’s efforts to continue an open dialogue with China, which serves as an important competitor and partner to the U.S. The Governor was the first American Governor to visit China in over 4 years and follows a sequence of high-level U.S. officials traveling to China to support efforts to stabilize relationships between the two nations. Read this full article here.

Change is in the Air: Everything You Need to Know About California’s Sweeping New Climate Disclosure Laws

JD Supra

On October 7, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two sweeping climate disclosure bills, Senate Bill 253 (“SB 253”), the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, and Senate Bill 261 (“SB 261”), the Climate-Related Risk Act. Taken together, SB 253 and SB 261 overlap the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed climate disclosure rule (the “SEC Proposed Rule”), and expand upon it in several significant ways. The SEC Proposed Rule addresses both greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and climate risk, while the California measures separate the two, with SB 253 addressing GHG emissions, and SB 261 addressing climate risk. Read this full article here.


Governor Gavin Newsom Streamlines California’s Sacramento Valley Sites Reservoir Water Storage Project

Sierra Sun Times

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom took action to accelerate the Sites Reservoir project, utilizing new tools from the infrastructure streamlining package to build more faster. This project, if ultimately approved, would capture water during wet seasons and store it for use during drier seasons – holding up to 1.5 million acre-feet of water, enough for 3 million households’ yearly usage. The project has received a total of $46.75 million in early funding from the state. In all, Sites is eligible for $875.4 million of Proposition 1 funding. Total project cost is estimated at $4 billion. Read this full article here.

California is Drought-Free for First Time in Years. What it means.

The Washington Post

California is drought-free for the first time in more than three years because of a remarkably wet, snowy winter and a rare tropical storm over the summer. The last remaining traces of drought disappeared in October, as autumn rainstorms grazed the northwestern corner of the state. Read this full article here.


5 Years After Camp Fire, Survivors Forge Different Paths

Toward Recovery


Five years later after the Camp Fire some are sharing their stories freely and managing their post-traumatic stress enough to return to Paradise to help make something new. For people who returned to Paradise, life is about adjusting. It's the same place, but doesn't feel the same. Read this full article here

Quiet Fire Season? Cal Fire Says Numbers Might Surprise You

California Department of Water Resources

In recent years, each California fire season has felt progressively more active, which makes Northern California's slower 2023 season feel even quieter. However, Cal Fire spokesperson Robert Foxworthy said, surprisingly, the total acres burned are on track to be similar to 2022. "The numbers that we've experienced this year are generally pretty close to last year's numbers," Foxworthy said. The numbers, he explains, are relative to where you live. While it's felt quiet for the Sacramento region, that's not the case for other parts of California. So far this year, 312,739 acres have burned and 49 structures destroyed across the state. Read more 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.