Case Study on The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to address climate change in the Sacramento-capital region of California. This case study describes how the CRC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities. These case studies can be used by local and regional governments to help them develop strategies for coordinating across jurisdictional lines to support climate action in their regions

The CRC covers the six-county region surrounding California’s capital, Sacramento (including El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties). Its membership includes cities and regional public agencies including air districts, utilities, nonprofits, universities, and business organizations. The region's climate vulnerabilities include increased risk of flooding along the region's rivers and the tidally influenced Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, declining snow pack and water scarcity, increasing temperatures and extreme heat, and increasing risk of wildfire. 

The CRC is helping local governments and other partners in the region build their resilience to these climate effects by playing several key roles:

  • Convening stakeholders to enable collaboration and cross-jurisdictional coordination of policies and initiatives;
  • Building local and regional capacity to adapt by helping to identify and provide tools, technical assistance, and trainings;
  • Translating climate science for policymakers and local leaders; and
  • Providing a voice for the region to engage with the state and federal policymakers.

This case study explores how the CRC has successfully brought attention to how climate change will affect the capital region at local, regional, state and federal levels. The group works to bring stakeholders together to find regional solutions to the impacts of climate change.


The CRC aims to better serve disadvantaged/frontline communities. In their urban heat island analysis, CRC integrated socioeconomic data into their tree canopy assessment to better address health disparities. Additionally, CRC is working to partner with community-based organizations that focus on health, equity, and diversity.  They are also seeking to support small business and agriculture through partnerships with local advocacy groups such as Valley Vision and the Sacramento Metropolitan chamber of Commerce. 


This case study is part of a series of six case studies that GCC developed to uncover the lessons that cities and communities across the country are learning as they work together across jurisdictional lines on climate action. Each case study in this series chronicles the roles that these collaboratives are playing to support climate action in their regions, how the collaboratives are helping to align resources and policies among participating jurisdictions, and how they are structured and funded. A synthesis report also explores lessons that can be learned by comparing the efforts of each collaborative on climate policy in their regions.



Publication Date: January 18, 2017

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