Vacaville

Vacaville is in the northern part of Solano County. Interstate 80 passes through Vacaville, connecting San Francisco to the southwest and Sacramento to the northeast. Vacaville has a rich agricultural history, and while it is Solano County’s third largest city, its agricultural roots remain in the outskirts of town, where many small farms are thriving, and helping support the local food system.

On this page, you can learn more about the Environmental Impacts that face Vacaville; the Pollution Indicators that affect local communities; City Efforts, including plans and commissions; an Environmental Directory of community organizations; and the involvement of Sustainable Solano Programs in Vacaville. (Click on the previous links to jump to that section of the page.)

Environmental Impact

Vacaville experiences hot and dry summers and mild winters, making the city highly susceptible to drought and wildfires. This hazard became more apparent during the 2020 LNU fire, which tore through rural areas of Vacaville. The city also is susceptible to earthquake hazards common in much of Solano County.

Pollution Indicators

The California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool is used to evaluate communities based on pollution burdens and the characteristics of people living in these communities. This information helps identify California communities that are most affected by different sources of pollution. Each of the data points below represents a value for a census tract as it compares to other census tracts in California. Census tracts are small, relatively stable statistical subdivisions of a county and usually contain between 1,200 to 8,000 people, with the optimal size of 4,000.

Focus Census Tracts

This is a sampling of census tracts within the city of Vacaville with color-coded indicator dots to reflect the pollution and socioeconomic indicators for each. Scroll through to see the different indicators for each census tract.

The information has been color-coded to reflect the severity of each pollution and socioeconomic indicator:

    To view complete and more detailed information for your census tract, visit: https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/report/calenviroscreen-30

    Focus Neighborhoods

    Zoom in and select a neighborhood on the map to get important environmental and socioeconomic information.

    These neighborhoods were selected using careful analysis of pollution burden and population characteristics indicators found in the CalEnviroScreen3.0 database. Each indicator is a measure of either environmental conditions or health and vulnerability factors.

    Learn more about the indicators in this summary document or on the CalEnviroScreen site.

    The census tracts with higher pollution burdens and population characteristics indicators were compared to the Nutrition, Education and Obesity Prevention Branch GIS Map. This database includes different demographics, including census blocks of people living under the federal poverty level.

    It was using these two databases that the final neighborhoods were picked. 

    City Efforts

    Vacaville Community Directory

    Sustainable Solano Programs

    Local Food

    Vacaville is home to several of Solano County’s family-owned farms. Learn more about local farms — where to find them, how to support them and more — through our Local Food page.

    Solano Sustainable Backyards

    Learn about these waterwise edible gardens in Vacaville and around the county.

    Solano Gardens

    Learn about these edible gardens that bring healthy produce to local communities.

    Sustainable Landscaping Sites

    Have a site for a project in Vacaville? Fill out our Sustainable Landscaping Interest Form.

    Get Involved!

    Interested in volunteering with Sustainable Solano in Vacaville? Fill out our volunteer interest form.