PODCAST: Can California meet housing demand while hitting climate goals?
March 27, 2017
• New report says urban infill is the best answer
• “Infill housing is the smart choice, economically and environmentally”
A new report assessing the economic and environmental impacts of different California housing development strategies, the first academic evaluation of its kind, says boosting urban infill could be the best answer.
Conducted by University of California researchers and commissioned by the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Next 10, the study projects three different residential development scenarios and examines how they would impact economic growth and the state’s ability to meet its 2030 climate goals.
“When deciding where to build new homes, infill housing is the smart choice, economically and environmentally,” says Noel Perry, businessman and founder of Next 10. “As our state works to address its housing shortage, keep its economy growing, and meet its climate targets, we should remember that where people live can be part of the solution to these challenges.”
(Noel Perry talks about the research in today’s exclusive CVBT Audio Interview. Please click on the link below to listen now or to download the audio file for later listening.)
Next 10 commissioned the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at UC Berkeley School of Law and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley to conduct the analysis and write the report.
“By encouraging housing near jobs, services and transit, along with savings on household energy use, the state can grow its economy and eliminate almost 1.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year,” says Ethan Elkind, director of the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. “That’s the equivalent of avoiding emissions from 378,100 passenger vehicles annually.”
But, says the Next 10 report, the infill scenario isn’t possible without policy change, at both state and local levels.