Measure R Would be Bad News for the Environment

Measure R would increase greenhouse gases and block transit-oriented housing. The City’s impact report on the initiative found that the measure would make buildings over 60 feet tall financially infeasible, thus eliminating an estimated 1,300 units in Downtown housing capacity near the Downtown BART station and major bus lines.
By dispersing population and increasing auto-caused pollution, Measure R would undermine Berkeley’s critical climate action strategy of increasing housing density near major transit hubs. This displacement  translates into 225 million pounds of carbon emissions over 15 years, according to the Environmental Impact Report on the City’s Downtown Area Plan .

Highly Regarded Nonprofit TRANSFORM Opposes Initiative

The initiative’s backers may try to paint their measure as greener than Berkeley’s current Downtown Plan, but experts don’t agree. One of the nation’s most respected and innovative organizations devoted to safeguarding the environment through improved transit-oriented housing and public transportation is the Bay Area’s own Transform.

Transform – ranked by among the top 10 nonprofits related to climate change in the Bay Area – took a long, careful look at the Downtown initiative. Transform concluded that the measure would undo much of Berkeley’s award-winning Downtown Plan, “making Berkeley more expensive, more car-dependent, and more polluted as a result.”

See the full statement from Transform by .