But why does he even care about what happens here in Culver City? Unclear at this time.
July 2021 — UC Berkeley Professor Kammen wrote his opinion about density in Culver City on official university letterhead, which was something that UC Davis Professor Elmendorf had to write a public clarification about (is this a university position or an private citizen position?) — and it is noteworthy that the only analysis of greenhouse gases referenced in the staff report has no actual data from Culver City. Instead, it is built with modeling data from a software program called Urbanfootprint.
Yes, let’s say that again — Culver City’s environmental reports about the benefits of residential density do not include any real raw data from actual Culver City sources. Instead, they are using data created by software.
In other words, we do not yet know if the allegation that single family homes cause more greenhouse gases is true because the data used by our staff to determine that was not real data.
And yet, Professor Kammen, an expert in energy and renewable resources has taken our city staff report as fact and put his full weight behind their report, which supports the notion that R1 zoning should be changed — because it will help the environment. Unsubstantiated. And not the official position of the university, we think . . .
But to state it again, our staff report is not built with actual raw data measured in Culver City.