YCEO Data Topics


The University of York and City of York Council have established a unique City Environment Observatory (YCEO) to further our understanding of how health, well-being and economic issues are linked to the quality of the environment.

Our pilot phase has been funded by the Research Councils UK and Innovate UK's Urban Living Partnership. Over the last 18 months, the YCEO has engaged with over a hundred York residents to understand the environmental themes that are most important to them. We have also identified the types of data needed to support effective-decision making and explored possible innovative future techniques for collecting data (e.g. sensor networks). To ensure that crucial information is available, City of York Council have created and grown the YCEO York Open Data site (yceo.org.uk), which contains approximately one thousand openly accessible datasets relating to the environment and health and well-being. Finally, YCEO has been scoping the development of a decision-making support tool – YorDecision – that would allow users to draw on disparate data sources to answer their specific questions.

YCEO looks forward to continuing to provide an evidence base for the city to meet future environmental challenges.

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One Planet York

One Planet York starts from one central idea; we are consuming the resources of three planets when we only have one.

One Planet York is a growing network of organisations working to make York a more sustainable, resilient and collaborative 'One Planet' city. This includes creating a city which has a thriving local economy, strong communities and a sustainable way of life; a city where our residents are healthy, happy and prosperous. The vision has been endorsed by City of York Council and many other organisations, including the York Environmental Sustainability Institute and the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Through simple steps and working collaboratively we can all take action towards these goals. The One Planet York Prospectus 2016 showcases examples of city leadership across areas such as zero waste, zero carbon, land use and wildlife, sustainable transport, sustainable water, equity and local economy and health and wellbeing. Together these actions are helping put York onto a more sustainable and resilient footing.

For more information please visit One Planet York's website.