YCEO Data Topics


The University of York and City of York Council are undertaking a research project to look into the feasibility of establishing a unique City Environment Observatory (YCEO) to further our understanding of how health, wellbeing and economic issues are linked to the quality of the environment.

Funded by the Research Councils UK and Innovate UK's Urban Living Partnership scheme, York is one of five cities, along with Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle (including Gateshead), chosen to take part in the initiative. Over the next 18 months the project team will develop an observatory design and implement an initial prototype, reporting back to the funding organisations, with the intention of looking to implement the full observatory within the next 5 years if the project is deemed feasible .

The research project is jointly led by the University of York’s Environment Department and the City of York Council’s Business Intelligence Hub, the project will provide an evidence base for the city to meet future environmental challenges by bringing together 23 project partners, including businesses, local government, national agencies and research institutes.

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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.

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