May 2020 newsletter: ClairCity disseminates (in lockdown)

Inside this issue: ClairCity’s strategy for maintaining momentum for action on clean air and carbon reductions during lockdown. Read on to access ClairCity’s new graphics to help with your campaigning, and packs for community activists and educators to spread the clean air message on- and offline. In addition, find out about the projects exciting webinar series, taking place June 2020.

Read our digital edition below, or click the PDF image (on the left).

ClairCity Webinar Series

We’ve produced a series of webinars to share our findings from the ClairCity project. We’ve got something to suit everyone, so take your pick from the programme and register through our Eventbrite pages linked below. The speakers come from across Europe, and range from scientists to members of local government. They’ll be sharing tips and resources during the webinars, helping you to learn from their experiences and to make your work more effective. We look forward to seeing you!

FOR ALL ATTENDEES: please read the following document on how to use our webinar platform Blackboard Collaborate before signing in to the webinar: Blackboard Collaborate instructions

The webinars will be turned into learning materials in July, so stay tuned on social media for when they are ready.

Engaging citizens on air quality and climate change

Webinar 1: Thursday 11th June, 11:00-12:20 CET

Do you work in the environment sector, sustainability or are a policy advisor? Do you engage members of the public on air quality or climate change? Then this webinar is for you.

Learn from the experiences of a four-year Horizon 2020 research project that sought to engage citizens from 6 cities and regions across Europe. In total, 8302 citizens from all walks of life took part in varied engagement activities. The aim was to make our cities healthier places to live by influencing decision making processes on reducing air pollution and carbon emissions.

Hear from science communicators, game developers and engagement practitioners, and engage in discussion about the types of tools that work for different audiences, from mobile games to schools activities, the challenges and rewards of working with different cultures, and the steps that can be taken to keep the momentum going during times of disruption.

Dr Margarida Sardo and Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers (UWE Bristol, UK)

Andy King (PlayWest, UK)

Eva Csobod and Péter Szuppinger (The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe – REC, Hungary)

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here and read the FAQ of all unanswered questions here.

Citizens at the centre: adding people’s behaviour in the emissions, air quality, health modelling chain

Webinar 2: Thursday 18th June, 14:00-15:10 CET

Are you a modeller, mathematician or data scientist? Do you work in the fields of air quality, health or climate change? Then this webinar is for you.

The webinar will dive into the methodological approach for the innovative modelling in ClairCity, which aimed to include citizens behaviour in the classical modelling approach.

We didn’t just want to know the share of car emission contributing to local air quality problems – we wanted to add knowledge on who’s driving the cars and why. Understanding underlying practices allows for designing effective policy strategies and behaviour changes to improve air quality. – Kris Vanherle, TMLeuven

In this 70 minute interactive session, hear the international team of modellers highlight examples of how they dealt with this, and listen to them present key elements of the modelling on transport and residential energy use. Then gain case specific insights as they elaborate on a few key findings from the city’s that were part of the ClairCity project.

There will be several opportunities to ask questions, and you will come away with new insights and some useful resources to help support your work.

Speakers:

Kris Vanherle (TMLeuven, Belgium)

Vera Rodrigues (University of Aveiro, Portugal)

Angreine Kewo (Technical University of Denmark, DTU)

Enda Hayes (UWE Bristol, UK)

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here and read the FAQ of all unanswered questions here.

Lessons from putting citizens at the centre for air pollution and carbon reductions in cities

Webinar 3: Thursday 25th June, 15:00-16:30 CET

Are you a politician, mayor or regional representative? Do you wonder how to give a greater voice to the citizens of your city or region? Then this webinar is for you.

This session will focus on the ClairCity results of making policies together with citizens. The main policy lessons achieved across our six cities will be discussed in the context of citizen involvement. The speakers will reflect with attendees about the opportunities and costs for policymaking and policy implementation following greater citizen participation. Finally, the session will discuss what policy lessons the ClairCity method can offer to other middle-sized cities aiming at ambitious and citizen-inclusive air quality and carbon policies.

You will be joined by representatives from science, policy and local government, and we may have some special speakers to announce nearer the time.

Lucia Bernal-Saukkonen (DG Environment, European Commission)

Stephan Slingergard, Hans Bolscher and Irati Artola (Trinomics, The Netherlands)

Enda Hayes (UWE Bristol, UK)

Andrew Edwards (Bristol City Council, UK)

Svein Knudsen (NILU, Norway)

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here and read the FAQ of all unanswered questions here.

Citizens engaging policymakers on air quality and climate change

Webinar 4: Thursday 16th July, 12:00-13:00 CET

Are you a campaigner working for social & ecological justice? Do you care about your community and want to take action? Then this is for you

Climate change and air quality are social justice issues. Poor and BAME communities are disproportionately affected, with certain age groups (young and old), and those with existing health conditions (e.g. asthma) particularly vulnerable to air pollution.

Given the urgency needed to address these issues, how can we find the time to slow down and ensure our processes are inclusive? What works at engaging different communities and what lessons can we draw from campaign groups from different organisations working towards the same goals?

This webinar is a chance for you to hear from some of the most influential clean air and climate change campaigners from across Bristol, as they share their experiences from working with marginalised and at-risk communities. They will talk openly about what works and what doesn’t and you will have the chance to reflect, ask questions and forge connections. All participants will leave with a suite of tools and resources to improve their practice and ultimately the effectiveness of our collective mission to include citizens – and the natural resource base upon which we depend – in decision making.

Speakers

Sophie Laggan and Dr Laura Fogg Rogers, UWE Bristol

Zoe Banks-Gross, Playing Out

Our City Our Health, XR Bristol

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here and read the FAQ of all unanswered questions here.

December 2019 Newsletter: ClairCity Contributes

The latest edition of our newsletter is out now! In this penultimate newsletter, we share our latest findings, celebrate two successes from our colleagues in Aveiro and Sosnoweic, and give you the scoop on the latest air quality news. Click on the PDF or read the magazine version below.

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ClairCity: a Horizon 2020 success story

ClairCity Sosnowiec was honoured to be featured as a Horizon 2020 success story at this years “Day with Horizon 2020” conference in Warsaw. The meeting, organized by the National Contact Point of the Horizon 2020 Program was held on October 8, 2019 at the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer Management at the Warsaw University of Technology.

The event, addressed to people and entities interested in receiving support from the Horizon 2020 program, was an opportunity to learn about selected examples of Polish projects implemented under the program and the possibilities of applying in the EU’s 2019-2020 call for proposals round.

An important point of the meeting was the panel “Success stories – Horizon 2020 why is it worth it?”, in which the Natalia Dziurowicz and Barbara Kosowska-Siwiec from the Sosnowiec team had the opportunity to present. During their talk, the spoke of the implementation of ClairCity in Sosnowiec and how to involve residents in developing local activities in the area of improving air quality. Natalia and Barbara also highlighted the role of the project in helping scientists collect data and in informing the city about citizen-led solutions. In their opinion, the goal and success of the project is a tailor-made strategy for the city in the area of ​​improving air quality and involvement of the local community.

The project aroused interest of the conference participants, which was expressed by the numerous questions they asked. The full report on the event can be found (in Polish) at: https://www.kpk.gov.pl/?p=50096

ClairCity Wydarzenia i warsztaty

Wydarzenia

W kwietniu 2017 r. Zorganizowaliśmy 3-dniową konferencję zatytułowaną „Rola zdrowia mieszkańców: ograniczenie zanieczyszczenia powietrza przez ogrzewanie i transport w gospodarstwach domowych” w dniu otwartym dla mieszkańców.

Warsztat delphiClairCity Wydarzenia i warsztaty

18 stycznia 2018 roku przeprowadziliśmy warsztaty dla naszych mieszkańców, którzy podzielili się z nami opiniami na temat swoich potrzeb i zakresu akceptowalnych przez nich zmian w mieście mających na celu ograniczenie zanieczyszczenia powietrza. Przy stołach roboczych mieszkańcy Sosnowca żywo dyskutowali nad pomysłami zaproponowanymi w ankietach, które mogą stać się informacjami ważnymi dla lokalnych decydentów.

Warsztat wzajemnego uczenia się

Warsztat wzajemnego uczenia się został zorganizowany 26 stycznia 2018 w Urzędzie Miejskim w Sosnowcu. W warsztacie wzięło udział 25 przedstawicieli lokalnych i regionalnych instytucji i organizacji, jednostek edukacyjnych i wydziałów Urzędu Miejskiego zawodowo zajmujących się zagadnieniami związanymi z jakością powietrza lub mających na nie istotny wpływ. Uczestnicy podzielili się swoimi wizjami dotyczącymi najistotniejszych czynników ryzyka mających wpływ na aktualną sytuację w mieście i stworzyli przyszłe scenariusze dla Sosnowca w perspektywie czasowej do 2020, 2030 i 2050 roku.

Warsztat Interesariuszy

Opinie uzyskane podczas dwóch poprzednich warsztatów, a także za pomocą gry zostały wykorzystane do stworzenia trzech różnych scenariuszy poprawy jakości powietrza w naszym mieście. 17 kwietnia 2019 został przeprowadzony Warsztat Interesariuszy, podczas którego uczestnicy w grupach wybierali najbardziej realistyczny ich zdaniem scenariusz oraz dyskutowali na temat barier w skutecznym wdrożeniu proponowanych rozwiązań i sposobów ich przełamywania.

Warsztat Decydentów

Warsztacie Decydentów, który odbył się 12 czerwca 2019, wzięli udział radni Rady Miasta, przedstawiciele władz miejskich oraz wydziałów Urzędu Miejskiego. Celem warsztatu było wysłuchanie opinii decydentów na temat najlepszych sposobów wdrożenia zaproponowanych działań dotyczących poprawy powietrza oraz stworzenie, na podstawie wyborów dokonanych przez interesariuszy na poprzednim warsztacie, ostatecznego scenariusza czystego powietrza dla miasta.

World Health Organisation recognition

We are delighted to have been selected as a case study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe as part of their High Level Conference on Health Equity.

They came to visit our work in Sosnowiec, and made a film about the impact of the project on local communities.

The WHO conference is taking place in another of our partner cities, Ljubljana in June 2019. ClairCity will also be included in a written report summarising case studies of public engagement around Europe, to be published soon.

Many thanks to our partners in Sosnowiec for coordinating with the WHO Europe team to make the video and provide such an excellent representation of our work across our partner cities.

Sosnowiec stakeholder success

On 17th April 2019 we held our Stakeholder Dialogue Workshop in Sosnowiec, Poland.

This was an opportunity for local organisations to see the summary of results from our citizen engagement, and give input on the relative opportunities and priorities they saw for the city. Participants explored the variety of pathways chosen by citizens through our surveys, game and workshops. They could advise on what they considered to be acceptable consensus of low carbon, clean air pathways in the short-medium and long term to 2050.

The activities in the Stakeholder Dialogue Workshop generate agreed scenarios (combinations of policies that have been suggested and supported by citizens) which the ClairCity quantification team then model. The quantitative modelling tests which scenarios give the best outcomes in terms of achieving clean air and a low carbon future for the city.

We thank all of the participants of the workshop in Sosnowiec for their support and input. The event was productive and successful and we learnt a lot from their participation.