The overall aim of this Urban Living Partnership pilot project, jointly led by the City of York Council and the University of York, is to design and lay the groundwork for establishing a unique city observatory for determining the links between environmental quality issues in York in order to better understand how these issues affect health, wellbeing and the economy of the city.

The project will look to the past, present and future in trying to diagnose and predict environmental issues for York and their associated human health and wellbeing and economic impacts. The pilot phase of the YCEO will integrate and analyse data on York that have never before been explored – allowing truly novel insights on key urban living challenges. This holistic approach will provide a step-change in making the city safer, smarter, more integrated and sustainable – ultimately resulting in a huge net-benefit for residents, businesses, community groups and local government in terms of increased economic output and health and wellbeing improvements.

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