Strengthening urban governance by promoting citizen-based co-creation and crowd-sourcing

HEU INNOVATION ACTION

ENGAGING CITIZENS

MOBILIZING TECHNOLOGY

DELIVERING THE GREEN DEAL

GREENGAGE project sets out to help public authorities shape their climate mitigation and adaptation policies by engaging with citizens to co-create green initiatives.

To achieve this, the project aims at developing GREENGAGE Observatories focusing on mobility, air quality and healthy living for the delivery of carbon neutral neighbourhoods. The developed GREENGAGE Observatories are supported by bespoke digital technologies and tools that facilitate citizens’ participation in observing, sensing, and monitoring their urban environments and co-developing innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems.

Findings are used to influence urban governance including policy evaluation, policy making and decision making at the city level.

GREENGAGE OBSERVATORIES

GREENGAGE Observatories are initiatives that empower citizens to actively participate in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to address various issues affecting their communities and contribute to policy-making and community development. 

Five Innovation Pilots based at four European countries – Bristol (UK), Copenhagen (DK), Gerace (IT), Turano (IT), and North Brabant (NL) – are used to collectively respond to the GREENGAGE mission to define and deliver Observatories as integral components of decision-making processes that address current urban and regional planning challenges of climate mitigation and adaptation as well as healthy cities. They will demonstrate how top-down urban planning processes can actively intermediate novel bottom-up processes of multi-stakeholder engagement. 

ACADEMY

GREENGAGE Academy is a centralized repository of freely available information, training materials, procedures and data that serves as a valuable resource for individuals interested in taking part in GREENGAGE Observatories and used for enhancing productivity and fostering collaborative and continuous learning.

GREEN ENGINE

GREEN Engine is a platform developed to enable activities within GREENGAGE Observatories. The Engine is based on the model of ESA’s Urban-TEP (Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform) and consists of a wide assortment of digital services, tools and infrastructures to support the data-mining cycle (gather – validate – control – analyse – manage – interpret – visualise – publish – exchange).

The platform will configure data value chains that combine official data (such as EU Copernicus and municipal data) with crowdsourced data (provided by citizens through wearables or proprietary devices and apps) to generate evidence that inform improved models of urban governance.

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GREENGAGE is a 3-year long pan-European Innovation Action funded under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme, further co-funded by the UK government’s Horizon Europe funding framework (UKRI) and Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Consortium, led by Austrian Institute of Technology, consists of 17 research and industry partners from the EU and the UK.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme (grant agreement n° 101086530).

This work was co-funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the UK government’s Horizon Europe funding guarantee 10063933, 10062587, 10064231.

This work was co-funded by SERI (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) under the funding ID Contract No. 22.00496 REF-131-52014.