The latest Covid 19 pandemic has stressed the relationship between air polluted urban areas and health/wellbeing. On top of this, it has demonstrated that a pandemic is not a social leveller but stresses the impact of social inequalities in cities. The paradigm between air pollution, diversity, social inequalities and cities is a challenge that needs immediate action.
DivAirCity is a 4 year project, funded by the EC under the H2020 programme, within the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals, valuing diversity and social inclusion to achieve innovative, creative, culture- driven, green and carbon neutral urban society.
DivAirCity addresses the equation of social inequality, health conditions and air pollution in cities. It involves 24 EU organisations and 68 external stakeholders from all five continents and creates replicable pilots starting from 5 EU cities:
DivAirCity is a project that “recognizes, accepts and celebrates differences” in cities and turns them into a true value to address the emergency of air pollution and climate change.
DivAirCity shifts the urban paradigm by valuing human diversity as a resource to define new services/models towards cultural-driven green cities. The project focuses on the nexus between people, places, peace, economic growth, and its impact on air quality and decarbonisation
Elisa Peñalvo Lopez
Coordinator of DivAirCity, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Content and strategy chair of DivAirCity, representing the Univercities association.
Deputy mayor of district 2 of Bucharest, Romania.
Professor at the Power Systems Laboratory of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Researcher at CNR, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italian National Research Council).
Project manager and service designer. Municipality of Aarhus, in Denmark.
Municipality of Orvieto, Italy
Architect and city planner. Municipality of Potsdam, Germany