My Air Quality is a trial based on the concept of participatory budgeting, which provides Helsinki residents with the opportunity to present ideas and vote on measures aimed at improving air quality. The goal is to enhance air quality in Helsinki by offering information and methods that everyone can use to reduce their own emissions that degrade air quality. The trial is part of the Healthy Outdoor Premises for Everyone HOPE project.
The My Air Quality trial will be carried out in the target areas of the HOPE project in Jätkäsaari, Vallila and Pakila. For the month of November, residents of these districts can vote on customised measures to improve air quality in their residential areas. The measures have been designed in cooperation with the experts of the HOPE project with each area’s specific challenges in mind. The highest-voted measures will be implemented over the course of 2021.
“The aim of the My Air Quality trial is to enable open-minded experimentation, joint development and shared learning. The districts involved in the trial will serve as testbeds. Together and through our personal choices we can all help make Helsinki an even better place to live for all of us,” says Jussi Kulonpalo, project manager for the HOPE project at the City of Helsinki Economic Development Division.
The voting will take place via the My Air Quality online app 2.11.–30.11.2020. Through the app, residents can examine the impacts of their own day-to-day choices on emissions that degrade air quality. The service also provides information and practical tips for reducing your own emissions.
Voting does not require registration or identification. The app can be used with mobile devices and web browsers. The service is provided by UseLess, a Helsinki-based start-up specialising in carbon footprint calculation.
The UIA HOPE project (Urban Innovative Action – Healthy Outdoor Premises for Everyone) develops new precise information on air quality and its innovative utilisation at the level of city districts and residents. Air quality is measure with fixed measurement devices as well as air quality sensors distributed to residents. The HOPE project strives to find solutions for improving air quality in Helsinki. In November 2020, a trial-stage participatory budgeting model will be deployed to provide residents of the target areas an opportunity to influence the methods chosen. The project will be implemented in the Jätkäsaari district, Vallila-Kumpula area and Pakila region in Helsinki. The HOPE project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund’s Urban Innovative Actions initiative.
Photo: Jussi Hellsten, Helsinki Marketing