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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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ENLIGHTENme – Innovative policies for improving citizens’ health and wellbeing addressing indoor and outdoor lighting

What we are doing

A byproduct of urbanization is the exponential increase of human exposure to artificial light. Despite scientific evidences on the pathogenic role of circadian rhythms disruption in predisposing to NCDs, affecting sleep, metabolism, immune function and many aspects of behavior and mood, EU cities are mostly focusing on improving lighting services’ efficiency, reducing costs and emissions, but failing to consider lighting impacts on health and wellbeing. Through an open-online Urban Lighting and Health Atlas, ENLIGHTENme will collect and systematize existing data and good practices on urban lighting and will perform an accurate study on the correlations among health, wellbeing, lighting and socioeconomic factors in 3 pilot cities -Amsterdam, Bologna and Tartu, where a target district will be selected due to its exposure to artificial light and to reflect social inequalities. Through the establishment of Lighting Urban Labs within the district, citizens and stakeholders will co-create innovative Lighting Urban Plans measures and define the implementation of a smart outdoor lighting system and indoor lighting changes in a pilot area within the district. There, a population-based study on elderly – addressed as a vulnerable group particularly prone to suffer circadian misalignment – will allow to assess lighting-dependent risks on mental and health conditions and surveys involving the overall district population and users will allow assess the impacts of urban lighting on quality of life and wellbeing. The results will allow to develop a dedicated Decision Support System and guidelines and recommendation on the impact of lighting on health and wellbeing, proposing innovative lighting policies, measures, technologies and interventions aiming at improving citizens’ health and wellbeing in cities.

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How we are tracking

70% of Urban Lighting Plans integrating 30% of cities introducing the City Health Manager 15% of EU cities adopting a smart city lighting system 30% of municipalities adopting a smart city lighting system 40% of stakeholders adopting the recommendations on light hygiene 40% of stakeholders adopting the health personal sensitivity rating system 40% of stakeholders adopting the ENLIGHTENme protocols 70% of older adults assessed with ENLIGHTENme 20% of vulnerable citizens involved in the drafting of Urban Lighting Plans 40% of women involved in the drafting of Urban Lighting Plans 50% of smart lighting system installed in peripheral urban areas

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What we are achieving

ICLEI will be responsible for: 1. Lighting policies and guidelines definition 2. Communication, dissemination, exploitation and training: - bring in 5 cities to the Healthy Urban Lighting Advisory Board - contribute to development and dissemination of Healthy Urban Lighting Good Practice Guidelines - share the ENLIGHTENme Decision Support System through our cities network - support development of Policy Briefs summarising project’s main findings - organise a Breakfast@Sustainability’s event in Brussels

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Azienda USL di Bologna, Chrono@Work, European Research and Project Office - Eurice, Fondazione Innovazione Urbana, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Gate 21, Health City Institute, LSE - The London School of Economics and Political Science, LUCI - Lighting Urban Community International Association, Neri S.p.A., Oengineering, OUTSIDE IN (CAMBRIDGE) LTD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Bologna, University of Surrey, University of Tartu, Uppsala University, VU University Amsterdam,

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