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The demonstration will take place in four schools in different European cities (Thessaloniki, Faro, Padova and Plovdiv) which will reach at least 120 pupils.

Monitoring of the indoor air quality in order to:

  1. Identification of the polutant sources

  2. Implementation of corrective actions

  3. Reducing the indoor air pollution by at least 30% in the 4 demonstration schools 

  4. Improving the health state of 20%

Thessaloniki – Greece

Presentation of Thessaloniki city

Thessaloniki is a coastal city situated in northern Greece. It is the second largest city of Greece, has the countrys second largest export and transit port, and is the nearest European Union port to the Balkans. Thessaloniki is an important crossroad of cultures and populations, a melting pot of various religions and ethnicities that manage to coexist smoothly and positively. This embedded complexity is reflected in the present cultural richness of the city, the pride and unique identity of the people.

The Municipality of Thessaloniki has a population of 325,000 inhabitants, whereas the population of the metropolitan area is estimated at 1,100,000. Historically, Thessaloniki is in- habited continuously since 315 BC; it has been part of the Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. In present times, Thessaloniki is considered as a lively, multicultural city that attracts young people, tourists, and international companies. Thessaloniki has the largest youth population of any city in Greece, thanks to its wealth of learning, academic institutions (approximately 150,000 students) and vibrant nightlife.

In 2014, Thessaloniki was selected as part of the second cohort of cities to join the 100 Re- silient Cities (100RC) network. The aim of this initiative is to assist the city in being inclusive; locally oriented but with international partnerships and exchanges; and forward looking to address interrelated challenges, goals, targets and actions. Additionally, the city wants to be an organisation that guarantees the wellbeing of its people, and nurtures its human talent, while strengthening its urban economy and respecting its natural resources.

The objectives of Thessaloniki concerning indoor air pollution

The Municipality of Thessaloniki operates a well equipped Monitoring Network for air pollution and meteorological parameters, measuring the main air pollutants set by the EU directives. The Network was set up in the early 90s and has been operating continuously since then, providing reliable and accurate information about air quality in the city of Thessaloniki (outdoor air pollution). The Municipal monitoring network consists of six air pollution stations and eight meteorological stations, distributed within the area of the Municipality.

The Municipality of Thessaloniki has no similar background and expertise in the field of indoor pollution but the participation in the LIFE Smart In Air Life project provides a great opportunity to expand the citys knowledge and trigger a new field of actions that will contribute to enhance the citizenswellbeing.

Plovdiv – Bulgaria

Presentation of Plovdiv city
The City of Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, older than Rome, Athens and Constantinople, almost as the same age as Troy. The population is over 350,000 and there are approximately 300,000 visitors per year, including 80 000 foreigners.
Plovdiv is situated in the south- central region in Bulgaria, on the two banks of the Maritsa River, connected by bridges. It has six existing hills, some of which are 250 m high. Even though it is situated in a valley, it has good connections with mountains where there are winter resorts and leisure-time activities are carried out. The transport modes are in first place public transport and private vehicle inside the city, and intercity buses and trains outside the city. There are plans for enlarging the bicycle network, as the number of people using bikes is rapidly increasing, thus reaching a critical point.
Plovdiv developed as an industrial centre, but today it is a three-sector city, a business, cultural and historical site. Its economy is growing an average GDP growth of over 13%. It enjoys a constant flow of investments and intensive stakeholder interest. Industries keep their manufacturing plants on the outskirts.
The main shopping area is the central street with its shops, cafés and restaurants. A number of cafés, craftsmen workshops and souvenir shops are situated in the Old Town and small streets in the centre. They attract thousands of tourists every year.
Plovdiv is also called the cultural capital of the country, bearing numerous historical and archaeological spots that interest locals and tourists. It hosts economic and cultural events – the International Fair Plovdiv, international theatre and music festivals. There are many remains preserved from antiquity, such as the Ancient Amphitheatre, the Roman Odeon, the Roman Stadium, the archaeological complex Eirene and others. These attract a great number of local and foreign tourists and visitors through the year. So, the city is an important economic, transport, cultural and educational centre where many people gather. Additionally, the people flow through the city is increasing constantly. Both reasons cause concerns about facilities, information and accessibility.
The objectives of Plovdiv concerning indoor air pollution
In Plovdiv the exceedance of the norm for fine dust particles of the atmospheric air is very serious. The annual concentration of PM10 is close to the norms, but the daily mean value exceeds 50 µg/m³ more than 70 times per year.
On the territory of the city of Plovdiv, over 52,800 children and students are covered in the secondary education system. There are 58 kindergartens with over 10,600 children, 77 schools with over 42,200 students (day, evening, part-time, individual, combined, dual and independent training) and 2 centres for personal development support and a special educational support centre.
So far in Plovdiv there haven’t been measurements of the indoor air quality.
During the LIFE SMART’IN AIR project in one pilot school will be provided measurements of the indoor air quality.
Further information

Energy Agency of Plovdiv – https://www.eap-save.eu
Municipality of Plovdiv- www.plovdiv.bg
Regional inspectorate of education- http://www.ruobg.com/begin/16

 

Faro – Portugal

Presentation of Faro city

Administratively Faro is a municipality, a district and a judicial county being also the Algarve’s capital and the southernmost region in Portugal.

Faro and the Algarve enjoy, all year round, of the finest weather conditions in Europe. Due to its relief and geographic location the Algarve receives various climatic influences: ranging from the European mainland to northern Africa and from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Ocean.

Faro has highway connections with all of the Algarve up to the Spanish border (A22: Via do Infante) and to Lisbon (A2), also having a regional railway connected to Lisbon (Gare do Oriente), a sea port and an international airport.

The international airport, located 7 kilometres outside the city centre, is the second largest national airport in number of passengers, more than five millions in 2011, and connects Faro to all the main European cities (Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Glasgow, London, Munich, Paris, Oslo, Vienna and Zurich amongst others).

The recent railway renovations allow a fast connection to Lisbon, namely in Alfa Pendular train (3h00 trip) and in Intercidades train (3h30 trip).

Faro has to offer its residents and visitors a considerable capital in terms of heritage, tourist accommodation, accessibility, cultural offer, the relationship with water and landscape, nightlife, social facilities and the ability to allure students.

Not forgetting the high concentration of decentralized public services of the central government and equipment of regional and national scope, such as the Faro International Airport, Algarve University and Algarve Hospital Center E.P.E..

In conclusion, Faro is a good place to live, highlighting its heritage and cultural offer, accessibilities and social facilities.

Faro’s exceptional location, south limited by the Ancão peninsula and the islands of Barreta and Culatra offer a vast extension of rare beauty and sandy beaches.

The mild climate, warm waters, influenced by the Mediterranean currents and the entire coast environmental preservation are crucial for positioning Faro as Sun & Sea.

The Algarve, and specifically Faro, display infrastructures that allow the development of recreational navigation (ability to shelter recreation boats and improved ports facilities). But this product goes far beyond this segment.

Faro also has a unique regional infrastructure in nautical tourism (Praia de Faro Nautical Centre – windsurf, sailing, canoeing, kytesurf, surf, bodyboard, etc.), that allows the enjoyment of the excellent conditions provided by the Ria Formosa ensuring the practice of different activities throughout the year.

Millenary city, Faro has a rich architectural heritage complemented by museums, art galleries and entertainment venues (emphasis on Lethes Theatre and Faro Municipal Theatre), ensuring a diversified offer and allowing the council’s positioning as a cultural tourism reference in the Algarvian region.

             

The objectives of Faro concerning indoor air polution

Up with this project we aim to :

  • Get knowledge for a better management of our territory,
  • Ensure our contributes to the project purposes and objectives, sharing practices,
  • Improve population sensibilization for air quality problems and them factors for change,
  • Get new indicators and data, that can improve our local database for a better sustainable local development management process.


Padova – Italy

Presentation of Padova city
The objectives of Padova concerning indoor air polution
Further information