Categories of environmental issues and indicators assessed in the Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index (UESI).

On the afternoon of December 6, 2018, in parallel with the COP-24 United Nations Climate Conference, Data-Driven Yale will convene an interactive discussion to launch the pilot Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index (UESI) in Katowice, Poland. Civil society representatives, government officials, researchers, and technologists will be brought together to discuss how geospatial tools and high-resolution data can inform decision-making processes on the ground. All of the data informing the UESI will be made open and available through the online portal, which provides a roadmap for city managers to adapt and localize this data for their specific contexts. Cities not included in the pilot round will also have an opportunity to discuss how they can be included or how to adapt the portal’s tools for their own use.

To register to attend the event in Katowice, please RVSP here.

We will also be live-streaming the event. To view the event remotely, please register here.

The event will include the featured city representatives and policymakers including:

    • Claudia Octaviano, General Coordinator for Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Development, National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change, Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático
    • Yann Francoise, Head of climate – energy and circular economy strategies, Parks and environment Directorate, City of Paris
    • Mzukisi Gwata, Principal Specialist in Climate Change Adaptation for the City of Johannesburg (tbc)
    • Ong Tze Haung, Senior Assistant Director, National Climate Change Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
    • Rodrigo Vidal, Environmental Policy and Strategy Director, Buenos Aires


    • Maria Garcia, Head, State of São Paulo Climate Change Department


  • Robert Kehew, Unit Leader for the Climate Change Planning Unit of UN Habitat

The event will also include a conversation with researchers and practitioners working at the intersection of data and urban sustainability:

    • Maarten Kappelle, Head, Thematic Assessments Unit, Science Division, UN Environment


    • Yang Li, Senior Analyst, Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP)


    • Nancy Harris, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute


  • Eva Gladek, Founder and CEO, Metabolic

Please contact Amy Weinfurter (, Research Associate, Data-Driven Yale with any questions.