15 July 2015

A workshop to consider the best ways of tackling the many environmental issues facing Sheffield over the next 15-20 years will take place next week.

Sheffield’s Green Commission will be holding a fringe event of 15 three and a half minute Ted-type talks on sustainability (‘SHEDtalks’) on Monday 20 July between 4.30 and 7.30pm at the Peak Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University. Places are now on offer to members of the public wishing to attend.

The talks will be chaired by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards. Paulette and all the speakers have donated their time free of charge to the city and Sheffield Hallam University have kindly donated their venue for the evening.

The Commission was set up to allow leaders from across the public and private sector to make sure environmental issues are given a high priority over the next 15-20 years.

Professor Lynn Crowe, Professor of Environmental Management from Sheffield Hallam University, Green Commissioner said: “Sheffield Hallam University are delighted to host this event in our Peak Lecture Theatre and we welcome everyone to attend and experience our sustainable and learning environment.

“Even if you only have 30 minutes to spare you are guaranteed to hear at least three diverse and thought provoking ‘think pieces’ from across the sustainability spectrum.

“Whether your interest is old buildings, cycling, wildlife, health and well-being, carbon reduction or vegetable entertainment there is something for everyone and we hope you will learn something new.”

The Commission has sat over several months, collecting evidence, both oral and written, as well as holding debates and hearing from expert witnesses – the SHEDtalks will provide further brief evidence from local academics, grassroots activists and performers. The session will be filmed and the film and any presentations and hand-outs made available at: www.sheffield.gov.uk/greencommission.

Fourteen Green Commissioners have been nominated to represent Sheffield’s business, economic, environmental, academic and health interests.

Monday’s meeting is the final public event of the Sheffield Green Commission before the Autumn. Over the Summer, Green Commissioners will review the evidence and produce a brief report with short, medium and long term (20 year) recommendations for Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet to consider.

Over 100 places are available for the meeting on Monday on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and anyone wishing to attend can book tickets direct via Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/green-fringe-shed-talks-tickets-17371242855 or by e-mailing greencommission@sheffield.gov.uk

A number of key themes have been considered by the Commission: sustainable transport; low carbon energy and resource efficiency; sustainable growth and a low carbon economy; climate change; the blue and green infrastructure that contributes towards the quality of life; communication, engagement, education and behavioural change; and health and well-being. Improving health and well-being underpins the other six topics.

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Information about Sheffield Green Commission:
greencommission@sheffield.gov.uk
@sheffgreencomm #sheffgreencomm
https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/policy–performance/green-commission.html
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/green-commission-hearing-6-low-carbon-economy-tickets-17046931832