8 June 2015

Sheffield’s Green Commission will be holding its fifth hearing in public next week and places are now on offer to members of the public wishing to attend.

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.

The fifth public hearing will take place on Thursday 18 June at 6pm at Sheffield Town Hall. The focus of Sheffield Green Commission Hearing 5 will be on Green and Blue Infrastructure.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing and Chair of the Sheffield Green Commission said: “We are very lucky in Sheffield to live in the greenest and most wooded city in Britain. This means that our city is not only beautiful, but has enormous advantages in terms of flood resilience, health and wellbeing and mitigation for harmful emissions. This hearing focussing on Green and Blue Infrastructure will consider how Sheffield’s natural and planned assets can deliver economic, environmental and social outcomes for the city.”

The Commission will sit over several months and collect evidence, both oral and written, as well as holding debates and hearing from expert witnesses. Each session will create a number of recommendations and at each intermediate stage written documents will be published on the Council website at Sheffield Green Commission.

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

This is the fifth of six hearings to be held in public, after which a report will be produced with short, medium and long term (20 year) recommendations for Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet to consider.

Up to 50 places are available for the meeting on 18 June on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and anyone wishing to attend or join the Green Commission mailing list can register by e-mailing greencommission@sheffield.gov.uk .

There are a number of key themes being 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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Expert Witness Biographies
Julia Thrift, Head of Projects and Events, Town & Country Planning Association
Working across a range of projects covering green infrastructure, climate change adaptation, planning and public health, garden cities and more. Responsible for organising high profile conferences and seminars, overseeing projects across the UK, fundraising and sponsorship, staff management. Member of the Mayor of London’s Green Infrastructure Taskforce.
Julia joined the TCPA in May 2013 and is overseeing a range of projects and events. Earlier in her career she worked for CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) where she was the founding director of CABE Space, the government’s adviser on policy and practice regarding England’s urban parks and public spaces. Prior to that she worked at the Civic Trust, where she ran the Civic Trust Awards for Architecture among other things.
Julia has experience of working with both Whitehall and Westminster; and putting together and leading collaborative projects involving a wide range of partners. She started her career as a journalist and has had work published in numerous newspapers, magazines and specialist journals. She is particularly interested in the way that a high quality green and built environment can improve people’s quality of life.

Will McBain, Associate Director, Water, Arup
In the 20 years I’ve been with Arup, I’ve worked on a wide range of water and environmental projects. Based in the Leeds office, I’ve worked closely with the UK Environment Agency for much of that time. I am on Arup’s business executive for water in the UK, the Middle East and Africa.
My core expertise is in flood resilience: how to reduce the risk and impacts of floods for vulnerable people, properties and infrastructure systems. I’m particularly proud of projects where flood risk has been reduced while also improving the environment for local people and wildlife.
I am passionate about…
Water and environmental management
Flood risk assessment and management
Appraisal and design of infrastructure to alleviate flooding problems
Rivers and estuaries
Wetland habitat creation
Integrated catchment management
Blue-green infrastructure
Water Framework Directive, specifically HMWBs and fish pass projects

Professor Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology, and Director of The Green Roof Centre, University of Sheffield
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology, and Director of The Green Roof Centre, University of Sheffield.
His work revolves around innovative approaches to planting design, and the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input, dynamic, diverse, ecologically-tuned designed landscapes, at small and large scale
Major areas of focus include green roofs, rain gardens, pictorial meadows, and naturalistic planting design.

Robert Evans, Cenex,
Following a successful career with Johnson Matthey, including a decade spent developing international markets for environmental and automotive technologies, Robert was appointed Chief Executive of Cenex in 2005. In this role he is responsible for Cenex work with clients to accelerate the uptake of low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure through a project-based approach covering electric vehicles and electric vehicle recharging, hydrogen fuel cells and gas truck projects. Cenex also manages the delivery of the annual international Low Carbon Vehicle event taking place at Millbrook Proving Ground in September, bringing together 2,000+ visitors from more than 900 organisations.
Established in 2005 with UK government support to help accelerate supply chain and market development for low carbon vehicle technologies, Cenex operates as a not-for-profit, running programmes and projects for public and private sector clients with the aim of helping accelerate the uptake of low carbon vehicles and energy infrastructure.
Cenex is known for its research into the market dynamics, vehicle operation and user behaviour for electric vehicles, as well as its work assisting fleet operators to plan for and implement carbon reduction measures using low carbon vehicle technologies. Cenex has also conducted techno-market studies and initiates small fleet demonstration projects for vehicles running on hydrogen and bio-methane.
Cenex manages the delivery of the LCV (Low Carbon Vehicle) event (www.cenex-lcv.co.uk). The LCV is a national Low Carbon Vehicle technology showcasing and networking event, which combines a Technology Exhibition, Ride&Drive, Seminar Programme and facilitated Networking. LCV2014 attracted more than 2,400 visitors from 950 different organisations.
Cenex manages the Plugged-in Midlands Project, which is one of the eight original Plugged in Places for electric vehicle infrastructure roll out. Cenex has helped organisations in the Midlands to plan, procure, install and claim grant funding for more than 850 charge points across the East and West Midlands.
Robert currently represents Cenex on the Technology Group of the UK’s Automotive Council and the Industry Advisory Group of the InnovateUK Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform which funds low carbon vehicle Research, Development and Demonstration. Robert is currently Chair of UK EVSE (www.ukevse.org.uk) which represents the interests of charge point providers and e-mobility service providers active in the UK market. He is also a Director of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the Electric Corby Community Energy Company.