Wednesday 4 February 2015

Sheffield’s Green Commission will be holding its second hearing in public next week and limited 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.

It will have its second public hearing on Thursday (12 February) at 6pm in Burngreave Vestry Hall, when evidence will be presented by three expert witnesses on communication, engagement and behaviour change.

This hearing of the Sheffield Green Commission is co-hosted by Sheffield Climate Alliance (SCA) and will be followed by a one hour public workshop led by SCA.

The three expert witnesses at this hearing will be Amanda Pearce, Director of award-winning social marketing firm Diva Creative; Dr Carly McLachlan, lecturer in climate change, sustainability and project management within the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and co-leader of the Energy Programme within the national Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; and Dr Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in the environment, The Open University

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 www.sheffield.gov.uk/greencommission.

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

Thursday’s meeting is the second 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 25 places are available for the meeting on 12 February 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 .

Councillor Jayne Dunn, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “Sheffield’s Green Commission is an opportunity to listen, debate with and learn from a range of experts. This will help us decide on the key changes we need to achieve to enable Sheffield to remain strong, sustainable, smart and competitive, now and in the future.”

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 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.

Green Commission member Beatrice Greenfield added: “Many solutions to environmental problems, such as creating green jobs, growing local food, installing housing insulation and providing cheaper public transport will both have benefits for the economy and help the least well off in our city. I also want to ensure we offer solutions that really respond to the scale of the challenge that is upon us.”

Sheffield Climate Alliance spokesperson Joan Miller commented: “Sheffield Climate Alliance is delighted to host the workshop following the formal hearing, which we hope will engage leaders from many different sectors to share their ideas. There are lots of things we can be doing to reduce carbon emissions in Sheffield and our expert witnesses will help us all think about how to communicate and involve everyone. ”

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Details of the three expert witnesses are:
Amanda Pearce, Director, Diva Creative.
Established in 1997, Diva Creative are an award-winning, full-service marketing agency with vast experience in delivering effective communications and influencing consumer behaviours – www.divacreative.com

Dr Carly McLachlan (PhD) , Lecturer, University of Manchester and Tyndall Centre
Dr Carly McLachlan is a lecturer in climate change, sustainability and project management within the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. She co-leads the Energy Programme within the national Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Her research interests focus on how stakeholders, including publics, engage with energy and sustainability issues. Her previous research projects, completed as part of Tyndall’s interdisciplinary team, have covered a range of topics including: stakeholder engagement with integrated climate change models, stakeholder assessments of carbon capture and storage, an assessment UK tidal energy policy and adaptation and mitigation in the UK food system. www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/centres-institutes/tyndall-manchester/

Dr Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in the environment, The Open University
Dr Joe Smith’s work seeks to promote better understanding of – and action on – global environmental change issues. This breaks down into three linked areas of research and commentary: public engagement and the media, the politics of consumption, and contemporary environmental history. Dr Joe Smith seeks to combine thinking and writing about these issues with direct engagement and impact and to advance public understanding and debate about environmental change, and to place these issues within the context of wider political, social and cultural change.
Dr Joe Smith writes popular and policy materials on environmental issues and has consulted on over thirty hours of broadcast projects on BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, Radio 4, BBC World TV and BBC World Service Radio, and directly commissioned short films and documentaries for the Creative Climate project. http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/main/staff/people-profile.php?name=Joe_Smith

Sheffield Climate Alliance is an alliance of local organisations and individuals who are pressing for effective action to tackle climate change www.sheffieldclimatealliance.net/