Academics help shape Sheffield’s Green Commitment

A Green Commission, set up to ensure environmental issues are made a top priority in Sheffield has published its recommendations.

The report, entitled ‘Sheffield’s Green Commitment’, focuses on four key priorities to transform Sheffield into a more successful, sustainable, and competitive city. The priorities are:

  • Connected City
  • Transformative Energy
  • European Green City
  • Learning City

Professor Lenny Koh and Professor Martin Mayfield were involved in the project, sharing their research expertise and knowledge in these fields.

The Green Commissioners were involved throughout the entire initiative ranging from attending evidence hearing and its evaluation through to speaking at public events.

Professor Lenny Koh, a leading expert in sustainability and Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre said: “The Sheffield Green Commitment is the product of a true collaboration in Sheffield involving all types of stakeholders and the public.

“Aligning with our value of a civic and engaging University of Sheffield, academics across various disciplines together with Students’ Union representatives have contributed to this initiative.

“It brings environmental, economic and social sustainability into the core of everything we do, and embeds this into ways in which Sheffield City will be shaped and what it aspires to be known for – Sustainably Made in Sheffield.”

Cllr Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing and Chair of the Sheffield Green Commission said: “The Sheffield we want to see in the future is successful, competitive, sustainable and open for business. A citywide response is required to transform Sheffield into the smart, sustainable, future city which we know it can be.

“Sheffield has a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to take forward these actions outlined in this report.”

Liz Ballard, Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and co-Chair of the Green Commission, said: “Sheffield really can become a more sustainable city, with a better quality of life for all, if we work together to achieve this common goal.”

The full report and a brief summary version will be available to the public on the Sheffield City Council website.

A public consultation on the report will be conducted through Sheffield City Council’s online consultation portal “Citizen Space” following the report’s release.