Second Green Commission Hearing is being held on Thursday 12th February at 5.30pm - 9 January 2015


We are pleased to inform you that the Green Commission will be holding its second hearing of evidence in public on Thursday 12th February at 5.30pm prompt. The event will be held at Burngreave Vestry Hall (for map please see and type “Burngreave Vestry Hall” into the Search box).


This hearing will be co-hosted with Sheffield Climate Alliance. It will feature evidence presented by three stimulating expert witnesses on Communication, Engagement and Behaviour Change. After this, members of the Green Commission will consider the evidence, and Sheffield Climate Alliance will host an interactive workshop to draw out the vision and concerns of the public audience. These will then be fed back to the Commission members to inform their debate and recommendations. You are invited to attend both the speakers’ session and the interactive workshop.


The three expert witnesses who will be speaking at this hearing are:


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. There is more information at


Amy Boyle, Account 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. There is more on the website at


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. He is involved in research on public engagement and the media, the politics of consumption, and contemporary environmental history. He 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. As well as writing popular and policy materials on environmental issues. Dr Smith has consulted on radio and TV broadcasts, and has directly commissioned short films and documentaries for the Creative Climate project, see


Please note: This is a hearing held in public rather than a public meeting, therefore there will not be a public Q&A. The Commissioners will ask their questions and receive answers from the expert witnesses in public. However, a 1 hour optional public workshop hosted by Sheffield Climate Alliance will follow the hearing, providing the opportunity to discuss your responses to the presentations. Views expressed at the public workshop will be submitted to the Sheffield Green Commission as part of the “call for evidence”.

Please feel free to write your questions and comments on the paper tablecloths during the hearing. These will be included in the documentation of the event. You are encouraged to tweet throughout the hearing using: #sheffgreencomm @sheffismyplanet

You may also submit evidence at any time via the Call the Green Commission page on the Sheffield City Council website


There are 25 places reserved for members of the public who have joined the Green Commission mailing list. If you would like to attend, please register by e-mailing . Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A further 25 places will be offered by Sheffield Climate Alliance to their invited guests.


We will be providing light refreshments at the hearing, both on arrival and during a short break before the interactive workshop. Please let us know if you have any access requirements for the evening.

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