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Green light for new Sheffield environment group

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Residents and business bosses are urged to contribute to a new ‘green commission’ to look at how Sheffield can be more sustainable.

The project – announced by Sheffield Council – is set to look at topics such as recycling, transport, air quality and meeting the increasing demand for energy.

It will also examine how climate change could affect householders and reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for the environment, recycling and Streetscene, said: “There are lots of environmental groups in Sheffield which are great, but there isn’t anything which can take stock and reflect on where we need to be, and how we get there.

“We need to get a proper sense of how Sheffield will be affected by climate change.

“For example, we know it is possible that Sheffield will flood three times more often if temperatures continue to rise.

“We know food prices will double by 2020, so how do we support a city to feed itself?”

The commission is a similar model to Sheffield’s Fairness Commission to improve equality in the city, and builds on Sheffield’s green reputation.

Experts taking part will be revealed at its first public meeting next Tuesday, April 8, from 7pm in Sheffield Town Hall. There the key topics for the commission to concentrate on will be decided.

Coun Scott said he hoped as many people as possible would attend for a ‘lively’ discussion.

n Email greencommission@sheffield.gov.uk to attend.

 

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