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A public lecture at Sheffield Hallam University will examine how Sheffield can learn lessons from Europe's 'greenest city'.

The free lecture will look at the record of Freiburg in Germany on low-energy housing, large scale use of renewable fuels and high use of public transport, walking and cycling.

The German city also enjoys a very strong economy based, in part, on solar power and an enviable quality of life that attracts talented people to study and work.

The lecture, organised by Sheffield Urban Think Tank, will be given by Professor Wulf Daseking, Freiburg's head of urban planning, and will take place at Sheffield Hallam's Peak Lecture Theatre on Friday 16 March from 4pm to 6pm.

Professor Daseking is a key figure in shaping Freiburg and will talk about the social and economic benefits of planning for a low carbon future.

Karen Escott, academic leader for the Planning and Regeneration group at Sheffield Hallam, said: "Professor Daseking is an entertaining and persuasive speaker and will give an insight into the experience of Freiburg, which will be of relevance to planners, developers and students here in Sheffield."

Members of the public are also encouraged to attend the free lecture and there is no need to book.

For press information: contact Tess Humphrys in the University’s press office on 0114 225 4025 or email