SMART targets

We're working through the University to embed sustainability into all aspects of teaching, research and estate management.

Biodiversity

Consultants have been employed to create the new Biodiversity Action Plan, this is currently under review within the University. It will be approved and will help the university increase the biodiversity on site by 35%, within the next 3 years.

Community involvement

The university has committed to providing over 20,000 hours of volunteering in the next 12 months. It is hoped a proportion of this will be used for the environmental/ sustainable local community projects.

Construction and refurbishment

In the next 12 months, over 90% of the construction work will be refurbishment or extensions to existing University of Derby buildings. The Estate Development Team, are working toward internationally recognised environmental construction standards on all building work (RICS SKA Rating).

Emissions and discharges

The university will contain to have zero un-controlled emissions and discharges, from any activities which the institution undertakes. All known discharges and emissions are compliant with our issued permits (Environmental Agency and Severn Trent Water)

Travel and transport

We are committed to promoting and facilitating travel to our sites by alternatives to sole occupancy cars. We're well regarded for our travel planning which started in 2003 with an initial travel plan for a five-year period. We also have a travel plan for Buxton that has operated successfully since 2005.

Visit our Travel pages for more information.

Waste

As the university follows the principles of the waste hierarchy, none of our waste goes to landfill, it is recycled or converted into energy.

Visit our Waste and recycling pages for our sustainability map and more information.

Water

The university is commited to the reduction of single use plastics, and have installed water fountains through all university sites for students, staff and visitors to refill water bottles.