SMART targets

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


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 continue 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. These include free inter-site shuttle bus service. 

Visit our Travel pages for more information.


As the university follows the principles of the waste hierarchy, we aim to ensure none of our non-hazarouds waste goes to landfill, it is recycled or converted into energy.

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


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