How to get involved

Go Green Week 18-22 March 2024

All events (apart from the Work Ready Wardrobe which is student-only) are open to both students and staff.

Our catering provider Aramark will be selling low carbon and meat-free dishes for the entire week on their concept menu in Eat Central. 

Starbucks will be giving away FREE husk cups with every 12oz drink bought - whilst stocks last.

Day Event Description Time Location Booking
Monday 18 March Sustainability stand  Reusable cup giveaway 11am-1pm St Helenas, Chesterfield Drop-In
  Sustainability stand Reusable cup giveaway 11am-1pm Markeaton Street Drop-In
Climate Change Workshop A fun and engaging session looking at the causes and effects of climate change and working through potential climate solutions. 2pm-4pm N112, Kedleston Road Book via email
Tuesday 19 March Sustainability Fair  A variety of stands providing information on recycling, Fairtrade, sustainable travel, water conservation and much more. Come along and receive a free reusable cup. 10am-2pm Kedleston Road Atrium Drop-In
Work Ready Wardrobe

The Careers and Employment Service are giving away FREE professional workwear to students! If you're a student in need of workwear for interviews and assessment centres, please come along to get hold of some free clothes!

11am-2pm Kedleston Road Careers Hub Atrium Book via
Wednesday 20 March Sustainable Development Goal Poster Display A display of academic posters produced by students who were asked to create a research question and rationale related to the Sustainable Development Goals 9am-4pm Kedleston Road Atrium Drop-In
The Big Derby Clean Up We will be collaborating with Derby College and Think Ocean to do a big litter pick in Derby City Centre, followed by an upcycling session. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a free drink. Transport from Kedleston Road will be provided. 1pm-4pm Derby City Centre Book via email
Thursday 21 March Sustainability Stand Reusable Cup Giveaway 11am-1pm Devonshire Dome, Buxton Drop-In
Energy Bill Advice Cafe  Come and chat to our friendly Energy Manager Mel. Mel can help you understand your utility bills and provide advice on dealing with your energy suppliers. 10am-11am Markeaton Street Cafe Drop-In
  Energy Bill Advice Cafe Come and chat to our friendly Energy Manager Mel. Mel can help you understand your utility bills and provide advice on dealing with your energy suppliers. 12pm-2pm Basecamp, Kedleston Road Drop-In
Friday 22 March Wipe Out Waste Did you know that every Friday our catering provider Aramark use up food waste from the rest of the week to create their menu? The Friday of Go Green Week is no different! Head down to Eat Central every Friday to enjoy their 'Wipe Out Waste' menu! Eat Central, Kedleston Road Drop-In

Student and Staff Engagement Plan 2023-24

Month What Target  Audience How Responsibility Resources Measure
Sep Welcome Week Students Welcome booklet and Freshers Fair Environment Team and Student Engagement and Enhancement Team Staff time Attendees
Nov Sustainability Day Students and Staff Sustainability Fair Environment Team Staff time Attendees
Dec Christmas Switch Off Staff Plasma screens, Derby Daily Environment Team Staff time, design costs Energy consumption over Christmas
Feb Sustainable Development Goal Teach-In Staff Derby Daily Responsible Futures Steering Group Staff time No. of sign ups
March  Go Green Week Students and Staff Articles, talks, debates and presentations Environment Team, Union of Students Staff time Attendees
May  Hedgehog Awareness Week Students and Staff Social Media  Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group Student time Attendees, Interaction with posts
June  30 Days Wild Students and Staff Articles and social media Marketing Team Staff time Interactions with posts

All new staff cover environmental awareness as part of the standard induction checklist. It is also included in the mandatory new starter training videos and a key part of the quarterly 'Welcome' events held for all new staff. Staff with any queries are welcome to email the environment team (

For new students, sustainability is included in the Welcome booklet and the virtual induction provided in September each year.

Staff Sustainable Champion Scheme

We have launched a new sustainability initiative to encourage and reward sustainable behaviours amongst staff. We are looking to recruit sustainable champions from across the University. 

What does the role of being a sustainability champion involve?

We understand that not everyone will want to get involved in all aspects described above, and that’s fine! As a Sustainability Champion, you can get involved as much or as little as you like. There is also no limit to the number of Sustainability Champions in each team. In fact, the more people who sign up in your team/department, the easier it will be to make an impact. 

If you have an interest in sustainability and would like to find out more about becoming a Sustainability Champion, please email

On-campus allotment project 

The Union of Students have set up an allotment at our Kedleston Road site. There are currently three raised beds, a compost bin and there will soon be a greenhouse. Contact the Union of Students to find out how to get involved.

Carbon literacy training

The Business School run Carbon Literacy training sessions which are being rolled out to staff across the University. Find more information on the become more carbon literate page. If your team would be interested in receiving this training, please email

Cup Levy Fund

Funds raised from the disposable Cup Levy are used for student-led sustainability initiatives. These have included: