How to get involved - Environment - University of Derby

How to get involved

Find out about all the sustainability initiatives at our University.

If you have any idea or suggestions or wish to report something please use our environmental suggestion box.

Student and staff engagement 

Students and staff participate in the Students' Union's green committee and the University's Environmental Steering Group. 

In September 2016, we ran our second annual Nature Connections Festival. The Festival provided a forum for sharing and learning from the latest research and practice in nature connection and also helped people to develop a common understanding of the role of nature connection, for example in well-being and pro-environmental behavior. 

On-campus Student Growing Space

Rooted is an on-campus student outdoor study space and biodiversity area designed to give staff and students new opportunities to engage with gardening. The project is accessible and open to all, and aims to provide opportunities to get outdoors and improve physical and mental health.

Rooted is a partnership project involving the University's Student Wellbeing team, the Chaplaincy and the Students' Union. It is on University-owned land.

More information can be found here.

Community Fund

The University of Derby runs a Community Fund, which provides one-off grants to projects that bring social or environmental benefit to local people.

Recent projects supported include:

  • Friends of Markeaton Park - community walled garden
  • Food & Education Enterprise - providing support for food and clothing banks in Derby
  • Earl of Harrington Angling Club - installation of accessible fishing platforms as part of a wider project to clean up public waterways

More information about the Community Fund can be found here.

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