Environment and sustainability news

Our students, staff and visitors all contribute to the University's environmental impact and we aim to bring environmental sustainability into all aspects of the University, including teaching, research, operational and international activities.

We are in the fortunate position of having a wealth of expertise and knowledge to share. Here are some examples of how we are responding to the climate emergency.

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A unique hybrid energy generator and storage system that could reduce premature deaths in parts of Ghana and Nigeria is being developed by researchers at the University of Derby.

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Changes to the biodiversity of our planet and how our once green world is becoming grey have been highlighted through a new biodiversity stripes website.

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The University of Derby has become part of Nature Positive Universities Alliance, a new global network of 111 universities that have made an official pledge to work towards a global Nature Positive goal.

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Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Derby have agreed a series of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to combine the skills and know-how needed to support the Trust’s ambitions to be at the forefront of ecosystem services provision.

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Researchers from the University of Derby are leading a major new international effort to ensure the long-term future of the world’s lagoons and the communities that depend on them.

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More than 125 trees have been planted at the University of Derby to the chimes of the Tree Charter Bell as part of the Woodland Trust’s pledge to plant 50 million trees by 2025 and help tackle climate change. 

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The Government has given the green light for a new £13m East Midlands Institute of Technology (IoT).

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Game-changing research that has transformed the way people interact with nature to improve wellbeing and promote pro-nature behaviour has received national recognition at the prestigious Green Gown Awards 2021, which recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world.

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The University of Derby's Student Living team has scooped the ‘Best Environmental Management’ accolade at the 2021 National Student Housing Awards.

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The University of Derby and East Midlands Chamber have become signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Race to Zero campaign.

Corals as canaries in the coal mine

Professor of Molecular Ecology Michael Sweet discusses the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and how coral can act as a warning sign for climate impact.

Video of Professor Michael Sweet explaining the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and how coral can act as a warning sign for climate impact.

View Corals as canaries in the coal mine - Michael Sweet video transcript

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With energy costs increasing, it can be difficult to cover bills as a student. Here are five easy methods to save energy, reduce costs and lower your carbon footprint.

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Masters Creative Writing student, Medha Godbole, encourages us to think and be responsible.

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Olivia shares easy things to think about as a student that go towards helping the planet, while saving money!

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When considering your grocery shop, are you thinking of price, convenience, or sustainability? A few quick swaps can allow you to easily shop sustainably on a budget. Here's a few tips.

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What day-to-day actions can we all take to help fight climate change? And how do we approach this in a cost of living crisis? University of Derby Behaviour Change lecturers Dr Jenny Lunt and Johanna Beswick explore possible solutions with students Katie Johns, Julie Kempthorne and Claire Thomas.

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Through green and sustainable marketing, you can help consumers make the right choice. In this blog, we help you navigate key environmental issues for the marketing function of your organisation.

A cartoon hedgehog wearing a graduation cap and holding a scroll. Underneath reads 'Silver Award 2021/22'

From achieving the bronze award in 2021, the University of Derby has now successfully attained the silver award for making its campuses more hedgehog friendly! This blog details some of the activities the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group Derby undertook in the run-up to this achievement.

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Orla Kelleher, Senior Lecturer in Responsible Management at the University of Derby, investigates the challenges business leaders face in light of the urgent need to address sustainability.

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Dr Fred Paterson, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business and Clean Growth at the University of Derby, examines the results of a six-year study into pro-environmental business and clean growth trends undertaken by the University’s Sustainable Business Research group in collaboration with the East Midlands Chamber.

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Ray Underwood studies Marketing Management and is often finding ways to be more sustainable as a student. Discover ways you can help the environment in her blog.