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.

Resilent Lagoon Network logo

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.

Silver bell

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. 

A CGI image of the new East Midlands Institute of Technology

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

Sign outside Kedleston Road campus that reads #DerbyUni.

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.

Logo of the National Student Housing Awards - Best Environmental Management category

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

University of Derby Kedleston Road campus

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.

Derby Go

Derby City Council has today formally announced a partnership with Kinto, Toyota’s mobility brand, the University of Derby, and Derby College to launch, what is believed to be, the biggest trial of green travel mobility in Europe.

Green Care Code - one man in nature, one surrounded by technology and distractions

To celebrate the Great Big Green Week (18 - 26 September 2021), Go Jauntly has teamed up once again with the Nature Connectedness Research Group from the University of Derby, as well as the Mental Health Foundation, to launch the Green Care Code, a simple prompt to encourage people to notice the good things in nature - Stop. Look. Listen. Enjoy Nature!


University of Derby joins with Loughborough University, Loughborough College and Derby College Group in bid to the government for the East Midlands' new IoT.

Derby Business School

The University of Derby has announced its vision to build a new, iconic business school in the centre of the city.

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


students looking at a presentation about the 7P's of marketing

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.

growing piles of coins in soil with plant shoots on top of them

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.

solar panels and wind turbines in a green space

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.

Person sifting through shirts in a vintage shop.

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. 

People standing outside holding banners protesting.

COP26 will come and go in a matter of days, Jessica Gordon-Calvert explains how it will be the long-term actions by individuals and the collective that will carry the lasting impact in mitigating climate change. 

group of adults at the SHED sat in a circle talking

Dr Rhiannon Jones, Researcher at the University of Derby, will speak at the Design for Planet event, which will champion design as a powerful agent of change. Here, she explains more.

Charlie digging next to a tree, wearing safety goggle.

Charlie Mercer outlines what actions he has taken as part of the student-led, Derby Goes Green project to help create a sustainable environment and what you can do to help support the green movement. 

Alvaston park, trees line a pathway.

Ray Underwood shares her love for Derby's local parks. Beautiful spaces of nature that have recently achieved Green Flag status. 

Kirsten Lees standing on moorland

Kirsten Lees, Early Career Research in Zero Carbon at the University of Derby explains why we need to work with the natural world and think carefully about how we manage landscapes into the future in order to mitigate the climate crisis.