New figures show when it comes to being environmentally responsible, the University of Derby is First Class. The school is ranked 22nd out of 142 universities in the UK in the People & Plant Green League of 2011 which grades higher education institutions each year on their ethical and environmental performance. First Class ratings were received by only 31 universities with other ratings being 2:1, 2:2, Third and Fail.
In the 2010 report Derby was only 48th with a 2:2 rating but they have shot up over 20 points. Universities are assessed by the People & Planet League for commitment and environmental performance by using a 13 point criteria, that includes carbon management, environmental performance, student and staff engagement, ethical procurement and waste disposal and recycling.
The University had significantly improved their environmental performance over the last few years with the completion of a £13.5m scheme to help increase energy and heat efficiency of the main sites three towers. Plus the university is generating its own electrical supply through solar panels and wind turbines.
The university launched a carbon footprint calculator in January 2011 on its website in the Environmental section so students, staff and the public are able to calculate the carbon emissions that their personal lifestyle produces. The Environmental Manager for the University, Lynn Richards says that a lot of hard work been done to make the school more responsible environmentally.