Derby College

Derby College is a dynamic, forward thinking provider of Further Education. Their Estate comprises modern BREEAM Excellence to Grade 2* listed buildings, which are used 356 days of the year for academic study and commercial events. The diverse nature of the Derby College Estate requires them to continually re-evaluate their environmental strategy. 

Derby College was the proud host venue of the 2013 Green Gown Awards Ceremony. We were delighted to be holding the Ceremony in not only a sector venue but also one that holds sustainability at its core and has amassed a string of sustainability awards for its ongoing work across campus – encompassing the ethos of the Awards itself – the sharing of sustainability good practice across the tertiary education sector.

Property strategy

• Derby College’s Estate comprises of a mixed use and purpose-built provision; a City centre Sixth Form Academy, a Construction Academy; a bespoke training Centre for Motor Vehicle, Sport and Commercial events; a land based campus with an Equine Centre; extensive sports facilities; and the Roundhouse, a flagship heritage site and multi-occupational vocational centre

• The College has developed and follows an aggressive property strategy, incorporating asset realisation. This has allowed the rationalisation of space and services designed to promote the utilisation of space more effectively, reducing the College Estate to meet planned and actual needs

• By enhancing their new facilities and some existing ones with the installation of renewable technologies, savings are now being made in the reduction of the College’s operational costs, as well as reducing its energy costs. Thus, contributing greatly in the reduction of the College’s carbon footprint

• Recent developments and new builds aspiring to excellence have seen the installation of approx. 1,000sq metres of poly crystalline modules (a combination of four new projects – aggregated figures). These areas have the potential of generating an output of approximately 150kW (peak hourly output), and attributing to an annual CO² offset of approximately 60,000kg CO² /annum.  Thus generating, and returning to the College, the associated feed in tariff consummate with the rate at the time of installation

• Further installations have been identified on existing building stock and new development areas, but are governed by the capacity of the incoming services used to return generated supply to the National Grid

• Green Travel – rapid development of city centre sites required a Green Travel Plan, which has enable the College to better serve staff and learner needs – including pool cars, inter-site transport linked into local services; electric vehicles

Waste Management

• Single waste handler – this provides all waste stream containers, which allows for easier auditing and management of College waste. All skips and waste containers on site (both internally and externally) are clearly signed, to reduce the risk of cross-contamination

• National Gold Recycling Award for the second year in succession

• Bronze award

• 100% landfill diversion

• Strict control and management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) related items, working with suppliers to remove them from our waste stream

Renewable Energy

• Under-floor heating in Sixth Form Centre to minimise heating costs and maximise heat gain from convection

• Passive ventilation – Roundhouse

• Grey water harvesting – Roundhouse

• IBMS systems on all sites as part of the Estates Strategy

• Heat exchanges – Roundhouse

Sustainability, including Carbon Reduction

• Scope 2 Carbon Footprint carried out

• Identified potential savings, subject to capital investment. For example – lighting:- Halide computer controlled lighting to replace SON’s in areas such as sports halls and car parks

• General savings made by improved housekeeping practice. For example – switching off PCs, programming IBMS to switch off air conditioning and non-essential equipment during downtime, evenings and weekends

• Introduced KPIs. For example, 5% reduction in utility costs for 2013/2014

• Working with Energy Consultant to accurately monitor energy use and to identify trends and potential/actual savings from the data provided

• Learner engagement - incorporating sustainability into every learner’s programme of study within the College. In addition to any environmental qualification as part of a learners formal qualification, sustainability is included within the Enrichment programme

• Working with the Students’ Union to embed the principles of sustainability, including attendance at the Freshers’ Fayre and themed events throughout the academic year. For example – Health & Wellbeing Week (including Green Travel)

• Students’ Union hold the Bronze Award for the Green Impact Assessment

Main Contact Name: Pam Stanley, Environmental Compliance Manager
Main Contact Email & Telephone: [email protected] and 07791781861
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