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Bee-friendly Bus Shelters Coming to Derby

Starting spring 2022, around half of Derby’s 90 new shelters will be fitted with living roofs designed to enhance biodiversity, at no cost to taxpayers or the Council.

Each one will be planted with a mix of native wildflowers and sedum plants. The living roofs will also absorb rainwater falling on the roof and help overcome the ‘urban heat island effect’.

The rest, where possible, will be fitted with solar panels to power low-energy smart lighting.

Once complete, Derby will be home to the UK’s largest city network of living roof shelters.


Job Opportunity | DE-Carbonise Project Officer (Derbyshire)

Location: Council House/Satellite offices in Derbyshire
Salary: £30,984 - £33,486 
Duration: Fixed until 31 October 2022
Closing date: Sunday 27th March

DE-Carbonise is a comprehensive low carbon support and grants programme for small and medium sized businesses across Derby and Derbyshire. It is a three year partnership project between Derby City Council, Derby County Council and the University of Derby and follows on from the successful Derby and Derbyshire Energy Efficiency (D2EE) project.

The council is looking to recruit a new Project Officer to coordinate and deliver this exciting project.

More info:


Belper Goes Green 2022: Call for Stall holders & Volunteers!

10th – 12th June 
Belper Meadows Club, DE56 1BA

After a 2-year absence, Transition Belper are excited to announce the return of Belper Goes Green – an Eco, Community & Arts festival! 

They are currently looking for stall holders & volunteers for 

  • Stewarding 
    The festival is run entirely by volunteers. Even a couple of hours is a huge help! 
  • Sponsorship 
    Support from local businesses is key to funding the festival. Different sponsorship levels are available.
  • Talks and workshops 
    We’d love to hear from people who have knowledge or skills to share – anything related to looking after the planet or ourselves. 
  • Entertainment 
    We’re looking for acts of all kinds – music, poetry, dance, theatre. Any other ideas? Just ask! 

To apply:



Have we missed your Community Climate Action Group?

We recently updated our list of local climate change focused community groups based in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire on our website. We want to include as many of you on there as possible to highlight all the wonderful groups in the area and encourage people to get involved in local action. 

You can see our list here: 

Are you a community group in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire working to tackle environmental & energy issues? Have we missed your group? Would you like us to update or remove your group information? Please let us know


Council Climate Plan Scorecard

Last year, Climate Emergency UK marked all publicly available council Climate Action Plans. The results are available here.

Each council has been given an overall percentage score and a ‘scorecard’ showing the results from nine themes including:

  • Governance & Development
  • Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Community Engagement
  • Co-Benefits
  • Diversity and Social Inclusion
  • Ecological Emergency

To allow fairer comparison, council have been listed with others of its types (e.g. district councils or single tier).

In Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire, scores range from 76% to 20% with Nottingham City Council (76%, single tier) & South Derbyshire District Council (70%, district) leading the pack. Four councils have yet to published plans and so have scored zero.

N.B:- only plans that were publicly available on the council’s website on or before 20 September 2021 were marked. Many have made significant progress since then or have been working on developing unpublished plans. This will not be reflected in scores. It also does not take account any action that has been underway.

It is hoped the project will provide a benchmark for what makes a good or bad Plan and encourage collaboration between local authorities.

The scoring system was based on their Climate Action Plan Checklist which was created in partnership with Friends of the Earth, Centre for Alternative Technology, Ashden, and APSE Energy. More on the methodology here.