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Down to Earth Derby

Down to Earth Derby

The Social Higher Education Depot (S.H.E.D) was invited to feature as part of the Down to Earth Derby Showcase event.

Taking place on 19th of April 2022 at the Bustler Market, this event championed regenerative design as a powerful agent of change for the city of Derby, and featured talks, and discussions with team Down to Earth; Sir Tim Smit, Executive Chairman for the Eden Project and his team; Derby City Council; University of Derby representatives; team Katapult; and the CEO of the Heritage Fund Committee, to help address the biggest challenge of our time, ie. climate change within our city.

The objective of Down to Earth S.H.E.D was to provide a platform for people to have discussions with volunteers and potential investors, to help plan the way forward for a greener, more sustainable Derby. The vision for a greener Derby is not limited to climate change alone, but also explore the interconnectivity that exists between nature and mental health. This ambitious and visionary project aims to be for the people, by the people of Derby to ultimately address challenges of climate change, inequality and promote social mobility, to provide a greener space for all.

The continuous involvement with S.H.E.D. has been an incredible and valuable learning experience for our students, enabling them to rethink their own place within society to become active citizens that drive change. As with previous projects, DTE S.H.E.D. is another opportunity we look forward in working on next year, where our BA (Hons) Interior Design students will once again partner with teams S.H.E.D. and Down to Earth, along with their growing communities, and the rest of the University and community of Derby to help realise this vision for a greener and more sustainable Derby.
Barend Slabbert. Programme Leader BA (Hons) Interior Design

Find out more about Down to Earth Derby here

Watch this space for more information about Down to Earth S.H.E.D. If you want to get in touch or get involved, drop us an email.