Sustainability

Sustainability - a tradition, not a trend

Creative practice, visionary scholarship, innovative design and community engagement are the inspiration for sustainability efforts across the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The college recognizes that preserving ecological integrity, creating shared economic prosperity and supporting equitable and just societies involves re-thinking and re-imagining how we live at all levels. Faculty in departments across the college share the common purpose of transformative learning, where students are encouraged to think critically and creatively, to practice collaborative decision-making and responsible citizenship, to see themselves as part of the global community and to imagine their part in creating future scenarios that will enliven our human capacity to endure. The University's strategic plan and the College of Fine and Applied Arts' strategic vision motivate students, staff and faculty in our college to take sustainability seriously. We challenge ourselves to deepen our understanding of sustainability to include not only minimizing environmental, social and economic harm, but also to foster long-term thinking that supports life-affirming relationships of interdependence among people and the environment.

Sustainability Spotlight

Zach Sprau '11 '17

The powers of sun and soul Jan 30, 2018

Zach Sprau ’11 ’17 graduated from Appalachian State University with bachelor’s degrees in music performance and psychology, a ma

Sustainability Spotlight, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Students work on the farm

Appalachian donates fresh produce to local organizations for residents in need Aug 24, 2017

This summer, students and faculty in Appalachian State University’s Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development forged a unique p

Sustainability Spotlight, Sustainable Development

Sustainability News

First sausage delivery

Sustainable Development and Food Services foster farm-to-table initiative on campus Feb 9, 2018

Appalachian State University’s Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development has partnered with Food Services to provide local food

Sustainablity, Sustainable Development

Recent Appalachian graduate leads energy efficiency study at Watauga County Detention Center [Watauga Democrat] Jan 16, 2018

Alex Lowrie, who graduated from Appalachian State University with a master's from the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built... Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, Sustainablity

Appalachian’s College of Fine & Applied Arts to Host Climate Stories Showcase Nov 16, 2017

The College of Fine & Applied Arts at Appalachian State University invites members of campus and community to a reception and exhibition... Art, Sustainablity, Fine and Applied Arts