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

Sustainable products designed by Alyssa Coletti's students

Appalachian students partner with biomaterials company, build sustainable products Apr 11, 2017

Furniture designer Alyssa Coletti is determined to expand student exposure to and experience with sustainable design.

Sustainability Spotlight, Applied Design
Lee Ball and Jeff Biggers

Find Your SustainAbility with Lee Ball and Jeff Biggers Mar 14, 2017

Listen in as noted author Jeff Biggers speaks with Appalachian's Director of Sustainability Lee Ball about regenerative cities and sustainability... Sustainable Development, Sustainability Spotlight, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Sustainability News

2016-17 Innovation Scholars

Fine and Applied Arts faculty awarded Innovation Scholars funding Apr 20, 2017

Three of the five collaborative projects funded by the Chancellor's first Innovation Scholars program are led by Fine and Applied Arts faculty.... Fine and Applied Arts, Communication, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, Sustainablity

NRLP General Manager Ed Miller

UNC GA grant supports Appalachian, New River Light and Power and energy research across UNC system Mar 30, 2017

Over the past decade, Appalachian State University has amassed one of the largest and the most diverse portfolio of renewable energy facilities... Sustainablity, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Jeff Biggers

Appalachian’s Sustainable Development Department to host author Jeff Biggers Feb. 17 Feb 9, 2017

The Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University welcomes noted author, performer and educator Jeff... Sustainable Development, Sustainablity