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

Cameron Van Dyke sits with his wife and students at their sustainable community

App State professor builds small sustainable community with students Aug 23, 2022

Over the last four years, App State professor Cameron Van Dyke has embarked on an incredible journey of design and sustainability by creating a s Sustainability Spotlight, Sustainablity
Armed to Farm at App State hosted a week-long training for 30 participating veteran farmers from the southeastern United States.

Armed to Farm Program Teaches 30 Veterans how to Farm Aug 17, 2022

From Aug.25-29, the Frontline to Farm program hosted Armed to Farm, a week-long training for 30 participating farmers from the southeastern Unite Sustainability Spotlight