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

Dr. Jeremy Ferrell in Peru

Appalachian’s international collaboration yields renewable solutions for Peru village Mar 21, 2019

During summer 2018, a group of Appalachian State University students traversed Peru — from the heights of Machu Picchu down to the gateway o

Sustainability Spotlight, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
IDEX students presenting ideas

LIFE Village funds collaboration with Appalachian to design homes for adults with autism Mar 7, 2019

After the successful completion of an off-the-shelf tiny home for nonprofit LIFE Village Inc.

Sustainability Spotlight, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Chefs visit farm

Expanded partnership increases access to sustainable food on Appalachian’s campus Mar 1, 2019

To grow the campus farm-to-dining hall partnership, expand the amount of local food available to students, faculty and staff, Appalachian State... Sustainable Development, Sustainability Spotlight

Sustainability News

Mel Chin

Artist Mel Chin to Speak at Appalachian Mar 14, 2019

Appalachian State University welcomes conceptual artist Mel Chin on April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Art, Sustainablity
IDEX students working

IDEXlab Teams Named Finalists for 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Mar 4, 2019

On February 27, two teams of IDEXlab students from Appalachian State University were selected

Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, Sustainablity
Students mount solar array

Appalachian departments collaborate to build photovoltaic trailer Jan 24, 2019

Cameron Van Dyke, assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Applied Design, partnered with Brent Summerville, prac

Applied Design, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, Sustainablity