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

Solar car on the track

Racing the Sun [Appalachian Magazine] Aug 17, 2016

An Appalachian team seeks to change the future of transportation with a solar race car.

Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, Sustainablity, Sustainability Spotlight

Sustainability Spotlight - Brian Burke May 25, 2016

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development Brian Burke first learned about the field of environmental anthropology from a visiting professor... Sustainability Spotlight

Sustainability News

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

Dr. Lee Ball

Ball named director of sustainability at Appalachian Dec 12, 2016

Following a national search, Dr. Lee F. Ball Jr. has been named director of sustainability at Appalachian State University.

Sustainablity, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Dinesh Paudel

Dispatch From Nepal: The Disaster Didn't End When the Earth Stopped Shaking [truth-out.org] Nov 30, 2016

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development Dinesh Paudel and Gregory Reck, professor of anthropology, explore Nepal's recovery after the 2015... Sustainable Development, Sustainablity