Going beyond going green - Appalachian's “Three E” Approach
Appalachian’s leadership in sustainability is known nationally. Our holistic, three-branched approach asks us to consider if actions are sustainable economically, environmentally, and equitably in relationship to our planet’s co-inhabitants. Active stewards of our state's interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources, we challenge one another to think critically and creatively about sustainability and what it means from the smallest individual action to the most broad-based applications.
Shaping a sustainable future
Appalachian's long-held commitment to sustainability is evident in our research, creativity, innovation and practice. This approach to higher education sets our university apart as it helps shape a lasting, broad-based future for our nation and our world - one which is sustainable in every sense of the word.
Sustainability at Appalachian is not a trend, it is a tradition
In 1899, Appalachian State University was founded as Watauga Academy to improve education and therefore quality of life in our region. As an institution, we have steadfastly continued to live by - and practice - this same philosophy today, with the mission to improve the environment, economic and social equity of our community, region and world.
Our 5-year institutional strategic plan, “The Appalachian Experience: Envisioning a Just and Sustainable Future,” emphasizes a vision to be an influential world citizen and to develop a distinctive identity built on the university's strengths, location and tradition.
Engaged, sustainable scholarship, in a living laboratory
Balancing critical, creative and global thinking, Appalachian's dedicated faculty and staff develop innovative methods for teaching and modeling a holistic view of sustainability to meet the present and future needs of our students and the citizens of our community, region, nation and world.
Transforming theory into practice
Appalachian students engage in service-learning experiences which foster responsible citizenship, while providing direct economic benefits to our community.
Sustainability means creating healthy, just societies
We embrace our obligation to help create healthy, just, and sustainable societies by equipping our students to live with knowledge, compassion, dedication, humility, and dignity. This means embracing diversity of thought, belief and community, and supporting the wellness and health of our community in a variety of ways. In doing so, we foster faculty and staff excellence, and create environments in which students can thrive.
Sustainability Events Calendar
Find out about upcoming sustainability events at Appalachian.
What does sustainability mean?
Environment, Economics & Social Equity Resources
- Office of Sustainability
- Diversity at Appalachian
- Diversity Initiatives
- Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis
- Appalachian Energy Center
- Appalachian Cares - Student Wellness, Health & Safety
- Renewable Energy
- Zero Waste
- Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship
- Academic Engagement
- University Recreation - sustaining the sustainer
- Sustainability Council
- Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE)
- Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center (SAEREC)
- North Carolina Wind Applications Energy
Appalachian Prevention Advocates: training for life during and after college:
How this App Alum is using her Sustainable Development degree on the job might surprise you:
Appalachian Energy Summit
Hosted by Appalachian, this annual conference addresses action plans for reducing energy expenditures across the UNC system, sustainable economic development in North Carolina. It also offers professional development and research presentation opportunities for students.
Nearly 20% of Appalachian students, faculty and staff offset their commute to campus by purchasing carbon offsets at the time of registering their vehicle with the office of Parking & Traffic.