The Environment and Sustainability

Widely recognized for leadership in sustainability, Appalachian has a rich history of commitment to sustainable practices. Sustainability is more than an initiative at Appalachian. It's a way of life that becomes increasingly ingrained into the campus community's personal and institutional decision-making.

ASU Office of Sustainability LogoOffice of Sustainability

Established in 2009, this new office works hard to first understand and evaluate exactly where Appalachian stands in regards to sustainability, and then to work with university administration, staff, and students to improve sustainable practices.



ASU Graduation PledgeAppalachian State Graduation Pledge

This simple idea has monumental implications. The Graduation Pledge Alliance has grown to include thousands of graduates from more than 100 colleges and universities around the world who are committing to social and environmental responsibility.



ASU REI LogoRenewable Energy Initiative

Appalachian's  Renewable Energy Initiative advocates for a sustainable approach to global climate change and energy independence. The committee's annual operating budget comes from a self-imposed student fee of $5 per student per semester.  That budget is used by the REI committee to bring more renewable energy systems to campus and to educate students about the importance of energy conservation; our greatest and most effective renewable energy. REI reduces Appalachian's environmental impact by replacing existing sources of energy with cleaner forms of renewable energy technology, and it also serves as a resource for students and faculty by identifying and investing in the most appropriate energy projects.


ASU Apprpriate Technology StudentAppropriate Technology

Appropriate Technology is a concentration offered through the Department of Technology that reflects creative and sound approaches to technological development that acknowledges the role of social, environmental, political, and economic factors. The field is an interdisciplinary one drawing from the physical and social sciences as well as engineering, architecture, and technology. Areas of interest include energy conversion systems, waste and water management, community and shelter design, technology assessment, small scale production systems and technology transfer.


Sustainable Development StudentSustainable Development

Sustainability and Sustainable Development is more than just "going green" and environmental awareness. Sustainability means attending to and combining the important areas of environment, economics, and (social) equity.  Appalachian's Sustainable Development Program works to achieve this by integrating academics with community engagement and outreach.  Sustainable Development offers students a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity that explores concepts from social and natural sciences, as well as the humanities. The program blurs the boundaries between theory and practice as students pursue their BS or BA degree while discovering how sustainable development is being applied.