Sustainability

Appalachian senior Jordan Greene, a senior mathematics major with a concentration in statistics. Greene returned to college after more than a decade in retail management and marketing analytics. Photo by Marie Freeman

App State senior and former market analyst awarded NC Space Grant
Jul 16, 2019

After more than a decade in retail management and marketing analytics, Jordan Greene returned to college and shifted his focus to the skies. He enroll...

Appalachian is partnering with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity to build a home from the ground up, with groundbreaking scheduled for September. This is the first time the university has taken ownership of a project with Habitat. A build such as the one pictured here will be a reality soon. Photo submitted

App State engages with local community to build Habitat for Humanity home
Jul 12, 2019

Appalachian State University is partnering with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity (WCHH) to build a home from the ground up. While Appalac...

Rachel Gaines, a senior environmental science major from Dayton, Ohio. Gaines will graduate this summer and begin Appalachian’s graduate program in sustainable technology in the fall. Photo by Marie Freeman

App State’s Rachel Gaines is a goalkeeper in sports — and in life
Jul 2, 2019

Field hockey brought Rachel Gaines to Appalachian State University, but academics — and the “family atmosphere” — made her want to stay.Gaines...

A student at the Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork tries on a survival suit worn during Antarctic research expeditions through Appalachian’s Picture Yourself as a Geologist (PYES) outreach program. Photo submitted

Picture Yourself as an Earth Scientist
Jul 1, 2019

Students, faculty and staff in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences are giving regional K–...

At 8,430 meters above sea level, the high-altitude expedition team celebrates after setting up the world's highest operating automated weather station during National Geographic and Rolex's 2019 Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mount Everest. Among them is Appalachian’s Dr. Baker Perry. Learn more at www.natgeo.com/everest. Photo by Mark Fisher, National Geographic

App State researchers scale Mount Everest to conduct climate research as part of National Geographic expedition
Jun 17, 2019

From April to June, as part of a robust effort to improve understanding of and resilience to the impacts of climate change on mountain systems, Nation...

Dr. Baker Perry, professor in Appalachian’s Department of Geography and Planning, on a study abroad in Pucarumi, Peru, at an altitude of 13,500 feet. Photo by Marie Freeman

App State’s Dr. Baker Perry to be featured in National Geographic livestream June 13
Jun 12, 2019

As part of National Geographic’s three-day Explorers Festival, Appalachian State University’s Dr. Baker Perry will talk as part of a livestreamed ...

Apperion, Appalachian’s first solar vehicle, is one of over 50 exhibits in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ 2019 Triangle SciTech Expo. The car completed top-three finishes in the 2016 and 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix, and placed sixth in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. Photo by Chase Reynolds

Appalachian’s first solar vehicle — Apperion — featured in 2019 Triangle SciTech Expo
Jun 3, 2019

Fourth grade student Lance Shepherd, a young admirer of science and technology who attends Audrey W. Garrett Elementary School in Mebane, had a chance...

Appalachian students lounge beneath the shade of a campus tree on Sanford Mall during a sunny fall day. Photo by Marie Freeman

Appalachian — a Tree Campus since 2014 — welcomes new trees to campus
Apr 25, 2019

The Arbor Day Foundation has again awarded Appalachian State University its Tree Campus USA distinction — a title the university...

Student scientists and instructors test the water quality in Boone Creek, a waterway that travels through Appalachian’s main campus. Plans to daylight the creek are part of a larger resiliency initiative. Photo by Marie Freeman

The case for resiliency
Apr 18, 2019

Appalachian biology professor Dr. Shea Tuberty and former FEMA Administrator Brock Long discuss how developing a culture of preparedness fosters resil...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park as seen in a winter photograph taken after a heavy frost. Photo courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Good news for the Smokies — Appalachian researcher cites air quality improvements
Apr 10, 2019

New research led by Appalachian State University professor Dr. Howard Neufeld, as reported in the journal Atmospheric Environment: X, reveals smo...