Office of Sustainability Seeking Students for Fall 2023 Cooking with Purpose Series

BOONE, N.C. — The College of Arts and Sciences' Sustainability Liaison Carla Ramsdell, in collaboration with Appalachian State University's Office of Sustainability, invites students to apply for this semester's "Cooking with Purpose," a five-part cooking class focused on sustainable, low-cost, delicious meal preparations. This is a voluntary program that does not result in college course credit.

The goal of the series is to increase awareness about how to prepare healthy food using sustainable ingredients and techniques and to showcase ingredients that are readily available at the Office of Sustainability's Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store. Established to address food insecurity and resource consumption at App State, the food hub provides staple foods, fresh produce, bread, breakfast items and personal care products to students, staff and faculty. It is located on the bottom floor of East Hall and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Cooking with Purpose" was established during the COVID-19 lockdown following the successful transition of a physics of cooking course to an online format. Ramsdell, the coordinator of the series, explained the motivation behind creating it: "The team was hopeful that this would not only introduce students to low-cost, sustainable meal preparations but also help to provide community with other students at a time this was particularly difficult to establish."

"Cooking with Purpose" will take place on five dates throughout the semester from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The series will kick off on Monday, October 2, 2023, with an in-person meet and greet. The next three cooking classes will meet virtually via Zoom and the final class will meet in person on Wednesday, December 6, 2023. The cohort will cook a variety of meals, including lentil tacos, a skillet pizza, a Tuscan tomato chickpea soup, a Persian-inspired meal and homemade hummus and Chai.

The class instructors include:

To attend the virtual classes, students will need access to reliable internet and technology. Additionally, cooking equipment, including a cooking pot with a lid, skillet with a lid, cutting board, utensils, bowl, rolling pin and measuring cups, is necessary to complete the course. A limited amount of equipment will be available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.

This semester's class does not provide the needed ingredients. However, the organizers will make an effort to have the needed ingredients available at the Mountaineer Food Hub.

To apply for "Cooking with Purpose," submit the application by Thursday, September 28, 2023. A cohort of 20 students will be accepted. This semester, priority will be given to students who apply early and use the Mountaineer Food Hub. Questions about the series can be directed to Ramsdell ( or King (


About Sustainability at Appalachian
Appalachian State University’s leadership in sustainability is known nationally. The university’s holistic, three-branched approach considers sustainability economically, environmentally and equitably in relationship to the planet’s co-inhabitants. The university is an active steward of the state’s interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources and challenges students and others to think critically and creatively about sustainability and what it means from the smallest individual action to the most broad-based applications. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs that focus on sustainability. In addition, 100 percent of Appalachian’s academic departments offer at least one sustainability course or course that includes sustainability, and all students graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome. Learn more at

About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Appalachian State University is home to 17 academic departments, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. CAS aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. More than 6,400 student majors are enrolled in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing App State’s general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at

By Lauren Andersen
September 15, 2023

The College of Arts and Sciences' Sustainability Liaison Carla Ramsdell, in collaboration with Appalachian State University's Office of Sustainability, invites students to apply for this semester's
Published: Sep 15, 2023 7:30am