Sustainability

The College of Arts and Sciences and Sustainability

The College of Arts and Sciences upholds a standard of sustainability in a variety of ways. Our faculty and students pursue an active and interdisciplinary approach to sustainability research. Below are ways in which our college is engaging with sustainable initiatives in their research and work. For more information about how each department is involved with sustainability please see individual tabs to the left.

Sustainability News

A passion for the environment: App State energy manager Jonathan Pierson

A passion for the environment: App State energy manager Jonathan Pierson

BOONE, N.C. — Working and living in Alaska for a decade allowed Appalachian State University alumnus Jonathan Pierson ’06 ’08 to see how energy ...

Counting bees, because bees count — App State creates pollinator-tracking app

Counting bees, because bees count — App State creates pollinator-tracking app

BOONE, N.C. — “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” is a saying attributed to Peter Drucker (1909–2005), one of the most widely known...

2020 Climate Stories Showcase: Digital Exhibition on Instagram graphic.

2020 Climate Stories Showcase: Digital Exhibition on Instagram

Follow us at @ASUclimatestories The Climate Stories Collaborative invites members of our campus and community to follow our third annual sho...

The North Carolina map, left, and the Colorado map generated through Dr. Johnathan Sugg’s grant-funded GIS analysis show points of engagement (colleges/universities, outdoor retailers and guides, and climbing gyms) for nonprofit Protect Our Winters, which advocates for climate change policy. The maps also display metropolitan statistical area populations for each state, along with winning margins, votes and parties for the 2012, 2016 and 2018 presidential elections. Images courtesy of Johnathan Sugg

Grant-funded App State GIS analysis aids in advocating climate change policy

BOONE, N.C. — In this election cycle, the issue of climate change may factor into many voters’ choice of presidential candidate.Research conducted...

A heavy snowfall blankets the campus of Appalachian State University — one of five universities selected nationally to conduct rural climate resiliency research as part of AT&T’s Climate Resiliency Community Challenge. The Appalachian research team will suggest opportunities for improving access to services in rural communities. For example, expanded broadband is a critical component for overcoming obstacles created by weather cancellations. Photo by Marie Freeman

App State awarded AT&T grant to examine climate change resiliency, community impact

 AT&T has selected Appalachian State University as one of five universities nationally to conduct research designed to help communities ...

Carla RamsdellCollege Sustainability Liaison

The Office of Sustainability has identified a group of faculty sustainability liaisons, representing each college on campus, to promote visibility of curriculum, research and outreach related to sustainability across campus. Carla Ramsdell in the department of physics and astronomy is the sustainability liaison for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Contact:  ramsdellcs@appstate.edu





University Sustainability Mission Statement

Appalachian State University leads in creating a world where environmental, societal and economic qualities exist in balance to meet the resource needs of today and of future generations. Our community of students, faculty and staff continually advance our understanding, capabilities and practices in this vital journey. As an institution of higher learning, we lead and educate by example, inspiring new generations prepared to share this knowledge, ingenuity and passion.

For more information about how Appalachian's sustainability initiatives see their sustainability page