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

Dr. Christine Ogilvie Hendren is the director of Appalachian State University’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics and professor of geological and environmental sciences. Photo by Chase Reynolds

App State joins NSF research effort to reduce phosphorus dependence, losses

Phosphorus is an essential element and a critical nutrient in global food systems, where it is used in fertilizers to improve crop yields. But “the ...

Solar-powered ROSE glides by a wind farm during the first leg of the 2021 American Solar Challenge. Photo by Kyla Willoughby

App State's Team Sunergy wins big in US solar racing challenge — No. 1 in Cruiser Class

Appalachian State University’s solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, blazed through the 2021 American Solar Challenge (ASC) — finishing in first place...

Dr. Matt Estep, a plant geneticist and associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Biology, performs fieldwork at Rich Mountain Bald — part of the Tater Hill Preserve located in northern Watauga County. The preserve is a plant conservation project owned and managed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Plant Conservation Program. Photo by Ellen Gwin Burnette

App State genetic diversity study to inform US Fish and Wildlife conservation efforts for endangered NC plant

Spreading avens, a rare plant that thrives in Western North Carolina — at elevations of more than 4,000 feet — is in danger of extinction.To help ...

Dr. Baker Perry, professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geography and Planning, speaks with a group of students on a 2018 research trip to the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru. Photo by Marie Freeman

Dr. Baker Perry inspires — and requires — students to reach new heights

Dr. Baker Perry, professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geography and Planning, is recognized as one of the world’s top ex...

Dr. Steven J. Hageman, professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. Photo by Marie Freeman

Solving geological mysteries

Dr. Steven J. Hageman is a two-time Fulbright award recipient who researches patterns and processes of evolution, including the interaction of co...

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.


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