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Sustainability Archive

Ball named director of sustainability at Appalachian

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Following a national search, Dr. Lee F. Ball Jr. has been named director of sustainability at Appalachian State University. Ball has held the position on an interim basis since June 2015.

Appalachian included in Sierra magazine’s 2016 list of greenest colleges and universities

By University Communications

BOONE—Sierra magazine has released its 2016 list of “Cool Schools” and once again Appalachian State University is included among the nation’s 201 “greenest” colleges and universities.

Appalachian State University earns highest overall sustainability ranking by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

By Elisabeth B. Wall

BOONE—Appalachian State University has been recognized as a top performer in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving the highest ranking overall, No. 1, among master’s institutions. The university also ranked No. 2 in the area of curriculum and No. 5 in buildings.

Energy savings at Appalachian State University – making strides toward a just and sustainable future

Sustainability at Appalachian State University is not a trend, it is a tradition. We are active stewards of our state’s interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources. Through engaged scholarship, we balance critical, creative and global thinking in a living laboratory, transforming theory into practice and fostering responsible citizenship. – Statement of Sustainability in Appalachian’s strategic plan

By University Communications

Appalachian State University Sustainability Investment Committee takes a stand for impact investing

By Elisabeth Wall

BOONE—Call it what you will – “sustainable” or “impact” investing, “doing business for good,” “doing good to do well.” It boils down to companies, organizations and institutions investing funds or resources with the intention to generate positive social and environmental impact while reaping a financial return.

Faculty, student researchers at Appalachian State University and UNC Asheville research threatened plant species

By University Communications

BOONE and ASHEVILLE—Professors and student researchers from Appalachian State University’s and UNC Asheville’s Departments of Biology have partnered in a federally funded project to assess several aspects of an imperiled plant in western parts of North Carolina and Virginia.

Sustainable Food Week kicks off with National Food Day and public lecture Oct. 24

By: Meghan McCandless

BOONE—Appalachian State University, in partnership with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, will present Sustainable Food Week Oct. 24-29. The campus community and the public are invited to participate in both on- and off-campus events throughout the week, beginning with Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan’s public keynote, “Conservation You Can Taste,” on Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons.

Appalachian State University takes pledge as healthy campus partner

Joins growing list of institutions and organizations working to improve the health of campus communities

By: Dr. Alex Howard

BOONE—Appalachian State University took the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Pledge and is now considered a Healthy Campus 2020 Partner. This pledge demonstrates a campus’ commitment toward achieving the Healthy Campus 2020 goals and objectives. Appalachian has joined a growing group of diverse, motivated institutions and organizations working every day to move campuses across our nation toward better health. This list includes neighboring institutions N.C. State University and Wake Forest University, as well as many more around the country.

General Education geography class inspires future National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings scholarship recipient

By Elisabeth Wall

BOONE—Eric Burton, a senior geography major in Appalachian State University’s Honors College, could be the poster child for the university’s General Education program – a course of study that promotes critical and creative thinking; effective communication; making local-to-global connections and understanding responsibilities of community membership.