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Urban revitalizationist Majora Carter champions ‘people energy’ at Appalachian Energy Summit

By Ken Keuffel

BOONE, N.C.—In her address at the 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit, Majora Carter suggested her work in urban revitalization befitted a summit on energy. She spoke about the energy of people – which she called “an incredibly powerful, renewable resource.”

Gina McCarthy, former head of EPA, delivers a rousing, humorous and inspiring keynote during Appalachian Energy Summit

By Ken Keuffel

BOONE, N.C.—In her keynote address at the 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit, former head of the EPA Gina McCarthy cautioned against complacency and despair, calling on grass roots activists to address environmental issues with renewed vigor, especially around clean energy and climate change.

Appalachian State solar vehicle places second in international track race

By Megan Hayes

AUSTIN, TX.—Solar-powered Appalachian State University’s Team Sunergy took second place at the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix after thousands of hours of preparation and three days of intense strategy and track racing. The annual race, which took place this year on the Circuit of The Americas track in Austin, is an international collegiate endurance competition that sets the standards for and tests the limits of solar vehicle technology.

Department of Mathematical Sciences hosts workshop on Sustainable Energy Consumption

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—During the month of June, the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University welcomed faculty from around the world to Reconnect, a conference designed to evaluate mathematical and computational tools for energy efficiency and reliability of data centers.

EPA head and urban revitalization strategist to deliver keynote addresses at Appalachian’s 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit, July 10 and 11

By Ken Keuffel

BOONE, N.C.—Gina McCarthy, the former head of the EPA, and Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist who hosts “The Promised Land,” a Peabody Award-winning public radio series, will deliver keynote addresses during the Appalachian Energy Summit at Appalachian State University. McCarthy speaks Monday, July 10, and Carter the following evening, both in the Schaefer Center for Performing Arts on Appalachian’s campus.

Ribbon-cutting May 25 to mark reopening of New River banks near Appalachian’s State Farm Fields

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—On May 25, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the reopening of banks along the New River located at Appalachian State University’s State Farm Fields.

Raichle named chair of the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

By Meghan McCandless

BOONE, N.C.—Dr. Brian Raichle has been named chair of the Appalachian State University Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment after serving as interim chair for the 2016-17 year. His appointment was effective March 1.

Appalachian’s Sarah Beth Anderson receives rural scholarship from the NBCC Foundation

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Sarah Beth Anderson of Boone, who is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in the clinical mental health counseling program at Appalachian State University, has received a scholarship that includes $8,000 to defray the costs of her education as well as training in the counseling of underserved rural populations.

Student team places second in national Race to Zero Competition

By Meghan McCandless

BOONE, N.C.—Team Appalachian [In]sight, a group of seven graduate and undergraduate students representing Appalachian State University’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, placed second in the “Suburban Single-Family Housing” category at the fourth annual Race to Zero Competition. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), was held at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado April 22-23.