Local Sustainability News

Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee
We are proud to announce that all coffee served in our dining concepts* and at catered events is now Rainforest Alliance Certified.   Save the date for a Coffee Tasting Monotony Break on Tuesday, August 26th!
UNC system explores large-scale renewable energy project
The third annual summit of the UNC Energy Leadership Challenge was hosted by Appalachian State University Monday through Wednesday. The challenge aims to reduce the 17-campus UNC system's energy costs by $1 billion in 20 years and to achieve carbon...
AES: Energy culture needs disruption
Featured speakers at the Appalachian Energy Summit keyed in on this year's theme, "disruption and innovation," emphasizing the dramatic shift in culture and convention that is necessary to transform to a clean energy economy and sustainable society.
Thomas Ross
UNC campuses and affiliates, including UNC Hospitals, spend nearly $225 million a year on energy and water – more than 60 percent of the total utility spending for all state agencies. We are committed to reducing this major expenditure and know that...
Morehead Planetarium Sundial
UNC recently sent a team to RMI’s eLab Accelerator to learn how it can employ more renewable energy on its campuses. The timing of Accelerator was perfect, as at the end of this month Appalachian State University will host the third...
solar house
Congratulations to Team Reciprocity for taking 9th in Solar Decathalon Europe 2014! The net-zero energy house was constructed in Boone. Six 40-foot modules that comprise the house traveled by cargo ship to the French coast and were then trucked...
Appalachian State University is among the most environmentally responsible colleges listed in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition." The guide was created in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S....
Apple Hill Farms offers public tours 7 days a week at 2pm from the 3rd Saturday of May to the 2nd Saturday in October. This tour is a fun way to come meet the alpacas, goats, llamas, horses, ponies, chickens, dogs, and more that call...
Appalachian is making strides through innovation and leadership to become a world leader in sustainability. Sustainable Strides is designed to guide you on a virtual or physical tour showcasing attributes and technologies that illustrate the...
Appalachian State University claimed Top 10 in the Campus Conservation Nationals 2014 contest, an annual spring competition among colleges in the United States and Canada to save energy and water. 
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