University Sustainability

Defining Sustainability since 1899
Appalachian Builds on 20 Years of Composting on Campus with Dining Expansion

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.

~ Mission, Vision and Values: Appalachian State University Statement of Sustainability

Sustainability Podcasts

Sustainability extends beyond limiting carbon emissions and recycling. These podcasts explore the role of the 3E’s - social equity, economics and the environment – in a sustainable society.


Sustainable Living Guide

The daily choices you make matter. From personal wellness to citizenship, water savings to energy usage, your choices help build a responsible community.

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Zero Waste Commitment

Through thoughtful purchasing decisions, reducing consumption and increasing recycling we can drastically reduce what we send to the landfill.

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University's Strategic Plan

The Appalachian Experience: Envisioning a just and sustainable future, provides direction for the campus over the course of the next five years.

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  • 77.24

    points out of possible 85 in STARS Gold Rating.

  • 23rd

    Sierra Magazine's annual ranking of the nation's top "Coolest Schools" ranked Appalachian 25th in 2018.

  • 41%

    University waste diverted from landfill in 2017-2018 through reduction, recycling and composting.

  • 970

    acres in deeded preservation

  • 876

    academic courses include some aspect of sustainability.

  • 26.86%

    or more than $976,501 annually of food purchased by university dining services is from local producers.

Sources: Office of Sustainability, Appalachian State Physical Plant, and REI

Team Sunergy 2017: Runnin' on Shine (Documentary)

An informative documentary that follows Appalachian State University's Team Sunergy as they compete in the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix. Team Sunergy travels from Boone, North Carolina, to Austin, Texas, for three days of solar racing at the United States’ premier Formula 1 track, Circuit of the Americas.

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