University Sustainability

Defining Sustainability since 1899

Sustainability at App State is not a trend, it is a tradition

UN Climate Change Conference

App State leaders are representing the university at the 26th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference for the first time and pursuing opportunities to include students in future conferences. Learn more

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.

By the Numbers

  • STARS Gold

    rating for sustainability performance

  • 10 years

    ranked in SIERRA magazine’s top “Coolest Schools” in the nation

  • 4,200 lbs.

    recycled at 2021 Luke Combs concert

  • $1 billion

    in avoided utility costs (UNC System and industry partners)

  • 2,132 courses

    incorporate sustainability (2018-19)

  • More than

    $1 million

    in local food purchased (2019–20 by Campus Dining)

Upcoming Events

Find films, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to participate in sustainability at App State.

Find Your Sustain Ability

What does sustainability mean, anyway? Turns out, it means more than you might think.

Be Part of the Change

Innovative Academic Programs

Research opportunities — in the field and in the classroom — abound for undergraduate students at App State.