The iconic Broyhill Wind turbine, installed on campus in 2009, is 153 feet tall and generates enough electricity to meet the demands of 11 typical American households.
The iconic Broyhill Wind turbine, installed on campus in 2009, is 153 feet tall and generates enough electricity to meet the demands of 11 typical American households.

Wild Turkey Awards

Appalachian's Sustainability Council established The Wild Turkey Award in 2013 to honor members of the campus community who have made significant contributions to sustainability. The wild turkey was chosen to symbolize this prestigious award because it is, among other things, intelligent, ornery and resilient. Any individual who has made a contribution to sustainability —economic, ecological or equitable — is eligible for nomination.

2016 Wild Turkey Winners

  • ACT Office accepted by Kate Johnson, Associate Director
  • The Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program (LBCDLP), leader in education of sustainable best practices
  • Dan Stevenson, REI Chair
  • Charles (Chuck) Smith, Associate Professor, Sustainable Development
  • F.A.R.M. Café (Renee Boughman, Executive Chef)
  • Shea Tuberty, Outgoing Sustainability Council Co-Chair

2015 Wild Turkey Winners

  • Courtney Baines-Smith, learning garden visionary
  • The Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program (LBCDLP), leader in education of sustainable best practices
  • George Santucci, president, New River Conservancy
  • Dr. Dennis Scanlin, founder of the appropriate technology program, Department of Technology and Design; Department of Sustainable Development
  • Kenan Smith, '84, and Hayes Smith,'82, distinguished alumni
  • Willard Watson, outreach specialist, Office of Sustainability

2014 Wild Turkey Winners

  • Kenneth Peacock, former chancellor Appalachian State University
  • Jeffrey Tiller, Department of Technology and Environmental Design
  • Wendy Patoprsty, Department of Geography
  • Jerry Marshall, Physical Plant
  • Linda Toth, Office of Sustainability
  • Amanda Moore, Social Justice Advocate
  • David Valder, student, Sustainability Development

2013 Wild Turkey Winners

  • Ged Moody, director, Office of Sustainability
  • David Valder, student, Sustainability Development
  • Donna Lisenby, Upper Watauga River Keeper
  • Dr. Harvard Ayers, Department of Anthropology
  • Dr. Jeff Boyer Department of Anthropology, founding director of the Sustainable Development Program
  • Dr. Lee Ball, Department of Technology and Environmental Design
  • Jennifer Maxwell, Physical Plant Administration, University Resource Specialist in Office of Sustainability