History of Sustainability
The pioneering spirit necessary to overcome the hardships of mountain life at the turn of the 18th century quickly characterized our institution. Advancing sustainable practices and promoting resilience were and are priorities:
A restructured GreenAppal program was introduced for students. Composting efforts introduced into residence halls, as well as targeted signage and education efforts.
Residence hall composting program piloted in LLC, Belk and Frank Halls.
GreenApps eco-reps peer-to-peer sustainability education program enacted by Office of Sustainability in partnership with University Housing
Transition to LED bulbs begin (starts in Belk Hall)
Summit Residence Hall LEED Silver certified
Social Justice Representative appointed on each Hall Council
Green Appal Certification begins in residence halls
Winkler Hall demolition96% of all building material recycled
Single stream recycling introduced across campus and at all residence halls
Cone Residence Hall LEED Gold certified
LLC Edible Schoolyard established
Living Green Residential Learning Community established
Small recycling totes provided to students in rooms for recycling collection
Mountaineer Residence Hall LEED Gold for Homes certified
Housing & Dining Subcommittee of Council developed
Sustainability Council reorganized and Housing staff appointed to serve on council
Frank Residence Hall LEED Gold Certified
Website developed for sustainability in housing
Began participation in Recyclemania (national recycling competition)
Mattress recycling begins in residence halls
Campus mandates all new buildings meet LEED silver criteria
Cardboard recycling containers installed on each residence hall floor
Recycling brought in-housestaff dedicated to collections
Building renovations sustainability measures officially considered in renovations
Green Cleaning introduced in residence halls
All bulbs were changed out to CFLs
Housing implemented recycling collection at residence halls
Office of Sustainability takes over stadium cleanup efforts to assure proper waste sorting to increase landfill diversion rates. This includes a massive volunteer effort from groups on campus.
The Athletics Center replaced all lighting with high efficiency LED bulbs.
The Zero Waste initiative was expanded to include the Athletics Center, which will eventually include compost and recycling in all suites, catering kitchens, and concessions.
During Thursday night games, a Green Zone Tailgate area included a green-your-tailgate display with tips on how to minimize picnic waste, demonstrations and information about alternative transportation, live music powered by renewable energy, free food provided by campus catering, and information tables and giveaways hosted by sustainability-minded clubs and campus organizations such as the REI, ASUSUS, The Sustainable Transportation Club, and the Solar Vehicle team.
Zero Waste zones were introduced in Kidd Brewer Stadium. These are areas where, with the assistance of trained student volunteers, fans can select the best way to dispose of their recyclable and compostable materials. The first year of the program, 74% of stadium waste was diverted from the landfill.
Appalachian received three gold awards in the EPA's Game Day Challenge, and ranked second in recycling and greenhouse gas emission reduction for the Sun Belt Conference.
Athletics appointed a liaison to serve as a member of the Sustainability Council.
Athletics sent a representative to the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.
The 120,000-square-foot Appalachian Athletics Center opened, with features designed to limit energy usage such as timers and motion detectors on lights, low flow toilets, and sinks with aerators and sensors.
Campus debuted Recycle at the Rock, a program that introduced recycling in Kidd Brewer Stadium and provided recycling bags for tailgating. Over 125,000 pounds of recyclable material have been diverted from the landfill through this program.