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.

History of Sustainability

Here environmental stewardship, economic responsibility and social equity create a framework for scholarship and research.

Housing

1992
Housing implemented recycling collection at residence halls

2001
All bulbs were changed out to CFLs

2003
Green Cleaning introduced in residence halls

2004
Building renovations sustainability measures officially considered in renovations

2005
Recycling brought in-housestaff dedicated to collections

2007
Campus mandates all new buildings meet LEED silver criteria

2007
Cardboard recycling containers installed on each residence hall floor

2008
Mattress recycling begins in residence halls

2008
Began participation in Recyclemania (national recycling competition)

2009
Website developed for sustainability in housing

2010
Frank Residence Hall LEED Gold Certified

2010
Sustainability Council reorganized and Housing staff appointed to serve on council

2010
Housing & Dining Subcommittee of Council developed

2012
Mountaineer Residence Hall LEED Gold for Homes certified

2012
Small recycling totes provided to students in rooms for recycling collection

2012
Living Green Residential Learning Community established

2012
LLC Edible Schoolyard established

2013
Cone Residence Hall LEED Gold certified

2013
Single stream recycling introduced across campus and at all residence halls

2013
Winkler Hall demolition96% of all building material recycled

2013
Green Appal Certification begins in residence halls

2014
Social Justice Representative appointed on each Hall Council

2015
Summit Residence Hall LEED Silver certified

2015
Transition to LED bulbs begin (starts in Belk Hall)

2016
GreenApps eco-reps peer-to-peer sustainability education program enacted by Office of Sustainability in partnership with University Housing


Athletics

2008
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.

2009
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.

2010
Athletics appointed a liaison to serve as a member of the Sustainability Council.

2013
Athletics sent a representative to the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.

2014
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.

2015
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.