University Sustainability

Defining Sustainability since 1899

Engage in Academics

Appalachian's leadership in sustainability education can be traced back decades, and the university houses the nation's longest running Sustainable Development Program. Today, the dedicated faculty and staff remain committed to providing students with a holistic view of sustainability to meet their present and future needs.

Degree Offerings

Interested in majoring in a sustainability oriented major or program? If so, click here to learn more about the many sustainability oriented academic programs offered at Appalachian State University.


A recent survey indicated 112 faculty members are engaged in research and scholarly activities related to sustainability.


Service-learning courses integrate academic work with community service allowing students to apply what they have learned in class through a hands-on project. Click here to learn more about service-learning courses and to read about prior students' experiences.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the People, Prosperity and the Planet Design competition for sustainability to promote innovative thinking for moving the world toward sustainability. Through the 2015 award cycle, Appalachian State University has received 14 P3 awards, tying for second-most awards amongst colleges and universities in the country. To apply for an EPA P3 grant, click here.

Residential Learning Community

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) provide students a unique housing opportunity. Appalachian offers over 19 options for students to choose from including those focused on particular majors and others with a focus on a particular student interest. Below are the sustainability-oriented RLCs: