Green Spotlights are intended to showcase sustainability on campus through the eyes of an individual student, staff member, or faculty member. All views expressed are the author's own. 

Green Spotlights

Appropriate Technology major, Evolutionary Anthropology minor Hometown: Harriman NY Every waking day of my life I participate in an immense, dynamic global network of living organisms and human communities on the planet Earth. As the world becomes more developed and our technology becomes more...
Jesse Lieberman
MBA candidate, Walker College of Business, Graduating 2016 Chapel Hill, NC  Like most great ideas, Sustainability is really a product of Capitalism driven innovation! Sustainable practices provide more stable long term profits, a healthier more spending inclined consumer base, and...
Josh Brooks
M.S. Appropriate Tech, graduating in December 2016 Ennice, NC Growing up in rural Appalachia, sustainability wasn’t a familiar word. The term “local food” never made us question business practices, food sources, or distribution. Clean energy wasn’t a familiar concept, and likewise energy...
By Lauren Harper  On Friday, February 26th, I attended the Next South Conference and Career Fair in Atlanta, Georgia with four of my fellow Appalachian classmates. The conference, “Where the next generation of leaders meet conscious careers,” was hosted by the Georgia Conservancy and...
Brenton Faircloth
M.S. Technology with a concentration in Building Science, graduating in May 2016Winston‐Salem, NC I am completing a Master's degree in Technology here at Appalachian, with a concentration in building science. I have a passion for the outdoors and am often found canoeing, hiking, fishing, or simply...
Lauren Harper
Senior, Sustainable DevelopmentAtlanta, Ga Sustain. You can sustain a business. You can sustain a certain type of lifestyle. You can sustain yourself. But all of it means nothing if we don't sustain the environment. How will we create new products without resources? How will we continue to travel...
Major: International Business & Economics, Minor: German & Mandarin ChineseHometown: Boone, NC  Until last January I didn't really know what sustainability actually was. When I heard the term "sustainability" I would immediately think of recycling, solar panels, and the wind turbine....