Welcome to the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment!

       Building Solutions. Developing Leaders.

Our department features an integrated array of programs spanning the fields of sustainable design and technology. We have developed a reputation for innovative research and sustainable development in the areas of construction and building science, renewable energy, and other sustainable technologies. Our mission is to foster a strong and vibrant culture of inquiry, discovery, and innovation that integrates theory with application, problem seeking with problem-solving, local issues with global perspectives, and technological progress with environmental stewardship. More specifically, our department endeavors to:

  • Provide exemplary teaching that inspires and challenges students through experiential learning, synergistic curricula, and community engagement.
  • Conduct and disseminate scholarly work that focuses on sustainable solutions to important challenges in the design, creation, and management of technological systems.
  • Serve as a resource and a catalyst for local and global communities through projects, partnerships, and outreach.

We encourage you to become part of our innovative team! Please spend some time on our site learning more about our programs, our students, and our faculty.

News

Solar Decathlon Design Challenge 2019 Team

Two teams named finalists in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

We had two teams named finalists in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon Design Challenge, 2 of 45 teams invited internationally to...

Dr. Marie Hoepfl, professor in Appalachian's Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, has been honored with the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award.

Dr. Marie Hoepfl honored with Appalachian’s Graduate Faculty Award

Dr. Marie Hoepfl, professor and graduate program director for the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, has been awarded the...

D. Jason Miller, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, facilitates a design thinking workshop with the Holland Fellows encouraging them to think outside the box while developing business plans and solutions to eliminate plastic waste. Photo by Chase Reynolds

Collaborative design thinking workshop focuses on eliminating plastic waste

Education at Appalachian State University means preparing students to live as engaged global citizens working to create a sustainable future for all. ...

Lena Burkett Masters 2015

Lena Burkett (Class of 2015) uses research results to solve industry issues at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

On a Post-It note stuck to the wall of her office, Lena Burkett has written one of her aims in life: “Cut every American’s utility bill in half,...

STBE Peru Study Abroad 2018

Appalachian’s international collaboration yields renewable solutions for Peru village

By Jan ToddPosted March 15, 2019 at 4:28 p.m.During summer 2018, a group of Appalachian State University students traversed Peru — from the hei...

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Maria Kingery

Solar Coaster... Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Maria Kingery

Maria's lecture will be about her life on the "solar coaster." She will talk about starting early in the solar industry to evolving into a place where...