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

Energy Summit 2017 Theme

Energy Summit 2017 at Appalachian State University July 10-12

The 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit is happening July 10-12.  This year's theme is “Perspectives: Policy & Practice” and will highlight mu...

Formula Sun Grand Prix 2017

Team Sunergy Finishes Second at 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix!

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Inside the greenhouse, thermal battery (left) and raised aquaponics grow beds (right)

NEXUS: University-based multidisciplinary research site in service to local community

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