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.


COP 27 meeting

Grace Waugh, Sustainable Technology major, Attends COP27 in Egypt with Appalachian State University Delegation

One of our Sustainable Technology majors, Grace Waugh, was invited, along with five other Appalachian State University students as the college's deleg...

SBA Hosts Dog House Building Competition in November, 2022

The Student Builder's Association (SBA) held a dog house build competition in November, 2022. The Whiting-Turner contracting company graciously donate...

Sustainable Design and Construction class project

Sustainable Design and Construction Course Designs and Builds with Scrap Materials

Looking for tips to reduce construction debris? Reuse the remnants!Appalachian State University's Building Science Program initiates an effort to desi...

Electric Grid Class Students Tour New River Light & Power Facilities

On Thursday,  November 11, 2022, the Electric Grid class taught by Dr. Sohad Abu-Elzait toured the New River Light and Power facilities in Boone....

Local Students Participate in Clean Energy Field Trip at App State

AEC, STBE, GES, and OOS Host Clean Energy Field Trip for Local Students

Community outreach and education is critical to us in Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment and for the Appalachian Energy Center.  On...

SBA Students' Cornhole Tournament

SBA Club Holds a Cornhole Build and Tournament Sponsored by Samet Corporation and ABC

Our student clubs continue to host workshops and speakers, and build (in this case, fun) projects   On October 25, 2022, the Student Builder...