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

The NEXUS Project

The NEXUS Project receives new grant totaling more than $600,000 since 2014

The NEXUS research team has received another Bioenergy Research Initiative grant for more than $80,000. This project continues the Nexus project goal:...

James Holton Class of 2015 in Appropriate Technology, Dept of STBE Appstate

App State alumnus works for Tesla at the ‘forefront of the renewable industry’

By Jan ToddBOONE, N.C. — James Holton ’15 likes to see results quickly and is energized by the quick turnaround of ideas and implementations ...

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: March 16 - Sophie Mullinax speaks on The Blue Horizons Project: Community Energy Planning in Action

Sophie Mullinax, Project Coordinator for the Blue Horizons ProjectThe Blue Horizons Project: Community Energy Planning in ActionMonday, Marc...

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: February 3 - Dionne Delli-Gatti speaks on Promoting Clean Energy Through Community-Based Solutionson

Dionne Delli-Gatti, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs and Southeast Climate and Clean Energy initiatives at the Environmental D...

Student set up microhydro system

Showing People How To Potentially Live Off the Grid

 By Amanda BrasierAmid the energy and music at the fall Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF), a team from Appalachian State was creating their own ener...

STBE

STBE to Hire Two Building Science Tenure Track Positions

The Building Sciences Program in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment (STBE) at Appalachian State University is pleased ...