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.


PV2 Class at E3 House Replacing Batteries

Photovoltaic 2 Class Replaces Batteries at E3 House at Blackburn-Vannoy Farm

Sustainable Technology program faculty recently had a tour of the Blackburn-Vannoy farm, led by Richard Rheingans of the Department of Sustainabl...

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Bill Pfleger - The New Energy Landscape: Trends Facilitating Microgrids & Future Directions

Bill Pfleger, Solutions Architect ManagerMicrogrid Competency Center at Schneider ElectricThe New Energy Landscape: Trends Facilitating Microgrids &am...

Building Science Architectural Design Studio III Empathy Design

Building Science Architectural Design Studio III to DESIGN deliberate housing schemes for local nonprofit LIFE Village, Inc.

BOONE, NCAfter the successful completion of a tiny home build for local non-profit LIFE Village (Living Innovations For Exceptional), the Department o...

Dr. Reza Foroughi STBE Faculty at Appstate

Building Science Welcomes Dr. Reza Foroughi to Faculty

The Building Science program welcomes Dr. Reza Foroughi as its newest assistant professor this fall. Dr. Foroughi holds a master’s degree in Archite...

Dr. Jaewon Oh

Sustainable Technology Welcomes Dr. Jaewon Oh to the Faculty

The Sustainable Technology program welcomes Dr. Jaewon Oh as its newest assistant professor this fall. Dr. Oh holds a master’s degree in Alternative...

Dr. Jeremy Ferrell-Peru Study Abroad 2018

Collaborative study abroad trip focuses on studying and mitigating climate change in Peru

In June 2018, 14 Appalachian State University students packed their bags and boarded a plane to Peru to spend almost three weeks studying and implemen...