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.


Installed Homebiogas digester

Cooking with Home Biogas

The Nexus research group with help from students in the Biofuels Technology course have installed a unique small-scale biodigester to convert organic ...

Appalachian alumnus Bill Pfleger

Appalachian alumnus Bill Pfleger explores ‘The New Energy Landscape’ through microgrid technology

BOONE, N.C. — During the kick-off talk in Appalachian State University’s fall 2018 Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Alumni Edition, Bill Pfleger...

Duke Energy Landon Williams

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Duke Energy: Utility Initiatives for a Low Carbon Future

Landon Williams, Senior Public Engagement Specialist at Duke EnergyDuke Energy: Utility Initiatives for a Low Carbon FutureMonday, November 26 | 4:00 ...

Betty's Biscuits PV Design with STBE Appstate

Appropriate Tech grad student helps local food truck go solar

Boone, NC - Local restauranteur, Tina Houston, operates a successful food truck, Betty's Biscuits. Until this past sunny, late fall Sunday, she powere...

NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Winners

NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

Winners of the eighth annual Sigmon Memorial Scholarship were announced on 18 October after a closed jury review of masonry design proposals in the Ka...

Studio IV Proposals Exhibited in Plemmons Student Union

Studio IV Proposals Exhibited in Plemmons Student Union

As part of the Black Mountain College semester at Appalachian (Spring 2018), eighteen students in TEC 4748 Architectural Design Studio IV, were given ...