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.

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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

Purpose and Vision:  The NEXUS at Appalachian State University is a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students housed in the Department of Su...

MobiLab at the North Carolina Small Wind Application Center at Beech Mountain

The MOBILab goes mobile!

This February, the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment sent the MOBILab - an energy self-sufficient mobile classroom and re...

Ryan Gillespie and Dr. Jack Martin, Professor

Undergrad, Ryan Gillespie, Wins 2017 Big Idea Pitch Competition

Atlanta native Ryan Gillespie earned the top spot and $1,000 at the 2017 Big IDEA Competition for his made-in-America electric bike idea.The event, he...