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

ROSE, Appstate's New Solar Car

New Solar Car Revealed

BOONE, N.C. — ROSE is ready to race.ROSE is a Cruiser Class solar vehicle — the division for solar cars that could be practical in the real world,...

Tiny House Build 2018

Appalachian students build tiny house for local non-profit

Students in Appalachian State University’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment are spending five weeks this summer embrac...

Mobilanding at Beech Mountain

Appalachian students build research structure at Beech Mountain

BOONE, N.C. — Students enrolled in the Integrative Design Experience Laboratory (IDEXlab) at Appalachian State University have completed the mobiLAN...

Tesla and Palmetto Recruit Appalachian Students

Tesla and Palmetto recruit ‘successful leaders’ in sustainability at Appalachian

BOONE, N.C. — “We need leaders and we need them now,” a representative from Tesla Inc. told students at Appalachian State University.At a recrui...

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

Speaker Series--Energy Storage Systems and Solutions - April 23

Sal GilGlobal Business Development Manager for ABB's Power Consulting services businessEnergy Storage Systems and SolutionsMonday, April 23 | 4:00 - 5...

Solar Thermal Technology Fall 2018

Innovation Scholar’s Program unique Greenhouse Solar Thermal System

Students in solar thermal technology (fall TEC 4628 and spring TEC 5628) have been involved in the design, construction, commissioning, and testing of...