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.


Photovoltaics II Class Spring 2019 applied their knowledge by designing and installing an off-grid solar electric system for a real world client.

Photovoltaics II class designs and installs off-grid solar electric system

The Sustainable Technology program has a new relatively new Photovoltaics II class.  The focus is on battery-based, off-grid solar electric syste...

This concept rendering for the App Builds a Home project shows the outside of the home. When creating design elements for the home, Appalachian’s IDEXlab team considered cost, comfort, energy performance, constructability and environmental benefits.

App Builds a Home — App State’s IDEXlab designs zero energy ready home

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University students encountered both challenges and rewards when designing a zero energy ready house for App Builds ...

D. Jason Miller, associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, is the university’s recipient of the 2019 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Photo submitted

Appalachian winner announced for 2019 NC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award

By Jan ToddPosted May 10, 2019 at 2:08 p.m.BOONE, N.C. — D. Jason Miller, associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Departme...

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AppState Featured as a Top School for Renewable Energy Programs

Prestigious universities like Stanford, Duke, Boston University and MIT have renowned alternative energy programs with cutting-edge technology and glo...

Jake Haire, Class of 2020 Construction Management, Appalachian State University

Appalachian senior Jake Haire builds on his future through KMI International internship

BOONE, N.C. — This summer, Jake Haire, a building sciences–construction management major from Woodleaf, will build on his Appalachian St...

Senior Lecturer Jack Martin in Ludhiana, India with a Neelam Electric Rickshaw. Photo courtesy of Jack Martin

Appalachian professor works with Light Electric Vehicle Association to offer campus classes, training abroad

Jack Martin, senior lecturer in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment at Appalachian State University, has partnered with...