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

Building Science students working at the HVAC controls station

Harris Integrated Solutions Donates HVAC Controls Equipment for Students to Use

The Building Science program at Appalachian State University would like to thank Harris Integrated Solutions for their extremely generous donation of ...

Tenure-Track Sustainable Technology Position Available

The Sustainable Technology Program in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment (STBE) at Appalachian State University is ple...

Sam Lee

Grad Student Draws on Love of Outdoors to Pursue Advanced Degree

Graduate student Sam Lee said although he was sad not to visit family, there was an upside to skipping his normal Thanksgiving gathering this year due...

Greenhouse Comparative Research Study Underway at Appalachian State’s Farm

Greenhouse Comparative Research Study Underway at Appalachian State’s Farm

 By Tyree Wilmoth        In 2017, ASU’s Food Services made a contract with the Sustainable Development department to purcha...

Lauren Halford and Jacob Wibbens, IDEXlab Students

IDEXlab Students Rethink Design Projects To Respond To COVID-19

By Amanda BrasierA global pandemic changes everything. For students in Appalachian State University’s IDEXlab this semester, it changed the entire c...

Appalachian State University

IDEXlab Team among the recipients for the 2020 Chancellor's Innovation Scholars Program

BOONE, N.C. — Five winning entries by Appalachian State University faculty and staff have been announced for the 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation...