Welcome to Sustainable Development

The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development (SD) Department is the oldest Sustainable Development program in the country. Established in 1991, we offer students the following:

  • A unique opportunity to explore concepts from social and natural sciences, as well as the humanities. [more]
  • Multiple degree options: BA Degree or BS Degree with three different concentrations. [more]
  • Large teaching and research farm offering student residency. [more]
  • Opportunities for community involvement to extend learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom. [more]

News

Children take their first look at the garden
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 9:29pm
Children are learning how plants grow and where food comes from in a learning garden planted by...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 8:27pm
April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate The Scholars Bookshop in the University Bookstore...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 8:25pm
Author and adventurer Ken Ilgunas will present his talk “Trespassing across America: One Man’s Epic...
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What Our Alumni Are Saying

"The SD program helped me learn to be a systems thinker, to integrate information from all kinds of seemingly unrelated domains, to come up with original ideas, new realizations, and to find solutions to new and challenging problems. I don't know that I would be as facile with these approaches to my work and life if I had not been through the SD program in concert with what was called the IDS department back in the early 90s. My time and work at Appalachian taught me not just subject details and specific information, but it taught me how to think, how to process information, and how to work hard to see a future result. The value is not only in the subject expertise you walk out with, but the abilities that will let you become a lifelong explorer and discoverer.

Students entering today are very lucky to have this grounded and established SD program to foster their knowledge and practical acquisition of new skills the world definitely needs more of. Learning how to learn, and how to learn deeply and quickly is a critical life skill in 2014, where there is more superficial pseudo-information around than we could have imagined in the 90s. Students today must acquire strong critical thinking and filtering skills."

Contact

Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, Chair
Sustainable Development Department
Living Learning Center
828-262-7248
lubarskysb@appstate.edu

Sandy Wilson
Administrative Assistant
828-262-6926
wilsonsm@appstate.edu

Job Opening: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2015. We seek broadly trained applicants with expertise in Culture and Environment, whose work is in the environmental humanities and/or the humanistic social sciences and situated in the larger context of sustainable development. The area of specialization is open. Candidates must have a PhD by the beginning of the appointment. (More info)

 

Accepting Applications for SD Teaching & Research Farm Resident

Now accepting applications for an open residency spot on the SD Teaching & Research Farm.

Rent-free in exchange for ten hours of farm work per week.  Open until filled. Contact Brooke Kornegay at kornegayba@appstate.edu

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