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]
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org