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]

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News

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 11:26pm
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 11:02pm
At 3 a.m. on April 25, Dinesh Paudel experienced what he calls the “nightmare situation.”
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 11:08am
From July 21-23, the Lettuce Learn Project and the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development...
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What Our Alumni Are Saying

"My SD degree exposed me to several different aspects of sustainability - a concept which can be applied to most any field. Getting exposure to so many different disciplines within that realm helped me to figure out exactly what I wanted to do after graduation. The coursework and hands-on experiences that I had at Appalachian also gave me the right tools to live a healthy, proactive and conscious life as an adult. I continue to sing the praises of the SD department at Appalachian, and my time spent with that work and those professors has truly changed my life for the better.

I can't speak more highly of the SD department. As a student who saw it finally become its own accredited department offering both a BA and a BS, it has really been a pleasure to see how things have continued to evolve since graduation. The lessons I learned and friendships that I made during my time there are things that I carry with me everyday, and I love to tell other people about the incredible experience that I had with SD at Appalachian. I can't say that I have a single regret about choosing Appalachian or about my degree and coursework. Keep it up - you all are doing great things!"

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

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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