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]

Upcoming Events

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 11:08am
From July 21-23, the Lettuce Learn Project and the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development...
Mountain Times Photo
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:37am
Adjunct Instructor Courtney Baines Smith has created a project called Lettuce Learn that aims to...
Allie Garrett planting seeds
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:19am
Allie Garrett, an SD major (graduating in May), has just been awarded the prestigious and extremely...
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What Our Alumni Are Saying

"My degree in SD helped me to view projects and challenges at a macro scale, providing context for the true impacts of development beyond just simple economics." -Brian Mayfield, 2011


Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, Chair
Sustainable Development Department
Living Learning Center

Sandy Wilson
Administrative Assistant

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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