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
"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!"
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 email@example.com