Fostering community-driven development & social change

Our department at a glance:


High Country Food Summit

Food Summit :  Saturday, October 28th, 10am- 4pm, Plemmons Student Union The Sustainable Development Department is once again a pr...

SD Department hosts conversation with Margaret Keck: Transnational Activism and Environmental Politics

On Monday, October, 9th, 2017, the SD Department welcomesMargaret Keck, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins to Appalachian State....

Students work on the farm

Appalachian donates fresh produce to local organizations for residents in need

This summer, students and faculty in Appalachian State University’s Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development forged a unique partnersh...

What Our Alumni Are Saying

My degree in SD has provided me with the building blocks upon which I have begun my career with the National Park Service as an interpreter and proponent for natural, wild places.

One thing that constantly impressed my about the program was the diversity of the students within it - the range of interests we had, and what we hoped to do with everything we learned. The faculty and staff in the Sustainable Development department gave individual, personalized attention to each of us to make sure that we would be prepared for our individual goals while also ensuring that we left with broad knowledge of all branches of sustainability - environmental, economic, agricultural, and global."