Alumnus (n.): Rooted in the greek word alere "to nourish".

Sustainable Development students and alumni are nourished with a solid foundation and applicable skills during their studies at Appalachian State.  This nutrient cycle is continuously passed on when alumni engage in life-long learning by nourishing themselves and their communities through knowledge, service, activism, and continued education.

We are proud of our SD community. Click below to read about some of the reasons why:

Are you an SD Alum?

Alumni Accomplishments (just a sampling)

Graduate school

  • Political Science Master's program, University of Wyoming
  • Sustainable Engineering program, Villanova University
  • Sustainable Tourism Masters of Science program, East Carolina University
  • Environmental Management at the Nicholas School, Duke University
  • Urban Design masters program, University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology Master's program, Keele University, England
  • Food Studies M.A. program in the School of Sustainability and the Environment, Chatham University, PA
  • Master's in Development Practice program, Emory University
  • Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Appalachian State University
  • College of Forestry's Peace Corps Master's International program, Oregon State University
  • Community and Regional Planning Master's program, Temple University
  • Community and Regional Planning Master's program, University of Oregon

Interesting positions and projects

  • Cooperative food trucks research, Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed), San Fransisco, CA
  • Island Fellow, The Island Institute, Maine
  • Facilitation of a community partnership between UNC Asheville and a local alternative middle and high school, AmeriCorps
  • Social Enterprise Support intern, Heifer International, Boone, NC
  • Bio-diesel technician, Patriot BioDiesel, Greensboro, NC
  • Executive Director, Valle Crucis Community Park, Valle Crucis, NC
  • East coast sustainable farms bike tour, Bike Steady Farm Tour, Main to New Orleans
  • Sled dog caretaker in Denali National Park, Student Conservation Association, AK
  • Production manager, New River Organic Growers, Boone, NC
  • Owner/operator, Mountain Herb & Flower, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • Farmer Programs Coordinator, Organic Growers School, Asheville, NC
  • Land Access Coordinator, WNC FarmLink, Asheville, NC
  • Gardening Coordinator, Friendship Gardens, Charlotte, NC
  • Senior IT Project Manager for Hennepin County, New Hope, MN
  • Marketing & Development Coordinator, Green Opportunities, Asheville, NC

What Our Alumni Are Saying

The Sustainable Development program at App State revolutionized my take on the state of our world. It taught me never to accept things as they are and that if the first answer to my question is the right answer, then I'm not asking the right question. Power relations lie behind everything, and the right answer is never "that's just the way things are." The SD program prepared me to aim high for opportunities with the most potential to affect change, and to create those opportunities regardless of however menial my current situation may feel. It gave me the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to impress in the "real world" and bring new perspectives to those set in their ways.