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.

Read about some of the reasons why:

Are you an SD Alum?

First Graduating Class, December 2008, five students

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 GardensCharlotte, NC
  • Senior IT Project Manager for Hennepin County, New Hope, MN
  • Marketing & Development Coordinator, Green Opportunities, Asheville, NC