David Valder

Project Coordinator

David is currently a Project Coordinator in Belk, Inc's Sustainability Department. Between graduating in May, 2014 and receiving his current job, he co-founded a food-collection/composting business in Charlotte, NC called Crown Town Compost, LLC, which has been featured in Charlotte's magazine Creative Loafing.


"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."