The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University is committed to advancing sustainable business practices that promote responsible management of economic, social, and natural resources. Read the full Walker College of Business mission statement. Through the work of the college's Sustainable Business Curriculum and Faculty Development Committee, the Walker College leads through implementation and support of campus initiatives, events, research and service related to sustainability. The theory and practice of sustainable business recognizes that the economy, environment, and society (the triple bottom line) are interconnected and interdependent, and strives to enhance the business model so that it can flourish and thrive to benefit future generations. The Walker College's Curriculum and Faculty Development Committee developed discipline-specific definitions of the relevance of sustainability on the college's fields of study.
During the 2019 G.A. Sywassink Day of Excellence, four Appalachian State University business professors earned the first-ever Dean's Club Research Prize.
Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi will speak Friday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Appalachian State University's campus.
CARE director presents beekeeping technology to United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, further aligns Walker College with sustainable development goals Apr 4, 2019
In September 2015, The United Nations developed 17 sustainable development goals that could transform the world. In response, administrators in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business committed to upholding these goals in their work to educate students on global issues.
2019 Workman Distinguished Lecture Apr 3, 2019
2019 Workman Distinguished Lecture
Energy Transitions, Carbon Pricing and the Green New Deal
Tuesday, April 16
5:00-6:30 p.m., BELK Library Room 114
Education at Appalachian State University means preparing students to live as engaged global citizens working to create a sustainable future for all.
Associate Professor of Management Rajat Panwar has researched and taught in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. He has earned two doctoral degrees-one in the forest sector business sustainability and the other in strategic management. Through speaking engagements and coursework, Panwar offers thought-provoking insight on sustainable forestry and climate change from a unique perspective.
Computer Information Systems and Data Analytics professor Joseph Cazier specializes in using analytics to build a better world. Focused in the areas of education and sustainability, Cazier frequently presents Appalachian's research on data analytics, the Internet of Things, and using business as a catalyst for good. Read more.
Hospitality and Tourism professor Carol Kline has co-directed many study abroad programs to Ghana and to Cuba, and her most recent course to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is the Department of Management's first Sustainable Tourism program. Read more.
Entrepreneurship professor Heather Dixon-Fowler developed the first undergraduate Social Entrepreneurship course in the College of Business and has co-developed and led entreprenuership Study-Abroad Programs in Vietnam, Panama, Spain and Malawi. She is excited about Appalachian's emphasis on social and sustainable entrepreneurship, and more. Read more.
From 2014-16, accounting professor Tammy Kowalczyk served as the first acting sustainability fellow at Appalachian State University. This position was created to promote academic sustainability programs and broaden sustainability across the curriculum and support research initiatives. More recently, Kowalczyk helped create the Impact Clinic, which provides experiential learning to students, promotes more sustainable practices and impacts among businesses, and offers opportunity for academic engagement with community. Read more.
Economics professor Todd Cherry served as the Rasmuson Chair in Economics at University of Alaska Anchorage for the 2013‐2014 academic year. The chair is an integral part of UAA's research on environmental and energy issues that are vital to Alaska and the world, and previous appointments include Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith. Read more.
Economics professor John Whitehead's interests include finding better ways to attach monetary values to environmental and natural resources for use in benefit‐cost analyses (e.g., sea‐level rise, recreational fishing) and blogging his insights.