Managing Economic, Social and Natural Resources

Sustainable Business studentsThe 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.  

Latest News

Appalachian students present at Southern Appalachian Honey Bee Research Consortium Mar 18, 2019

Appalachian State University students recently presented at the Southern Appalachian Honey Bee Research Consortium (SAHBRC), held February 16 on the campus of the University of North Carolina (UNCC) at Charlotte.

Registration now open for "Cherokee Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities" April 18 Lunch and Learn Mar 1, 2019

Cherokee Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, April 18
12:00 - 1:30 p.m., 4th Floor Holland IER, Peacock Hall
416 Howard St, Boone, NC 28608

Appalachian students, faculty members attend Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference Feb 22, 2019

Students and faculty members from Appalachian State University recently attended Duke University's Sustainable Business and Social Impact (SBSI) Conference, which provided a forum for speakers from the public, private and social sectors to discuss business models, collaborations, partnerships...

Holshouser Ethics to present lunch and learn on sustainable business topics Feb. 1 Feb 1, 2019

Sustainable Business Lunch & Learn 
Friday, February 1
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Peacock Hall, Room 4018 (416 Howard St, Boone, NC 28608)

Business researchers provide insights on public perception related to trending changes related to stormwater runoff Jan 28, 2019

Research from professors in Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business provides insight on public concern about stormwater management.

Faculty Spotlight

Rajat Panwar

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.


Joseph Cazier

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.

Carol Kline Appalachian State UniversityCarol Kline

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.

Heather Dixon-Fowler Appalachian State UniversityHeather Dixon-Fowler

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.

Tammy KowalczykTammy Kowalczyk

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.

Todd CherryTodd Cherry

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.

John WhiteheadJohn Whitehead

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.