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.  

Beyond Zero: A screening and panel conversation

Beyond Zero: A screening and panel conversation

Just in time for Earth Day: Beyond Zero, an inspirational roadmap for how business can reverse climate change. (Register)

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Walker College to co-host Beyond Zero film screening and sustainability discussion Apr 19, 2021

Just in time for Earth Day: Beyond Zero, an inspirational roadmap for how business can reverse climate change.

Watch A Sustainable Development Strategy to Reunite the United States, a special lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs Apr 11, 2021

World-renowned economist, author and thought leader Dr. Jeffrey Sachs spoke to the Appalachian State University community onTuesday, March 30, 2021.

Marketing researchers discover marginalized women utilize social media to counter biased, mainstream narratives about them, promote well-being Mar 29, 2021

Research from faculty at Appalachian State University examines the way in which marginalized women utilize social media to counter biased, mainstream narratives about them, thereby promoting their well-being.

Sustainability research from App State helps neighborhoods prepare for extreme weather events Mar 29, 2021

Researchers at Appalachian State University have teamed up with AT&T to provide climate data that could help at-risk neighborhoods prepare for extreme weather events. 

Walker College joins Sustainable Development Solutions Network, affirms commitment to accomplish Sustainable Development Goals Mar 18, 2021

Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business has officially joined the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global platform that affirms the university’s commitment to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

A Sustainable Development Strategy to Reunite the United States

A Sustainable Development Strategy to Reunite the United States

Find sustainable solutions with world-renowned economist, author and thought leader, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs. His virtual lecture, A Sustainable Development Strategy to Reunite the United States, was held Tuesday, March 30.

WCOB Sustain Calendar

Faculty Spotlight

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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.