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.  

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App State's diversity, equity and inclusion work detailed in 2021-22 annual report Jun 23, 2022

Appalachian State University's Office of Diversity has released its inaugural report, summarizing the university's diversity, equity and inclusion work over the past academic year, including the status of recommendations made by multiple advisory...

NC leaders join Rural Community Capacity program, an NC Commerce and Walker College of Business partnership May 24, 2022

Representatives from 19 rural communities in North Carolina were at Appalachian State University May 24-25 to kick off a Rural Community Capacity (RC2) program, a pilot initiative from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and part of Commerce’s broader Rural Transformat

Jamie Parson named chief diversity officer at App State May 20, 2022

BOONE, N.C. — Jamie Parson has been named chief diversity officer at Appalachian State University, effective immediately. Parson is the second cabinet-level chief diversity officer to hold the position at App State.

The journey, not just the destination: a podcast with Biomimicry Director and past Business for Good speaker Nicole Miller Jan 7, 2022

Nicole Hagerman Miller, Managing Director at Biomimicry 3.8 and a past Walker College Business for Good conference speaker, is featured in a recent podcast with App State Chie

A historic semester for Enactus Appalachian Nov 21, 2021

As students returned to full classrooms this semester, the students of Enactus Appalachian, part of an international organization dedicated to creating a better world, set new standards of what’s possible through cross-functional innovation. Enactus is the world's lar

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Faculty Spotlight


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.

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.



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