Six App State students recently returned from a trip led by Chief Sustainability Officer Lee Ball and Department of Economics Chair and Professor Dave McEvoy to attend COP27, the 27th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The 2022 student delegates were economics major Jonathan Buckley, economics and political science double major Matthew Mair, sustainable development major Rachel Crabb, sustainable technology major Grace Waugh, and MBA students Chelsea Gulliver and Luke Halodik.
The three-week conference took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and was attended by heads of state of nearly every nation in the world — 190 countries were represented by more than 35,000 delegates.
After a rigorous, multiyear qualification process, App State is now included in a group of official observers, giving our students a front-row seat to the complex problem-solving taking place at this preeminent annual conference.
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Attending this conference was a capstone experience in a course designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental issues regarding climate change, the negotiations process and the political dynamics of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
"Creating classroom-to-actualization experiences is part of what sets App State apart as the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, and these kinds of experiences prepare our students to be skilled problem-solvers in the future," said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts.
Portions of the above first appeared in Inside Appalachian, App State Chancellor Sheri Evert's newsletter to the campus community. Subscribe.
About Sustainable Business at Appalachian
Appalachian’s Walker College of Business is committed to advancing sustainable business practices that promote responsible management of economic, social and natural resources. 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 college offers a sustainable business minor available to business and nonbusiness majors, a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy, and an MBA concentration in sustainable business. The programs focus on student engagement, research and community involvement. For more information, visit www.business.appstate.edu/sustainability.