Business students travel to South America to examine sustainability

Eighteen Appalachian State University students visited Brazil, the Amazon Jungle and Rio de Janeiro May 13-May 24, 2018 as part of a Walker College of Business study abroad program.

The students are James Ballard, Jairo Betancourt-Uribe, Katherine Boyle, Cameron Brown, Steven Caughran, Alexis Condon, Trevor Fedeson, Talmadge Frye, Emily Gaskin, Dennis Kuhn, Alan Leshock, Clayton Massa, Michael McCracken, Reed Morris, Blake Poppen, Jason Slate, Kaiwen Wan and Aimee Wood.

The travel was part of a course on sustainability, and the participants split their time between the Amazon—where they examined the impact of logging and hydroelectric power on the Amazon jungle—and Rio de Janeiro—where they followed up on the environmental impact of the 2016 summer Olympics in and around the city.

Related: Walker College students travel to Rio in advance of Olympic Games

"The program was a collaborative effort between the Walker College and the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS)," said Martin Meznar, Associate Business Dean for Global and Civic Engagement. "The partnership with FAS allowed students to access jungle communities and logging sites to observe first hand current preservation efforts in the Amazon."

Related: Conservationists from the Sustainable Amazon Foundation in Brazil to speak at Global Opportunities Conference

Meznar co-led the program with Dr. Lee Ball, Appalachian's chief sustainability officer.

View program photos online.

About Global Emphasis in the Walker College of Business

The college incorporates a global orientation as an integral component of students' academic experience. With university partnerships across the globe and continuous expansion of ground-breaking opportunities in emerging markets, the Walker College adds new program destinations and encourages more students to spend a semester or year abroad each year. All business students fulfill an international requirement, and an increasing number choose to study abroad through a wide variety of exchange programs. Learn about upcoming opportunities at

Published: Jul 20, 2018 12:57pm