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

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

The virtual event was co-presented by Business for Good and the Global Opportunities Conference, and co-supported by the Walker College of Business and its Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Department of Economics, the Beaver College of Health Sciences, and Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability.

It featured a lecture by Dr. Sachs about A Sustainable Development Strategy to Reunite the United States. 

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Global Visionary Award

Before Dr. Sachs’ lecture, Dr. Martin Meznar presented to him Appalachian’s Global Visionary Award in recognition of his bold efforts to make the world healthy, civil, equitable and sustainable. Dr. Meznar is associate dean for global and civic engagement in the Walker College of Business. 

The award had only been presented once before, in 2019 to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi when he visited Appalachian’s campus to speak as the 61st Boyles Distinguished Lecturer and the 11th annual Global Opportunities Conference keynote speaker.

About Dr. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development. He is widely recognized for bold and effective strategies to address complex challenges including debt crises, hyperinflations, the transition from central planning to market economies, the control of AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, the escape from extreme poverty, and the battle against human-induced climate change.

About the Walker College of Business

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at

About the Beaver College of Health Sciences

Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 as the result of a strategic university commitment to significantly enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, the college was named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry — Donald C. Beaver ’62 ’64 of Conover. The college offers nine undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs, which are organized into six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Recreation Management and Physical Education; and Social Work. Learn more at

Watch A Sustainable Development Strategy to Reunite the United States, a special lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs
Published: Apr 11, 2021 10:27am