Welcome to Sustainable Business

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.  

Latest News

Appalachian students win second place in international food solutions challenge Apr 23, 2017

Appalachian State University placed second in the international Food Solutions Challenge, held during the Global Food Solutions Conference April 19-21 at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Upcoming special multi-media event on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Apr 14, 2017

Troubled Water: Voices from Bath uses exquisite photography, personal interviews, and a moving documentary film to share the stories of one Virginia community's struggle against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to maintain its relationship with the land and its dreams for the future.

New research from Walker College Professor explores environmental practices in business Mar 29, 2017

A paper co-authored by Appalachian Associate Professor of Management Rajat Panwar has been published in Business Strategy and the Environment.

Food Solutions Challenge to be held March 8 Mar 3, 2017

Students and community members can attend the Local Food Solutions Challenge, an interactive event for making advances toward a carbon neutral food supply chain on the campus of Appalachian State University.

Appalachian named one of Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2016 Edition Jan 13, 2017

ASU NEWS—Appalachian State University is one of 361 colleges and universities across the nation included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition.

Sustainable Business Calendar

Faculty Spotlight

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Carol 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.

 Carol Kline Appalachian State University

Heather 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.

 Heather Dixon-Fowler Appalachian State University

Tammy Kowalczyk

Accounting professor Tammy Kowalczyk is the first acting sustainability fellow at Appalachian State University and will serve for academic years 2014 ‐ 16. This position was created to promote academic sustainability programs and broaden sustainability across the curriculum and support research initiatives. Read more.

Tammy Kowalczyk

Todd 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.

Todd Cherry

John 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.

John Whitehead