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.  

Latest News

Meznar named Associate Dean for Global and Civic Engagement Jul 24, 2017

Dr. Martin Meznar has been named Associate Dean for Global and Civic Engagement for the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University.

Students travel to Moscow, Kiev and Chernobyl, 31 years after nuclear disaster Jul 19, 2017

Students from Appalachian State University recently visited Chernobyl, 31 years after the nuclear disaster.

Saving the bees: Appalachian students and faculty researchers seek to recover declining honeybee population Jul 14, 2017

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and Walker College of Business are seeking to establish a standardized platform for consistent and reliable data collection from commercial and hobby beekeepers using advanced analysis.

Appalachian professors practice what they teach, operate their home at net-positive energy use with solar panels Jul 11, 2017

Drs. Jim and Jennifer Westerman, both professors at Appalachian State University, made a decision that has saved the equivalent of 276 trees and avoided 10,624 pounds of CO2 emissions so far this calendar year: having 50 solar panels installed on their 1972 home.

Business professors to speak on sustainable electricity during 2017 RECONNECT workshop Jun 7, 2017

Walker College of Business professors Joseph Cazier and Ed Hassler will present on sustainable electricity and their recent research with New River Light and Power (NRLP) during the 2017 RECONNECT

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