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.  

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Walker College professor of sustainable business to deliver talk on corporate responsibility Nov 13, 2017

Walker College Professor of Sustainable Business Management Rajat Panwar will travel to Harbin, China November 2017 to interact with master and doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members from Northeast Forestry University (NEFU).

A community of ‘doers': The Appalachian Community pulls together to address food insecurity in the High Country Nov 8, 2017

North Carolina has a higher-than-average food insecurity rate — 16 percent, ranking it eighth among the United States for the number of people who lack access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Professor of sustainable business management to speak Nov. 8 about sustainable forestry and climate change Nov 7, 2017

Walker College Professor of Sustainable Business Management Rajat Panwar will speak November 8 as part of the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Devel...

Net Impact club members pitch in on zero waste efforts Oct 30, 2017

Student members of the Appalachian State University chapter of Net Impact met up with Green Yosef during an October 21 Zero Waste stadium cleanup event.

In Pictures: Walker College Graduate Programs & Research Team Gives Back at F.A.R.M. Cafe Oct 27, 2017

Faculty and staff members from the Walker College of Business' Graduate Programs and Research Office spent their lunch hours volunteering at F.A.R.M. Cafe October 26, 2017.

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Faculty Spotlight

Rajat Panwar

Associate Professor of Management Rajat Panwar has researched and taught in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. He has earned two doctoral degrees- one in the forest sector business sustainability and the other in strategic  managment. Panwar will speak on Wednesday, November 8 as part of the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development Seminar where he will offer insight on sustainable forestry and climate change. Read more.

 

Joseph Cazier

Computer Information Systems and Data Analytics professor Joseph Cazier has published and worked in extensively including many grant funded analytics projects. He specializes in using analytics to build a better world, especially in the areas of education and sustainability. He presented his research on Data Analytics and Internet of Things this year at the World Bee Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. Read more.

Carol Kline Appalachian State UniversityCarol 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.

Heather Dixon-Fowler Appalachian State UniversityHeather 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.

Tammy KowalczykTammy 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.

Todd CherryTodd 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.

John WhiteheadJohn 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.