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

Westerman to edit Human Resource Management Review special issue on sustainable HRM Sep 13, 2017

Appalachian State University Director of Sustainable Business Jim Westerman will serve as editor of a special issue of the Human Resource Management Review focusing on sustain

Bobby Kennedy Jr. Caps ASU’s Walker College ‘Business for Good’ Summit in Blowing Rock Sep 12, 2017

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University held its third annual Business for Good summit September 8, 2017. The summit's purpose is to show how sustainable business

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

Rajat Panwar, professor of sustainable business management in the Walker College of Business, will speak November 8 as part of the Goodnight Family Department of S...

Professor of sustainable business management to speak Oct. 3 about land use and sustainability Sep 7, 2017

Rajat Panwar, professor of sustainable business management in the Walker College of Business, will speak about land use and sustainability during the Oct.

Accounting professor earns grant from Aspen Institute; graduate students will research on IBM case study Aug 29, 2017

Appalachian State University Professor of Accounting Tammy Kowalczyk has been awarded a 2017 Faculty Micro-Grant from the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program.

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Faculty Spotlight

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.