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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Solar charging station ribbon-cutting draws lunchtime crowd at Appalachian’s Peacock Hall Apr 17, 2018

BOONE, N.C. — Around 40 people gathered on the first-floor patio of Kenneth E. Peacock Hall at Appalachian State University today for a ribbon-cutting at the solar charging picnic tables.

Middle and high school students from surrounding counties to pitch business ideas to earn scholarships to Appalachian Apr 7, 2018

Middle grade and high school students from Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes Counties will pitch their business ideas for a chance to earn scholarships to Appalachian State University.

"Alternatives to Today's Capitalism" lunch and learn to be held April 18 Apr 4, 2018

Aldous Huxley once said "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted."

Analytics students present at Appalachian Research in Business Symposium Mar 30, 2018

Walker College of Business students presented analytics research at the Appalachian Research in Business Symposium (ARBS) in Johnson City, Tennessee March 23.

Alumni to return to campus to speak about the importance of a global mindset Mar 29, 2018

Alumni from Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business will speak at the 10th annual Global Opportunities Conference on Friday, April 13 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm in the Plemmons Student Union on Appalachian State University's campus.

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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 management. Through speaking engagements and coursework, Panwar offers thought-provoking insight on sustainable forestry and climate change from a unique perspective.

 

Joseph Cazier

Computer Information Systems and Data Analytics professor Joseph Cazier specializes in using analytics to build a better world. Focused in the areas of education and sustainability, Cazier frequently presents Appalachian's research on data analytics, the Internet of Things, and using business as a catalyst for good. 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

From 2014-16, accounting professor Tammy Kowalczyk served as the first acting sustainability fellow at Appalachian State University. This position was created to promote academic sustainability programs and broaden sustainability across the curriculum and support research initiatives. More recently, Kowalczyk helped create the Impact Clinic, which provides experiential learning to students, promotes more sustainable practices and impacts among businesses, and offers opportunity for academic engagement with community. 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.