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

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

Walker College Professors to highlight new research on key honey bee health issues as part of National Pollinator Week May 25, 2017

According to a recent post from, three Appalachian State University professors will offer a free webinar on their research to improve honey bee colony...

Walker College graduate students compete in Aspen Institute's Business & Society Case Competition May 11, 2017

A cross-disciplinary team of graduate students from Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business recently participated in the Aspen Institute's Business & Society International MBA Case Competition.

Research from management professor one of four sustainability-themed projects funded as part of Innovation Scholars Program May 9, 2017

According to a recent post from Appalachian State University, research from Associate Professor of Management Rajat Panwar is one of four sustainability-themed

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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