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

Appalachian earns first rank from AASHE for sustainability among master's institutions Dec 5, 2017

The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 impact areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment &am...

To Bee or Not: Nov. 29 session of Sustainable Business Research Series to focus on honey bee health Nov 21, 2017

To Bee or Not: Walker's Efforts to Save the Honey Bee will be the focus of the next session of Appalachian State University's Sustainable Business Research Series.

Accounting major earns U.S. citizenship, gives back to Ethiopia Nov 21, 2017

ASU NEWS — Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Maheder Yohannes is a first-generation college student majoring in accounting at Appalachian State University.

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).

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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

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.