Sustainable Technology

Sustainable Technology: Sound Solutions to Real Problems

Do you have concern about environmental and social impacts of technology? Are you ready to critically examine a wide variety of problems? Are you committed to making the world a better place? Discover...

  • Energy conversion systems such as solar, wind, hydro, biofuels
  • Waste and water management
  • Community and Shelter Design
  • E-bike and E-vehicle design
  • Technology assessment
  • Small-scale production systems
  • Technology transfer

Sustainable Technology reflects an approach to technological development, characterized by creative and sound engineering, that recognizes the social, environmental, political, economic, and technical aspects of a proposed technological solution to a problem facing a society.

Pursue many careers with a Sustainable Technology background. Renewable energy; energy management; design, build and/or maintain renewable energy equipment; solid waste or recycling industry; design and build sustainable buildings; sell ST products; utility companies or government research labs; and/or sustainable development work in developing countries.

Sustainable Technology Program News

Inside the greenhouse, thermal battery (left) and raised aquaponics grow beds (right)

NEXUS: University-based multidisciplinary research site in service to local community

Purpose and Vision:  The NEXUS at Appalachian State University is a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students housed in the Department of Su...

MobiLab at the North Carolina Small Wind Application Center at Beech Mountain

The MOBILab goes mobile!

This February, the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment sent the MOBILab - an energy self-sufficient mobile classroom and re...

Ryan Gillespie and Dr. Jack Martin, Professor

Undergrad, Ryan Gillespie, Wins 2017 Big Idea Pitch Competition

Atlanta native Ryan Gillespie earned the top spot and $1,000 at the 2017 Big IDEA Competition for his made-in-America electric bike idea.The event, he...