Dr. Baker Perry, a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Geography and Planning, and Dr. Tom Matthews, a lecturer at Loughborough University, talk about the challenges they faced installing a weather station on Mount Everest.
Perry, a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Geography and Planning, will take part in a livestreamed panel discussion titled “Fueling Earth’s Engines” Thursday, June 13, at 9:05 a.m. as part of National Geographic’s Explorers Festival.
Research conducted by an interdisciplinary team at Appalachian explores how to mitigate impacts from stormwater runoff. The team has also conducted surveys throughout the Appalachian region to learn more about public perceptions of stormwater.
With hundreds of open jobs and high starting salaries, sustainability careers are especially promising. Appalachian State University is recognized in ThomasNet’s list as one of the best U.S. schools for degrees in sustainability studies.
Appalachian State crews are taking precautions to protect one of the oldest trees on campus as a new multi-use pathway is being constructed nearby. The white oak tree is located between Newland Hall and Wey Hall, where a “pedestrian pathway connector” is planned by the university in an effort to “unite the two halves of Appalachian’s campus” and to allow for temporary vehicular egress during large athletic and arts events.
App State receives funding for K–12 geosciences outreach project
May 30, 2019
Appalachian’s Marta Toran has received grant funding from the American Geophysical Union to update the university’s PYES mobile photo booth — an outreach project designed to raise awareness for geoscience careers and the importance of earth science literacy.
The N.C. Division of Water Resources has honored 57 water treatment plants, including the town of Boone’s and Appalachian State University’s, for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards in 2018.
Solar barn installed at Horse Helpers of the High Country with energy grant from App State
May 28, 2019
The solar barn project at Horse Helpers of the High Country, which was partially funded by a 2018–19 Energy Efficient Grant through Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT), helps power the farm’s barn and fencing.
Alumnus James Holton ’15, a licensed electrician and senior crew leader for sustainable energy and automotive company Tesla, earned four promotions in his first two years in the fast-paced renewable industry.
Appalachian’s Aeron McConnell, of Asheville, earned the Walter C. Connolly Endowed Award for Physics and the George Dewey Bingham D.D.S. Endowed Award for Math at the end of his first year at Appalachian.
Eco-conscious students, faculty and staff have helped reduce the use of plastic straws on Appalachian’s campus through the Straws by Request initiative. Additionally, 134,400 compostable straws were used from August 2018 to March.
A centuries-old tree on Appalachian’s campus will flourish well into the future thanks to the preservation efforts of university arborist Chris Erickson and his Physical Plant team during and after campus construction.
As part of the award, D. Jason Miller, associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, will receive a $12,500 cash prize and a commemorative bronze medallion.