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Sustainable Development: Local Initiatives

“Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable—to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” —The World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987

Local Initiatives & Projects

Appalachian’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE)  The RIEEE was established in November 2008 to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students whose interests are associated with environmental science, renewable energy and economics.

Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative 
The REI is a student-led committee charged with bringing renewable energy projects to the campus of Appalachian State University.

Appalachian State University Energy Center
The Energy Center at Appalachian State University was established in 2001 to conduct energy research and applied program activities in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Center for Appalachian Studies 
The Center for Appalachian Studies develops, coordinates, and facilitates curricula and programs which deal with the Appalachian region.

Collaborative Biodiesel Project 
The purpose of the project is to create a closed loop biodiesel processing facility that provides for its own energy needs, and recycles its waste products.

North Carolina Wind Energy at Appalachian State University 
Learn what groups and individuals are doing in North Carolina to harvest wind power.

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA)
NCSEA works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development.

University Sustainability 
Guide the university's direction by developing strategic goals that prioritize organizational commitments to sustainability. This effort catalyzes our campus community around a shared vision for a sustainable world.


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