at Appalachian State University
STUDENTS GROW A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
The University of North Carolina (UNC) System includes 17 campuses that graduate more than 30,000 students from over 200 academic degree programs every year. The UNC System has adopted aggressive energy and carbon reduction goals and campuses have reduced their total energy use per square foot by 20 percent in just the last decade. The UNC System schools have several renewable energy sources including a 213 kW solar PV, 100 kW wind, and 1060 kW landfill gas as well as 9 solar thermal installations. One school in particular, Appalachian State University (ASU), has taken great strides in their commitment to sustainability. ASU spends over $7 million on their annual energy use. As part of their effort to contain these costs, the school has adopted one of the most diverse energy portfolios in the state. ASU also works to empower their students with the knowledge and resources needed to make a difference in North Carolina’s sustainable future. Josh Brooks, a graduate student at ASU, says his education provides him the understanding of how he fits into North Carolina's energy future.
Moving to renewables and more sustainable practices has becomes more mainstream, and we are able to more quickly recognize issues such as climate change."
Student, Appalachian State University
There is an existing problem with how our economy operates with our existing energy development, and there is an opportunity to change our energy development in a way that looks promising for economies."