Energy is an integral part of our everyday lives. Today, a broad array of pressures have converged to make energy one of the most critical concerns of our time. Rising concern about high energy prices, increasing pollution, resource availability, supply reliability and other related effects have merged to create numerous opportunities for an aspiring energy-related specialist.

Opportunities for energy-related careers are more numerous and varied than ever. Today's student may find themself involved in energy via a wide array of fields, including: building technology, business, political science, physics, chemistry, and economics to name a few. The energy opportunities emerging today could involve project financing, advanced building systems design, research into novel advanced materials, and many other innovation-driven activities.

Energy at Appalachian

Appalachian State has long had an interest in energy. One little-known fact is that the University founded the New River Light & Power Company in 1915 to provide power to what was then the Appalachian Teaching School and the Town of Boone. The University continues to operate the company as a non-profit subsidiary today.

Appalachian State offers a wealth of resources for the student interested in energy. From student clubs and grant-funded research to academic degrees, many Appalachian students are involved in energy.

Students at Appalachian are extraordinarily active in energy. Campus organizations such as the Net Impact Club, Sustainable Energy Society provide opportunities for hands-on involvement with technology, participation and leadership in advocacy initiatives, and events like the Solar Christmas Tree lighting. The student-led Collaborative Biodiesel Initiative has won several grant awards from the E.P.A. to produce biodiesel, an alternative bio-based fuel. And in a true testament to the student body's capacity for leadership and long-term vision, the student-led Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) was approved by an overwhelming 82% of student voters. The REI funds the installation of renewable energy equipment on campus through a $5 tuition assessment.The University offers one of the nation's only Master's degrees in Appropriate Technology, and has built a solid reputation for providing quality building-science professionals. Several faculty members in the traditional sciences perform research into advanced energy topics such as fuel cells and biofuels. And, the University's Energy Center, performs a wide array of grent-funded applied energy research projects.

Energy Career Resources

  • Career Tools
    Career Tools offering advice, insight, and resources on environmental jobs and careers.
  • Green Jobs
    Greenjobs was launched in 2004 to focus specifically on all aspects of employment in renewable energy worldwide. Greenjobs is staffed and supported by people with a long experience in the field of renewable energy (RE). Our headquarters are in California and we also have an office in London.
  • Energy Central Jobs is the preeminent on-line job resource serving top candidates and leading power companies worldwide. Dedicated to the global power industry, leverages its outstanding web presence through its parent company, Energy Central.


Dr. Jeff Ramsdell, Director
828-262-7514 (Appalachian Energy Center)
828-262-6553 (fax)

401 Academy Street
226 IG Greer Hall
ASU Box 32131
Boone, NC 28608


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