Appalachian receives many requests for assistance on energy topics because of the sustainable technology and building science degree programs and many faculty conducting applied research. Several faculty in the Department of Sustainable Technology and Built Environment (STBE) that house these programs have also built a reputation over the years for helping area residents, businesses and organizations evaluate renewable energy systems or efficiency upgrades. Last year, the Appalachian Energy Center partnered with STBE and the Office of Sustainability to pitch a concept to University administrators that would allow us to pilot a more formal Energy Extension Program. Support was granted in the form of planning funds and the program is launching now. The Energy Extension Program (EEP) goals are to 1) connect community need with faculty expertise and student learning opportunities, 2) make services accessible to more people and 3) support a better understanding of and adoption of clean and efficient energy in Western North Carolina. The program has three components now: 1) an Online Resource Center available to all, 2) Energy Extension Services available during pilot only to ASU faculty, staff and students and 3) Project and Research Opportunities still in development. Take a look at program information online, take some time to give us some feedback and look for updates as the program evolves.