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 ClubSustainable 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.

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