A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | February 9, 2018
Even though it’s winter on Appalachian’s campus, we’re 100 percent invested in the sun and its power! Did you know Appalachian is 45% more energy efficient since 2002-03? This month, I’d like to share some noteworthy solar projects underway on and around campus.
Solar-powered, smart picnic tables were installed on Peacock Hall's first-floor patio last week, providing extra form and function for learners on our campus. Our student-led, student-funded Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) gifted the three tables. Each features charging stations, and one of the three is ADA accessible.
Our solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, is busy designing and constructing their next-generation solar car. The new vehicle aligns with the 2018 regulations for the American Solar Car Challenge. Team Sunergy was established in the fall of 2013 and is made up of graduate and undergraduate students at Appalachian. They successfully raced their first-generation vehicle, Apperion, in two Formula Sun Grand Prix and the American Solar Challenge. After racing their new vehicle in Nebraska this summer, they are scheduled to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Darwin, Australia, in 2019. Most importantly, they are committed to developing sustainable transportation alternatives for the future.
Appalachian’s alumni routinely integrate their passion and knowledge for sustainability into their careers. Zach Sprau ’11 ’17 graduated from Appalachian with bachelor’s degrees in music performance and psychology, a master’s degree in appropriate technology and a lifelong interest in sustainability. Today, he’s using the powers of sun and soul to serve marginalized people in the United States and developing nations.
At Appalachian, we put students first, always, and together we are building a bright future. Ultimately, the reason Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff come to work every day is to realize this vision.