The Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE) at Appalachian State University facilitates opportunities for multidisciplinary research and scholarship to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for how the sustainable use of our social, cultural, economic and natural capital positively impacts society.


To facilitate the highest quality research and application in the areas of environment, energy and economics, the Institute will assist faculty, students, academic departments, related centers and other university units through financial administration for research projects, funding development, logistics, and promotion and dissemination of research results.

  • Facilitate collaborative efforts to support research across departmental and collegial structures.
  • Facilitate extramural funding for faculty and student research as well as to support future research facilities and equipment.
  • Provide a point of contact for outside agencies to inquire about research associated with the environment, energy and economics.
  • Disseminate knowledge and information from research initiatives associated with the environment, energy and economics.
  • Assist Appalachian State University in efforts to improve energy efficiency and to utilize renewable energy technologies.
  • Support community and regional outreach and education initiatives related to the environmental, energy and economics