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The Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE) at Appalachian State University works to connect, support and amplify research throughout App State on the environment, energy, economics, and the equity that must underpin them in sustainable solutions to complex problems. We increase research capacity and impact and lead in strategic priority areas of sustainability research.


RIEEE 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 connect with research and expertise in our themes.
  • Disseminate knowledge and information from research initiatives associated with the environment, energy and economics.
  • Support community and regional outreach and education initiatives related to the environmental, energy and economics.


We work to connect people and people with resources.

We liaise with campus units to achieve efficiencies in the pursuit and management of external funding.

We gather researchers around themes, funding opportunities and challenges to build collaborations and research working groups.

We connect community need with University expertise and experiential learning opportunities.


We provide dedicated post-award grants management for contracts and grants, when administered by one of our units.

We assist in conceptualization, positioning and articulation of research concepts.

We provide seed funding and ongoing support to working groups.

We help identify, build and sustain convergence platforms or shared research infrastructures.


We summarize and report on research activities and their broader impacts.

We advocate for resources, internal and external, to support a thriving research enterprise.

We help tell your story and why it matters.

We lead programs that affect change in our community.

Our work

Our Work

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People and partners

People and Partners

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If you have any questions or are interested in learning more, please stop by our offices and we will be happy to assist you. You can also reach us at 828-262-2764 or by email at

416 Howard Street
Peacock Hall
Boone, NC 28608