Contemporary Green Living

Full Course Title: 
Contemporary Green Living: Life Choices for Sustainability
Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
134: TR 2:00-3:15PM
Fall 2017
Civic Engagement
Service Learning
RLC Name: 
Living Green

Sustainability has become a watchword of contemporary life. Often missing from discussions about sustainability is recognition that the choices we make about the technologies that we use play a major role in achieving the goal of sustainability. In this course, students will learn to distinguish feasible solutions that address the three pillars of sustainability (environment, equity, economy) from those that are merely “greenwashing”.

Students will explore the diverse realms of human technological activity, which includes energy, transportation, manufacturing, buildings, food production, and more. Course activities will include, but not be limited to, field trips to view and participate in local community-based sustainable technology projects such as the Collaborative Biodiesel Project, and participation in service learning activities such as “Recycle at the Rock,” Habitat for Humanity green building projects, Kraut Creek river clean-ups, K-12 sustainability education, and more.

NOTE:  Enrollment in this section is restricted to members of the Living Green Residential Learning Community.


Kevin Gamble received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Appalachian State University and went on to complete a M.S. in Appropriate Technology, with a focus on sustainable waste management and bioenergy.  Kevin’s current research interests include: sustainable energy technologies, energy transitions, energy policy, nuclear power, the role of technology in society, and futurism. 

Kevin is of the mind that an interdisciplinary approach is essential in understanding complex technical issues and their larger role in society.  He teaches through the application numerous fields of inquiry including: historical, sociological, political, economic, psychological, and technical methods and theories towards garnering a greater understanding of the role of technology, particularly energy, in society.  A firm believer in the importance of a well-rounded education, he encourages his students to think outside of their individual disciplines.

A North Carolina native, Kevin has lived in the High Country for the past 10 years.  When not teaching, researching, or traveling, he can usually be found at home with his wife, two dogs, and their ever-growing flock of chickens.  He also enjoys reading sci-fi, gardening, tending his compost, and brewing up new batches of homebrewed beer.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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