The Appalachian State University Collaborative Biodiesel Project is a student-led initiative that is partially funded by an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project is developing a closed loop biodiesel processing facility that provides for its own energy needs, and recycles its waste products. The project's goal is to create a sustainable biodiesel processor model that can be easily replicated by others.
The Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA) is a multidisciplinary research unit at Appalachian State University. The mission of CERPA is to improve policy and decisionmaking by producing rigorous research and disseminating relevant information on current economic and policy issues. To that end, CERPA maintains research programs in the specific areas of economic development, environment and energy, and public finance.