Appalachian State University is committed to maintaining a safe campus community. The Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management (EHS&EM) works in coordination with other departments across campus to build a safe and prepared campus in support of the University's commitment to campus safety. Our department holds the primary responsibility for environmental health, safety, and emergency management functions across campus. Our professional staff provides training, area assessments, inspections, and reports that support all university departments while reducing institutional liability and risk.

To help carry out these functions, EHS&EM believes in a people and environment first model. While the University must comply with the expectations of numerous governing and regulatory agencies, the people and environment first model allows us to look at the root cause of risk and establish appropriate controls rather than simply seeking to reach code compliance. Code compliance is often the result of thinking more and managing or reducing risk. This same basic model also extends to our emergency preparedness and management programs.

Together, as a university, we can think more to risk less.

Vision Statement

The vision of EHS&EM is to increase resiliency and preserve the Appalachian mission as a recognized campus leader and resource for environmental health, safety, and emergency management.

Mission Statement

Our department's primary mission is to promote healthy, safe, and resilient campus operations, to protect students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to protect the environment.

EHS&EM Values

EHS&EM is committed to the following values:

  • Accountability
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Stewardship and Compliance
  • Open Communication


The Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management is comprised of a team of dedicated safety and emergency management professionals. Learn more about our team.