Art Trese Sustainable Agriculture

Art Trese, associate environmental and plant biology professor, leads the sustainable agriculture class, a project supported by the Sugar Bush Foundation.

Photographer: Olivia Wallace

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Sugar Bush Foundation promotes environmental sustainability by funding five projects for 2017-2018


The Ohio University Foundation recently announced funding for five projects through The Sugar Bush Foundation, which is an organization that works with the University to improve quality of life in Appalachian Ohio.   

The Sugar Bush Foundation’s yearly projects foster sustainable environmental and socioeconomic development and encourage community engagement. The projects approved for 2017-2018 are as follows:

  • Initiative for Appalachian Food and Culture (IAFC): $34,678. Funding will allow Dr. Theresa Moran, Food Studies Theme Director;  Dr. Paul Patton, of the Food Studies Theme and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Rural Action and Community Food Initiatives to continue their work on building resilient economies and promoting food security through a community-based sustainable food system. Year 2 of this project is focused on integrating Ohio University’s research and data collection capacity into food-based projects.
  • Zero Waste Thrift Store: $72,306. The Voinovich School and Athens nonprofit ReUse Industries will partner to establish Athens MakerSpace (AMS), which will provide a work space, tools, classes and events in areas that will support local upcycled product-making. This product-making will include woodworking, metalworking, fabric-fiber arts, electronics and digital design and fabrication (3-D print, CNC, laser cutting). 
     
  • Sustainable Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage for Pigment Production: $25,000. The Russ College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Fine Arts, School of Art and Design and Rural Action will partner to develop a technology that will convert pollution in the region into a commodity to create jobs and demonstrate OHIO’s innovation. Appalachia’s abandoned coal mines contaminate streams, but through an engineered chemical process, the polluted water can yield an iron pigment that will be sold for use in paint and other products. This solar powered facility will benefit Appalachian communities by creating jobs and restoring polluted streams.

     
  • Bringing Transparency to Environmental Issues Surrounding Class II Injection Wells through Community Engagement (Year 2): $36,093. The Voinovich School, School of Communications Studies and the Buckeye Environmental Network will work to give citizens a voice in environmental and health impacts of proposed and existing injection wells. This project hopes to help concerned citizens obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in environmental decision-making.
     
  • The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI): $125,000. The Voinovich School and Rural Action will partner on this project. AOZWI aims to create a culture that supports a movement towards zero waste. In the project’s five years of work, it has more than doubled residential and commercial recycling rates. In the future, AOZWI hopes to increase waste diversion, decrease per capita waste generation, grow waste and recycling based ventures and work towards zero waste at OHIO.