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Three Voinovich School projects promoting University-community collaboration receive funding from Sugar Bush Foundation

Daniel Kington
June 28, 2018

At its annual meeting in June, the Ohio University Foundation announced support for seven projects proposed by the Sugar Bush Foundation’s board of directors, including three projects of the Voinovich School and its partners, two of which are continuing and one of which is launching.

The Appalachian Ohio Zero Waste Initiative, a collaboration of the Voinovich School and regional nonprofit, Rural Action, will enter its ninth and tenth years of funding as it continues movement towards zero waste at OHIO by increasing waste diversion, decreasing per capita waste generation and growing waste and recycling ventures. Meanwhile, the Zero Waste Thrift Store, a collaboration of the Voinovich School and ReUse Industries, will enter its second year of funding as it works to develop the Athens MakerSpace, a non-profit. AMS will provide work space, tools, classes and events that support local product- and upcycled product making from wood, metal, fabric-fiber, electronics and digital design and fabrication (e.g. 3-D printing and laser cutting).

The Voinovich School’s new project, a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio, is titled, “Growing the Regional Circular Economy with Social Enterprises based on Construction Material Reclamation, Repair, Retraining and Repurposing.” The project aims to grow the regional economy through construction material reclamation, repair, retraining and repurposing and developing social enterprises based on these activities. The Sugar Bush Foundation’s support will assist with the development of Habitat’s new training center and warehouse near Chauncey, Ohio, as well as enable a Social Return on Investment evaluation of the project’s waste-diverting and economic-development activities.

Visit this ohiotoday article to learn more about all seven projects that will receive funding from The Sugar Bush Foundation in the 2018-19 cycle, and visit this webpage on the Sugar Bush Foundation to learn more about the organization.