The Sugar Bush Foundation

The Sugar Bush Foundation

The Sugar Bush Foundation funds collaborations between Ohio University and community organizations, currently prioritizing zero waste, environmental protection and restoration, food security, renewable energy, and sustainable economic development. The Sugar Bush Foundation is a supporting organization of The Ohio University Foundation.

Current Projects

Habitat Social Enterprise

Explore what Habitat for Humanity does, and the conception of its new construction social enterprise which responds to needs in the region for additional construction services for nonprofits and other programs serving those with the most acute needs in our region.

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Appalachian Ohio Zero Waste Initiative

Waste 360 featured the Zero Waste Initiative. Hear from Ed Newman, zero waste director of Rural Action, Hylie Voss, president of the Sugar Bush Foundation and Elissa Welch speak about how they are turning waste into an asset.

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Acid Mine Drainage Paint Pigment

In Appalachian Ohio, many streams are polluted with acid mine drainage running out of abandoned coal mines. True Pigments and OHIO partners worked for a decade on solutions for large seeps, successfully restoring seven miles of stream, but at the largest of these seeps, a new solution was needed.

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Appalachian Food and Culture Initiative

The Farm to Ohio Working Group strengthens our regional food system through institutional procurement of locally grown food and develops our regional food network. Close collaboration between OHIO, Rural Action, and Community Food Initiatives has reduced many infrastructure barriers to institutional buying of locally grown produce and has increased equitable access to local food on campus.

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Ohio’s Winding Road

Down the Road Farm located in New Lexington, Ohio was started in 2013 and grows cut flowers and produce using ecological practices. Through the community collaboration between Ohio's Winding Road and the Sugar Bush Foundation, Down the Road Farm in 2020 was funded a $350 seed grant money to help fund parts of the costs associated with their e-mail marketing and website store package.

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Creative Abundance Model

In 1998, Passion Works began as a collaborative community studio housed within a sheltered workshop where people with and without developmental differences made art together. The studio became a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2018, and it remains a trailblazer in creating integrated settings where people investigate their own talents and interests while participating in community-based programming and creative employment opportunities.

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