ETHOS Partners

Collaboration and Commitment to a Common Mission and Vision

Aprovecho – Cottage Grove, Oregon

Aprovecho is a non-profit organization whose community of educators is a regional resource for researching, demonstrating, and educating the techniques and strategies of sustainable living.  Their mission is “Living, Learning, Organizing, and Educating to Inspire a Sustainable Culture.” Thirty years after its founding, the center serves as an inspiration for the hundreds of students, visitors, and volunteers that make use of its facilities.


Aullwood promotes the protection of birds, wildlife and the habitats on which they depend. Aullwood offers both children and adults the opportunity to experience and appreciate the world through experience-based education.

Blue Rock Station – Philo, Ohio

Blue Rock Station’s objective is to merge engineering, art, and re-use of existing materials. Blue Rock demonstrates a series of alternative building techniques and sustainable ways of living. Projects at the station include earthship buildings, straw bale structures, cord wood structures and much more. Blue Rock also has a series of garden projects.

Big Laurel Learning Center – Kermit, West Virginia

The Big Laurel Learning Center is a traditional mountain community that inspires celebration, education, and volunteerism as tools to promote healing and social change by providing education, outreach, and spiritual renewal, in solidarity with the people of southern West Virginia.

Burn Design Lab – Vashon Island, Washington

BDL is an improved cookstove research institution with experience in numerous types of home and institutional biomass-fueled cookstoves. BDL combines design, lab, and field testing in both local manufacturing as well as different countries to develop their products for a more sustainable tomorrow.

Cameroon Football Development Program - Kumba, Cameroon

CFDP is a non-government organization started by UD ETHOS alumni Mark Ewalt.  The organization aims to improve the lives of youth through value-based education, life skills, and leadership experience on and off the soccer field. In recent years ETHOS students have worked on the route planning and site survey for a proposed roadway to connect the isolated village to the town across the lake. With this roadway complete, the people of Cameroon will be able to easily access the village and transport their crops to the market to sell.


CASE, the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education, established in 1910 on the eastern coastline of Jamaica, emphasizes agricultural and scientific innovation. Its academic units are designed for a new generation of Jamaican students dedicated to meet the developmental needs of Jamaica, the Caribbean, and the whole world. CASE is a partner in the JA REEACH II project funded by US AID. The project promotes the protection of rural lives, livelihoods, and ecosystems through interventions that increase and strengthen climate change adaptation. 


Change and Be Changed, Inc. is an organization incorporated in Ohio whose projects in Malawi involve the renovation of Kaseye Mission Hospital in Northern Malawi, scholarship funding for current and future medical professionals, and supporting disabled children and their families in remote areas of Northern Malawi. Current x-ray projects for these people in Malawi are done in partnership with Wright State University in Dayton, OH.

DetermineD 2 Develop - Chilumba, Malawi

D2D, a non-profit charity started in 2009 by University of Dayton Alumni, Matthew Maroon, strives with its partners to lift the people of Malawi out of poverty using their own abilities and talents rather than hand-outs. Communities identify issues and solutions, which become the basis of D2D’s work, then communities contribute to the implementation or running of each project. During the summer of 2016, ETHOS students surveyed the land donated by the local chiefs to create a master plan for the site where a new high school will be built in rural Malawi.

DI Lab, Pontifical University of Chile - SANTIAGO, CHILE

Colegio Quilacahuin is located in the Los Lagos region of Chile near Osorno. Situated on the northern edge of Patagonia, the college serves a highly agricultural region with a substantial indigenous population. The college is essentially a K-12 school with a small residential student population. The college also runs an active farm with many students who continue working on small farms in the region. The college was founded by the Franciscan order who are still actively involved with the school. Our work with the college is in partnership with the DI Lab at the Pontifical University of Chile in Santiago. 

Dominica Manufacturer’s Association (DMA) - Roseau, Dominica

The Dominica Manufacturer’s Association recognizes the significance of the manufacturing sector in the economic growth of Dominica. Determined to develop a sustainable manufacturing sector that will result in sustainable jobs and wealth for its citizens, DMA represents the interest of all manufacturing companies in Dominica. Many of these companies are small-scale producers of regional products such as soap, coconut oil, furniture and shoes.

DuStudio – Auroville, India

DuStudio aims to promote eco-friendly, climatically appropriate, energy efficient, and cost-effective building materials and techniques that utilize locally appropriate inputs and aesthetics. DuStudio is a collaborative practice who works with other non-government organizations to rejuvenate habitats through design, social engagement, and architecture.


Engineers in Action is dedicated to improving healthy and safe access to water. Building long-term, sustainable systems in Latin American communities, EIA partners with communities and other international organizations to build sustainable infrastructures. With engineers and professional staff from Latin America to implement their projects, EIA successfully uses appropriate technology that is sustainable for local needs. Students support their WASH programs, which includes water, sanitation, and hygiene systems.

Energetica – Cochabamba, Bolivia

Energetica is an energy development institute that promotes a greater and more rational use of energy in Bolivia.  Their goal is to become an active reference institution on issues of sustainable energy and energy equity. They do this through formulation and execution of sectorial development of policies and strategies that have a sense of economic competitiveness.

Familias Especiales - Matagalpa, Nicaragua

FE is a non-government organization that promotes development of area-wide services for children and the youth with special needs and their families. FE offers services including education, therapy, health services, counseling and vocational development.


MetroParks protects nearly 16,000 acres of forests, grasslands, farmlands, and wetlands. Five Rivers MetroParks’ land protection goals include protecting significant natural area in the Miami Valley, linking forests and park lands along river corridors, and establishing buffer areas to maintain open space and protect watersheds.


Fundación Chaminade is a nonprofit, founded in 1995 in the San Miguel community of Santiago, Chile, whose focus is on children, the youth and their families, and educators. Committed to the Marianist pedagogy tradition, they promote quality education that supports service, peace and justice, and the integration of necessary changes for societal improvement.

Ghana Climate Innovation Center, Ashesi University – Accra, Ghana

Ashesi University is a private, liberal arts college, offering 4-year bachelor programs and establishing its reputation as a leader in undergraduate education in Africa. Ghana Climate Innovation Center, based at Ashesi University’s campus, supports entrepreneurs building climate change solutions for Ghana’s Green economy. Funded through a grant from the World Bank Group and partners, GCIC is a green project incubation hub where entrepreneurs and startup ventures can access support to develop their innovative ideas into strong and viable businesses. Their thematic areas include energy efficiency, water and sanitation, and climate smart agric.

Grupo Fenix – Sabana Grande, Nicaragua

Grupo Fenix is a sustainable organization working with appropriate and innovative technologies to improve the quality of life of rural communities in the areas of health, education, employment, environment, and gender equity.  Their mission is to enable community development and empowerment by facilitating technological and cultural exchanges.


Homefull is a 24-hour “gateway shelter” for single men. Homefull provides case management and programming for the gateway shelter system, working closely with St. Vincent de Paul who provides meals and shelter operations. Homefull’s case managers work one-on-one with clients in the gateway shelters with the primary goal of moving them into permanent housing.

MinVayu - Auroville, India

Minvayu designs, builds and sells affordable small wind turbines for people living in rural India. They also offer training programs for village mechanics, manufacturers and trainers. Their goal is to make electricity more accessible to 98 million rural Indians using the wind.

Organization for the Development of People - Mysore, India

ODP is intended for integrated human development of the socially and economically disadvantaged, the underprivileged, and the marginalized sections of Mysore society. Students work with farmers as well as manufacturers and community members to help them learn how to improve their standard of living. Their programs include women empowerment, natural resource management, livelihood enhancement, capacity building, health and sanitation, and research and development.


The Catholic Pontifical University of Peru was established in 1917 and is ranked one of the top universities in Peru. Their goal is, by international standards, to be recognized as a multidisciplinary center of scientific, humanitarian, and cultural innovation in Peru. They support this through academic and institutional leadership, democratic values, human rights and development, and promotion of responsible use of natural resources and the environment.

Rich earth instutue – brattleboro, vermont

Rich Earth Institute transforms the waste we all produce into a resource we all need. Through their Urine Nutrient Reclamation Project, they develop tools and technologies necessary for the collection, treatment, and agricultural reuse of urine. Students have participated in a design-build workshop of a prototype urine diversion dry composting outhouse as well as internships in Vermont.

RocketWorks – Durban, South Africa

RocketWorks supplies high-quality, efficient and cost effective multi-fuel gasifying rocket stoves to people around the world. The stoves reduce the quantity of wood required for cooking, make cooking safer and reduce emissions. During the past summer, students assisted in building a tobacco barn for drying tobacco in a more efficient manner using a prototype gasifier.

Solar Alternative and Associated Programmes - Patna, India

SAAP is a registered non-profit organization committed to environmental protection and empowerment of economically depressed groups. A venture undertaken by the Jesuits, SAAP uses science and technology serve humanity, especially the underprivileged sections of society, by providing pollution-free and widely available sources of energy. SAAP conducts research, development, fabrication and installation of a variety of solar devices, including household solar cookers, community solar cookers, solar steam cooking systems, and solar food dryers.

Solar Electric Light Foundation, - Bangalore, India

SELCO has played an instrumental role in improving living standards of poor households in rural India through solar energy with solar light system installations and low smoke cook stoves. SELCO’s key features include creating products based on end user needs, installation and after-sales services, and standardized financing packages. Recently, ETHOS students worked on a solar-powered aeroponics system to combat issues of lack of proper access to electricity.


SonLight Power designs and builds solar energy solutions the world’s most underserved children, families, and communities. From schools, medical clinics, orphanages, community centers, churches, water-pumping stations – in remote locations, SonLight brings clean electricity for the first time to thousands around the world. SonLight is the partner for the ETHOS Center Graduate Service Program providing opportunities for student service in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and beyond.


The Dome, Springfield’s Center of Innovation, pursues connected learning by linking mentors and students in a space rich with new media, maker spaces and educational technology. They are a hub for the creation of our future workforce by engaging local businesses and organizations to build meaningful connections with students.


The Foodbank serves as the primary source of food and hunger relief network in the Miami Valley through food acquisition and distribution and feeding the hungry in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties. The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for more than 100 member food pantries, community kitchens, and shelters that serve as the charitable hunger relief network in the area.

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