Sustainable Business Supporters

The W. P. Carey Foundation is a private U.S. foundation, incorporated in 1988 by William Polk Carey. It has a twenty-three year tradition of focused philanthropy.

Inspired by the Carey family’s legacy of educational leadership and philanthropy, The W. P. Carey Foundation’s primary mission is to support educational institutions with the larger goal of improving America’s competitiveness in the world. The main focus of our support to schools, universities, lecture series, chairs and other programs is on the study of business and economics, as well as on admissions procedures and college and career guidance.

Rural Development is a diverse mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture comprised of the utilities programs,   business-cooperative programs, and housing programs. These three program areas provide a variety of financial services to communities and individuals in the state of Maine.

The agency's goal is to work with other federal, state, and local groups to enhance the quality of life in rural Maine. Our dedicated employees work diligently to assist the people of rural Maine and to develop sustainable rural communities. We measure our success by the impact on the lives of the people that we serve.

The Davis Educational Foundation, established as a public charitable foundation in 1985, supports the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities throughout the six New England states. Elisabeth K. Davis and Stanton W. Davis co-founded the foundation after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. The foundation is an expression of the couple’s shared support and value for higher education and has provided over $89 million in grants to more than 165 institutions.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.




The Sustainable Business program was founded with the generous support of Henry and Peggy Sharpe and Jay McNally '84.

Venture praised by USDA

  • 2011 Hatchery Enterprise Gourmet Butanol praised by USDA


    In June of 2011 the USDA and COA held a joint press conference to showcase some of the work going on in COA's Sustainable Enterprise Incubator (aka The Hatchery). The USDA has generously contributed funding to this new aspect of campus and was quite happy with what they saw coming out of it. Five ventures were present to chat with state representatives and the group got a demonstration of the Gourmet Butanol process — a venture focused on creating an alternative to vehicle and home heating fuel out of food waste… more »

  • Read letters of support from US Senator Susan Collins and Congressman Michael Michaud.

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Our thanks and appreciation to those who have generously given their time and money to COA's Sustainable Business Program and students.

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