First Week of February is “Solar Education Week”

Across the country, college campuses are diving into sustainability issues: campus divestment movements, solar cars and Mt. Trashmores are just a few examples of how college students are showing the world that millennials are ready to take on the climate challenge. In 2014, RE-volv launched its Solar Ambassador Program, a year-long internship that trains students to be renewable energy leaders. This created a new network of students dedicated to promoting clean energy in their communities. February 1-7, 2015, these students are making a splash from coast to coast with coordinated solar education events. The aptly titled Solar Education Week is a national movement to amplify solar knowledge on campuses across the country, and everyone can get involved.

Students can plan their own Solar Education Week events and register them on the Solar Education Week website. So far, events are being planned at California State University, Fresno; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Dayton; and Villanova University. This is an opportunity for campus environmental communities to spark a national conversation about solar energy. For students interested in hosting their own events, creativity is encouraged. Examples of events include a solar jeopardy night, hosting a solar industry expert on campus, or screening a documentary on clean energy.

Solar Education Week comes right in the middle of RE-volv’s latest crowdfunding campaign to put a 36-kW solar energy system on a local food cooperative in San Francisco, Other Avenues. During Solar Education Week Solar Ambassadors will educate their student bodies about solar and will promote RE-volv’s crowdfunding campaign as a grassroots way for students to take action on climate change and help build clean energy solutions in our communities. The campaign, RE-volv’s third, has been written about in CleanTechnica, PV Solar Report and RE-volv’s unique solar financing model builds a revolving fund for solar energy in communities around the country and allows everyone to help build the clean energy future through crowdfunding. Every dollar given is spurring new clean energy development in our communities.

For more information on hosting a Solar Education Week event click here, and follow the conversation online at #solaredweek.

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Gavi runs RE-volv's Solar Ambassador Program and manages RE-volv's solar projects located outside the Bay Area. Prior to joining the RE-volv team, Gavi worked with the Farm Journal Foundation in Washington, D.C. and Spark Ventures in Chicago. She recently completed New Sector Alliance's Residency in Social Enterprise fellowship, an 11-month nonprofit management training program that engages and cultivates talent for the social sector. Gavi holds a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's School of Communication.

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