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RE-volv empowers people and communities to take action on climate change by crowdfunding solar projects in communities around the country.

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Describe your team

RE-volv has three full time staff based in downtown San Francisco. We've been around for 5 years! Not surprising for a group of people working to protect the environment, we all love being outdoors. Sarah has run 6 marathons and plays co-ed soccer, Gavi ran her first Spartan Race in San Francisco and loves distance cycling around the Bay Area, and Andreas runs triathlons and is a certified yoga teacher. Don't worry, we're far from fitness junkies. Sarah is a pizza addict, Gavi does improv and Andreas is a stellar freestyle rapper. As a team we can often be found by the food table at networking events.

Why are you excited about this OpenIDEO fellowship?

RE-volv loves the OpenIDEO community and can't wait to continue learning from it and growing strong relationships, especially among the cohort of Climate Innovation Fellows. We're launching our brand new website, a solar-specific crowdfunding platform, so design support and storytelling advice are critical. Outreach and organizational support will help us launch the new platform successfully and involve more clean energy champions in our work.

In what ways might the OpenIDEO community support you?

We would love feedback on our new website! URL coming soon. Sign up for our mailing list ( to receive information on the new site and how you can help! RE-volv recently made its film debut in a 9-minute video about how we got started ( We'd love to make a 2-3 minute cut that we can share. Let us know if you can help! Spread the word about our crowdfunding campaigns and our new crowdfunding platform! In two weeks, we're launching the site with multiple campaigns for solar projects around the country. How can we work together to involve as many people as possible and ensure these projects get funded? Design challenge: we've completed three solar projects so far and have many more in the pipeline. We're wondering, how might we put something physical and visible in the buildings of our community partners after their campaigns are completed to continuously engage patrons with the project? Do we put up an interactive kiosk with a tablet, a plaque, a photo collage, or something else? Have any great ideas? Get in touch!


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