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Solar Ambassadors

Through the national nonprofit RE-volv and its solar ambassadors program, 15 University of Dayton students have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for an 11.5 kW solar installation to move Dayton's Mission of Mary Cooperative closer to its goal of running entirely on renewable energy.

 

With two weeks left in the campaign, the students have helped raise a little more than $18,000, or about 58 percent of the goal. Donors can contribute to the project at the related link. Donations, which the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation currently is matching dollar for dollar, are tax deductible.

"We want to be the first in Dayton to become net zero and lead the way in utilizing renewable, clean energy in the city," says Michael Schulz, executive director of Mission of Mary Cooperative and a 2007 University of Dayton graduate.

RE-volv is an inaugural member of the White House National Community Solar Partnership and a winner of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Catalyst program Business Innovation Award.

"I hope this campaign educates the Dayton community about how solar energy can improve environmental, social and economic aspects of a community, especially at a time in the United States when hope for a clean energy future can be hard to find,” says Ryan Shea, a graduate student in the Hanley Sustainability Institute and founder of the University of Dayton chapter of RE-volv. “I am excited Mission of Mary Cooperative has added solar education to its mission of providing affordable and healthy food to the community while educating it about healthy and sustainable lifestyles."

Mission of Mary Cooperative, the only lay-Marianist founded, operated and funded nonprofit organization in the country, works in East Dayton on issues of food and economic social justice, especially healthy food affordability and access. The cooperative also farms at Lincoln Hill Gardens, a site in the Twin Towers Neighborhood developed in partnership with the University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute and East End Community Services that has produced nearly 2 tons of food in the last two years for 80 families plus more sold at local markets.


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