May 14, 2020


Media contact: 

Meg Mall, Executive Director, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, 703-239-3748



Jeff Mckay and Karen Corbett Sanders Share their “Vision 2030” at Awards Ceremony


The public is invited to the online awards ceremony for the winners of the 3rd annual Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions Sustainability Champions Awards held Thursday, June 4th at 12:00 p.m.  With a theme of Vision 2030,Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff McKay and Fairfax County School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders will share their vision for sustainability over the next decade in Fairfax County.  Register Here for the free event. Nominations are received from the community, and winners are chosen by a committee composed of FACS leadership and prior award winners. The annual awards highlight the people and organizations that have made significant contributions towards the FACS mission of creating moral and equitable solutions to climate change in Northern Virginia. 


On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS)  announced the winners of its 2020 Sustainability Champions Awards. The 2020 winners are:

  • Individual: Debra Jacobson, JD, 

  • Faith Community: Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Rev. Kate Walker

  • Elected Official: Karl Frisch, Fairfax County School Board

  • Local Business: GreenFare Restaurant in Herndon Virginia, Gwyn Whittaker

Learn more about the award winners on our website.

Meg Mall, Executive Director of FACS, shared, “We are so blessed that every year we see an increase in leadership committed to acting on climate change, which we believe is the moral issue of our time.  Each community member plays a vital role in creating positive solutions to climate change. FACS looks forward to continuing to work alongside these sustainability champions as we move to an equitable, carbon neutral community.” 


“As the largest jurisdiction in Virginia, Fairfax County has a duty to its residents and the state to set the example for environmentally sustainable initiatives,” according to Chairman Mckay.  “Our vision for 2030 is ambitious as it combines accountability from individual citizens with legislative action. A strong partnership between local government leaders and community members will be crucial moving forward. The environmental advocates being honored by FACS have created considerable momentum towards our shared goal of a more sustainable future. Only by working together and recognizing these actions will we achieve our vision for 2030.”


Karen Corbett Sanders said, “I have worked closely with the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions throughout my tenure on the board.  They have been incredible leaders working with policy makers to advance policies at the county and state level on sustainability and renewable energy.  I was particularly pleased to have them join the Joint Environmental Task Force upon its establishment and their contributions that led to great inclusion of environmental issues in our capital improvement planning process.”


Registration information.

Join us in honoring the leadership, commitment and hard work of our Sustainability Champions on Thursday, June 4th at 12:00 p.m. during an online ceremony.  Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff McKay and Fairfax County School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders will share their remarks on Vision 2030- for a sustainable and equitable Fairfax County.  Fill the Zoom chat box with congratulations and support for our award winners, creating a virtual guest book that they can download and keep.  Registration Link.




Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization that unites people of faith to develop local solutions to the climate crisis. Our network includes Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Hindu, Unitarian Universalist, Society of Friends, and other traditions.