August Newsletter

meg, August 2, 2018

Dear FACS Community:

August is full of opportunities to get involved in local climate action! Our monthly newsletter highlights just a few of the many opportunities taking place across Northern Virginia.

As you look towards the Fall make sure to mark your calendar for FACS’ Annual General Meeting, September 23rd. Rev. Stephanie Allen, founder of Zero Waste Church, will discuss how to reduce waste in your congregation. We will also share how you can participate in the Plastic Free Fairfax Campaign.

Would your organization like to host the event? Contact us!

Welcome New Board Member: Rev. Sarah S. Scherschligt

FACS is excited to announce our newest board member Rev. Sarah S. Scherschligt. Rev. Sarah Scherschligt is the lead Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria (Fairfax County). With a background in biology and environmental ethics, Sarah has made caring for God’s creation an integral part of her ministry. She founded the ELCA Metro DC Synod Creation Care Team and is currently leading her congregation through a renovation with a focus on sustainable design. She believes that environmental devastation is the most important moral issue of our time and she is grateful to be working with FACS on local solutions to a global problem.



Join FACS at the Virginia Energy Plan listening session. The listening session will give Governor Northam the opportunity to hear from local residents and stakeholders.

Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) and Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions have created the VA Energy Plan Talking Points for Public Comments: Resources for Faith Testifiers for those wanting to attend! This resource was adapted from the Virginia Sierra Club talking points.

Event Information

When: August 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Where: George Mason University Merten Hall

Unable to attend? Written comments can be submitted here until September 24th.

Make sure to share this information with your congregation!


FACS in the News

Meg Mall, the executive director of FACS, is quoted in this Fairfax Times article about the passage of the Fairfax County Energy Operations Strategy. She agrees that the strategy is a step in the right direction but points out that it does not go far enough to meet the county’s commitments to address climate change.

Read Scott Peterson’s, co-founder and Secretary of FACS, Washington Post op-ed on the recent passage of Fairfax County’s Operations Energy Strategy and the impact of climate change on Fairfax County.

Read Ivy Main’s blog which discusses the Fairfax County Operations Energy strategy and ten actions the county can be taking to take on a leadership role to address climate change.

Green Team

Does your congregation have a Green Team meeting coming up this Summer or Fall? If so, Jackie, the membership engagement manager, would love to attend your meeting to hear about the work your congregation is doing! Email with meeting information.

Storm Drain Labels

Does your place of worship have a storm drain on the property? If so, you can request your drains to be labeled with a “No Dumping” label. Fairfax County is partnering with places of worship to provide this labeling free of charge. More information about the program can be found here. Email or call 703-324-1423 to receive an application. This is a great initiative for Green Teams!

Energy Masters Registration

The application for the Fall 2018-2019 Energy Masters training class is now available. Sign-up by July 31st for a discounted class rate. Scholarship are available.

The Energy Masters program has been promoting a more energy efficient and sustainable community by training volunteers in energy efficiency and water conservation techniques and in delivering community education and outreach programs. Trainees then apply their new knowledge by performing energy upgrades to affordable housing units.

FACS Partner Spotlight

Green Muslims serves as a bridge between Muslim communities and environmental organizations. Their website contains green scripture readings, tips for a sustainable Ramadan, and more. Their Executive Director, Sevim Kalyoncu, is a valuable resource to the interfaith environmental movement in Northern Virginia. Together Green Muslims and FACS are working to connect and work with Islamic Centers in Northern Virginia.

Resource Corner

This handbook was created as a resource for FACS members. Here you’ll find a large range of resources to facilitate thoughtful discussion and action in your congregation and Green Team. Explore the links to find websites, articles, videos, and reports with more information. Additional information and resources can be requested at

Are you interested in starting a Green Team at your congregation, but don’t know where to start? Learn about how to form and structure a Green Team, how to create a focus, how to work with lay leaders, and much more. Check out this list of resources!

Environmental Justice

How is food linked to the environmental movement? Check out these resources!

Watch the Ted Talk “Food as Radical Empathy” to learn about inequality in the food movement.

Read Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets; Race and the Green Economy by Alison Hope Alkon

Watch the documentary “Living in a Food Desert”

Upcoming Events


Walk the Talk: How to Reduce Waste in your Congregation

FACS has partnered with Fairfax to encourage Fairfax County residents to intentionally reduce their plastic use in October (and all the other months too)! Join FACS at the kickoff event, September 22nd!

In conjunction with this campaign, FACS is hosting our Annual General Meeting which will focus on how congregations can take direct action to reduce their waste. We will hear from Rev. Stephanie Allen who founded Zero Waste Church. She will discuss her experience of leading a congregation to reduce waste. This event is designed to teach and encourage congregations to reduce their footprint. All are welcome to attend!

What: FACS’ Annual General Meeting

When: Sunday, September 23rd from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Would your organization like to host the event? Contact us!

RSVP for the event here!

In Peace,
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions