Fairfax to Zero is an ambitious effort to promote local policies that will reduce greenhouse gases by 2% every year, reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
Fairfax County will take bold, urgent and sustained actions to become a leader in local solutions to climate change. Specifically, Fairfax to Zero advocates to:
- Hold Fairfax County supervisors accountable for their repeated promises to reduce greenhouse gas pollution (GhG) by 2% per year until we reach zero in 2050.
- Push for development of a county-wide Climate Action and Energy Plan.
- Advocate for the establishment of a Fairfax County Energy and Climate Office that will be responsible for achieving sustained cuts in GhG pollution county-wide.
- Shape public opinion through our ongoing and consistent presence at government policy meetings, budget meetings and candidate forums, such as our October 2018 event with U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart.
- Push the county to establish a public-private Sustainability Counsel that will bring together government, the business community, and civic associations to drive toward a no carbon future.
- Ensure solar energy panels are installed in county schools and government buildings, streetlights are switched to energy-efficient LEDs, and charging stations for electric vehicles and electric and hybrid vehicles are purchased.
The following is a list of Fairfax to Zero initiatives that have been approved in the 2020 budget of the Board of Supervisors. FACS has been working hard to advocate for these initiatives and are proud and excited to see this follow through:
- An increase in the budget for the Environmental Improvement Program
- Funding for LED Streetlight Conversion
- Funding for EV charging station infrastructure
- Fairfax county’s CFO Joe Mondoro, presented his recommendation for an Office of Energy and Environment, with additional staffing, bringing the total number of staff to seven (up from 3!)
- There will be an amendment to the Capital Improvement Plan, which will include Chantilly High School, Thomas Jefferson High School and Mason Crest Elementary as three specific sites for solar projects in 2019!
- The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors also approved the Fairfax Green Initiatives Board Matter, which lays out a comprehensive series of actions and follow up the county should take related to climate change – and refers to FACS among several of our partner local environmental partner organizations.
- The Fairfax Board of Supervisors adopted its first ever County Operations Energy Strategy, allocating $4.5 million to begin implementing the plan.
- The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance to authorize Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy on March 19, 2019. This action will provide critical financing to supercharge the inclusion of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in eligible buildings, including houses of worship, thereby supporting the county’s goals to repurpose and revitalize underutilized buildings.
- We sponsored events and opportunities for our network, including one focused on Zero Waste, Plastic Free Fairfax, and our first Sustainability Awards recognition program.
- In September 2018, we hosted the Virginia Climate Crisis Forum with Virginia’s two Senatorial candidates, putting together their views on solving climate change before the public.
- FACS works with a variety of groups to accomplish our goals. Recently, FACS has signed on to the Fairfax Healthy Communities Coalition. This coalition calls for an integrated approach to the land use, housing, transportation, conservation, climate and social equity challenges facing the county.
- See our community partner page for more information.
- Read about Faith Communities that support FACS.
- FACS is committed to inclusivity in our movement. Read our statement here.
So how can YOU help?
- Grow the movement by collecting petition signatures online.Here is the link to the online petition: Fairfax to Zero petition. Share the link with others across Fairfax County by email or on social media. Collecting petition signatures to present to supervisors at meetings will show that we have broad support for ambitious action to address climate change. You can find a printable PDF of the paper petition here to print and collect at your events.
- Join a FACS Advocacy Team. FACS organizes Advocacy Teams that are organized by district in Fairfax County. Each team is led by a volunteer Advocacy Team Leader. FACS convenes monthly advocacy webinars to share information and updates related to our advocacy. Interested in learning more? Read our Advocacy Team Member Role Description. If you’d like to join an advocacy team, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with a team leader. Be sure you include your Fairfax County district in your email; you can find out which district you’re in here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/myneighborhood/.
- Engage with your district supervisor to urge for climate action within our county. Utilize social media to reach members of the board of supervisors and to share our goals. You can use our guide here.
- Donate to intensify our efforts to create a healthy, low carbon Fairfax County.
Visit our Fairfax to Zero Campaign Page to learn how you can support the campaign and take action.
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions is a 501(c)(3) organization, and does not engage in partisan activities. We do not work for or against specific candidates or parties. All are welcome at the table.