It’s with sadness that FACS says goodbye to our Executive Director, Reba Elliott, who will be moving to Charlottesville. And with excitement and anticipation, to announce that Meg Mall started July 1 as FACS new Executive Director.
Good bye Reba.
For more than a year, Reba led our interfaith climate work. Under her leadership, FACS has grown to involve more than 50 congregations involving Muslim, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, mainline and Evangelical Protestant, and peace traditions. Her tightly focused advocacy and coalition building resulted in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors votingto join more than 240 mayors committing to meeting the Paris climate accord goals, regardless of Federal policy. Reba created the FACS website and revitalized the FACS Facebook. She organized the very successful Earth Day Symposium that convened faith leaders to discuss plans for climate solutions with Brian Moran, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the VA climate czar, Pat Hynes, chair of the Fairfax School Board, and John Foust, Fairfax County Supevisor. She’s amplified voices of faith and love for creation through her leadership and her example.
Welcome FACS’ new Executive Director, Meg Mall.
Meg started July 1 to bring her leadership skills and commitment to social justice to FACS. She has 15 years of nonprofit experience providing support and leadership to international development organizations, social enterprises, global associations and local nonprofit organizations. Meg has worked with stakeholders across the globe to build partnerships and coalitions. Before joining FACS, Meg filled many roles at Goodwill Industries International, Inc., most recently in the capacity as an International Development Consultant, and prior to that as the Director of International Development. Meg was the General Secretary for Workability Americas, the largest global association representing organizations committed to the employment of people with disabilities. Meg holds a Masters in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a degree in International Business and Spanish from Valparaiso University. Meg is a member of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna. She lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband and two young children, ages 5 and 8.
Fairfax joins Mayors committing to Paris Climate Goals
“Thank-you” to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, with Chairman Sharon Bulova and Environment Committee Chair Supervisor Penny Gross’s leadership, for voting affirmatively to join more than 250 Mayors in the “Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.” Members commit to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goals. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors has recommitted to the Cool Counties Initiative to reduce carbon pollution 2% per year. Thus far the County’s energy policies have reduced carbon pollution by 10%. This declaration commits the county, along with local, state, and federal governments, to cut the D.C. region’s overall greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.
Bulova invites FACS and Private Sector to Environmental Vision Release
Chairman Bulova invited members of FACS to a long awaited release of the 10 year Environmental Vision and kick off of a public-private sector sustainability initiative. The Environmental Showcase will be July 22, 2017 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center. The update to the Fairfax Environmental Vision contains a new Climate Change chapter, thanks to FACS and community advocacy. County businesses, schools, health industry will share sustainability practices.
Thank you for all you do. It matters!
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions