Last Sunday, at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, FACS had a vibrant gathering of people of faith and dedicated advocates to celebrate Sustainability Champions in Fairfax County: Mt. Vernon District Board of Supervisor Dan Storck, Solar on the Schools and Unity of Fairfax. Kendyl Crawford, director of Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, delivered the keynote reminding attendees that people of faith are called to center the experiences and voices of most vulnerable in climate change talks. You can watch her keynote here. Faithful voices are valuable in the conversation on climate change, and faith-based action draws on a deep well of love for each other and the planet we share. The faith community will continue to push Fairfax County to develop clear and strong climate action goals.
This year is a pivotal year for elections in Northern Virginia, with over 50 seats open in the general election this November. With so many candidates running in several key districts, the June 11th primaries provide an important opportunity to vote. In Fairfax County and City, there are only Democratic Primaries on the ballot this June. The Republican, Libertarian, and other parties are choosing their candidates by other means. Their candidates will appear on the ballot in the General Election in November. Remember that we do NOT register by political party in Virginia. All primaries are open. Vote next Tuesday with climate in your heart!
On the June 11th ballot:
Member Virginia Senate, 31st, 33rd and 35th Districts
Member House of Delegates, 38th and 49th Districts
FACS worked hard to encourage the Board of Supervisors to fund the new Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan earlier this month. Now we need your help to push them to make eliminating all greenhouse gas pollution in Fairfax County by 2050 the primary goal of the Action Plan. Establishing such a goal—standing with other leaders—will guide the County in creating its roadmap. Fairfax County can become a leader in Virginia.
Fairfax County Environmental Committee meets on June 18th at 3:00. More information can be found here. A discussion of progress related to the newly formed Office of Environment and Energy, the Community Energy and Climate Action Plan, C-PACE, and the Request for Proposals for a Solar Power Purchase Agreement is anticipated.
Join an Advocacy Team
FACS is seeking new members to join its advocacy teams. Interested in learning more about your role as a FACS Advocacy Team member? Read more here! To join or ask questions, please contact Meg Mall or David Kepley, FACS’ Advocacy Chair. Summer a great time to connect with team leaders and gear up for launch of advocacy in fall. Our next advocacy webinar will be June 12th, email Meg@faithforclimate.org if you’d like to join the webinar.
Board of Supervisors Chair Candidate Forum on the Environment
The forum will be moderated by Professor Star Muir, George Mason University on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Blueberry Hill Common House. Candidates for chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have been invited to share their environmental and energy platform with constituents in Fairfax County. Event information can be found here!
Interfaith Youth Outdoor Education
Green Muslims invites children of all faith perspectives to join together for an exciting interfaith adventure, where we explore the outdoors and its role in our lives and learn about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed we call home. This summer will be an interfaith Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for children ages 9-12, where kids of various faith perspectives will come together to explore why nature, in general, and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, in particular, are important to us and what we can do to connect with and protect the earth. Sundays, June 23-July 28, 1:30-4:30 at multiple locations. More information here!
Watch a webinar with FACS & Ipsun Solar for an overview of how make solar projects a reality at your congregation. This hour long webinar will teach participants the steps to coordinate a project. Watch here!
Watch an hour long webinar on purchasing green energy and solar panels for your home and matching grant opportunities with Fairfax County. Watch here!
Reduce Waste at Faith Based Summer Camps
This booklet of tips was complied by James Madison High School WINGS Intern, Kathleen Brewster, who worked to develop steps for congregations to reduce waste during summer faith camps. Read the booklet here. Congregations that participate will receive a certificate to display at their congregation.