Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions unites people of faith to develop local solutions to the climate crisis. We pursue four purposes in our work:
We work primarily on the local level, and occasionally on the state level, where we can have the greatest impact.
We work with people of faith. 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.
Our network includes Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Hindu, Unitarian Universalist, Society of Friends, and other traditions. Our work is done in Northern Virginia, with a primary policy focus on Fairfax County, the most populous jurisdiction in Virginia.
History of FACS
The following is a list of Fairfax to Zero initiatives that were 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:
The Fairfax School Board committed to a feasibility report on solar for public schools, unanimously supported a resolution on climate change, and is working with the Board of Supervisors on a joint energy legislative package for Richmond.
We sponsored events and opportunities for our network, including one focused on Zero Waste, Plastic Free Fairfax, and our first Sustainability Awards recognition program.
We hosted the Virginia Climate Crisis Forum with Virginia’s two Senatorial candidates, putting together their views on solving climate change before the public. Over 400 people from across Northern Virginia were in attendance.
In February, FACS organized over 60 people in Fairfax County to call for clean energy at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor’s meeting. The group dressed in red and called on the creation of a Fairfax County climate and energy office to help residents and businesses go green.
Nearly 200 people attended FACS’ “Dialogue on Virginia’s Energy Future” with then Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Ralph Northam. FACS also held a webinar with Generra Peck, then-Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Gillespie’s Policy Director.