Resources

 

FACS Materials 

Program Handout

A one page handout with all of our programs. A great resource to pass out at meetings or to see an overview of FACS’ work!

Brochure

A brochure to learn about the basics and work of FACS in Fairfax County.

Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions Resource Handbook

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. 

Videos

Visit our YouTube channel for FACS videos, including the 2020 Virginia Climate Crisis Forum.

 

Resources for Places of Worship

Green Team Resources

Starting a Green Team? Learn from these resources about structure, membership, event planning, spiritual resources and more. 

Plastic Bags Recycling Program with TREX.

From Bags to Benches- This guide helps you get the most out of the TREX recycling program.  Your congregation collects plastic bags and sends them to TREX to be made into their composite decking.  If you meet your goal- TREX will send you a park bench made of their recycled material!

Sermons and Religious Resources for Places of Worship

Bring climate and faith together at your place of worship. Here you’ll find resources for a wide variety of faiths. 

Grants for Places of Worship

Congregations can apply for grants with projects focused on watershed and energy conservation. 

Low Cost Energy Audits

Learn about bringing an energy audit to your place of worship. FACS has partnered to bring low cost energy audits to places of worship in Fairfax County & Northern Virginia. 

Carbon Footprint Game

Play the Carbon Footprint Game at your place of worship. This is an easy way to get children and adults to discuss and take action on climate change! You can watch the informational video about how to implement it at your congregation. You can print these stickers.

Zero Waste Faith Camps

Learn how congregations can be plastic free during their faith summer camps. This is in conjunction with our ongoing #PlasticFreeFairfax Campaign. 

Energy Justice Presentation

Learn about our Energy Justice Presentation offered year round. 

Children’s Activities

Get children and youth involved in environmental initiatives with these ideas and activities. 

How to Host a Zero-Waste Event

Learn the steps to hold a zero-waste event at your place of worship. 

 

Presentations

Solar for Your Congregation Webinar

Join 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. This is a great webinar for any interested congregations!

Go Green At Your Home Webinar 

An hour long webinar on purchasing green energy and solar panels for your home and matching grant opportunities with Fairfax County! Email info@faithforclimate.org if you would like copies of the PowerPoint presentations.  

Zero Waste Congregation

Watch a presentation from Rev. Stephanie Allen, about how to implement environmental initiatives into your congregation.

C-PACE

Learn how your congregation can finance solar or other large energy upgrade projects at your place of worship. C-PACE can financing building improvement and clean energy upgrades using Commercial Property Assessed Clean energy (C-PACE) which helps faith-based organizations overcome upfront cost barriers and easily access capital that is paid for over time through savings on utility bills. 

For more information on programs or resources please email info@faithforclimate.org.

Local Leaders

Cindy Wackerbath
Knox Presbyterian Church

Knox Presbyterian Church has transformed several areas into native and pollinator gardens.  The church is a designated Monarch Way Station, and church members have led the development of a community pollinator garden.  Cindy Wackerbath, a member of the church, is available to answer questions about resources for native and pollinator gardens. Email Cindy Wackerbath

Dan Ancona
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield has installed a geothermal system. Dan Ancona, a member of the church, led its installation, and is available to answer questions about the process. Email Dan Ancona

Ed Sabo
St. John Neumann Catholic Parish

St. John Neumann Catholic Parish reduced its energy use by 28% over the course of one year. Ed Sabo, a member of the parish, is available to talk about how members and staff can work together to achieve energy efficiency. Email Ed Sabo

Lynn Alsmeyer-Johnson
Mount Vernon Unitarian Universalist Church

Mount Vernon Unitarian Universalist Church has installed a large solar panel array on its roof. Lynn Alsmeyer-Johnson, a member of the church, is available to answer questions. An excellent starting place for solar panel installation is IPL—DMV’s guide “Going Solar for Congregations”. Email Lynn Alsmeyer-Johnson

Local and National Organizations

Catholic Climate Covenant
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
Creation Justice Ministry
Evangelical Environmental Network
Green Muslims
GreenFaith
Interfaith Power and Light—District, Maryland, Northern Virginia.

Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions works in close partnership with IPL—DMV. Interfaith Power and Light Website

National Religious Partnership for the Environment
The Bhumi Project
Unitarian Universalist Association Environmental Program