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FACS Materials 

Brochure

Learn about the work of FACS in Fairfax County.

Videos

Visit our YouTube channel for FACS videos, including the 2020 Virginia Climate Crisis Forum and the 2021 Advocacy Workshop and Training. We also have videos saved on our Facebook page.

2021 Fairfax to Zero Advocacy Priorities

Fairfax to Zero is an ambitious effort to promote local policies that will reduce greenhouse gases emitted in the county, reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, if not sooner. 

Here are the speaker slides from the 2021 Advocacy Workshop and Training

Here is the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s Climate Resilience Dashboard.

Tree of Life Program Guide

Ready to take bold action? Then review the resources for our Tree of Life eco-actions program for faith communities! Each eco-action featured is accompanied by helpful information and resource links. Additional resources are included for each Tree of Life growth track: Net Zero, Climate Justice, Low Waste, and Earth Steward.

Net Zero Commitment Handbook

This Resource Handbook is designed to help faith communities achieve the goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by providing technical assistance, clear metrics for success, and structured support. The Net Zero Track in Tree of Life provides additional support and recognition on the path to becoming a Net Zero Faith Community.

 

Resources for Faith Communities

Green Team Resources

Starting a Green Team? Then don’t be sure to overlook these resources! Learn about structure, membership, event planning, spiritual resources, and more. 

CAP Grants for Places of Worship

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

C-PACE presentation

Learn how your community can finance solar or other large energy upgrade projects at your place of worship. Building improvement and clean energy upgrades are often more financially feasible with Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE). C-PACE helps faith-based organizations overcome upfront cost barriers and easily access capital that is paid back through savings on utility bills. 

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. 

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 to play.

How to Host a Zero-Waste Event

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

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. 

Children’s Activities

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

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, who will turn them into composite decking. If you meet your goal, then TREX will send you a park bench made of recycled material!

FACS Workshops

Learn about our Community Workshops offered year-round. Workshops are available for a variety of audiences and can be adapted to suit your community’s goals and faith tradition. Workshops are interactive and may include a video, discussion, or hands-on activities.

 

Free Webinars

Solar for Your Congregation Webinar

Join FACS & Ipsun Solar for an overview of how to make solar projects a reality at your congregation. As a result of watching, then participants will know the steps needed to coordinate a project. This is a great webinar for any interested congregations!

Go Green At Your Home Webinar 

Watch an hour-long webinar on purchasing green energy and solar panels for your home and matching grant opportunities with Fairfax County! If you would like copies of the PowerPoint presentations, then email info@faithforclimate.org.  

Zero Waste Congregation

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

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