Program Details

 

Share your progress with FACS! Let us know how your faith community is progressing and how we can help.

If you are undertaking a new project, upgrade, or event, send us details and pictures so that your action can be featured in our newsletter and serve as an inspiration to others.

Share your actions directly with your own network on social media!

Feel free to use the social media toolkit found in our Program Guide. Make sure to tag FACS in posts so that we can share them and extend your network. 

 

Feel free to download our Tree of Life Program Guide for more information and additional resources.

 

Sprouting Seed: Join the Network

  • Your seed is sprouted as soon as you join our Faith Community Network.
  • Once you submit the TOL Survey, you can schedule a time to meet with a FACS representative and discuss your community’s goals!

 

A solid trunk and stable branches are the foundation for future growth: 

 

Trunk: Form a Green Team

  • Find out who is interested in sustainability in your faith community and form a Green Team. This is the group that will spearhead the Tree of Life program. Connect with an existing group(s) when appropriate.

 

Branch: Create a Strategic Plan

 

Branch: Survey your Green Team

  • Survey your Green Team members to see where energy exists for events, interests, and environmental education. Find resources here. 

Leaves don’t just provide shade and windbreaks that reduce your energy costs; they soak up sunlight and convert it into energy to feed your tree! Start filling in your foliage with these eco-actions:

 

Leaf: Start a Project

 

Leaf: Invite FACS to your faith community 

      • Energy Justice Workshop - A one-hour hands-on workshop for faith communities that will teach participants about where energy comes from and how to confidently undertake energy upgrades in their homes.
      • Advocacy Training - An adaptable session for people of faith looking to enact good in the world through public engagement. This training will cover environmental advocacy priorities, practical tips for faith-based community organizing, and information about local initiatives. 
      • Faith and Climate Talk - A one hour talk about the link of faith, the environment and vulnerable populations affected by climate change. This talk is offered for all faiths and can be adapted for any community.
      • And many more! Workshops and talks can be adapted to suit your faith tradition and sustainability goals.

 

Leaf: Bring Climate into the Service

 

Leaf: Bring Climate & Sustainability into Religious Education Classes

 

Leaf: Attend a FACS event

      • Signature annual events include an Advocacy Meeting in January, our Showcase & Awards in June, and the VA Climate Forum in September. 
      • Keep track of upcoming events that may interest your community.

 

Leaf: Follow FACS on Social Media

      • You can share your impact by posting projects and tagging FACS! You will inspire other communities with your actions, and vice versa.
      • Twitter       Facebook       Instagram       LinkedIn      YouTube

 

Leaf: Sign Up for our Monthly Newsletter

 

Leaf: Watch a Video or Webinar

Flowers aren’t just beautiful; they support animals, pollinate other trees, and before you know it, they bear fruit! Earning flowers takes you beyond individual growth and magnifies your impact as part of a larger ecosystem. 

 

Make the Net Zero Commitment

FACS has called upon communities of faith to join in a commitment to bringing their campuses to carbon-neutrality in advance of the UN Conference on Climate Change goal of 2050. We will work with you directly—providing resources, toolkits, and seminars—to set realistic goals for emissions reduction and energy cost savings. 

 

Become a designated Green Sanctuary (or equivalent)

Many faith traditions already have programs in place to support their commitment to care for the earth, stewardship and respect. These programs can walk you through a certification process for your buildings, grounds, and individuals. 

 

Play the Carbon Footprint Game (or equivalent) 

Instead of calculating your carbon footprint on a spreadsheet, this fun game involves children and adults from the whole faith community. A big cardboard footprint is transformed as participants cover it with stickers of actions they have taken to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

Donate to help FACS continue our work

Our power is in our volunteers and participating faith communities, but nothing happens without resources. When your faith community makes a donation or takes up a collection for FACS, our work and your Tree each flower.

 

 

Join an Advocacy Team

FACS is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that supports specific policies needed to move Fairfax County to a net zero emissions community. Our extremely effective advocacy model is based on personal relationships at the local level. We visit and communicate with our representatives from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and our School Board Representatives. Our team-based model helps you enjoy this important part of citizenship. 

 

Attend a Board of Supervisors Meeting or Meet with Public Official

Citizens are invited to voice their views on pending matters once every six months during the public comment period of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors meetings. As part of our Advocacy Team, you will be informed of upcoming issues and FACS talking points. 

Each of your actions will contribute to the growth stage of your Tree, from seed to sapling and finally to a Tree of Life. If you are ready, complete a survey covering actions your community may already have taken. This will determine the current stage of your Tree. When you send us updates on your progress, your Tree grows. It is our goal that every faith community will reach the Tree of Life stage as they engage with FACS and advance their commitment to caring for the earth. Here are the different stages of recognition and growth:

If your Green Team so chooses, you can designate an area of special focus by selecting a Track. While all actions taken contribute towards growing your Tree, some will also count towards your chosen Track, and you will receive additional support in this area. Upon reaching the Tree of Life stage, participants who have also completed a Track will be recognized for their targeted impact and will have the opportunity to plant a native fruit tree on their campus in partnership with FACS. Your community, having devoted time and energy to the Tree of Life program, will be able to watch—and taste—as your actions bear fruit.

TRACKS:

Net Zero (read more)

Climate Justice

Zero Waste

Earth Steward

Branch off into a Track

Start with a Strategic Plan

Start with a Strategic Plan

Start with a Green Team Survey

Start with a Green Team Survey

Minimum Two Leaves In-Track

Host Faith & Climate Talk 

Watch Solar Webinar

Plan Climate/Energy Sermon or Class

 

Energy Project

Host Energy Justice Workshop 

 

Host Advocacy Training

Plan Climate Justice Sermon or Class

Advocacy Event or

VA Climate Action Forum

Watch Zero Waste Webinar 

Host Advocacy Training

Recycling Project

Compost Project 

Energy Project

Host Caring for Creation Workshop

Teach Sustainable Eating, Healthy Foods, and Community Gardens Class, or other Food, Wildlife, or Conservation Class

Landscape, Habitat, Stormwater,   or Garden Project 

Minimum One Flower In-Track

Take Net Zero Pledge

Join an Advocacy Team

 

Take Net Zero Pledge

 

Play the Carbon Footprint Game

Take Zero Waste Pledge

Designated Green Sanctuary, LEED, or other sustainability, habitat, garden, or water management certification 

Join Advocacy Team