Share your progress with FACS!
Let us know how your faith community is progressing and how we can help.
Sprouting Seed: Join the FACS Community
Sapling: Trunk, branch, leaf
Small Tree: Trunk, branch, five or more leaves
Blossoming Tree: Trunk, branch, five or more leaves, two flowers
Tree of Life: Trunk, branch, five or more leaves, four flowers
Find your way with Tracks.
New: Net Zero Track- How to reduce Green House Gas Emissions in your place of worship.
- GA IPL Power Wise Guide – Extensive companion guide to an energy audit from Georgia Interfaith Power & Light
- DIY Energy Audit for Congregations – A step-by-step guide from Kansas Interfaith Power & Light to help you find the quick and easy opportunities to save energy
- The Interfaith Coalition on Energy – Check out articles for great resources for congregations regarding heating and cooling, energy bills, energy audits, building management, and more!
Sprouting Seed: Join the FACS community.
- Designate a point of contact with FACS and join our community. Our shared values and dedication will help develop solutions to the climate crisis.
Trunk: Form a Team
- Find out who is interested in sustainability at your congregation. Here are some ideas about how to organize interested people. Connect with an existing group(s) when appropriate.
Branch: Create a Sustainability Plan
- Conduct an energy audit to understand where you should start tackling sustainability efforts at your congregation. Learn more here.
- Funding exists for congregations to conduct energy audits.
- FACS works with a contractor to bring low cost energy audits to congregations. Contact us for more information.
Branch: Survey your Green Team
- Survey your Green Team members to see where energy exists for events, interests and environmental education.
Leaf: Start a Project
- Read about the work congregations in Fairfax are doing – develop a recycling program, go solar or plant native plants.
- Meet with a FACS Ambassador to develop goals and initiative for your congregation. We have a dedicated ambassador who can give practical advice, answer questions, provide resources, and connect each activity to the big picture.
Leaf: Invite FACS to your congregation
- Energy Justice Workshop – A one hour hands on workshop for congregations. This workshop teaches participants about where energy comes from and how to confidently undertake energy upgrades in their homes
- Faith and Climate – 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 congregation.
Leaf: Bring Climate into the Sermon
- Ask your worship lead to lead a prayer about Climate Change.
- Have “green tips” in your weekly bulletin or monthly newsletter
- Ask to have a sermon centered around climate
- Read a passage about caring for creation
- Have a FACS representative give a talk
Leaf: Bring Climate into Religious Education Classes
- Read about activities to do with Children’s religious education classes.
- Learn about the basics of environmental issues.
Leaf: Attend a FACS event
- Throughout the year FACS puts on a variety of events. You can see our events here.
- Our signature events include an Advocacy meeting in January, Showcase & Awards in June and our VA Climate Forum in September.
Leaf: Follow FACS on Social Media
Leaf: Sign Up for our Monthly Newsletter
- Read our past monthly newsletters
- Send our newsletter to members of your team
Leaf: Watch a Video or Webinar
Flower: Become a designated Green Sanctuary (or equivalent)
- Become designated by your faith as a Green Sanctuary
- Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic,
- Unitarian Universalist
Flower: Play the Carbon Footprint Game (or equivalent)
- Play the Carbon Footprint Game with your congregation. Learn and commit to changing your lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly.
- Watch our webinar on how to play.
Flower: Donate to help FACS continue our work
Flower: Join an Advocacy Team
Flower: Attend a Board of Supervisors Meeting
- Be a faithful voice at a Board of Supervisors meeting. Contact us to be a speaker.