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Is your congregation thinking of going solar? FACS can light the way.

Join us Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 to 8:30 pm for an informative session on congregational solar projects. Each of us can benefit from the experience of and lessons learned by congregations that have completed solar projects. We will be joined by Joelle Novey from Interfaith Power & Light DMV who has guided congregations throughout the region to plan and execute solar projects. Representatives from solar installation and solar financing companies that work with congregations will share their insights with us as well. We will also discuss government financial incentives and private financing options for solar projects on congregations’ facilities. Register to join us here!


Fairfax County Energy Efficiency Grants Available Now

Is your faith community located in Fairfax County and looking to make your buildings and grounds more energy-efficient and resilient to climate change? The Energy Conservation Assistance Program can help! 

Through the program, qualifying organizations can apply for up to $15,000 in reimbursement grants annually for conducting energy audits, improving building energy efficiency, installing solar panels, and other improvements.

The Energy Conservation Assistance Program is managed by the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination with support from the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. Applications can be submitted at any time. Projects will be accepted as long as they meet eligibility requirements and funding is available.

Visit the Energy Conservation Assistance Program page to check your organization’s eligibility and apply today! For more information on energy audits for your congregation, email info@faithforclimate.org.


Premiere Screening of 'Common Ground' Documentary with Exclusive Q&A on Regenerative Agriculture

Multiple Northern Virginia organizations are uniting to present the acclaimed documentary "Common Ground" at the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax, VA, on Monday, December 11, 2023. Don't miss the chance to join the FACS 20s and 30s club and experience this premiere special event at Cinema Arts Theatre at 9650 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031, just down the street from GMU.

The film kicks off at 7:15 pm, followed by a captivating Q&A session featuring special guests and leaders in regenerative agriculture. 

For a sneak peek, check out the trailer here: Trailer

Secure your tickets before they sell out: Tickets


Creative Ways to Give

Celebrate with FACS as we reflect on our incredible journey, evolving from a humble congregation basement in Oakton, Virginia, to a vibrant group of over 200 congregations. Our 2,900-strong community is united in the urgent struggle to safeguard our planet for future generations.

Together, let's amplify our collective voice and tackle the challenges of climate change in congregations, government centers, and our daily lives. Guided by faith, we strive to build a sustainable world for all. Consider diverse ways to support FACS, including stocks, IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions (IRA QCCs), and Donor Advised Funds. For more information on how to give, email info@faithforclimate.org.

Please join us in making a lasting impact!


Working Together to Protect Our Planet for Future Generations

During this season of gratitude, and in the spirit of stewardship emphasized in our faith, let us reflect on the urgency to address climate change. As our responsibility to care for creation aligns with our religious convictions, let’s then continue considering how our actions impact the environment, and let us strive to be mindful stewards working together to protect the planet for future generations. Read here on how to be mindful this holiday season. 



Be sure to visit our online calendar to see when Hub monthly meetings happen, what FACS events are on the horizon, and what community events are being planned by other groups.

City of Alexandria Hub Updates

We had an active November: supporting the City's Zoning for Housing initiative, speaking up for climate at the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) budget hearing and meetings, and hosting an Alexandria Climate Action 101 workshop. In December, FACS will continue to focus on the ACPS and City budget processes.

Take action this month!  Fill out the City budget feedback form asking officials to 1) Continue to fully fund the Office of Climate Action, 2) Provide needed funding to ACPS so that it can implement the City's Green Building Policy, while modernizing schools and support facilities to meet district needs, and 3) Fund development of a comprehensive energy and climate resilience strategy by ACPS to help implement Alexandria’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Holiday get-together December 16! Join other Alexandria FACS supporters and climate advocates for fellowship and an update on hub activities, Saturday afternoon December 16. Stay tuned for details. 

Arlington County Hub Updates

At the Arlington Hub's November meeting, we learned about FACS' new program to help congregations become more energy efficient, funded by DOE's Buildings UP grant. Also, to kick off our series on the various faiths' major initiatives around climate, we had a presentation on the Unitarian Universalist's Green Sanctuary 2030 program, which emphasizes resiliency and environmental justice at its core (more information here). On December 2, the FACS Arlington Hub will be co-hosting the Virginia Conservation Network's session on the upcoming General Assembly. At our next meeting, on December 6 at 7 pm, we'll continue to discuss the faith initiatives on climate with a guest speaker, a Creation Care Teams Program Manager with the Catholic Church. 

Fairfax County Hub Updates

On November 30 at our last Hub meeting, Cindy Speas, the Fairfax County Tree Commissioner briefed us on the current and future needs of our tree canopy. Parts of Fairfax County remain blessed with mature trees, while others have lost many to roads and development. We owe trees tremendous respect, as they cool us, provide shelter and remove some of the CO2 we spew. And, they nourish our souls! The stresses of alternate drought and drenching, and extended seasons mean we can’t take our trees for granted.

Our teams have been polishing our talking points, preparing for the coming budget season. This is significant work: because of FACS and other groups, our county has both a Climate Action Plan (CECAP) and a Resilient Fairfax Plan. Did you know you can subscribe to the Environmental, Energy and Climate news to keep up with the complex efforts? Read here how this hub is putting Faith into Action. 

Loudoun Hub Updates

We testified before the PWC Planning Commission asking for additional siting and environmental studies related to the Digital Gateway applications. We wrote to the re-elected State Del. David Reid, and the newly elected State Sen. Suhas Subramanyam, congratulating them on their win. We asked: how will they address citizen concerns about data centers land, energy and water resource needs; we asked who will pay for the build out of the energy infrastructure;  we informed them that Dominion Energy has said they can’t meet the 2045 Virginia Clean Energy Act requirements due to data center energy demands. We are sending a petition to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton asking her to give her support to the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2023. Jean Wright and Eric Goplerud met with Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon to share FACS’s congregational programs including the Buildings UP Award FACS has received from the Department of Energy.

Central Valley Hub Updates

In our last steering committee meeting, we began to develop plans to recruit congregations to participate in the EPA Energy Star program for faith communities. We plan to make this a concerted effort in 2024.

Harrisonburg Mennonite Church organized a tree planting on their 13 acre campus on November 11. About 25 volunteers participated in the effort and planted 250 trees. This makes a total of more than 600 native tree varieties planted this year. The City of Harrisonburg Urban Forestry Program contributed $3,500 toward the purchase of the trees.


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FACS' Monthly Sustainability Tip

With the holidays coming up be thinking ahead on how you can celebrate them sustainably. Consider buying 'experiences', make handmade gifts, or give your time and talent. Be sure to wrap the gift in reusable wrapping or make the wrapping part of the gift.

Inspired to give beyond time and talent? Donate today and support FACS' work.


Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
PO Box 2012  | Reston, Virginia 20195
703-239-3748 | info@faithforclimate.org

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