PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
In honor of World Social Justice Day (February 20), we're hosting a conversation on environmental racism and how to take faith-based climate action in pursuit of social justice. The webinar will take place Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.
- You’re invited! Our next Advocacy webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. Here’s the Zoom link if you’re able to join.
- So much is happening in Fairfax County that, rather than squeezing it into our newsletter, we’ve packed it into a comprehensive blog post. Happy reading!
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FACS PRIORITY LEGISLATION
The Virginia Legislature’s crossover day is this week. That’s when each chamber must complete its own bills and begin considering legislation passed by the other body. Here’s where we stand:
- Ban of single-use Styrofoam food containers by prepared food vendors (Del. Betsy Carr HB 1902) passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. Thank you, FACS activists, for the 240 emails you sent to your Delegates asking for support!
- Allow Fairfax County the authority to establish a Local Green Bank (Del. Kaye Kory’s HB 1919) will be voted upon the full house as soon as Wednesday. Look for a FACS Action Alert coming soon!
- Analysis of EV charging infrastructure to support the 2045 net-zero carbon target (Senator Boysko’s SB 1223) passed the Senate and is headed to the House.
- Two electric vehicle (EV) bills face crucial votes this week: encouraging availability of a wider selection of EVs in Virginia by manufacturers (Del. Bagby HB 1965) and creation of an EV rebate program (Del. Reid’s HB 1979 -- there is still time to act!).
- Unfortunately, bills to mandate automatic adoption of international energy-efficiency building codes within a year of publishing by the International Code Council (Del. Kory HB 2227) are facing opposition by home builders. Despite 75 emails sent by FACS activists to Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, the fate of Del. Kory’s bill is uncertain. The companion senate bill (Sen. Boysko SB 1224) was pulled. Stay tuned!
Our #FairfaxToZero social media toolkit is a helpful resource to help people who care about the planet to take faith-based action. The toolkit currently has four advocacy priorities outlined with key takeaways, tactics, and digital assets (graphics + a video) along with sample messaging so that we can unify and amplify our voices. We also have a design contest and are seeking entries! Learn more about the toolkit and how to enter the contest.
Community Partner Spotlight: Prince William Food Rescue
Prince William Food Rescue (PWFR) is a program of ACTS (Action in Community Through Service) and is an extension of their Hunger Prevention Center. They connect Donor Partners with Distribution Partners throughout the region. By using an app developed by 412 Food Rescue, they are able to mobilize thousands of volunteers to rescue perishable food. By leveraging technology, they were able to aggressively accomplish three primary goals:
- Reduce Food Waste
- Reduce Food Insecurity
- Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We applaud their efforts and recognize that it will take all of us to accomplish carbon neutrality by 2050. Read more about this inspiring community partner on our blog.
Faith Community Spotlight
We'd love to feature your faith community in our newsletter! How has your faith community kept momentum on climate action despite the pandemic? Have you successfully implemented something new or do you have plans for 2021? If you have a story to share, even if it's just a few sentences, please contact Natalie Cain.
As an interfaith climate advocacy organization, FACS intentionally includes diverse communities, especially those most affected by climate change. FACS recognizes that global warming and climate change disproportionately affect lower-income populations and those in poverty, immigrants/refugees, and racial and ethnic minorities. As we celebrate Black History Month in February, we recognize that listening to, learn from, and amplifying the voices of our Black and brown brothers and sisters is something that should be done year-round. FACS attended the Audobon Naturalist Society's Naturally Latinos Conference in December, and we are very much looking forward to attending their upcoming Taking Nature Black conference later in February.
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
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