Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions: Your Pipeline to Local Climate Progress
Local officials tell us that they want to act on climate change but they need constituent support. Across the political spectrum we hear good intentions but don’t see enough good work. We want to change that.
Below you’ll find recent advocacy updates and specific calls to action. Thank you for partnering with us in this important work!
Fairfax to Zero Progress:
Wins! The following is a list of Fairfax to Zero initiatives that have been approved in the 2020 budget of the Board of Supervisors. FACS has been working hard to advocate for these initiatives and are proud and excited to see this follow through:
- An increase in the budget for the Environmental Improvement Program
- Funding for LED Streetlight Conversion
- Funding for EV charging station infrastructure
- Fairfax county’s CFO Joe Mondoro, presented his recommendation for an Office of Energy and Environment, with additional staffing, bringing the total number of staff to seven (up from 3!)
- In addition to these wins, the Board also approved the Fairfax Green Initiatives Board Matter, which lays out a comprehensive series of actions and follow up the county should take related to climate change – and refers to FACS among several of our partner local environmental partner organizations.
We Did It: Starting 2019 Off with a Win!
THANK YOU to our dedicated advocates and community members who contacted their school board member and asked them to identify specific solar projects in an effort to take advantage of the Request For Proposals for a solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Because of your efforts and the support of a number of board representatives, there will be an amendment to the Capital Improvement Plan, which will include Chantilly High School, Thomas Jefferson High School and Mason Crest Elementary as three specific sites for solar projects in 2019!
Fairfax to Zero
In 2019, FACS’ Fairfax to Zero campaign will continue to press for Fairfax County to become a leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. We will partner with all sectors to make this happen – businesses, developers, healthcare and educational institutions, governments and congregations.
Specifically, FACS asks:
County Government Operations. Adopt a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that fully funds the county operations energy plan and establishes a dedicated revenue stream to support these kinds of energy efficiency/renewable energy recommendations into the future. Ensure a full one-year review of the plan to include metrics, cost-savings and tactics; including a review of mapping GHG reductions against commitments made as part of the Cool Counties Pledge. Review should incorporate alignment of strategies and goals with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Regional Climate Action Plan, with an aim for Fairfax County to fully contribute to its share of the responsibility in the region. Replace all street lights throughout the county with LED lights. This action will save the county approximately $3.5 million per year. After two years, the county should invest those savings in other energy savings projects, like replacing lights in all county buildings with LED lights.
Community-wide Climate Action Plan. Fund the development of a community-wide Climate Action Plan that will establish specific goals and metrics for achieving the commitment the Board of Supervisors made when it signed the Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration on July 16, 2017. The plan must also delineate how the county will address climate impacts on its most vulnerable populations including a resiliency strategy.
Public-Private Sustainability Coalition. Establish a public-private sustainability coalition that will energize, promote, and showcase best energy saving practices and encourage and incentivize businesses and homeowners to adopt them.
Renewable Energy. Prioritize actions and strategies to move Fairfax County to 100% clean energy. Actions will include fast tracking the Request for Proposals for Solar Purchase Power Agreements (PPA), and finalize a contract to install solar on county buildings. Additionally, Fairfax County should support legislation that removes barriers to customer-sited solar and on-site solar.
County staffing to support Climate and Energy Goals. Support county staff by increasing staffing levels for energy and climate functions and by establishing a dedicated Climate and Energy Office reporting directly to the County Executive. Without an effective organizational structure and adequate resources, implementation of key recommendations is highly uncertain, and the county is unlikely to maximize energy cost savings or meet its own climate goals.
The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (C-PACE) Follow through on enacting an ordinance necessary to support a C-PACE Program so that the program is implemented by late 2019. This action will provide critical financing to supercharge the inclusion of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in eligible buildings, thereby supporting the County’s goals to repurpose and revitalize underutilized buildings.
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions is a 501(c)(3) organization, and does not engage in partisan activities. We do not work for or against specific candidates or parties. All are welcome at the table.