Sustainable Fairfax is a nonprofit organization focused on education, outreach, and activism on issues of sustainability. We are a hard-working group of volunteers committed to the philosophy that we must attend to the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations and the natural world to provide for their own needs.
Our collective vision is to provide events that support the local economy, inspire citizens to take action, teach sustainable environmental practices, and build community. We work actively with our town and county governments, businesses, other non-profits, and community groups to create a connected community, strengthen our local economy, and support diverse ecology.
In practical terms, this means that we:
- Provide educational programs to teach home-scale sustainability practices, as well as host panels and forums on topics like landfill reduction, environmental practices, clean energy, and more.
- Host events that bring the community together to work on issues that encourage strong and healthy community here at home and beyond. Like Streets for People— launched in 2012, we celebrate what unites us in the streets! And the Film and Speaker Series.
- Through the Climate Action Now hub, collaborate on critical projects in Fairfax, like the Town of Fairfax’s Fairfax Climate Action Committee helping to implement the town’s Climate Action Plan. Likewise, work with other local and state organization like Sustainable Marin and other “Sustainables” to work together on common goals.
- Take on large initiatives like our Fairfax Zero Waste program where we strategize on how to use fewer resources and generate less trash!
- Organize activism and education around issues like the Plastic Bag Ban and GMO labeling.
- Partner to provide community events like Fairfax Festival and the Fairfax Craft Faire.
Sustainable Fairfax began as an inspiration to take local action on the global warming crisis in February of 1999. Our first educational event was held in September of 1999. Soon after, Community Choice resolutions were passed unanimously by the town of Fairfax and the County of Marin. The town of Fairfax became the 365th local government worldwide to join The Cities for Climate Protection Campaign and the first town in Marin.
Co-founders Rebekah Collins and Odessa Wolfe made a commitment to develop an organization intentionally focused on effective strategies to achieve sustainability goals for the benefit of Fairfax and the world.