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Our Impact

CVSC 2020-2024 strategic plan prioritizes passage of clean energy, land protection, and water quality policies, conservation; building a conservation majority in the General Assembly; strengthening the conservation movement in South Carolina; and ensuring all of our efforts are rooted in racial justice and equity.

As we look to the future, we recognize we cannot rest. Passing conservation legislation and electing environmental champions has become a tougher fight than we ever anticipated. With the support of CVSC’s donors and advocates, we can build a future in which South Carolina is a nationwide model for rapid clean energy growth, massive investment in land protection, a commitment to environmental justice.

Together, we have made progress in these fights. Check out our highlights from 2020 and 2021 below.

2020 & 2021 Highlights

Land Protection

Passed land protection legislation that puts additional tools in the conservation ‘toolbox’, including passage of the federal Great American Outdoors Act that permanently funds the Land & Water Conservation Fund as well as passage of a bill that allows Counties to impelment a Green Space Sales Tax.

Clean Energy

Successfully advocating for policies that ensure efforts to reform the state-owned utility, Santee Cooper, include provisions to evaluate a carbon neutral generation mix by 2050, close coal plants, and pursue a just transition with coal plant closures.

Energy Accountability

Engaged thousands of conservation voters in regulatory dockets at the Public Service Commission, supporting Commission decisions to close coal plants and transition to a clean energy future.

Clean Drinking Water

Created an innovative Emerging Contaminants Remediation Fund at the state level and seeded the fund with $10m to remove toxic PFAS chemicals from drinking water systems.

Protect the South Carolina You Love

Your support ensures that conservation and environmental issues are a top priority among our elected leaders, political candidates, and voters.