I am Alan Hancock, and I am the Communications Director at the Coastal Conservation League.

Growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina, my family spent many long weekends in the mountains near Burnsville. My favorite spot was Mount Mitchell. Unfortunately, spruces near the summit were dying because of the effects of acid rain and I wanted to do something about it. So, at the age of 10, I marched in the big Earth Day 20th anniversary celebration in Greensboro—and began recycling. But, the older I got the more I wanted to do.

After receiving a BA and MA in geography from USC, I started my career at DHEC where I worked to ensure that companies that violated the Pollution Control Act paid fair penalties. While at DHEC, I also worked in air regulation development, where I could help ensure that our air pollution regulations were scientifically sound and properly developed. My career at DHEC came full circle when I implemented the EPA Acid Rain Program in South Carolina. This program was born of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, passed in the same year that I took part in the 20th anniversary Earth Day march as a boy. This legislation has made our state and our country healthier and I’m proud to have helped make those things a reality.

One of the things I learned at DHEC is that we need elected officials committed to vigorous enforcement. We also need elected officials committed to writing new laws that deal with today’s problems. That’s why I was excited to join Conservation Voters a few months ago. Electing conservation leaders is the best way to protect the South Carolina I love.

That’s the kind of Conservation Voter I am. What kind are you?