We’ve been waiting a long time to say this… yesterday the General Assembly unanimously passed Santee Cooper reform legislation and today it is on its way to the Governor for his signature!! This reform package has the potential to make our state-owned utility a leader in the transition to clean energy that South Carolina deserves – this is a win for customers, the state, and the environment. Huge thanks go out to legislators for working […]

June 11, 2021 | Read More >

We have a packed week ahead of us. From continued, intense deliberations that address the issue of Santee Cooper to efforts that unveil the legislative priorities and goals of the South Carolina Conservation Coalition, our plate is full. Tomorrow, January 27th at 10 am, join us for our annual SC Conservation Coalition’s legislative preview – Conversations with Conservationists: A Senate Briefing. You will be able to hear more about our legislative priorities from members of the coalition and […]

January 26, 2021 | Read More >

A few days ago, I received an email from a mother of four — including a newborn. The screenshot attached to her message was a copy of her electric bill and a note asking for help. The reality of that mother is not only common in Fairfield County but is more like the status quo for the quality of life here. One might be surprised by the distinct parallels between parts of rural America like […]

January 15, 2021 | Read More >

In the Pinehurst neighborhood, located in sunny Columbia, South Carolina, I founded the Pinehurst Farmers Market almost two years ago because I saw that the two grocery stores within walking distance closed suddenly, at the same time.  It was then that I realized that a food apartheid area had been created in my neighborhood. I was inspired by legendary farmer Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, located in Upstate New York, at a Black Urban […]

October 9, 2020 | Read More >

Historically, when we use the term environmental issue in South Carolina, we usually think about endangered species, offshore drilling, or land conservation. But, that’s not the only environment most of us actually live in. What about the environment most underserved, under-resourced communities are forced to live in? The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed hidden environmental challenges and injustices that force us to answer this question. Even more, what this pandemic has largely uncovered are the parallels […]

September 9, 2020 | Read More >

The Great American Outdoors Act is signed into law, creating a lifeline for South Carolina’s outdoor recreation economy and providing access to parks and open spaces. This historic legislation will fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). On August 4, 2020 the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law to fully and permanently fund our nation’s most successful conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and invest in infrastructure for […]

August 11, 2020 | Read More >

As I write this, I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Because of the hard work of conservation voters across South Carolina, and the rest of the country, the Great American Outdoors Act passed the U.S. House 310-107, with South Carolina’s own Congressman Joe Cunningham leading the charge and the support of Representatives Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan, and James Clyburn. Please join me in thanking our Representatives who supported this historic legislation to protect and […]

July 27, 2020 | Read More >
John Tynan

It has been an unprecedented year. We’re living through a pandemic. Folks are standing up and demanding changes to address the systemic inequalities throughout our society. We’re seeing continued efforts at the federal level to roll back core environmental protections and place the public’s health – and the health of black and brown communities in particular – at risk. In South Carolina, we’ve seen intense debate over the future of Santee Cooper and clean energy […]

June 9, 2020 | Read More >

The events of the last few weeks and this weekend – both in South Carolina and across the country – have been a sobering reminder of the threat and impacts of racism in our society. From the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others to the demonstrations in South Carolina and beyond, these last few weeks have shaken the souls of individuals, communities, and the country as a whole – causing particular pain […]

June 1, 2020 | Read More >

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed our plans and how we live our day-to-day lives. Yet, even in a pandemic, we all live on planet Earth and continue to care about protecting our land, air, and water from the impacts of climate change. So CVSC is not shutting down our work. Instead, we are shifting our energies and efforts to new ways to mobilize South Carolina to take action. We are rolling out new digital […]

April 16, 2020 | Read More >