Yesterday’s court decision to require more stringent disposal procedures at the Barnwell nuclear waste dump was long in the making. We congratulate our friends at the Sierra Club and the South Carolina Environmental Law Project for “sticking to their guns” in this case. It was filed way before our involvement in the issue but I remember well the shock of legislators when they saw the open trenches on a tour of the site in 2007. We were in the middle of fighting a bill that would have let the nation continue sending its commercial, nuclear waste there. Not long afterwards, the House Agriculture Committee unanimously voted NO, and the Atlantic Compact went into effect. Although the Compact now allows only waste from South Carolina, Connecticut and New Jersey, it’s important that all reasonable measures are taken to safely handle it.
July 31, 2014 | Read More >
Sometimes a picture speaks louder than words. Editorial cartoonist, Robert Arial, has taken notice of recent events. They are spot on. We will continue to follow the decisions being made and will fight to protect the South Carolina you love.
July 25, 2014 | Read More >
On Friday, the federal government announced its approval for use of sonic cannons to search for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, from Delaware to Florida. Sonic cannons blast loud noises underwater, disturbing marine mammals, including the endangered North American Right Whale. This method of exploration has serious impacts, and it is the first step to drilling off our coast.
July 22, 2014 | Read More >
Clean energy sources like solar and wind are becoming mainstream in South Carolina. The Aiken Standard, in an editorial published yesterday, noted that conservationists and the S.C. Department of Commerce can find common ground on clean energy jobs in South Carolina. CVSC Program Director Alan Hancock pointed out, “There are companies that are coming in that are trying to meet corporate goals for sustainability. In order to achieve those goals, they need state policies that are supportive of clean energies like solar and wind.”
July 18, 2014 | Read More >
Folks, we work hard to show that in South Carolina, conservation is conservative. We are lucky to have both Republican and Democratic champions at the State House. We have a reputation for being fair in the way we handle our Scorecard (to be released in August) and in the way we recognize bi-partisan leadership at the Green Tie Luncheon (Sept 17th).
July 17, 2014 | Read More >
We win some and we lose some at the State House but we are most likely to lose when decisions are made behind closed doors.
June 26, 2014 | Read More >
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 […]
February 7, 2014 | Read More >
Hello, my name is Lara Winburn and I am the Development Director here at Conservation Voters of South Carolina. You will mostly hear from me when it is time to renew your membership, we are having some super fun event, or it is time for the most happening luncheon of the year-the Green Tie Luncheon! I love many parts of South Carolina for many different reasons. I was raised in the Upstate and graduated from […]
January 31, 2014 | Read More >
Dear Conservation Voter, My name is Shawn Drury and I started as the Field Director for Conservation Voters in September. I work on communications, campaigns and outreach. I spend much of my time talking to you, our members. One of my main areas of focus is to let you know what we’re working on and how you can get involved. I was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town of about 3,000. […]
January 24, 2014 | Read More >
My name is Rebecca Haynes and I started as the Director of Government Relations at Conservation Voters in May of 2013. I’m your voice at the State House. I lobby and advocate for our conservation priorities through the Common Agenda to give us one voice. I started to tell you that I’m a Georgia Peach — born and bred in Atlanta — but I’m really best described as a Georgia Bulldog. Athens and Atlanta will […]
January 14, 2014 | Read More >