Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award- Dr. J. William “Billy” Holliday Dr. J. William F. (Billy) Holliday is a life-long resident of Horry County and graduate of Washington & Lee University and The Union Institute Graduate School. In the early 2000’s he was on the faculty of the W&L Summer Scholar’s program. In 1989 Holliday was appointed by Governor Carroll Campbell to the S.C. Agricultural Commission on which he served representing Horry and Georgetown counties until 1999. […]

September 12, 2019 | Read More >

Harriet Keyserling Conservation Advocacy Award – Peg Howell In 2009, Peg Howell and her husband semi-retired to Pawleys Island. In 2013, just 4 years after her arrival in South Carolina, she began noticing pieces from her County Councilman and State Representative in local newspapers supporting drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic. Knowing first-hand the risks that offshore drilling and seismic testing pose, Peg was inspired to act. She co-founded SODA – Stop Offshore […]

September 11, 2019 | Read More >

2019 House Conservation Leadership Award -Representative Nathan Ballentine  Rep. Nathan Ballentine was born in Richland County, graduated from the University of South Carolina, and has worked, lived, and raised his family in the Irmo/Chapin area of the Midlands for almost three decades. Rep. Ballentine has served his community in the SC House since 2005, first running as a CVSC- endorsed candidate focused on restoring funding to the South Carolina Conservation Bank. Over his 7 terms […]

September 10, 2019 | Read More >

Bottom line up front – there are important decisions brewing that will determine the future of solar energy in South Carolina which, by and large, are flying under the radar. And right now the scales are being tilted in favor of the utility monopolies. BREAKING news Friday evening: SC utility regulators hire firm with ties to power companies to advise on price of solar First, the Good News As you probably remember, the Energy Freedom Act […]

August 3, 2019 | Read More >

We are facing a monumental threat from seismic testing and offshore drilling and we are standing with you to stop these threats in South Carolina waters. We created the Take the Pledge campaign to build a pathway of actions to unite voices across the state and put a permanent end to this threat. Many of you have taken this pledge already. If you haven’t, Take the Pledge today and take action to stop offshore drilling and seismic testing. Today, we are issuing […]

July 23, 2019 | Read More >
Carolee Williams

Sometimes Good News Comes in Big Packages! It feels like a long time since we’ve had good news for the Land and Water Conservation Fund(LWCF)… but it’s worth a celebration nonetheless! In mid-February, the U.S. Senate passed the largest public lands package in a decade, driven largely by a huge bipartisan effort to permanently reauthorize the LWCF. And this week, a House vote on that package is imminent! Urge your Congressional Representative to vote for […]

February 25, 2019 | Read More >
John Tynan

Last week, we hit the one-month mark in the 2019 session. While that might not be reason in and of itself to celebrate, we have seen a lot of our priority issues moving forward - like offshore drilling and clean energy growth. The progress we’ve seen in the first month of session wouldn’t be possible without grassroots action from conservation voters, like you, from all across South Carolina. I’m encouraged and inspired by the sheer volume […]

February 9, 2019 | Read More >

A coalition of solar industry groups, conservation organizations, and clean energy advocates released a 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda January 2, calling on state lawmakers to pass a suite of policies in the first 100 Days of 2019 that will inject competition into South Carolina’s energy sector. The campaign will include over 750,000 contacts across key legislative districts in every region of the state in order to stress the need for legislative action by April 10 […]

January 2, 2019 | Read More >

We saw high turnouts for a midterm election this year, and South Carolina voters sent a clear message. Instead of voting along party lines, South Carolinians elected candidates from both parties who care about conservation – candidates who are determined to fight for a clean energy future and protect the air, land, and water we love. Last night we celebrated victories of proven champions like Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), Laurie Funderburk (D-Camden), and Robert L. Brown (D-Hollywood) who […]

November 7, 2018 | Read More >
John Tynan

From the Exec is a biweekly message where I get to share some important thoughts with our friends and neighbors about the conservation world and the important work we do. Elections have consequences. When we rally as conservation voters and sweep conservation-minded candidates into office, the consequences are that we protect the South Carolina we love – we’re able to pass policies that protect clean air and water, preserve unique landscapes, and advance clean energy. But […]

October 22, 2018 | Read More >