Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) strives to make conservation and environmental issues a top priority among South Carolina’s elected leaders, political candidates, and voters. CVSC is the only statewide conservation organization in South Carolina that fights for our air, land and water and renewable energy through political action. We are bipartisan, pragmatic and effective. CVSC is unique from other conservation organizations by our ability to make endorsements, contribute to candidate campaigns and communicate directly […]

January 25, 2018 | Read More >
John Tynan

It’s been a pretty good year so far at CVSC. We have contacted over 15,000 voters with direct mail and digital advertising in special elections. We have identified, trained and engaged over 1,300 new advocates in 13 cities. And we have mobilized over 7,500 action takers to sign petitions and support our campaigns. All in all, we have a lot to be thankful for. Particularly, though, we’re thankful that… Two New Conservation Champions Were Elected […]

November 22, 2017 | Read More >

CVSC is proud to endorse Rep. Jeff Bradley (R-Hilton Head) from District 123. Bradley’s strong stance against offshore drilling and support for solar jobs speaks to Bradley’s dedication to protecting our air, land and water and on creating a sustainable energy future. He has a 93% lifetime score on our conservation scorecard. Bradley will continue to ensure citizens have fair and clean energy options and that our beautiful coastline is protected. To learn more about […]

October 18, 2017 | Read More >

Rep. Cezar McKnight (D-Kingstree) was elected in 2014 and is a tireless advocate for protecting the air, land, and water of our state. He has a strong 87% lifetime score on CVSC’s conservation scorecard. McKnight played an instrumental role in the historic 2016 shoreline protection efforts. He has shown great leadership on litter and pollution reduction policies, fighting for the health and best interests of South Carolinians. He is also an advocate for improving coal […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

Rep. Nathan Ballentine (R-Chapin) has served in the House since 2005 and has been a consistent conservation champion. He’s been a tireless advocate for reauthorization and funding of the Conservation Bank and because he knows the benefits to both our economy and quality of life. In 2018, those efforts resulted in permanent reauthorization of the Conservation Bank. His work in 2018 on clean energy and energy reform was nothing short of outstanding. Serving as the […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

CVSC is proud to endorse past Green Tie Honoree Rep. Weston Newton (R-Bluffton) for SC House District 120. Newton holds a score of 103% for his conservation efforts this session, and a 93% lifetime score. This session he co-sponsored numerous energy reform and clean energy bills, bolstering South Carolinians’ liberty to develop their energy independence and lower their energy bills. He led efforts to protect home rule, allowing communities to develop local solutions for local […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

CVSC is proud to endorse Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (D-Charleston) for District 119. Stavrinakis’s’ 105% score on our latest scorecard comes from his consistent support and sponsorship of several environmentally conscious bills. Stavrinakis was instrumental in permanently reauthorizing the SC Conservation Bank. Conservation Bank provides a vital funding source that protects land across the state with cultural, historical, and recreational significance. Stavrinakis also stood in opposition to offshore drilling. A coastal resident himself, he understands the […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson (D-Greenville) boasts an impressive 92% lifetime score on CVSC’s conservation scorecard because of her commitment to clean and healthy communities and protecting our quality of life. She is a steadfast supporter of pro-conservation legislation including solar energy growth, opposition to attacks on core environmental protections, and supporting the rights of citizens to a clean and healthy environment. As an Upstate Representative, her outspoken opposition to offshore drilling has also demonstrated that protecting […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

CVSC is proud to endorse Rep. Russell Ott (D-St. Matthews) for District 93. Ott is a conservation champion with a score of 113% for this session and a lifetime score of 92%. He sponsored a bills designed to increase energy market competition, eliminate “lost revenue” payments to utilities due to solar growth, and to eliminate the cap on net metering. Ott is dedicated to creating an environment that enables South Carolinians to lower their power […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

CVSC is proud to endorse past Green Tie Honoree Rep. G. Murrell Smith, Jr (R-Sumter) for District 67. He has been a conservation champion in the House with a 70% lifetime score on our Conservation Scorecard and a 63% for the last legislative session. Smith’s support of solar energy policies this past session and his fight against offshore drilling continue to show his commitment to SC. As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, Murrell cares about […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >