Carolee Williams

Wow. With your help, South Carolina’s premier tool for protecting public and private lands, the Conservation Bank, was permanently reauthorized at the State House this year. We showed our state legislators how much we care about land protection, and they agreed with us. That’s why I’m asking for your help again. While our state legislators are on break, we need your help encouraging our federal lawmakers to reauthorize a federal program that complements our work with […]

August 8, 2018 | Read More >
John Tynan

I know the title of this post is a bit melodramatic, but I think it captures the sentiment that we all have after yesterday’s vote on H.4421, the pro-solar bill we’ve been talking about for the last few weeks. We recently shared the great news that the pro-solar bill received second reading on April 5 and was on track to make crossover. This was a huge victory over the utilities and State Chamber who have […]

April 11, 2018 | Read More >
John Tynan

Working together is key to a clean, healthy environment. In today’s world, partisanship seems more extreme than it has ever been — the Pew Research Center found that more than 81 percent of Republicans and Democrats have an unfavorable view of the other party. As a whole, we don’t thrive in partisan situations — probably because there are always winners and losers when it’s an “us” vs “them” argument. As someone who works at the […]

January 27, 2018 | Read More >

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 >