CVSC is proud to endorse Rep. William Cogswell (R-Charleston), a strong supporter of citizens’ rights to a clean and healthy environment. Cogswell earned an excellent 98% score on his 2017-2018 legislative scorecard. He fought rollbacks to environmental protections. He stood against offshore drilling that could threaten South Carolina’s booming tourism industry. He supported proactive policies that move our state forward – including the SC Conservation Bank, energy reform, and clean energy options. Cogswell sponsored legislation […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

Conservation Voters of South Carolina is proud to endorse newcomer Con Chellis (R-Summerville) for House District 94. Chellis will bring much needed conservation leadership to the Statehouse in Columbia. He supports home rule, allowing local communities to develop local solutions to problems like plastic bag pollution. Chellis supports free market competition on the energy market, allowing South Carolina companies to compete with big utilities. That keeps electricity costs down for consumers and allows for job […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

CVSC is proud to endorse Rep. Robert Brown (D-Hollywood) for District 116. Brown maintains a lifetime score of 90% with CVSC, and 103% for the past legislative session. Brown sponsored several conservation bills over the past year, including energy reform and renewable energy initiatives. He stood behind a bill to increase jobs in an blooming solar industry that was also designed to provide lower power bills, more competition on the energy market, better energy independence. […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >

Bobby Cox (R-Greenville) has served our country through four combat tours in Iraq as an Army Ranger, has robust national and international business experience, and has a strong commitment to ethics reform. He values “common-sense” solutions to protect the natural resources of our state and recognizes that our air, land, and water are critical to our state’s economy. A supporter of clean energy job growth, Cox supports efforts to give citizens greater access to solar and […]

October 3, 2017 | Read More >
John Tynan

On Wednesday, we celebrated the biggest Green Tie Award Luncheon in CVSC history. More than 500 people showed up for our 9th annual luncheon to support our fight to protect the South Carolina we love. My reaction? I’m incredibly proud. And exhilarated. I watched as Wilma Neal Garren accepted the House Conservation Leadership Award on behalf of her late brother, Representative Joe Neal — a constant voice for clean water and environmental justice who fought […]

September 25, 2017 | Read More >

No one should have to breathe dirty air. No one. Unfortunately, last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would delay a new ozone air quality standard from coming into effect for eight years, from 2017 to 2025. Mark Sanford and James Clyburn were the only two members of our state’s delegation to take a stand against this reckless piece of legislation. Sanford and Clyburn didn’t just do the reasonable thing — […]

August 31, 2017 | Read More >

Over the weekend, our Executive Director John Tynan shared some personal stories in the Post & Courier about what our sacred public lands mean to him and his family: Among other things, he wrote about falling in love in St. John’s, proposing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, and sharing with his children the significance of the Statue of Liberty — all treasured sites protected under the Antiquities Act. Why? Because, as you may know, these protected […]

August 29, 2017 | Read More >

Few things are more exciting than seeing the hard work of the conservation community come to life. So, here’s a heads up about a chance to do just that: The grand opening of the Blackwater Recreation Area of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge is next Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The grand opening event is hosted by the S.C. Wildlife Federation and American Rivers, and it promises to be a good time. […]

August 28, 2017 | Read More >

NOTE: This commentary originally appeared in the Charleston Post & Courier. BY JOHN TYNAN This July marked the 111th anniversary of the Antiquities Act – a bedrock tool for the long-term protection of America’s federal lands. Since its authorization, the Antiquities Act has allowed 16 presidents – eight Democrats and eight Republicans – to establish or expand over 150 protected sites across the country for the benefit of all Americans. This August, however, the Department […]

August 28, 2017 | Read More >

The federal government is thinking about repealing the 2015 Clean Water Rule. If that sounds bad, it’s because it is. The Clean Water Rule protects critical waterways in South Carolina and throughout the country. It ensures that fragile Carolina Bays and headwater streams receive the full benefit of environmental protections. Tell the EPA you oppose the repeal of the Clean Water Rule: With so many recent headlines reminding us of the disastrous effects of […]

August 25, 2017 | Read More >
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