Conservation Voters of South Carolina wants to keep you updated about conservation issues that are making news at the Statehouse and beyond. Please check back regularly or sign up for updates.
2019 House Conservation Leadership Award – Representative Mandy Powers Norrell Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell was born and raised in Lancaster and educated in Lancaster County public schools. It was here where she learned the value of hard work and service to her community. Norrell worked at the local textile mill in order to pay for her undergraduate education at Furman University. Since completing law school at the University of South Carolina in 1997, she has […]
September 9, 2019 | Read More >
And the certification request is denied! South Carolina DHEC just announced that they denied the certification request for a Texas-based company to conduct seismic testing in our waters! We asked you to submit comments asking DHEC to make this decision. Hundreds of you did just that, and now we get to take a victory lap. While this is only one battle in the larger fight against offshore drilling and seismic testing, it’s an important and […]
July 8, 2019 | Read More >
Conservation group’s major efforts net noteworthy win as the Energy Freedom Act moves to the Governor’s desk COLUMBIA, S.C. — Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) launched the organization’s largest-ever advocacy campaign this year to promote clean energy. Today, those efforts culminated in the passage of the Energy Freedom Act as the SC State House agreed to changes made by the SC Senate. The Act is one of the most important pieces of clean energy legislation the […]
May 9, 2019 | Read More >
League of Conservation Voters released the South Carolina delegation’s scores on its 2018 National Environmental Scorecard, and Representative Jim Clyburn’s name sits atop the state’s list. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress and is available online at scorecard.lcv.org. Clyburn came in with an impressive 94 percent score. His only votes against what LCV considered for the scorecard were both regarding nuclear waste storage, a hot-button item for South Carolina. The entire SC delegation […]
February 28, 2019 | Read More >
Congress Votes to Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund CVSC joins S.C. Representatives Joe Wilson and Joe Cunningham to recognize benefits for S.C. communities WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House today passed the largest public lands package in a decade, including a measure that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, with broad bipartisan support. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund has had an enormous influence on our communities and quality of life. […]
February 27, 2019 | Read More >
SC House Passes Energy Freedom Act Compromise Bill opens competition, removes net metering cap, and opens solar options to lower income residents. COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Energy Freedom Act (House Bill 3659), known as the LCI Compromise (from the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee), was passed by the SC House today by a unanimous vote of 110-0. The bill will open energy markets for competition, remove the net metering cap for two years, and […]
February 21, 2019 | Read More >
Coalition Hits First Milestone of 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda Companion energy competition bills filed in House and Senate COLUMBIA, S.C. – State lawmakers announced a pair of companion bills today that will inject competition into the state’s energy marketplace. From the first day of 2019, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, along with more than 15 conservation and energy industry partners, outlined a legislative pathway for energy competition in the first 100 days of the […]
January 10, 2019 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) announced Monday they were officially endorsing Dick Harpootlian for State Senate District 20 in Richland and Lexington Counties. The leading political voice for conservation in South Carolina, CVSC supports bipartisan, pragmatic leaders who will advance conservation at the Statehouse. “South Carolina needs a Senator who will shake things up at the Statehouse, who won’t back down from a fight, and who will focus on the […]
October 5, 2018 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, SC – Conservation Voters of South Carolina Political Action Committee’s (CVSC-PAC) series of primary victories on Tuesday night sends a clear signal that clean energy is a top priority among Republican and Democratic voters, the group shared on Wednesday. “Voters sent clear messages to their legislators Tuesday night – that support for clean energy is a political necessity and that supporting the agenda of big utility monopolies is a risky political proposition. The blowout wins of […]
June 13, 2018 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, SC – In the 2018 primary elections, Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) invested over $117,000 in support of candidates committed to a clean energy future and pollution-free South Carolina. CVSC invested heavily in direct voter contact with over 20 paid field staff knocking on over 21,135 doors throughout May and June. CVSC complemented its field investments with over 206,000 pieces of mail, 5,000 phone calls, and over 670,654 digital impressions in support of […]
June 12, 2018 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, SC – CVSC today released the 2017-2018 Conservation Scorecard, the primary yardstick for evaluating the conservation records of every member of the SC Legislature. The Scorecard is available online at https://www.cvsc.org/scorecard/legislative-scorecard/. Since 2002, CVSC has held legislators accountable at the Statehouse for votes on priority conservation issues through the Scorecard. As a result, CVSC has helped to foster strong bipartisan leadership to protect the air, land, and water across South Carolina. Scores for the 2017-2018 session averaged 59% […]
June 4, 2018 | Read More >
“Conservation Leadership Sets James Smith Apart” COLUMBIA, SC – The Board of Directors of Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) announced today its endorsement of Representative James Smith for Governor of South Carolina in the 2018 election. In 2009, Representative Smith was honored with CVSC’s first ever Green Tie Award for House Conservation Leadership. “South Carolina needs a leader who will advance a bold vision for the future of our state and protect the air, […]
April 19, 2018 | Read More >
The League of Conservation Voters today released the 2017 National Environmental Scorecard, the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and Congressman James Clyburn led the South Carolina delegation with a score of 83 percent. View the scorecard now at scorecard.lcv.org. >> Clyburn, who serves as the Assistant Minority Whip in the U.S. House, received his high score for casting a pro-conservation ballot 29 of 35 recorded votes. Clyburn received […]
February 27, 2018 | Read More >
What does it look like when natural beauty meets explosive development? That’s what photographer and South Carolina native J. Henry Fair set out to capture in his “On the Edge: From Combahee to Winyah” gallery, now on display at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston. I’ve had a chance to view the show and friend, it is stunning… That’s why we (the Conservation Voters of South Carolina and the Lowcountry Land Trust) chose […]
February 16, 2018 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) on Thursday announced they were officially endorsing Michael Weaver for State House District 69. CVSC chose to endorse Weaver because of his commitment to keeping our rivers and lakes clean for drinking, swimming, and fishing as well as his strong belief that conservation and business go hand-in-hand. “We’re backing Michael because he understands the needs of District 69 and will be a strong voice for clean air and […]
February 15, 2018 | Read More >
CVSC Backs “A Strong Voice for Conservation” COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) on Thursday announced they were officially endorsing Ashley Trantham for State House District 28. CVSC chose to endorse Trantham because of her support for South Carolina’s agricultural economy and recognition that conservation and business go hand-in-hand. “We’re backing Ashley because she understands the needs of District 28 and will be a strong voice for conservation,” said CVSC Executive […]
November 9, 2017 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee was established in August in response to the abandonment of the VC Summer nuclear facility in Jenkinsville. The committee has been tasked with comprehensively studying the issue and quickly determining a viable plan that best serves the interests of South Carolina ratepayers. On Tuesday, Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) Executive Director John Tynan testified before the committee on behalf on the South Carolina Conservation […]
September 26, 2017 | Read More >
9th Annual Green Tie Luncheon Sends Message that Conservation Matters to All COLUMBIA, S.C. — Over 500 members of South Carolina’s conservation, political and business communities gathered together in the Grand Hall of Historic 701 Whaley on Wednesday at the Ninth Annual Green Tie Award Luncheon to send a message to the State House that conservation leadership matters. The luncheon, held at the Grand Hall of Historic 701 Whaley in Columbia and hosted by the […]
September 22, 2017 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Conservation Voters of South Carolina will hold its 9th Annual Green Tie Luncheon on Wednesday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Grand Hall of Historic 701 Whaley in Columbia. The Green Tie Luncheon is South Carolina’s premier conservation event of the year and a rare occasion when the state’s conservation, political and business communities join together to recognize public servants and activists for their dedication to conserving our natural assets. […]
September 19, 2017 | Read More >
“Commitment to Conservation Sets Pendarvis Apart” COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) on Tuesday announced their official endorsement of North Charleston attorney Marvin Pendarvis for State House District 113. CVSC chose to endorse Pendarvis because of his career spent fighting for the rights of his neighbors and serving as an advocate for his community, including helping to clean up Filbin Creek in North Charleston, supporting coastal wetland preservation, and pushing for smarter, clean […]
August 29, 2017 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Conservation Voters of South Carolina, Coastal Conservation League, Sierra Club of South Carolina, Audubon South Carolina and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation announced today that a bipartisan group of 15 Republicans and 17 Democrats in the South Carolina General Assembly sent a letter today to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) objecting to efforts to open the Atlantic Coast to offshore drilling. “We are writing to express our strong opposition to the […]
August 17, 2017 | Read More >
Conservation Voters of South Carolina’s Executive Director, John Tynan, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from Santee Cooper and SCE&G regarding abandonment of the VC Summer nuclear project: “Every energy plan for SC’s future includes the baseload nuclear generation at VC Summer as a cornerstone to meet our energy needs. These plans are now obsolete and must be reworked. With today’s announcement about VC Summer’s abandonment, we now have an opportunity to reshape […]
July 31, 2017 | Read More >
CVSC Statement on Off-Shore Drilling Executive Order Conservation Voters of South Carolina’s Executive Director, John Tynan, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order that reopens the possibility of off-shore drilling in the Atlantic: “Every coastal community in South Carolina and hundreds more up and down the east coast have made it clear they do not want off-shore drilling in the Atlantic. President Trump should listen to these voters and keep Atlantic […]
April 28, 2017 | Read More >
This morning Governor McMaster issued a statement expressing support for S.105, a bill which seeks to limit the automatic stay. CVSC and the conservation community have grave concerns about this bill. Under the guise of promoting economic development, the bill limits the ability of citizens to fully participate in the public decision-making process (read more about the bill here). Our government should be making it easier for them to have their voices heard – not harder. […]
April 13, 2017 | Read More >
Statement: CVSC Opposes President Trump’s Efforts to Rollback Off-Shore Drilling Protections Over the last two years, CVSC and it’s partners have engaged over 5,000 South Carolinians and several local municipalities to fight off-shore drilling in the Atlantic. That work was rewarded when President Obama removed the Atlantic from the federal five year drilling plan and thus protected our waters until 2022. Today we received word that President Trump is working on an Executive Order that […]
April 7, 2017 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, SC – On Tuesday evening, January 24, Henry McMaster was sworn in as the 117th Governor of South Carolina. Following the ceremonial swearing in, Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) Executive Director John Tynan issued the following statement: “Conservation Voters congratulates Governor McMaster on his new role in shaping the future of South Carolina. We look forward to working alongside him to protect South Carolina’s precious air, land, and water resources. Governor McMaster has […]
January 24, 2017 | Read More >
COLUMBIA, SC – Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) had its most successful political year to date, racking up a 100% success rate of endorsed candidates in contested general election races and spending over $173,000 on election activities in 2016. The bipartisan, statewide conservation organization endorsed 51 candidates for state legislative offices through the 2016 primary and general elections, including 31 Republicans and 20 Democrats. When primary and general election outcomes are combined, CVSC-endorsed candidates had an […]
November 15, 2016 | Read More >
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2016 Conservation Voters of SC Releases 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard CONTACT: Rebecca Haynes, 803-403-5470 or 803-799-0716, firstname.lastname@example.org COLUMBIA – Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) has released its biennial Legislative Scorecard for 2015-2016. Since 2002, Conservation Voters has held legislators accountable through bipartisan advocacy for the protection of South Carolina’s air, land and water. Scores for the 2015-2016 Scorecard are remarkably high across both chambers and parties (averaging at 87%), with […]
September 12, 2016 | Read More >
September 7, 2016 Conservation Voters’ founding Executive Director, Ann Timberlake, announced that she will retire as Executive Director of the organization before the end of the year. Timberlake noted that she accepted the task of building a “bi-partisan conservation majority” at the State House in July of 2003. “It has been a great pleasure to work with dedicated board members and staff, and a community of exceptionally talented professionals and volunteers to make the protection […]
September 7, 2016 | Read More >
Dear Friends and Conservation Voters, When I took on the task of leading CVSC and “building a bipartisan majority for conservation” in 2003, we had a budget under $60,000 and the challenges ahead of us were great. Over the last 13 years, I have worked with dedicated board members, exceptional staff, and a community of talented professionals and volunteers. Together, we have grown CVSC to where it is thriving and stronger than ever. Our annual […]
September 7, 2016 | Read More >
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2016 Contact: John Tynan, email@example.com CVSC Urges Voters to Beware of Attack Ads with False Information COLUMBIA, SC – Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) urges voters to beware of last minute attack ads that distort the truth and distract the conversation from what matters most to South Carolinians: moving our state forward. In the last several weeks, Lee Bright has resorted to calling CVSC staff “left-wing foot soldiers” and “radical […]
June 27, 2016 | Read More >
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2016 Conservation Voters Challenges Lee Bright to Set the Record Straight COLUMBIA, S.C. Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) challenges Lee Bright to set the record straight and stop misleading voters. CVSC is a state-wide, non-profit organization, separate from the national League of Conservation Voters. CVSC has a local board of South Carolinians who approve endorsements in state and local elections for candidates committed to protecting our communities, rivers, farms […]
June 22, 2016 | Read More >
March 15, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sophie Halpin, firstname.lastname@example.org O: (803) 799-0716 M: (207) 899-6940 The Coast is Clear President’s Decision Protects Our People, Economy & Environment COLUMBIA, S.C. – Today, the Obama administration released a revised draft of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, in which leasing is removed from the Atlantic Ocean. This decision was fueled by the mayors, councilmen, legislators, businesses, conservation organizations and […]
March 15, 2016 | Read More >
CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA COMMENDS GOVERNOR HALEY FOR STANDING UP FOR SOUTH CAROLINA ON BARNWELL March 19, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ALAN HANCOCK, ALAN@CVSC.ORG OR (803) 361-1693 (c) CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA COMMENDS GOVERNOR HALEY FOR STANDING UP FOR SOUTH CAROLINA ON BARNWELL COLUMBIA, S.C. - Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) Executive Director Ann Timberlake issued the following statement regarding Governor Haley’s Barnwell press conference. “Conservation Voters of South Carolina commends Governor Haley for her resolve […]
March 19, 2015 | Read More >
February 22, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ALAN HANCOCK, ALAN@CVSC.ORG OR (803) 361-1693 (c) CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA LOOKS FORWARD TO A TRANSPARENT SEARCH FOR THE NEXT DHEC DIRECTOR COLUMBIA, S.C. - Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) Executive Director Ann Timberlake issued the following statement on Eleanor Kitzman’s withdrawal from consideration for Director of DHEC: “Conservation Voters of South Carolina looks forward to a transparent and public search to replace Catherine Templeton as the next head of the […]
February 22, 2015 | Read More >
January 27, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ALAN HANCOCK, ALAN@CVSC.ORG OR (803) 361-1693 (c) CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA OPPOSES DRILLING OFF THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) Executive Director Ann Timberlake issued the following statement in response to today’s proposal from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to open up the South Atlantic to drilling for oil and gas: “We strongly oppose today’s proposal from the […]
January 27, 2015 | Read More >
After we posted an article from The State yesterday on our Facebook page, some folks asked us “Why did the bury toxic waste by a lake?” Sparkleberry Swamp on the northern reaches of Lake Marion seems like the last place you’d want to dump toxic waste, but that’s what happened. The story is complicated, and it starts with kitty litter. The Bennett Mineral Company operated a clay mine near Pinewood, in southern Sumter County, with […]
January 25, 2015 | Read More >
Days after Catherine Templeton announced her resignation, the DHEC Board appointed a new Director, Eleanor Kitzman. Previous Boards conducted public, national searches and interviewed multiple candidates before making their decision. The current Board failed to do this. DHEC suffers from a lack of accountability: the Board is appointed by the Governor, but the Board, not the Governor, selects the Director. Fortunately, the Senate is elected by and accountable to the public – and Senators have […]
January 16, 2015 | Read More >
January 12, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ALAN HANCOCK, email@example.com or (803) 779-0716 CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA QUESTIONS THE DHEC BOARD’S HIRING PROCESS COLUMBIA, SC — Conservation Voters of South Carolina questions the process by which the Board of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) so quickly selected Eleanor Kitzman to replace Catherine Templeton as Director of DHEC. Executive Director Ann Timberlake released the following statement: “Why the rush? There is no indication that Catherine […]
January 12, 2015 | Read More >
Anne Springs Close of Fort Mill was awarded the Conservation Voters of South Carolina Conservation Achievement Award at the sixth annual Green Tie Awards luncheon.
The award recognizes residents of South Carolina who help conservation in the state, according to CVSC Executive Director Ann Timberlake.
“We agree that conservation is important to both the prosperity of South Carolina and the protection of the environment, so I think it’s important we recognize all people who do that,” Timberlake said.
October 14, 2014 | Read More >
On the campaign trail, candidates of both parties often tout the value of farming, forestry, outdoor recreation and tourism to the State’s economy. But who is voting for or against protecting the natural resources that drive South Carolina’s economy? Conservation Voters of SC (CVSC) is the one organization in South Carolina holding legislators accountable for their conservation records. Before the 2013 – 2014 legislative session, CVSC convened conservation groups across the state to agree upon […]
August 21, 2014 | Read More >
Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) announced today the launch of GiveGreenSC which promises to change the landscape of political giving in South Carolina.
Since 2004, donors who care about protecting South Carolina’s air, land, water and health have had the option to give directly to Conservation Voters’ PAC, which in turn made contributions to endorsed candidates or financed independent mail campaigns on behalf of candidates.
Now, voters can direct their contributions to candidates through GiveGreenSC to signal that they care about conservation. It’s a win-win because Conservation Voters is acknowledged for generating the transaction and the donor is credited by the candidate for giving it.
March 18, 2014 | Read More >
CVSC makes early decision on “our most important statewide office.” Today the Board of Directors of Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) announced the endorsement of Senator Vincent Sheheen for Governor of South Carolina.
February 18, 2014 | Read More >
Your guide to taking action on South Carolina’s most pressing conservation issues in 2014. The Conservation Common Agenda represents a collaborative effort of more than forty organizations across our state to engage policy makers and the public on important issues affecting our shared natural resources. The goal of this guide is to share information, resources and possible solutions to move us forward.
January 16, 2014 | Read More >
Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) released its first ever Governor’s Report Card on Thursday January 9 at 10 a.m. The Report Card evaluates the conservation record of Governor Nikki Haley and her administration.
January 9, 2014 | Read More >
On Tuesday November 5, towns, cities and counties across the Palmetto State will hold elections. For many, it will be the first election under the new Voter ID guidelines.
October 30, 2013 | Read More >
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management estimates there is about 3.3 billion barrels of oil and 31.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the East Coast from Maryland to north Florida, but Rayola Dougher wouldn’t be surprised if that 30-year-old figure is significantly low.
August 15, 2013 | Read More >
Brad Wyche took up the mantel as The Lorax of the Upstate 15 years ago in a quest to stem the sprawl that creeps along the spokes that extend from Greenville, the city he’s always called home.
Wyche doesn’t speak with the “bossy” demands of the character coined in the Dr. Seuss children’s book. His tone is measured, his manner more that of cooperative negotiator, but like the Lorax, Wyche strives to preserve the forests and waterways for future generations.
July 15, 2013 | Read More >
A team of state scientists has outlined serious concerns about the damage South Carolina will suffer from climate change – threats that include invading eels, dying salt marshes, flooded homes and increased diseases in the state’s wildlife.
But few people have seen the team’s study. The findings are outlined in a report on global warming that has been kept secret by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for more than a year because agency officials say their “priorities have changed.”
March 14, 2013 | Read More >
It is time South Carolinians revisit why “home rule” makes sense: people tend to know what’s best for themselves and their communities. When it comes to determining what to do with our trash, most people expect local government to pick it up at the curb and carry it away. What to do with all that trash once it’s in the truck is now a battleground at the Statehouse.
March 6, 2013 | Read More >
There are lots of good reasons to consider solar power. Lower energy bills. A smaller carbon footprint. Free sunshine. Financial incentives. And new ways for people of ordinary means to afford it.
February 24, 2013 | Read More >
Creation care is not an option. It is the moral issue of our time. As a minister, a father, a son and a member of my community, I also see climate change as an issue with immense health implications, especially for African-Americans.
February 7, 2013 | Read More >