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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 […]

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, rebecca@cvsc.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, […]

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 […]

September 7, 2016 | Read More >

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2016 Contact: John Tynan, john@cvsc.org 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 […]

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 […]

June 22, 2016 | Read More >

March 15, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sophie Halpin, sophie@cvsc.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 […]

March 15, 2016 | Read More >


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

January 16, 2015 | Read More >

January 12, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ALAN HANCOCK, alan@cvsc.org 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 […]

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 […]

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 >