10th Annual Green Tie Luncheon Celebrates Bipartisan Conservation Champions
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 Wednesday for Conservation Voters of South Carolina’s 10th Annual Green Tie Award Luncheon.
Conservation Voters of South Carolina honored conservation champions for their dedication to creating a safe, clean and healthy South Carolina. The event was attended by more than 50 state legislators, Constitutional officers, state agency heads and VIP guests as well as over 80 corporate and non-profit sponsors.
This year’s honorees featured a number of prominent conservation champions, including Representative Peter McCoy, Jr. (R-Charleston), Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston), Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) and Angela Viney whose resume includes former Executive Director of South Carolina Wildlife Federation, former Director of the Spartanburg office of Upstate Forever, and Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Spartanburg.
“Our conservation leaders protect the air, land and water that South Carolinians rely upon,” said Jennie Pezé, CVSC Board Chair. “The leadership of today’s honorees has led to significant energy reforms and a renewed focus on clean energy, has allowed for permanent reauthorization of the Conservation Bank, and has protected the state we love from needless pollution.”
“When voters, businesses, and elected leaders come together to protect the South Carolina we love, we all win. That’s what CVSC’s Green Tie is about – celebrating the partnerships and conservation leadership that make a lasting difference for the economy and quality of life in South Carolina. Together, we are building a conservation voter movement that fights for – and wins – a prosperous, safe and clean South Carolina for future generations,” said John Tynan, CVSC Executive Director
ABOUT THE HONOREES
Representative Peter McCoy
In 2017, Rep.McCoy led bipartisan efforts to defend local communities’ abilities to ban plastic bags and joined over 30 bipartisan colleagues in opposing offshore drilling in official comments to BOEM. In 2018, he co-sponsored the bill that re-authorized the SC Conservation Bank, and, as chair of the House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee, he developed and was the lead sponsor of a "6-pack" of bills that would make sweeping changes to energy regulation and inject transparency, accountability, and ratepayer protections into our energy system. Rep. McCoy also co-sponsored legislation to raise the solar net metering caps and was the lead sponsor of a House bill to allow free market competition for large-scale energy generation.
Representative McCoy earned a 74% lifetime score on CVSC’s Conservation Scorecard and a 105% score for 2017-2018.
Senator Tom Davis
In 2018 Senator Davis was an outspoken opponent of offshore drilling, including publication of numerous editorials and testifying in Washington, DC, in opposition to drilling. This past session he fought legislation that would have stripped local governments of their ability to ban plastic bags and find local solutions to pollution, defended South Carolinian landowners trying to protect their property from nuisance and polluting industries, and was one of the loudest and most consistent champions of introducing competition back in to the energy sector.
Senator Davis earned a 72% lifetime score on CVSC’s Conservation Scorecard and an 85% for the 2017-2018 legislative session.
Senator Marlon Kimpson
Kimpson has a perfect record on his conservation scorecard, including the 2017-2018 legislative session. In 2016 he was a key voice in the fight to save Captain Sams Spit, and he fought to successfully defeat rollbacks to the Automatic Stay and Nuisances protections. He continued those efforts successfully in the 2017-2018 session.
He has been an outspoken opponent to offshore drilling. Kimpson supported advancements in clean energy and fought for the rights of local communities to develop local solutions to plastic pollution problems. Kimpson has been a stalwart champion of conservation issues since his election to the Senate in 2013. Kimpson has racked up an impressive lifetime score of 101% on CVSC’s Conservation Scorecard, including a 100% in the 2017-2018 session.
Viney served 20 years with the Red Cross, including preparations and response to Hurricane Hugo. She played an integral part in flood mapping along the SC coast. She served as Executive Director for the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and coordinated the state’s first National Hunting and Fishing Day to offer residents a better opportunity to experience our state’s natural resources and the importance of conservation. Viney was also instrumental in developing what is now known as the SC Conservation Coalition and helped private businesses protect and promote wildlife habitats on their properties.
She also served in a number of leadership roles at Upstate Forever, playing an instrumental role in the publication of the award winning Web of Water: Reflections of Life Along the Saluda and Reedy Rivers, establishing a Green Screen movie series, and launching “The Air We Breathe” – a collaborative effort to reduce air pollution in Spartanburg.
Viney serves as a Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Spartanburg and in this role has been a tireless voice for water efficiency and runoff.
Conservation Voters of South Carolina makes conservation and environmental issues a top priority among South Carolina’s elected leaders, political candidates, and voters. CVSC fights for our air, land, water, and energy through bipartisan and pragmatic political action.
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