Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Founded in 1979, Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is non-partisan, 501 (c)(4) known as the political voice for the environment. We have since grown to a full-time, staffed organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Maryland LCV is best known for our comprehensive yearly scorecard that evaluates the environmental votes of individual state legislators. We also grade the environmental record of the Governor. In addition, we regularly alert the public and the media of key actions of elected officials and closely monitor agencies and executive appointments.
The Maryland LCV also advocates in the halls of the State House in Annapolis, working with our colleagues in the environmental community we push for sound conservation laws such as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009, Stormwater Management Act of 2007, Clean Cars Act of 2007, Healthy Air Act of 2006, and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act of 2005 to name but a few. Additionally, we helped ensure that environmental values are reflected in the state's budget priorities and have saved millions of dollars of funding for land conservation through Program Open Space. We work to educate and mobilize the public to lobby for sound conservation policies and funding.
During elections we make endorsements, run strategic campaigns aimed at electing pro-conservation candidates, mobilize volunteers, educate voters, and elevate environmental issues. In 2010, 88% of Maryland LCV-endorsed candidate won (a total of 121 out of 138 endorsed candidates.) In 2014, we'll focus on elected a strong conservation minded Governor, gaining 5 additional pro-conservation State Senators, and protecting our pro-conservation majority in the House.