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Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Who We Are and What We Do

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.

 

Accountability

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.

Advocacy

The Maryland LCV also advocates in the halls of the State House in Annapolis, working with our collegues 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.

Elections

During elections we make endorsements, run strategic campaigns aimed at electing pro-conservation candidates, mobilize volunteers, educate voters, and elevate environmental issues. In 2008, we are proud to have endorsed and worked to elect Maryland's two newest Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswomen Donna Edwards (MD 4) and Congressmen Frank Kratovil (MD 1). In the 2006, 88 percent of all Maryland LCV-endorsed candidates won their races.

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