LCV builds political power for people and the planet.
We influence policy, hold politicians accountable, and win elections. This is how we fight to build a world with clean air, clean water, public lands, and a safe climate that are protected by a just and equitable democracy.
Over the last 50 years, LCV has grown into a potent political force for protecting our planet and everyone who inhabits it. We have built a powerful national movement, 30 state affiliates, and grassroots and community organizing programs across the country.
LCV drives environmental progress through action. We understand that threats to our environment and democracy are interlinked, and that our nation’s biggest environmental challenges require political solutions. Winning these solutions means helping people use their power in all three political realms: influencing policy, holding leaders accountable, and winning elections.
LCV’s unique ability to do all three puts us at the center of the fight for our Earth.
Our efforts to protect the environment and engage in the political process are rooted in an understanding of racial, social, and environmental justice.
LCV Influences Policy
We drive action on environmental policy in Washington, DC, and, through the broader Conservation Voter Movement, in state capitals across the country. We support solutions that create a future where clean air, clean water, and access to public lands are not a privilege but a right afforded to every community.
We engage with environmental champions at all levels of government who value our support and expertise. Lawmakers trust and value us, and together we work to enact and defend policies that protect our environment, clean up our communities, and secure a sustainable future.
We engage millions of people to participate in the policy-making process and directly communicate with leaders and decision makers on the issues that matter to them. Our efforts focus on communities most impacted by and concerned about climate change and environmental harm, including young people, people of color, and low-income communities.
LCV Holds Politicians and Polluters Accountable
Since 1970, LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard has been the gold standard for the public to evaluate the environmental records of members of Congress. We provide objective, factual information about the most important environmental legislation considered each year and the corresponding voting records of all members of Congress. Environmental champions tout their scores and the media use them as a definitive measure of members’ environmental credentials.
Additionally, we identify decision makers, both in and outside government, whose actions are damaging the environment and hold them publicly responsible for the harm they are causing our communities. At the same time, we applaud environmental champions for their work to protect the environment. We do this through earned and paid media, town halls, and through other actions that mobilize constituents to speak out and engage in the political process. This is a snapshot of what that looks like in action:
- Since 2013, LCV has engaged more than 55,000 volunteers who have made phone calls, knocked on doors, attended events, and advocated on behalf of climate action.
- With powerful organizing programs in Arizona, Colorado , Maryland, and Nevada, Chispa has had a major impact in a few years by growing LCV’s online Latinx membership to 280,000 people, engaging more than 6,000 volunteers, and training hundreds of promotores — local leaders who organize in their neighborhoods, schools, and churches.
LCV Wins Elections
We believe that electing committed leaders who truly represent their communities — at all levels of government — is one of the most effective ways to enact change and propel progress on climate and the environment. Through entities like LCV Victory Fund, LCV Action Fund, and our affiliate state organizations, we are a critical ingredient to influencing the outcome of important elections at all levels.
- Since 1994, LCV Action Fund has helped elect and re-elect 73 U.S. senators and 330 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
- In 2018, 84% of the candidates named to LCV’s notorious Dirty Dozen were defeated.
- In 2018, LCV Victory Fund’s GiveGreen Program raised more than $23 million for environmental champions.
- Our state affiliate in Virginia helped elect new pro-environment legislative majorities in 2019, setting the stage for major policy progress.
We work tirelessly and strategically to mobilize voters to turn out at the polls to support pro-environment candidates and oppose anti-environment candidates. We get involved in races and places where our work and issues can make the difference.
With the collective power of the Conservation Voter Movement, we have the expertise and infrastructure to implement both cutting-edge and time-tested electoral tactics that make a demonstrable and measurable difference in races across the country, from local offices to Congress.
We support and develop candidates at all levels of government who will fight for pro-environment policies that keep our communities healthy and safe. Candidates value LCV Action Fund endorsements as proof of their environmental leadership, credibility, and electoral viability.
We work to defeat candidates who consistently side with polluters over the public through signature programs like the Dirty Dozen, which clearly signal to voters who will put their health and safety first.
Racial Justice and Equity
Climate change and other threats to clean air, clean water and health, safe communities are not niche issues that happen in a vacuum—our social structures impact how these problems manifest and who bears the greatest burdens. Unfortunately, because of racism, inequality and injustice, our low-income and communities of color disproportionately shoulder these burdens. At the same time, the action we can take to fight climate change presents tremendous environmental, social, economic, and community benefits that we are committed to ensuring benefit everyone.
As we devise and implement the short- and long-term climate solutions needed for our collective survival, it is imperative that we address these disparities. Here are LCV’s racial justice and equity priorities that we hope will foster a strong, participatory democracy and environmental movement rooted in racially, politically and geographically diverse communities across the country:
- Ensure our efforts to protect and advocate the environment are rooted in a deep understanding of racial, social and environmental justice.
- Ensure who we are and who we work with reflect our nation as a whole.
- Prioritize racial diversity and inclusivity as core LCV values.
- Create avenues and grow opportunities for communities of color to participate in the democratic process.
LCV Family of Organizations
The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) works with our state LCVEF partners, educates the public, media and elected officials about key environmental issues, works to increase voter participation in the democratic process and mobilizes a diverse network of activists to advocate for sound environmental policies.
The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund (LCVAF), the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies and to defeat those who stand in the way of progress.
LCV Victory Fund (LCVVF) is a political committee that engages in independent expenditures to defeat federal candidates who stand in the way of a clean energy future and to elect environmental champions.
LCV Political Engagement Fund (LCVPEF) is a 527 political organization that focuses on state electoral work conducted in conjunction with state LCVs.