Our History - Past, Present, and Future

We know that elected officials make numerous important decisions that impact our environment.

For nearly 50 years, we have been an active and important voice for people just like you — North Carolinians who value clean air and water, beautiful lands and healthy communities.

We know that elected officials make numerous important decisions that impact our environment. Formerly the Conservation Council of NC, we were one of the first organizations in North Carolina to invest in a lobbyist to make sure the environment had a consistent voice at the North Carolina General Assembly. NCLCV became known for its effective voice at the General Assembly.

But we soon realized that, no matter how effective we were as advocates, if the elected officials we were lobbying didn’t care about the environment, we weren’t going to make consistent progress. So in 1999, NCLCV established the Conservation PAC, so that we could work directly to elect candidates to office who share our values; candidates who care about clean air, safe water, and our unique landscapes; and candidates who understand that a clean environment, a strong economy, and healthy communities go hand in hand.

We have a bold vision for North Carolina’s future: a pro-conservation majority in the General Assembly. These leaders would create and implement forward-thinking environmental policies that protect our communities, landscapes, and natural resources. In order to turn this vision into a reality , we need more citizens thinking, acting, and voting on behalf of the environment.

From the New River in the west, to Bald Head Island in the east, from hog waste to nuclear power, from the courtroom to the ballot box, from working to pass strong legislation, to making sure those laws are enforced, NCLCV has fought to preserve the treasures of our state for future generations and ensure that we all have a better quality of life.

Extended Family

We are not a family one. We are, in fact, a family of three. Each member has its own mission, programs, and Boards of Directors. This three-tiered approach uniquely positions us to be a steady, strong, and effective force for sound environmental policy-making at the State Legislature.

We are not a family one. We are, in fact, a family of three. Each member has its own mission, programs, and Boards of Directors. This three-tiered approach uniquely positions us to be a steady, strong, and effective force for sound environmental policy-making at the State Legislature. Collectively, each member works to turn environmental values into North Carolina priorities. Here’s an overview of each:

North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV)
North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) is our advocacy organization. NCLCV employs professional environmental advocates who work in the legislature and beyond, advocating for strong environmental policies. We publish a Legislative Scorecard telling you how your lawmakers voted on key environmental issues that you care about. Together, we hold them accountable for the decisions they make.

North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Foundation (NCLCVF)
North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Foundation (NCLCVF) is our citizen outreach and education organization. NCLCVF knows that protecting North Carolina’s environment starts with North Carolinians. We work to educate and engage state agencies, elected officials, and the public on key environmental issues, including better enforcement of existing environmental laws. We also play an important role in organizing citizens who share our environmental values to effectively engage in the democratic and policy-making process, such as through our PowerUp NC program. This involves us developing in our own non-partisan civic engagement work, highlighting the need for increased voter registrations and voter turnouts, particularly from traditionally underrepresented communities.

Conservation PAC
Conservation PAC is NCLCV’s affiliated political action committee. With your help, we support candidates for public office who understand that a sound environment, a strong economy, and healthy communities go hand in hand. The Conservation PAC endorses candidates who understand that protecting our air, water, and land resources is a priority, and an integral part of building our economy and maintaining a high quality of life for North Carolinians. We believe the most important thing you can do for the environment is vote. And who we elect matters.