American Conservation Coalition

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What is the American Conservation Coalition?

The American Conservation Coalition (ACC) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering conservatives to re-engage on environmental conversations. ACC was founded in June 2017 by a group of conservative millennials who saw a gap in the conservative movement when it came to the environment. ACC believes that economic and environmental success can go hand in hand, and conservatives should champion this message and take a seat at the table in discussions concerning conservation, clean energy, sportsmen’s rights, agriculture, climate, and much more. Where other environmental groups have disenfranchised those who are right-of-center, ACC seeks to activate the conservative movement on the grassroots, state, and federal levels -- bringing forth bipartisan discussions on environmental topics that impact us all.

Our Mission

The American Conservation Coalition is changing the narrative on environmental discussions through the promotion of free-market and pro-business environmentalism in legislatures, college campuses, the political arena, and beyond.


 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can conservatives care about the environment? 

Conservation is conservative—it’s as simple as that. Through embracing the free market, limited-government, and innovation, along with sustainability through choice, conservatives can protect the planet for generations to come. 

What is a free-market climate change answer? 

Allowing the free-market to create a more sustainable world by taking down barriers to innovation and bolstering environmental progress without negatively affecting the economy. Quick examples of this approach involve carbon capture and sequestration technology. Check out our policy report, Climate Change 101, for more on this subject. 

Who/what does the American Conservation Coalition support? 

ACC supports those interested in changing the narrative on conservation and environmental issues by bringing conservatives to the table for bipartisan reforms. We endorse candidates, encourage specific legislation, and write about innovators and businesses, but throughout these initiatives our mission stays the same. 

What is a conservative environmentalist? 

A person who believes the best way to combat climate change, conserve our lands, clean our oceans, and create meaningful environmental progress is by promoting responsible policies and allowing for an improved environment through the market. 

What is the conservative response to environmentalism?

The conservative response is a historic one. We are the party of Teddy Roosevelt’s National Park Service, Richard Nixon’s Environmental Protection Agency, and George W. Bush’s marine sanctuaries. With this legacy of conservation, we believe conservatives ought to embrace environmentalism with approaches that allow consumer-choice and innovation to thrive, thus supporting the environment through conservative practices. 

 

Our team of advisors is made up of experts who know these issues better than anyone. When we have questions, these are the people we turn to.

 

Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors is continually growing, check back for additional updates as we add more members.

 

Laura Huggins   CEO, Wild Sky Beef

Laura Huggins

CEO, Wild Sky Beef

Trammell Crow   Founder, EARTHx

Trammell Crow

Founder, EARTHx


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Evan Baehr
CEO, Teneo Network

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Joe Lonsdale
Partner, 8VC

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Slade Gorton
Former US Senator (R-WA)


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John R. Seydel III

Sustainability Director, City of Atlanta

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Kurt Zellers

Co-Founder, MZA+ Co

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Bob Dold

Former U.S. Representative (IL-10)


 
 

*Board of Advisor positions do not reflect the endorsement of their respective employers*