The American Conservation Coalition (ACC) is committed to conservation, stewardship, and free-market ideals. Our goal is to educate and activate conservatives nationwide to support sound environmental policies. We follow the lead of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan as leaders who care deeply about our environment, diversifying our energy portfolio, and conserving our nation's treasured lands. We work with the premier conservative groups on college campuses, including College Republicans, Turning Point USA, Young Americans for Liberty, Young Americans for Freedom, among others. The ACC is committed to building support in local communities for limited government and market-centric reforms. Our grassroots activists are working hard to advance common sense solutions that offer the best path forward. The ACC is a national, nonprofit grassroots 501(c)(4) organization.
The American Conservation Coalition Campus (ACCC or "A-triple-C") facilitates our nonpartisan and nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational campus efforts. Through the ACCC, our campus chapters have created a conversation at universities nationwide building support for our approach to limited government environmentalism.
01. Bring Conservatives to the table on environmental issues
As conservatives, it is important that we never vacate our seat at the table on environmental issues. Without a conservative voice in the discussions, the policy reforms will continue to be big-government focused.
02. Support legislators who are already strong environmental stewards
We are proud to support over 20 GOP members of congress who have already raised their hand to show that environmental issues are a top priority for them. We are working to expand this number to reach even more legislators.
03. Change the narrative on college campuses across America
Our college campus program is set to kick off this fall. Our work will begin with 25 pilot campuses on campuses nationwide. Learn how you can bring the ACC to your campus as a chapter, or for events, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
04. Advocate for free market based solutions to environmental challenges
The free-market is the most powerful instrument to ever exist. By favoring market signals over ineffective regulations we are leading stewardship while shrinking the size of government all at once.
Where we stand
The ACC stands behind seven immediate core principles. As conservatives it is important to approach these principles from a free-market perspective so that a solution balances the needs of the local community along with the environmental impacts. These principles are bipartisan reminders that the environment should remain among our most important priorities.
Support an all-of-the-above energy plan
Conserve and protect our private and public lands
Defend our nation’s coasts, oceans, waterways, ecosystems, and general wildlife
Support hunting and fishing rights
Lower carbon emissions
Embrace our nation’s rural and urban farmers
Enact pro-environmental legislation that creates jobs and benefits the economy
Bringing conservative environmentalism to college campuses and beyond.
Our Priorities for 2017.
1. Growing the bipartisan climate solutions caucus
Founded in 2016, the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus is an effort spearheaded by Florida representatives Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL). As co-chairs of this equal membership caucus, Rep. Curbelo and Rep. Deutch are focused on addressing the challenges that face our communities every day.
The ACC is working to activiely expand this important bloc of environmentally oriented conservatives. Additonally, the ACC is working hard to support the legislative priorities of this growing base of support. Many of our college campus chapters will be located in the communities that surround these congressional districts.
Republican Caucus Members
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL26)
Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA6)
Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA7)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY1)
Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2)
Rep. Mia Love (R-UT4)
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA8)
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY21)
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL18)
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA8)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL27)
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE2)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA49)
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL13)
Rep. John Faso (R-NY19)
Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY2)
Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY23)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO6)
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI8)
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R- NY22)
Rep. David Joyce (R-OH14)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ7)
Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA25)
“We are proud of the impact Representative Curbelo and other conservative legislators are having. They are leading the charge on conservative environmentalism”
— Benji Backer, ACC President
2. Supporting Clean Energy Week on college campuses nationwide.
College campuses can be difficult places as a conservative. Through our friends at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), we are proud to support Clean Energy Week 2017. Through events on college campuses, our speaker series, and digital efforts we're sharing the benefits of clean energy. The program will work to highlight important energy milestones and share our vision for a clean energy future.
Learn more about how you can bring Clean Energy Week to you campus this fall!
Clean Energy Creates American Jobs.
Clean Energy is driving job creation in America. For every job in traditional energy generation, clean energy is creating an additional five according to recent publicly available data. With the success of renewable energy growing nationwide, Americans from Alaska to Florida are gaining access to new, well paying careers.
Clean Energy Boosts Our Energy Security.
From domestic sources of energy to a decentralized grid, clean energy is also an important investment in our national security. By allowing consumers to generate their own power through solar and other methods, it becomes far more difficult for an adversary to target America's energy grid. We're proud supporters of home grown energy.
Clean Energy is a Growing Share of Our Portfolio.
As new forms of renewable energy come online and as the cost of production continues to fall, clean energy is offering American consumers an opportunity to save money and the planet simultaneously. While the ACC believes in an "all of the above" energy policy, we are excited to see the array of renewable energy options continue to grow.
Clean Energy is Curbing Carbon Emissions.
Renewable forms of energy such as solar, wind, and biofuels are leading the way toward cleaner air and a lower reliance on traditional carbon based sources of energy. Private enterprise's affinity for clean energy is helping simultanteously helping America reach it's emissions targets and remain a leader on the global energy stage.