About Us

Since 1989, the Coastal Conservation League has worked with communities, businesses, citizen groups, and people like you to protect what we love about South Carolina.



The mission of the Coastal Conservation League is to protect the threatened resources of the South Carolina coastal plain — its natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water, and quality of life — by working with citizens and government on proactive, comprehensive solutions to environmental challenges.

From sandy beaches, healthy marshes, freshwater swamps to pine savannas, we protect natural habitats and the wildlife that depends on them. We support the communities we live in by ensuring we have clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, and sustainable energy to power our homes and places of work. Most of all, we strive to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the same spaces and quality of life here that we do today.

We at the Coastal Conservation League are defined not by a single project but by the future we work toward.

This future includes smart, sustainable, economic growth that maximizes the potential of our community. This future ensures the availability of natural resources and opportunity for our children to enjoy those resources. This future has good policies and protection in place so we do more than fight an endless series of battles against an endless series of threats.

Our vision is a future in which we strive for common ground and the balance of nature and community.

Our work is divided among the following program areas: Air and Water, Energy and Climate, Food and Agriculture, Land and Community, and Transportation.



Our Work

Air and Water

Clean air and water are essential to our health and quality of life in South Carolina. We work to educate the public, media, industry, and local and state policy makers on the science and economics of clean air and water policies. Our advocacy brings attention to the latest scientific and medical research on air/water pollution and public health issues. In addition to promoting policies to protect clean air and water, we ensure policies are enforced by monitoring all air and water quality permits along the coast and appealing permits that would result in serious harm to the environment or public health.

Energy and Climate

Electricity is a necessary fixture in our daily lives, and its production and distribution have vast environmental footprints. New technologies, fuel sources, and strategies for meeting demand hold great promise for minimizing these impacts. We promote the implementation of progressive local, state, and federal energy policies related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change.

Food and Agriculture

Local farms and farmers are critical components of a vibrant community. Supporting sustainable agriculture benefits individuals, communities, the environment, and the economy. We work with farmers, government agencies/officials, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and communities to support food and agriculture through statewide policy, local planning, infrastructure, technical assistance, and outreach and communications.

Land and Community

Balancing unbridled growth is central to the Conservation League’s mission. We help to influence the way developers, citizens, and public officials view and value their communities and landscapes – promoting thoughtful, balanced development and land conservation in the right areas, at the right scale. From restructuring zoning codes to rerouting highways, we provide technical, professional and other assistance to residents of the region to help them preserve the South Carolina coast.


Transportation and infrastructure planning is essential to any livable community. Appropriately planned roads that allow for pedestrian and bicycle access can complement a community and improve quality of life, while roads that are poorly designed, can overpower the area, contribute to sprawl, bisect property and leave a scar that is difficult, if not impossible, to erase. We work with a variety of transportation planners, local municipalities, and state agencies to promote transportation projects and policies that support rather than harm our communities.


Office Locations



Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1765
Charleston, SC 29402

Physical Address

49 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Tel: 843.723.8035
Fax: 843.723.8308
Toll-free: 888.224.3455


Physical Address & Mailing Address

1219 Assembly Street, Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29201
Tel: 803.771.7102/803.758.5800
Fax: 803.771.7103


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1861
Beaufort, SC 29901

Physical Address

1212 King Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
Tel: 843.522.1800


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 603
Georgetown, SC 29442

Physical Address

709-B Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29442
Tel: 843.545.0403
Fax: 843.545.8854

Growfood Carolina

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1765
Charleston, SC 29402

Physical Address

990 Morrison Drive
Charleston, SC 29403

GrowFood Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Us

action@scccl.org · 843.723.8035

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