VCV 2011-2012 Environmental Scorecard.
The scorecard is the single most effective tool in determining if a candidate for office is truly green or simply attempting to green wash voters. Wherever we travel in Vermont, we hear from Vermonters who have decided on which candidate to vote for based on the VCV environmental scorecard.
Click on the photo to examine the House and Senate scorecard for 2011-2012.
Since 1982, VCV has been keeping score for the environment.
After each biennium of the Vermont Legislature, VCV publishes a legislative scorecard to highlight legislators’ voting records on issues that impact the environment. These scorecards help provide voters with a clear record of who supports the environment, and who doesn’t.
VCV encourages voters to get in touch with their elected representatives and talk with them about these scorecard votes. Vermont’s citizen legislature works best when voters keep their legislators accountable.
VCV is a member the National League of Conservation Voters which produces an environmental scorecard for the US CONGRESS. View the records of the Vermont Delegation and the rest of the country by visiting the National site.
How VCV Scores
VCV scorecards are based on the legislative priorities of a broad range of conservation and environmental protection organizations. At the start of each new biennium VCV hosts a legislative reception where we present the Environment and Conservation Platform for the current legislative session to the legislature. At the end of the session, the scorecard rates each legislator on these priorities and key issues set forth by the state’s environmental community.
Only votes where the roll was called are scored. Voice votes are not reflected in this report.
It is important to recognize that this scorecard is just one test of a legislator’s environmental record and reflects only one component of a legislator’s overall commitment. Factors such as leadership and vision, behind-the-scenes activity or inactivity, or political party pressure are not easily quantifiable on a chart.