Sustainability Through the American Vote
Sustainable Politician Project is a tool to help American voters find sustainably-minded politicians that support environmental causes, initiatives, and legislation. We publish reviews of federal congressional and presidential candidates to help inform voters. Every review for each county’s sustainable candidate ranking is based on past experience (if applicable) and commitment to environmentalism.
We believe that voting is your right and responsibility as an American citizen. This is an introduction to the project, why sustainability is important, and the voting process for members of Congress.
What we do
Here at Sustainable Politician Project, we are dedicated to mitigating the effects of climate change by supporting strong, sustainably-minded legislation, and the candidates that prioritize the environment.
Sustainability reaches beyond the environment and into every aspect of our global citizenship. Technology, agriculture, poverty, economy, medicine, education, all of these different aspects of our human life play a crucial role in attaining global sustainability, or the “requirement of our generation to manage the resource base such that the average quality of life that we ensure ourselves can potentially be shared by all future generations (Geir B. Asheim, “Sustainability,” The World Bank, 1994).” SPP is dedicated to enacting this goal, and we do that by researching and evaluating the sustainable platforms that congressional and presidential candidates run on.
Our evaluation process is simple: Research voting records (for incumbent candidates), find current sustainability platforms (we focus on green energy implementation and ecological protection, but we consider other forms of social sustainability in our choice of ranking), and assign a rank to each candidate. It changes every election cycle to address the current and pressing sustainability priorities, so make sure that if you’re a returning voter, you glance through the new ranking charts.
Who we are
Tara is a paralegal, avid gardener, and a science fiction buff. She cares deeply about protecting our planet and thinks that the best way to spark change is at the voting booth. One day she would like to write a book.
Daniel is a software engineer who cares about the future of this planet. He does lots of volunteer work for the Ukrainian community, founded the WikiSpiv project, enjoys traveling and hiking, and has an unhealthy obsession with Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Jess is a freelance writer/blogger with an emphasis in social-political causes and multimodal communication. She loves vegetable gardening, crocheting, voting, and reading books about lesbians.
Lucien is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in environmental studies. Growing up in the beautiful state of Maine has bestowed upon in him a deep love and respect for the environment. Working with the environment has always been his main goal in life. Writing for the Sustainable Politician Project has allowed him to participate in environmental politics in a way that makes a real difference.
Kendall is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where she studies environmental science. She is from a suburb of Washington, D.C., and plans to pursue law school for environmental law after graduation.
We will never store your address when you utilize this tool. If you provide your address, we immediately pass it to the Google Civic Information API, which returns your district, and then discard the address. Use of this convenience will always be optional as you can select your district manually.