About Sustainable Politician Project
Sustainable Politician Project is a plan to help American voters find eco-friendly politicians that support environmental causes, initiatives, and legislation. We publish reviews of “green” federal-level congress candidates 3 days a week, at least 2 weeks before each state’s primary election. One review for each state includes “green” candidates, their party, past experience, 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.
Midterm Election Key
We have five ranks given to each candidate in the U.S. Midterm Congressional Election. (Dark green, green, yellow, red, and grey.) Below, you can learn how we rank these candidates based off of information provided on their campaign websites and voting records.
In the summaries that we provide for incumbents, we include a score based on their “LCV” score. The LCV is the League of Conservation Voters, and they track incumbent’s votes on major environmental policies that are going through Congress. If you want to know more about the LCV, click here
Candidates must address at least three major areas of sustainability. One of these areas must be plans to increase renewable energy in America. At least one area must talk about how they plan to achieve their goals. Or for incumbents, how they have already worked to achieve these goals.
If candidates only list two major areas of sustainability, both areas must be well-developed, including a discussion of how they plan to achieve their goals. Or for incumbents, how they have already worked to achieve these goals.
Candidates must address at least two major areas of sustainability and show no support for fossil fuels. (There may be some exceptions to this. For example, a candidate with an LCV score of 90% may still support fossil fuel production, but their plan includes a phase-out of these sources and implementation of renewables.)
Candidates have conflicting stances on sustainability. Most commonly, yellow candidates will have “all of the above” energy approaches. Often times, these candidates will express that they want to support sustainability, but don’t want to “overburden” agricultural or residential communities with restrictions or energy price increases.
Additionally, these candidates have not much more information on sustainability on their campaign sites, other than “protecting the environment is important.”
Red candidates are anti-sustainability. They may mock sustainable causes and/or refuse to acknowledge climate change as an issue. Some candidates may present energy as “all of the above,” but also mentions federal “red tape” or some other key language that condemns sustainable efforts.
These candidates do not discuss sustainable topics on their campaign websites at all.
For more information, you may find the following articles useful.