Gila Wilderness Expedition, Bradley Lanphear / No Barriers.
Below: Demis Foster, CVNM Executive Director
Welcome to CVNM’s 2022 Conservation Scorecard
As New Mexicans, our lives are inextricably linked to the air, land and water in our Land of Enchantment – and how we treat these resources directly impacts our health. Values for protecting and conserving our environment for current and future generations are woven in to the fabric of New Mexico values.
At Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), it’s our vision that New Mexicans thrive in just, resilient communities where our conservation and cultural values guide our decision-makers and public policies. We work hard to connect the people of New Mexico to their political power. We do this by mobilizing voters, winning elections, holding elected officials accountable and advancing responsible public policies.
One of our most powerful tools to achieve this vision is our annual Conservation Scorecard. The Scorecard is a cornerstone of our work to connect you to the issues that matter to you. It provides the information you need to determine whether your legislators are voting in line with your conservation values. The Scorecard also reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of what happens during legislative sessions.
During the session, legislators ask time and time again, “How will this affect my CVNM score?” Decision-makers pay attention because they know that CVNM and New Mexico voters are keeping track. Information about the individual votes that constitute your legislator’s score can be found on each legislator’s page.
Help us keep the pressure on to hold our lawmakers accountable. Tell your legislators that you “Know the Score.” If they have a strong conservation score, call or email to thank them. If they have a low score, express your concern as a constituent and Conservation Voter. Contact information for your legislators is available on each legislator’s page. The best way to pass policy to protect our air, land and water is to communicate with your decision-makers about their actions.
With your support, we can advance better policy and make a better future. Consider making a gift to CVNM today. Together we can continue to win the fight to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the health of our communities.
Thank you for being a Conservation Voter!
Welcome to CVNM’s Scorecard website! We hope our modern, easy-to-navigate and mobile-friendly design will help better facilitate your understanding of how your legislators are representing your conservation values. If you have questions about our website, please contact us at info@CVNM.org.
The 2022 Scorecard offers a snapshot of the conservation performance of the 2022 regular session of the 55th New Mexico legislature.
New information in this year’s Scorecard:
CVNM’s Cycle of Accountability
CVNM’s work to report to you about how your legislators voted on key conservation policy during each legislative session is part of our strategic approach to building power for the environment and ensuring New Mexicans’ air, land and water is protected. We call this approach the “Cycle of Accountability.”
Know the Score > Take Action
Say ‘thanks’ … or, ‘no thanks’!
Tell your Legislators that you ‘know the score’
One of the best ways to influence the voting records of your elected officials is to communicate regularly with them. If your legislators scored well, it’s important to thank them and to support them. If you feel you weren’t well-represented by your legislators’ votes, it’s important to hold them accountable by letting them know what you think about their votes. The Scorecard is your key to staying informed on your legislators votes and getting in touch with them.
Communicate with the Governor and your Legislators
Whether you’re congratulating them on their score or expressing your disappointment, be direct, courteous and polite. The most important part is letting them know that you are paying close attention to how they vote or, in the case of the Governor, what actions she takes on legislation that affects our air, land, and water.
Calling your legislator directly and sending letters through regular mail remain by far the most effective ways to communicate with your legislators.
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor can always be contacted at the State Capitol. Except during the legislative session, state legislators should be contacted in their home districts, as listed on the current Legislators page.