Join Our Virtual Citizens Planning Academy

This online, interactive course is designed to help Greenville residents, business owners, and neighborhood leaders understand processes that drive local planning and land use policy decisions, as well as the roles and perspectives of diverse stakeholders. Eight one-hour lunch and learn-style sessions will take place over Zoom beginning on Wednesdays in April.

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Balancing Growth with Resource Protection

Keep the Upstate beautiful

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Inclusive Conservation

Our Commitment

Do you own land you’d like to protect?

Learn About Land Conservation

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The planet’s most important resource

Safe and Plentiful Water

Learn the value of water

Upstate SC is growing

Advocate for Smart Growth

Land planning & policy

What’s Happening


Citizens Planning Academy

Our interactive land use planning and policy course is going online this spring and expanding to eight one-hour, virtual lunch and learn sessions. Greenville residents, business owners, and neighborhood leaders are invited to apply now.


Environmental Justice

Watch the recording of a recent panel discussion featuring representatives from community and environmental groups and find resources to get involved with environmental justice issues in Upstate South Carolina.


2000+ acres in 2020

Our nationally-accredited land trust protected 2,176 acres of private and public farmlands, forests, and greenspace across the 10-county Upstate SC region in 2020.


2021 advocacy priorities

Our team advocates for local and state policies that will help further our mission to protect the critical lands, waters, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina.


Greenville County UDO

Greenville County is drafting a new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to replace current zoning and land development regulations that will decide how growth impacts current and future residents and the environment.


Defend our water quality

As our region grows, it’s more important than ever to recognize the tremendous value of water — and to fight to protect it.


Preserve our region’s character

Growth in the Upstate is skyrocketing. We must act immediately to protect our region’s natural resources and unique character from unchecked sprawl and short-sighted development practices. Join our mailing list to receive news, updates, and action alerts.

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