Volunteers Needed!

Join Upstate Forever and TreesUpstate for a socially distanced morning removing invasive plant species and taking care of trees at Greenville's Conestee Nature Preserve on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

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Three ways to engage in planning for the City of Greenville's future

July 23rd, 2021

While critical land use policy issues in Greenville County have taken center stage in recent updates and action alerts, today we want to highlight three opportunities to inform decision-making in the City of Greenville! Click the links below or keep reading to learn more about each of three ways to engage.

Apply now to serve on a City board or commission starting November 1

Click here to review open positions and here to learn more about the application process and to access an online application. Applicants must reside within the city limits of Greenville for most boards and commissions. Enter your address here to verify that you are a city resident.

The City recently revamped its boards and commissions appointment process - consolidating appointments for most openings into two rounds of appointments each year -- in the spring and fall. Applications are due August 1 for the fall round and appointment interviews will begin in early fall for terms that begin November 1.

Take the Community Center Survey today!

Calling all City of Greenville neighborhood residents! Now is the time to share your experiences, ideas, and suggestions for ways to improve the City's parks and recreation system. The Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department is conducting a community-wide survey to identify opportunities "to better serve the leisure and recreation needs of the community" and welcomes residents' input regarding opportunities for community centers. Click here to take the survey.

SustainableGVL - Long Term Sustainability Planning for the City of Greenville

The City is partnering with the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities at Furman to develop a Sustainability Plan for Greenville. Members of the City's Green Ribbon Advisory Committee (GRAC) are guiding development of the plan. The project will officially kick off on Thursday, July 29 during GRAC's 4:00 pm meeting at the Greenville Convention Center.

Public input will begin with a survey set to launch in August and public meetings will follow in early fall. We'll keep you posted on key dates to engage and also share Upstate Forever's advocacy priorities for SustainableGVL as the project moves forward. In the meantime, an overview of the project and a timeline are posted here.

A draft plan is expected to be released by the end of the year and to advance for adoption in early 2022. According to the City's website, the purpose of the SustainableGVL plan is "to protect our natural resources, improve the health of the region's watersheds and reduce the City's carbon footprint."


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