How Upstate Forever is responding to COVID-19

Our Greenville and Spartanburg offices have closed while Upstate Forever staff work from home to help protect the health of each other, our families, and our communities. But while we are not together in the office, we remain together in our continued efforts to protect our region's critical lands, waters, and unique character.

Read More +

Legislative Updates

While the Legislature is in session from January through May of each year, we post a weekly Legislative Update. If you would like these updates delivered to your inbox, you can sign up for the mailing list. We also issue Action Alerts on critical, time sensitive issues and provide the tools you need to contact your elected officials.

Legislative Updates 2020: Week 2 - January 27th, 2020

Welcome to Week 2 of 18 in the South Carolina Statehouse. Energy continues to be a dominant theme in conservation circles, building on last year's Energy Freedom Act. Plus, an offshore drilling update and discussion of plastics pollution. read more

By Shelley Robbins

Legislative Updates 2020: Week 1 - January 19th, 2020

The 2020 Legislative Session has started and we have hit the ground running! In this first weekly update, Energy & State Policy Director Shelley Robbins details two black market wildlife trading bills that have been introduced, growing opposition to offshore drilling, and more. read more

By Shelley Robbins

Legislative Updates 2020: Session Preview - January 13th, 2020

The South Carolina Legislature will be back in session on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, for the second year of their two-year session. Shelley Robbins offers a recap of last year and a preview of what we'll be watching for during the 2020 Session. read more

By Shelley Robbins

The Upstate Update: December 2019 - December 22nd, 2019

In this month's Upstate Update, we share ways to support UF before the end of 2019, information about our upcoming ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon, and more. read more

How one week illustrated almost everything about the energy debate in South Carolina - December 17th, 2019

In one remarkable week (December 9-13, 2019), almost every aspect of the current energy transition debate was illustrated through both the media and through presentations to the SC Public Service Commission. read more

By Shelley Robbins

The Upstate Update: May 2019 - May 22nd, 2019

In this month's Upstate Update, we celebrate the results of the Duke Energy basic facilities charge case, report on the ending of the 2019 state Legislative Session, and share how you can get your own exclusive "Be the Upstate" tee. read more

Legislative Updates 2019: Week 18 - May 10th, 2019

In the final 48 hours of the 2019 Legislative Session, both of our tracked solar bills (the Energy Freedom Act and Solar on Superfund) passed and now await Governor McMaster's signature. And they passed unanimously! This and more in the final Legislative Update of 2019. read more

By Shelley Robbins

Legislative Updates 2019: Week 17 - May 5th, 2019

Heading in to the last week of the 2019 session, the Energy Freedom Act gets a surprise second reading, the Solar on Superfund bill hits the house floor, and dueling offshore drilling resolutions advance. read more

By Shelley Robbins

Error Message