Fall 2022 Citizens Planning Academy

Apply now for our interactive, introductory course designed to lay the foundation for Greenville, SC-area residents to become more informed, effective, and influential participants in local land use planning and policy decision-making.

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The Upstate Update: July 2022

July 19th, 2022

The Upstate Update is a digital newsletter curated and shared each month that offers insights into Upstate Forever's recent work, highlights upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, and shares other conservation and advocacy news.

We post the Upstate Update here on the Upstate Forever blog each month. If you would like to receive the Upstate Update directly in your email inbox, please sign up for the mailing list.


Our new tees are back in stock!

Fret not if you haven't had a chance to get your hands on one of our new Upstate Forever t-shirts — they were such a hit that we ordered a second run of t-shirts from Dapper Ink. They're now back in stock!

You can show your pride for this remarkable region we call home — and support our work to protect the Upstate's natural resources — by making a gift of $35 or more at upstateforever.org/donate. While supplies last, we'll send you a new tee in your choice of cream or sage green featuring a custom illustration of native flora and fauna by local artist Carissa Grace.

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Also in this month's newsletter:

  • $1.5m for water quality projects
    Upstate Forever is a member of the Anderson County Watershed Protection Council, which is seeking grant applications for projects that will protect or restore water quality in areas of the Savannah River watershed impacted by Kinder Morgan’s 2014 petroleum pipeline spill. Education and outreach grants, as well as funds for site remediation and land protection, are available. Learn more

  • Greenville is growing — you can get involved
    It's no secret that communities across the Upstate are growing rapidly — and that pace of growth has only increased since the start of the pandemic. If you are a City of Greenville or County resident, or just care about balancing growth with the protection of natural resources and community vibrancy, now is the time to get involved! Click here for 3 ways to engage

  • Save this date! Advocacy happy hour on August 23
    Join UF staff for a postcard-writing happy hour at Liability Brewing (109 West Stone Avenue, Ste. D, Greenville, SC 29609) from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 23. Drop by to learn about key issues impacting conservation and sustainable growth in the Upstate directly from our program staff — and how you can advocate for a better future. RSVP and your first drink is on us!

And more!

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