The Upstate Update: June 2024

June 17th, 2024

Drop in at Liability Brewing for an Advocacy Happy Hour

Join us on June 27 from 6 - 8 pm at Greenville's Liability Brewing Company (109 West Stone Avenue, Ste. D) for an advocacy event! Enjoy light refreshments and your first drink on us while discussing energy and land use issues in the Upstate with our Energy & State Policy and Land Planning & Policy teams.

Our experts will explore Greenville County's anticipated Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Duke Energy Carolinas' Integrated Resource Plan, and more! Come learn about these issues, how you can get involved, and how to contact your representatives.

To RSVP, email Energy Advocate Michael Coleman at by June 25th. We hope to see you there!

  • Now Hiring: Development Director
    UF is seeking a Director of Development who will oversee all components of major and planned giving, membership/annual giving, cultivation events, and member activities. This leadership position works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors while overseeing the Development team. Apply today
  • Save the date: Advocacy Training
    On August 15 from 5 - 8 pm at the Cannon Center in Greer, our Land Planning & Policy team is hosting an interactive, hands-on training about "building bridges across the political divide." Enjoy a presentation and panel discussion. Please save the date and stay tuned for registration and event details!
  • Work hard, play hard
    Our team works hard throughout the year to help protect the Upstate's special places and natural resources — but we take time to play hard, too! We had a great time at our summer staff fun day hiking, paddling, and enjoying camaraderie at Table Rock State Park! (Pictured: Rebecca Wade & Michael Coleman hiking Table Rock Trail)
  • Bramlett Rd. contamination update
    Following the Public Comment Workshop on June 6, UF staff are developing comments for submission to SCDHEC in response to the proposal for coal tar ash contamination cleanup on Greenville's Bramlett Road. Join The Water Log and/or Greenville LPP Updates email lists to support a fair and just solution for the Southernside community.

In case you missed it: Read the latest issue of Upstate Advocate

The spring issue of our biannual publication Upstate Advocate is here! This issue features local residents' stories about how and why their work in conservation, advocacy, placemaking, and sustainable farming preserves the Upstate's precious places and history for future generations.

And be sure to read our interviews with local knee-high naturalists (a.k.a. UF staff kids ages 3-5), the next generation of Upstate conservationists. These hilarious and moving accounts of the Upstate's natural places remind us whose future we are working so hard to protect.

As always, we also provide team updates on protected properties, new staff members and Board of Directors, and publication favorites like "Ask an Advocate." Enjoy!

Read more in the June Upstate Update
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