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May 25th, 2021
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.
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While we chose not to host our annual ForeverGreen Luncheon this February due to COVID-19, we still wanted to celebrate these incredible local people who have dedicated their lives to making their communities greener, cleaner, and more just. You can click here to read the special edition of the Upstate Advocate, our twice-yearly print publication, celebrating this year's honorees or click the links below to learn more about each of these conservation champions.
BRAD WYCHE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dr. David L. Hargett, for his visionary 10-year tenure as Executive Director of Lake Conestee Nature Preserve
MARJORIE E. SCHMIDT STEWARDSHIP AWARD
Judy Cromwell, for her quiet, lifelong dedication to the protection of the Upstate’s greenspaces
TOMMY WYCHE LAND CONSERVATION CHAMPION AWARD
Dr. J. Drew Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, for decades of teaching, research, and writing that have made the field of conservation more accessible and inclusive
ENVIRONMENTAL EQUITY & JUSTICE AWARD
Sustaining Way, for their work to cultivate a thriving, sustainable, and equitable environment in Greenville’s Nicholtown and surrounding communities
LAND PLANNING & POLICY CHAMPION AWARD
Ginny Stroud, former Community Development Administrator with the City of Greenville, for her dedication to neighborhood revitalization, improvement, and affordable housing in Greenville
CLEAN WATER CHAMPION AWARD
The Southern Environmental Law Center, for their work to defend the Clean Water Act, mitigate the effects of coal ash pollution, and hold Kinder Morgan accountable for a huge gasoline spill in Anderson County
Also in this month's update:
Dive deeper into The Color of Law
Did you attend Impact Greenville's recent virtual event with Richard Rothstein, author of the critically-acclaimed book The Color of Law? You can join an online book club to discuss specific chapters from the book about redlining and intentional government residential segregation. Click here to learn more and register for each remaining session