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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: Promoting sensible growth and protecting special places in the upstate region of south carolina.

Programs: Clear air and water protecting and improving the air and water in the upstate of south carolina -minimizing the impact of polluted stormwater runoff from developed areas. -protecting our sources of clean water. -ensuring adequate stream flows and lake levels. -obtaining voluntary settlement agreement with duke energy to remove coal ash ponds that threaten the saluda river. -creating the web of water book using local photographers to showcase the story of the saluda-reedy watershed. -leading efforts to encourage restoration of and recreation on the twelve mile river. (continued) -assisting farmers and homeowners improve water quality in several watersheds. -drafting and successfully advocating stormwater banking programs in greenville county and the city of greenville. -engaging over 650 students and volunteers in a tree tagging campaign, highlighting the fiscal and environmental benefits provided by trees.

land trust protecting land and resources in the upstate of south carolina -protecting over 18,500 acres of special places through 94 voluntary land conservation agreements. -oversaw development and completion of plans for the rocky river nature park in anderson, sc through an epa grant. The park opened to the public this year. Upstate forever manages two additional grants to support further development. -achieved accreditation renewal by the land trust accreditation commission. -educating communities on conserving farms, forests, and other special places

sustainable communities promoting economically, socially and environmentally sound growth in the upstate of south carolina -advocating for responsible land use and transportation planning. -educating citizens and elected leaders on effective land use planning, the importance of transportation choices and built environments that support active living. -operating greenville b-cycle, a bike-share program aimed at increasing the number of short trips made by bicycle in downtown greenville and expanding the system by two stations -demonstrating green building practices (continued) -managing a project for revitalizing the hwy 29 corridor between greenville and spartanburg.

- assisting conservation partners in the protection of special places across the upstate, such as stumphouse mountain in oconee county, nine times in pickens county and tall pines in greenville county. - successfully advocating for implementation of the federal courts consent decree to address the pcb contamination in lake hartwell and the twelve mile river - successfully advocating for disapproval of the proposed mega-landfill in spartanburg county - obtaining the leed platinum certification for the renovation of our main office in greenville and regularly providing tours of the features - releasing an eye-opening growth projection study for the upstate that shows what the region will look like in 2030 if current development patterns and policies remain unchanged - managing the saluda-reedy watershed consortium project, one of the most comprehensive watershed studies in the country - playing an essential role in securing and opening the swamp rabbit trail that connects downtown greenville to travelers rest - obtaining additional public support for expanding existing parks and greenways and building new ones through our successful advocacy that resulted in the adoption of hospitality taxes in greenville and spartanburg counties - successfully advocating for limits on the amount of phosphorus discharged from wastewater plants into the saluda river - successfully advocating for the enactment of progressive local ordinances relating to tree protection, riparian buffers, clustered developments, and pedestrian and bicyclist safety - restoring nearly 3,000 feet of trout habitat along the south saluda river - partnering with the furman universitys community conservation corps and the city of greenville to retrofit 45 low-income homes in greenville county - negotiating a comprehensive relicensing agreement for duke energys keowee-toxaway hydroelectric project

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Rating: 5

Upstate Forever is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Upstate Forever meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Upstate Forever has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

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Rating: 5

If you want your money to go a long way towards improving society then Upstate Forever is an excellent choice. The organization is lean and highly effective in slowing the loss of life quality in in SC.

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