Upstate Forever Announces 2018 ForeverGreen Luncheon Speaker and Awardees

ForeverGreen Luncheon to Honor Conservation Advocates in the Upstate

GREENVILLE, SC | NOVEMBER 14, 2017 – Upstate Forever is hosting their annual ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon on February 27th, 2018 at the Embassy Suites on Verdae Boulevard. The luncheon celebrates individuals and organizations for significant contributions in fields related to conservation and sustainable growth.

Upstate Forever’s Executive Director, Andrea Cooper, is excited to celebrate the individuals and organizations in the community who are actively working to effect change. “We are honored to recognize those who are passionate about protecting natural resources in the Upstate and who have made it their mission to improve the area in which we live. To be successful, we must work together as a community to make the Upstate an even better place,” Cooper said.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chastain has worked for Sierra Nevada since 2006. In her position, she educates employees on environmental issues and programs, maintains and develops policies and projects related to renewable energy and energy efficiency, and manages zero waste efforts. She is also vice chair of the City of Chico’s Sustainability Task Force, co-chairs the Brewers Association Sustainability Subcommittee, and is on the board of the US Zero Waste Business Council.

This year’s award recipients include:
· Land Conservation Award: Spartanburg School District 6-Farm to School Initiative for model land use and local food program initiatives educating students on healthy eating and agricultural education.
· Clean Water Award: Catherine Heigel for her leadership in creating a South Carolina Adopt A Stream volunteer water quality monitoring program.
· Land Planning and Policy Award: Dean Hybl for going above and beyond his job description on land use policy, especially with the Shaping Our Future initiative.
· Public Servant of the Year: Representative Gary Clary for standing up for conservation issues over the past year and multiple instances of conservation support.
· Volunteer of the Year: Luther Lyle for outstanding conservation work in Oconee County and protecting the Oconee Town Site.
· Innovation in Sustainable Business Award: Swamp Rabbit Café for innovation and success as a model sustainable business in the Upstate.

Upstate Forever’s 2018 ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 27
Embassy Suites, 670 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville


Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of the Upstate of South Carolina. Founded in 1998, Upstate Forever now has nearly 2,000 members, two offices, and a staff of 18. For more information, visit