On February 27, 2018, Rep. Clary will be honored at the ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon, where he’ll be given Upstate Forever’s “Public Servant of the Year” Award. Other organizations and individuals from around the Upstate will also be honored at the luncheon for work done in 2017 to protect and preserve our state and its citizens.
Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation association that works to protect the land, water, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina. The organization selected Rep. Clary for this award for “standing up for conservation issues over the past year and multiple instances of conservation support.”
One key initiative Rep. Clary made to protect our state was introducing and passing legislation that protected Pickens County from coal ash being dumped in unlined landfills, which in turn protected public health and water safety throughout the state. He also responded to pleas for help from a Clemson neighborhood that didn’t want 40-foot-tall smokestacks in their backyards, effectively reaching a compromise with the University and City to relocate the power plant away from private homes. Rep. Clary doesn’t see these issues as partisan or even political – it’s simply doing what’s needed to protect South Carolinians and the land we call home.
This marks the second major conservation award for Rep. Clary. In September, he was given the House Conservation Leadership Award by the Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC). Representative Clary has an impressive 106 percent Lifetime score on the Conservation Scorecard. A clean environment and healthy communities go hand in hand, and Rep. Clary is proud to stand up for these values on behalf of District 3 and South Carolina.