Online Nomination Form: 2022 TreesUpstate Emerald Award

Deadline for Submission is December 31, 2022

TreesUpstate is seeking nominations for our Emerald Award. Use the form below to submit online. The Emerald Award will be given to recognize innovative methods that Plant, Promote, and/or Protect Trees. We are requesting nominations describing projects, programs, and initiatives that go above and beyond the minimum standards and requirements. We are looking for nominees that:

  • Plant Trees
  • Promote Trees
  • Protect Trees

The Emerald Award nominations are to be submitted online using the form below before December 31, 2022 11:59pm EST. The Emerald Award Winner will be announced in an ad we will place in the Upstate Business Journal. TreesUpstate will personalize a unique marketing opportunity to highlight the Award Winner’s impact.

Eligibility Requirements

The award may be presented to any business, municipality, agency, organization, employee, or individual based in Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, Anderson, or Oconee County.

The nominee must be in an industry related field. This includes and is not limited to: Developers, Builders, Civil Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Municipal or Government Agencies/Employees, Landscapers, Individuals.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. The online form below must be submitted before December 31, 2022 @ 11:59pm EST to be considered for the 2022 Emerald Award. We strongly recommend preparing your answers in a saved word document.
  2. You will receive an email within 2 business days confirming that we received your online nomination.
  3. A nomination will remain valid for 2 years.
  4. Self nominations will be accepted.
  5. If you need to submit supporting documents please email them to and use “Emerald Award” as the subject line.
  6. If you have questions please contact Joelle Teachey at 864-313-0765 or
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Award Considerations

The Award Review Committee will be looking for nominees that meet one or more of the following:

  • Include innovative methods to plant, promote, and/or protect trees.
  • Meet ANSI A300 and Z60.1 Standards and the accompanying BMP standards published by TCIA.
  • General Landscape Notes and the installation specifications and diagrams shown on site plans must be to ANSI A300 standards and TCIA BMP’s.
  • Are an example of sustainable development and landscapes. This may include: construction activity pollution prevention, creating or restoring habitat, stormwater management, heat island reduction, tree equity.
  • Made decisions based on having less impact to the environment before ground disturbance activities began.
  • Recognize efforts on site plans that show design and infrastructure around areas designated as tree protection areas.
  • Chose to do tree saves on site that were not required. Worked around tree save areas.
  • Demonstrate the proper protection of existing trees on a developed site.
  • Involve assistance from an arborist or landscape architect to help define adequate protection of critical root zones.
  • Tree protection barriers properly installed and maintained through out the project.
  • Demonstrate coordination and the willingness to make adjustments on site plans to increase the width and length of tree planting areas to provide adequate root space.
  • Exceed design minimum standards.
  • Use products such as silva cells and root barriers.
  • Promote tree equity.
  • Educate and train their employees on TCIA’s Best Management Practices that correspond to the ANSI A300 standards.
  • At the end of a successful project the trees were left in good health and properly maintained so that all their benefits are maximized.