Will the Environment and Conservation be Dissed Again?

The state departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources have been underfunded for years, and this year's budget outlook is no better.

PEC acknowledges that the Commonwealth faces massive fiscal challenges. But at the same time, we simply can't afford to shortchange environmental and conservation programs yet again.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #44: The Colorado Way

June 23, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #44: The Colorado Way

In 2014, Colorado became the first state to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. As Pennsylvania takes similar steps, what can we learn from Colorado's experience convening diverse stakeholders to create effective and feasible rules? ...

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Policy

Spring Cleaning in Northeastern PA

June 23, 2017
Spring Cleaning in Northeastern PA

PEC's Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program returned to action this spring, as nearly 200 local volunteers hauled away upwards of 46 tons of waste and debris from sites across northeastern Pennsylvania.   Susquehanna County PEC’s ongoing partnership with the Friends of Starrucc...

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Communities & Landscapes

Pennsylvania Legacies #43: For the Prosecution

June 16, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #43: For the Prosecution

From the 2017 Philadelphia Environmental Partnership dinner: conversation with Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), and keynote remarks from Steve Santarsiero, Chief Deputy for Environmental Protection in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. ...

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Clean Electricity: Tree Hugger Fantasy, or Utility Business Opportunity?

June 16, 2017
Clean Electricity: Tree Hugger Fantasy, or Utility Business Opportunity?

When PEC first started talking about deep decarbonization, we received questions like “why go so extreme?” or “is that even possible?” Perhaps it does sound more like a fantasy than a business strategy on first blush, but we believe deep decarbonization presents a pathway that allows our soc...

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Energy & Climate

PEC Rides Again

June 9, 2017
PEC Rides Again

Ride along with the cyclists and support team on the 2017 PEC Environment Ride. ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #41: Varsity Citizenship

June 2, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #41: Varsity Citizenship

As Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Alexandra Chiaruttini understands the value of meaningful public engagement in the regulatory process. Speaking at PEC's regional awards dinner last month in Pittsburgh, she called on Pennsylvanians, environmental groups, ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #40: Riding for a Reason

May 26, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #40: Riding for a Reason

We visit the 2017 International Trails Symposium in Dayton, and get to know some of the Philadelphia-area cyclists who are raising money for PEC in the upcoming Environment Ride.   ...

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Environmental Leaders Honored at 2017 WPEA Dinner

May 25, 2017
Environmental Leaders Honored at 2017 WPEA Dinner

Contact: Josh Raulerson Date: May 25, 2017 Phone: (412) 481-9400 Email: jraulerson@pecpa.org . Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion welcomed friends, colleagues, partners, and supporters to the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards last night at the West...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

May 19, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

PEC opposes a state Senate bill that would expose surface water to further impacts from underground mining, and we pay tribute to two western PA environmental leaders up for Lifetime Achievement honors at our spring awards dinner.   ...

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Communities & LandscapesWatershedsPolicy

It’s Official: Montgomery County Is All In on Circuit Trails

May 18, 2017
It’s Official: Montgomery County Is All In on Circuit Trails

This morning the Board of Commissioners of Montgomery County officially proclaimed their support for completing 500 miles of Circuit Trails by 2025.  Montgomery County is a trail leader with the most miles of Circuit Trails completed and is home to the renowned Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), the Per...

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2017 International Trails Symposium

May 12, 2017
2017 International Trails Symposium

PEC staff were among more than 600 trail professionals from 17 countries and 41 states gathered in Dayton, Ohio May 7-10 for the 2017 International Trails Symposium. ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #38: Bending Toward Justice

May 12, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #38: Bending Toward Justice

Growing Greener Coalition members rally for funding, and DEP's Environmental Justice office hits the road in search of intersectionality across Pennsylvania's diverse communities. ...

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Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

May 8, 2017
Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

Students in the University of Scranton's "Extreme Physiology" program learn about the physiological effects of different training environments by experiencing them firsthand. A new four-week summer course offering has participants hiking, biking, and paddling through the often rugged terrain of...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

May 6, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

The Montour Woods Conservation Area outside Pittsburgh is a time capsule, studded with remnants of the area's agricultural and industrial past. It's also part of the pathway to a future when public parks and greenspaces across the region will be linked by miles of multi-use trails. We take a hike th...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds
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Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Conservation Through Cooperation

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

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