Don't Raid Conservation & Recreation Funds to Balance the Budget

The General Assembly is currently considering dipping into the Keystone and Growing Greener funds to pay for their 2017-2018 spending plan. While we recognize the difficulty of balancing the state budget, PEC strongly opposes any revenue proposals that would undercut important projects that rely on these funds. Read our letter to lawmakers:

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Paddling Through History

July 25, 2017
Paddling Through History

Along its 47-mile journey to the Allegheny River, Oil Creek winds through the heart of Pennsylvania’s historic Oil Region, birthplace of the commercial oil industry. Here, the world's first large-scale petroleum production operations began shortly after the discovery of vast crude oil reserv...

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Water Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #47: Tough Times for National Parks

July 14, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #47: Tough Times for National Parks

The National Parks system is among the most beloved institutions in the U.S., more popular than every federal agency but the Postal Service. But "America's best idea" is also one of our most neglected assets... and it's about to take another budget hit. Learn how Pennsylvania sites managed by the NP...

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Policy

Pennsylvania Legacies #46: Moving Toward Deep Decarbonization

July 6, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #46: Moving Toward Deep Decarbonization

A look inside PEC's new white paper, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania's Energy Future, based on our March 2017 conference of the same name. PEC President Davitt Woodwell chats with Energy & Climate Program Manager Lindsay Baxter. ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #45: Water Fight

June 30, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #45: Water Fight

Drinking water from the Delaware River is shared by Pennsylvania and three other states according to an elaborate, decades-old formula. For years, an agreement among the parties has allowed for some variability in that formula for the sake of maintaining healthy water levels and temperatures. But th...

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WatershedsPolicy

New Report Shows Deep Decarbonization Pathways for Pennsylvania

June 29, 2017
New Report Shows Deep Decarbonization Pathways for Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2017 Contact: Lindsay Baxter, Energy and Climate Program Manager Phone: 412-481-9400 Email: lbaxter@pecpa.org   New Report Shows Deep Decarbonization Pathways for Pennsylvania  Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Scientists Argue Over 100% Renewable Energy Feasibility—and It’s Fascinating

June 26, 2017
Scientists Argue Over 100% Renewable Energy Feasibility—and It’s Fascinating

Let’s face it—science isn’t always exciting. Scientific journal articles aren’t beach reading, at least for most of us. But right now there is a heated public debate among scientists over the feasibility of achieving 100% of U.S. energy by 2055--and it’s fascinating! Flashback to 2015:...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

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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Policy

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 & ClimatePolicy

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 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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