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Why do we at PEC get so worked up about outdoor recreation? Because it makes people better citizens and better stewards of the environment we share.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #79: Trash Talk

August 10, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #79: Trash Talk

Pennsylvania's first-in-the-nation recycling law is 30 years old this summer. Act 101 helped launch a multibillion-dollar industry and trained a generation of Pennsylvanians to drop their bottles and cans in the blue bin. But changing market conditions and consumer behaviors have prompted calls for ...

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Communities & LandscapesEnergy & Climate

Work With Us

August 8, 2018
Work With Us

PEC and our affiliate organization, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is looking for a watershed professional to promote and advocate for improved water quality across the Commonwealth in partnership with local watershed associations. See the complete job desc...

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Watersheds

Trolleys to Trails

August 8, 2018
Trolleys to Trails

In 1912, the Lehigh Valley Transit Company’s Liberty Bell trolley connected Norristown and Philadelphia with Allentown. By the 1950s, passengers catching the Liberty Bell in Allentown could reach Norristown in two hours after rolling (sometimes at 80 miles per hour) through rural villages and ...

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Land Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #78: Clearing a Path for Community Solar

July 27, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #78: Clearing a Path for Community Solar

Community gardens and CSAs make it easy for apartment-dwellers to access fresh, locally-grown produce. What if you could apply the same concept to sell homegrown electrons to utility customers? As lawmakers set the stage for community solar projects to move forward, PEC energy analyst Alissa Burger ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Mapping Pennsylvania’s EV Future

July 26, 2018
Mapping Pennsylvania’s EV Future

The United States is undergoing a momentous shift in the way we produce and distribute energy: away from abundant fossil fuel resources, such as coal and gas, toward cleaner and renewable energy sources. It’s a necessary – arguably inevitable – transformation that will ultimately reduce our co...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Time is Running Out for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

July 25, 2018
Time is Running Out for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

If you care about public lands, outdoor recreation, community parks, protecting natural lands, clean water, and preserving heritage areas, you need to know about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. And, more importantly, you need to let your representatives in Congress know n...

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Communities & LandscapesLand TrailsWater TrailsWatershedsPolicy

Call of the Wilds

July 19, 2018
Call of the Wilds

The Wilds are calling! So are the Poconos, the Laurel Highlands, the D&L Trail, Lake Erie’s shorelines, Lake Wallenpaupack, the Schuylkill River Trail, the Three Rivers, and everywhere else in Pennsylvania that gives you the opportunity to get out. Why do we at PEC get so worked up about en...

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Communities & Landscapes

Pennsylvania Legacies #77: Champions of Sustainability

July 13, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #77: Champions of Sustainability

On this episode: how the Super Bowl LII Champion Philadelphia Eagles became the greenest team in pro sports, plus news from the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape.     Links: Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape 2018 Philadelphia Environmental Partnership Dinne...

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Energy & Climate

Pennsylvania Legacies #76: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

June 29, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #76: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

A deep dive into Pennsylvania's new alternative utility ratemaking law, and a visit to the soon-to-reopen Climax Tunnel on Clarion County's Redbank Valley Trail.     Links: Video: Tunnel Vision Climax Tunnel Opening Celebration PA Environment Daily: Alternative Utility R...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Video: Tunnel Vision

June 29, 2018
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The Climax Tunnel was built in the 1870s and remained in use by the Allegheny Valley Railroad until 2010, when the 51-mile Driftwood Low-Grade Corridor was acquired and transformed into a multi-use trail. The years had not been kind. The tunnel's original brickwork were crumbling, and its portals...

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News from the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landcape

June 26, 2018
News from the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landcape

At PEC, we firmly believe in conservation through collaboration. One way we practice this motto is through the bi-monthly publication of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape (LHCL) E-newsletter that reaches more than seven hundred individuals. We write this e-newsletter to tell the storie...

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Communities & Landscapes

Worse Than We Knew

June 22, 2018
Worse Than We Knew

Here's what we already knew about methane: It's the primary component of natural gas. It's much more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. And a non-zero amount of it is escaping into the atmosphere as a result of natural gas extraction and delivery. Until recently, exactly how much met...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

The Quiet Ones: Caring for Two Environments

June 20, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLk2DC0ezWw&feature=youtu.be

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund's (WPPSEF) video series, The Quiet Ones, profiles organizations and individuals with whom the Fund works on clean energy projects in western Pennsylvania. The latest installment, "Caring for Two Environments," highlights the energy & climate work of th...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy
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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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