Economizing the Environment

PEC will host a conference, "Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Energy Future," on March 15-16 in Pittsburgh.

To highlight selected topics from the agenda, we're featuring a series of guest blog posts by conference speakers and other experts. In the fifth installment, Katrina Kelly of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Energy argues that climate change is at root an economic problem -- and that using market-based tools to address it could create major economic opportunities.

Read other pieces of the series and learn more about deep decarbonization on the PEC Blog, and register for the conference at pec-climate.org.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #26: Black History is Conservation History

February 17, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #26: Black History is Conservation History

The history of Pennsylvania's public lands is closely intertwined with African American history. Before they were state parks and forests, many of these areas were crisscrossed with Underground Railroad routes, and dotted with abolitionist strongholds and communities of freed slaves. This month, the...

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An Update From the Watersheds Program

February 16, 2017
An Update From the Watersheds Program

PEC’s watersheds team has had a very busy fall and winter, working on a variety of projects including the initiation of Phase II planning for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), facilitating best practices workshops for members of the International Facilities Management Association (IF...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #25: DEP in Triage Mode

February 11, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #25: DEP in Triage Mode

Governor Tom Wolf's 2017-2018 budget includes no substantial funding increase for the Department of Environmental Protection, an agency that's been understaffed for more than a decade. As budget season gets underway, we look to former DEP Secretary David Hess for context. ...

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Policy

PA Senate Bill Could Unlock Energy Potential in Commercial Buildings

February 6, 2017

  In recent weeks, announcements from the federal level have deflated the spirits of many environmentalists and climate advocates. And while it may seem that many in power are against the efforts of those of us who work in climate protection and clean energy, ever the optimist, I’d like to...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #24: RECLAIMing Pennsylvania Watersheds

February 3, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #24: RECLAIMing Pennsylvania Watersheds

Millions of dollars from the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund could soon reach Pennsylvania, if Congress approves the bipartisan RECLAIM Act this year. The legislation is about to be reintroduced, and its backers are excited about the prospect of funding for reclamation projects throughout co...

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Policy

Nuclear Energy and Decarbonization of the Energy Sector

February 2, 2017

Note: this post is part of a series highlighting PEC's upcoming conference, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania's Energy Future, March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. This piece was contributed by guest blogger Mike Ford of Carnegie ...

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Energy & Climate

Get Connected on March 5-6 in State College

January 30, 2017
Get Connected on March 5-6 in State College

According to current estimates, there are between 300 and 400 local watershed organizations active across Pennsylvania. But opportunities for networking and collaboration among them have been limited: though gatherings have been held occasionally since the early 2000s, the last statewide conference ...

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Watersheds

Climate Change and Energy: We Need a Big Boat

January 20, 2017

Note: this is the first in a series of guest blog posts highlighting PEC's upcoming conference, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania's Energy Future, March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. This piece was contributed by guest blogger Armon...

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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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