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Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

    PEC Deep Decarbonization Conference: Case Study

    Jae Edmonds from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory leads a case study discussion during PEC’s Deep Decarbonization Conference on the U.S. Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization.

    PEC Deep Decarbonization Conference: Setting the Stage

    PEC President Davitt Woodwell along with Neil Donahue and Granger Morgan from Carnegie Mellon University set the stage for the first day of the PEC Deep Decarbonization Conference.

    PEC Deep Decarbonization Conference: Lunchtime Keynote

    David Titley from Pennsylvania State University discusses Climate Change and National Security during PEC’s Deep Decarbonizaiton Conference Lunchtime Keynote segment.

    PEC Deep Decarbonization Conference: Renewable Energy

    Mark Alan Hughes from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy moderates the discussion between Jesse Jenkins from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Eric Gimon from Energy Innovation, and Steve Brick from the Clean Air Task Force on the potential and limitations of renewable energy.

    PEC Deep Decarbonization Conference: Energy Efficiency

    Sonny Popowski, former Consumer Advocate of Kleinman Energy for Policy Advisory Board moderates the discussion between Inês Azevedo from Carnegie Mellon University, Matt Jungclaus from Rocky Mountain Institute and Sebastien Houde from the University of Maryland on the topic: Redefining Energy Efficiency for Deep Decarbonization.

Commentary from Across the Commonwealth: PEC's "Voices" Series

    Voices of the Laurel Highlands

    The Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape, an initiative undertaken by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) and partnering with many groups throughout the area.

    These are some of their stories.

Environmental Focus

    Episode 13: Sustainable Shale Development

    In our latest Environmental Focus, we discuss efforts to promote leading environmental practices and safeguards for unconventional shale gas development. Interviewed are Susan LeGros, President and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, and Davitt Woodwell, President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

    Episode 12: Examining Pennsylvania’s Environmental Priorities

    August’s show discussed some of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) most pressing initiatives with its Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. Additionally, a roundtable of guests including President of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Marci Mowery, former DEP Secretary David Hess, now a director of policy and communications at Crisci Associates in Harrisburg, and PEC President Davitt Woodwell broadens the discussion to include a number of other environmental issues.

    Episode 11: Legacies of Abandoned Mines and Wells

    June’s episode explored the environmental legacies of Pennsylvania’s industrial past and the challenge of remediation and restoration. The show featured Joe Pizarchik, the director of surface mining reclamation and enforcement at the U.S. Department of the Interior. A roundtable was composed of Kurt Klapkowski, the director of oil and gas planning and program management at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and PEC President Davitt Woodwell.

    Episode 10: Methane Emissions

    April’s show discussed methane emissions, the main component of natural gas and a highly potent greenhouse gas — and their consequences for Pennsylvania in the natural gas age. Methane, 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a near-term time frame, is responsible for about one-fourth of the global warming today. The show welcomed Andrew Place, Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, as its featured guest, while a roundtable discussion composed of Sam Robinson from Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Policy and Planning, Andrew Williams of the Environmental Defense Fund, and PEC’s John Walliser continued the discussion.

    Episode 9: Smallmouth Bass on the Susquehanna River

    February’s show took an in-depth look at the problem surrounding smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River being affected by hazardous conditions that make them unsuitable for sportsmen. The show featured John Arway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the person tasked with addressing the problem. A roundtable discussion was led by Harry Campbell of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Susquehanna River Fishing Guide Rod Bates of the Koinonia Guide Service, and PEC President Davitt Woodwell.

Pennsylvania Conservation Landscape Initiatives

    A Fresh Start

    Pennsylvania state Senator John Yudichak talks about growing up near the site of PEC’s Earth Day 2017 tree-planting in Pinchot State Forest, and watching its transformation from abandoned mine site to restored native forest.

    Mine Land to Forest Land

    Volunteers plant 8,000 trees in Pinchot State Forest, Luzerne County in celebration of Earth Day 2017.

    John Dawes, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: 2017 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards

    PEC presented John Dawes, Executive Director of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards for his watershed repair and conservation efforts throughout Pennsylvania.

    John Schombert, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: 2017 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards

    John Schombert received an Environmental Award from PEC during the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards for his tireless efforts in addressing the control and management of stormwater.

    Rosebud Mining: 2017 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards

    Rosebud Mining received an Environmental Award from PEC for their contribution to environmental conservation through cleanup efforts in Cambria County.


    2015 PEC Policy Conference: Rep. Greg Vitali

    Rep. Greg Vitali, minority chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, discusses Gov. Wolf’s proposed Energy Investment Initiative and the recent update to the Climate Impact Assessment for Pennsylvania.

    2015 PEC Policy Conference: Kathleen Robertson

    Exelon’s environmental fuels and policy manager Kathleen Robertson discusses the need for business certainty in Gov. Wolf’s proposed Pennsylvania Clean Energy Plan at PEC’s 2015 Policy Conference in Harrisburg.

    2015 PEC Policy Conference: Lee Ann Murray

    Lee Ann Murray, assistant director and staff attorney of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation discusses the challenges and opportunities surrounding remediation of the bay at the 2015 PEC Policy Conference in Harrisburg.

    2015 PEC Policy Conference: John Schombert

    John Schombert, executive director of 3 Rivers Wet Weather, discusses the issues of controlling stormwater management and combined sewer overflow (CSO’s) throughout Pennsylvania at PEC’s 2015 Policy Conference in Harrisburg.

    2015 PEC Policy Conference: Rep. Kate Harper

    Rep. Kate Harper (PA–61st) discusses her views about PEC at its 2015 Policy Conference in Harrisburg.

Trails and Recreation

    2017 International Trails Symposium

    PEC visits the 2017 International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio.

    Seventh Annual PEC Environment Ride

    PEC held the Annual Environment Ride in June 2017. Follow PEC staff, donors and riders throughout Pennsylvania and learn about PEC’s former and upcoming trail development initiatives.


    Sixth Annual PEC Environment Ride

    The sixth annual PEC Environment took place from June 3-5, 2016. Participants spent the weekend biking through the scenic trails of Southeast Pennsylvania, showcasing the beauty of Doylestown, Bethlehem, and Northern Bucks County.

    PEC’s Trails and Greenways Program

    Frank Maguire, PEC Program Director for Trails & Recreation, discusses PEC’s work to develop trail networks across the state and connections between many states in the northeastern U.S.

    Frank Maguire Introduces the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition

    Frank Maguire, PEC Program Director for Trails & Recreation, discusses the formation of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, a 1600-mile regional network of trails spanning five states.


    An Introduction to PEC’s Watershed Work

    Sue Myerov, PEC Program Director for Watersheds, discusses PEC’s programs in watershed protection and conservation.

    Watershed Protection in Pennsylvania

    PEC’s Sue Myerov discusses PEC’s role in watershed protection in the Commonwealth.

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