Pennsylvania was called “Penn’s Woods” for good reason, and we still have the wild resources, beautiful vistas and authentic communities with which people connect. But the livability and sustainability of our communities and landscapes are at risk every day. We are one of the slowest growing states, but we consume our cherished farms and natural places faster than any state except Wyoming. Our communities and landscapes are threatened by the loss of thriving downtowns, open space, wildlife habitat and connectivity between the places we live, work and play. PEC has focused its expertise and experience into the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Communities, which addresses sustainable development, smart growth, land stewardship and access to our resources.