PEC at 50

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council was founded in 1970 to advocate for sound and responsible environmental policy. Over the years, our mission has evolved — but our commitment has never wavered.

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Why PEC Opposes House Bill 2025

July 6, 2020
Why PEC Opposes House Bill 2025

This week the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to vote on House Bill 2025 (P.N. 2926), which mandates that any proposed rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to address carbon dioxide emissions be affirmatively approved by the General Assembly. The Pennsylvani...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Public Lands Rides: Gorge Yourself in Moshannon State Forest

June 29, 2020
Public Lands Rides: Gorge Yourself in Moshannon State Forest

The 2020 Pennsylvania Environmental Council Public Lands Ride seeks to showcase state parks and forests across the greater central region of the state. Throughout the month of September, cyclists are encouraged to ride as many of the suggested routes as possible and share their experiences on social...

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Land Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #125

June 26, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #125

"Every day is like a weekend day now," read one response to PEC's recent survey of Pennsylvania trail managers about outdoor recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of respondents reported -- and counter data confirmed -- that statewide trail use had surged amid school cancellations, busines...

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Policy

Clean Streets, Clean Water

June 23, 2020
Clean Streets, Clean Water

Through our partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department, PEC performs watershed education and outreach throughout Greater Philadelphia. The following post originally appeared in the Southwest CDC Globe Times on June 5, 2020. Have you ever wondered how litter impacts the quality of ...

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Watersheds

Tacony Creek Trail in the Spotlight

June 19, 2020
Tacony Creek Trail in the Spotlight

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has named Philadelphia's Tacony Creek Trail as its Trail of the Month for June 2020. Through our partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department, PEC played an instrumental role in creating both the trail and the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. This...

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Land Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #124

June 12, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #124

As the Department of Environmental Protection gathers public comment on a proposed rulemaking to cut emissions of climate-changing methane from Pennsylvania's natural gas industry, new data from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) paints a stark picture of what's at stake: current emissions up to f...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Report: PA Trail Use Surges Amid Lockdowns

June 9, 2020
Report: PA Trail Use Surges Amid Lockdowns

State College — Pennsylvanians took to trails and greenways in unprecedented numbers during March and April, according to an analysis of 67 non-motorized trail systems throughout Pennsylvania. Research commissioned by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) found that trail traffic spiked ...

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Land Trails

Carbon Capture and Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

June 9, 2020
Carbon Capture and Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

In 2017, PEC convened a gathering of technical and policy experts from around the Commonwealth and across the U.S. to explore a complex problem: how can Pennsylvania, as the nation's largest net exporter of electricity, substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power generation in time to f...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Measuring COVID-19’s Impact on PA Trail Use

June 8, 2020
Measuring COVID-19’s Impact on PA Trail Use

If you are like me, you try to get outside as much as possible to enjoy trails near and far. If you are also like me, during the spreading pandemic and the ensuing closures and stay-at-home orders, you escaped to the outdoors for sanity and a sense of normalcy. I’m sure you also noticed (like ...

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Land Trails

World Series of Birding Takes Flight

June 3, 2020
World Series of Birding Takes Flight

New Jersey Audubon’s World Series of Birding (WSB) is the country’s largest and most prestigious 24-hour birding competition—providing participants and financial contributors with a fun and interactive way to raise money for conservation projects. The 37th annual WSB took flight at 12:0...

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Remembering Gary Brown

June 1, 2020
Remembering Gary Brown

We are sad to say that we have lost an important and respected member of the PEC family with the recent passing of Gary R. Brown, who served on PEC’s Board of Directors for over 20 years and chaired the Finance Committee. While Gary contributed greatly to our work and success during that time, his...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #123

May 22, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #123

These days, environmental issues are politically charged in a way that can make sound, commonsense policy seem unattainable. But it wasn't always like that -- and it doesn't have to be. Tom Ridge, the Republican former governor of Pennsylvania, says he's an environmentalist because of -- not in s...

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What Do You Want in a Trail?

May 20, 2020
What Do You Want in a Trail?

This post by PEC's Zhenya Nalywayko appeared in the TTF Watershed Partnership blog on May 18. Walking, hiking, and biking. Enhanced safety for children, and scenic routes to schools, libraries, and train stations. Vandalism, lack of privacy, money shortfalls, and traffic conflicts. These ...

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Land Trails

Picking Up the Pieces

May 13, 2020
Picking Up the Pieces

PEC's motto, "conservation through cooperation," aptly describes any number of our programs and activities. But it's especially relevant to the collaborative work of legacy mine land restoration, which we've been proud to share with our government and nonprofit partners in the Appalachian Regional R...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #122

May 8, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #122

Any way you slice it, coal-fired power generation is on its way out. That leaves two likely scenarios for Pennsylvania's electricity sector in the next decade: a modest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with little economic impact, or a dramatic reduction coupled with massive investment in energ...

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Policy

Watersheds En Plein AIr

May 7, 2020
Watersheds En Plein AIr

Pennsylvania’s scenic rivers are perfect places for paddling, fishing, exploring, hiking, biking, painting, birdwatching and... wait, what? Painting? Well, yes -- that too! In fact, landscape painting has more in common with watershed conservation than you might think. En plein air is a Fre...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #121

April 24, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #121

At 96, Thomas Dolan is part of a very exclusive club: surviving founders of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. As we mark the 50th Earth Day this week, we continue our celebration of PEC's own semi-centennial with reflections from someone who was there when it all began. Links: PEC at 5...

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PEC at 50: Securing Our Environmental Rights

April 24, 2020
PEC at 50: Securing Our Environmental Rights

Over the years PEC has worked with countless leaders, experts, and citizens to advance environmental goals across the state. In celebration of PEC's fiftieth anniversary, we asked a few of them to share their reflections on our shared work, how far Pennsylvania has come, and where we go from here. ...

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Policy Update: Environmental Funding, Regulation Targeted

April 24, 2020
Policy Update: Environmental Funding, Regulation Targeted

With only a brief pause for a reshuffle of operating rules due to COVID-19, the General Assembly has been active. Unfortunately, not all for the good. While a number of Committee meetings and legislative votes have taken place as the legislature begins to piece together a state budget for the ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #120

April 10, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #120

Pennsylvania's trout season opened as scheduled earlier this week, but anglers must abide by the same social distancing rules that apply in any public place. PA Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaefer discusses the agency's response to COVID-19. Links: Pennsylvania Trout...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #119

April 3, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #119

In this time of social distancing, one of the best and safest ways to stay connected with nature is by getting to know the creatures in your own backyard -- especially the myriad bird species migrating to or through Pennsylvania this time of year. PEC's resident birder, Cindy Ferguson, explains why ...

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Register for the 2020 PEC Environment Ride

April 1, 2020
Register for the 2020 PEC Environment Ride

Ride For PEC! 10th Anniversary 2020 Environment Ride Why Participate in the Ride? As a statewide non-profit, PEC is a leader in trail planning and development across the Commonwealth. The Environment Ride supports PEC’s trail work. Overview: On the Ride On Friday, October 2, riders will g...

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Backyard Adventures

April 1, 2020
Backyard Adventures

The outdoors is providing a much needed respite from the very necessary homebound nature of our current world. But in addition to social distancing, we all need to be cognizant of the potential risks we can put ourselves and others into if we blindly pursue far flung recreational pursuits. So...

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Online Learning Opportunities for Watershed Organizations

March 27, 2020
Online Learning Opportunities for Watershed Organizations

Working from home doesn't mean we stop learning! With multiple free webinars and virtual presentations planned in the next week, watershed professionals and volunteers can stay current and connected with colleagues. Here are a few upcoming events we're following: The DCNR Riparian Forest...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #118

March 24, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #118

As investors grow wary of fossil fuels and big companies prioritize sustainability, where will Pennsylvania fit in the post-carbon economy? Analysis from Steven Clarke and Alli Gold-Roberts of Ceres, a nonprofit that advocates for clean energy in the business community. Links: Ceres W...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

PEC at 50: A New Millennium

March 19, 2020
PEC at 50: A New Millennium

This post is the third in a series recounting the history of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on the occasion of PEC's 50th anniversary. Read other stories here. The turn of a new century brought with it growing concern within the scientific community over the manmade impacts of carbon ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #117

March 6, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #117

Community supported agriculture gives subscribers access to fresh, locally grown produce without the trouble and expense of growing it themselves. Community solar does the same thing for renewable energy -- creating economic opportunity for communities, savings for ratepayers, resiliency and efficie...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

500 by 2025

March 2, 2020
500 by 2025

This guest post was contributed by Sarah Clark Stuart, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, one of PEC's key partners in the Circuit Trails Coalition.   The Circuit Trails Coalition has big plans for the future of the Circuit Trails network, and t...

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Land Trails

BP Embraces Carbon Pricing

February 27, 2020
BP Embraces Carbon Pricing

The following op-ed by BP America Chairman and President Susan Dio was first published at PennLive.com on February 27, 2020. Learn more about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and PEC's decarbonization work here. PA can transform America’s energy landscape – again By Susan ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #116

February 21, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #116

The Circuit Trails initiative is starting 2020 with a full slate of projects and a hefty funding boost courtesy of Montgomery County. We talk with Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Circuit advocate and chair of Montco's Board of Commissioners, and PEC's own Patrick Starr, who serves as vice chair of the Circuit ...

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ARRI Featured in Washington Post

February 17, 2020
ARRI Featured in Washington Post

For 25 years, he oversaw the process that may represent humans’ best attempt to date at total annihilation of land: strip-mining and mountaintop-removal mining of coal... Angel, born and raised in the same eastern Kentucky mountains that have been devastated by mining, has spent the rest of his ca...

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Watersheds

Within Reach

February 10, 2020
Within Reach

First, the bad news: oil and gas facilities are emitting huge volumes of methane – the primary component of natural gas – into the atmosphere. The climate impact of those emissions is many times greater than that of carbon dioxide, and Pennsylvania is among the biggest contributors. That’s ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #115

February 7, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #115

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) provides support for community watershed organizations to build capacity and coordinate more effectively with one another. This spring they’re taking their show on the road, with regional workshops planned for six locations all over th...

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Watersheds

Climate action is here and Pennsylvania is entering the race

February 7, 2020
Climate action is here and Pennsylvania is entering the race

This post by PEC president Davitt Woodwell and Dan Grossman of Environmental Defense Fund appeared as an op-ed in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star on February 3, 2020. Given a lack of federal leadership to reduce greenhouse emissions, Pennsylvania has moved to join our neighboring states in taki...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

PEC at 50: Taking the Lead

February 3, 2020
PEC at 50: Taking the Lead

This post is the second in a series recounting the history of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on the occasion of PEC's 50th anniversary. Read other stories here. In just his second term in the state house, Rep. Franklin Kury wrote and fought for an amendment to the state constitution r...

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2020 Regional Watershed Workshops

February 3, 2020
2020 Regional Watershed Workshops

UPDATED 4/6/20: We have been closely monitoring the developments regarding the coronavirus and the recommendations prescribed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local officials. Out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of all attendees in mind, we are p...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #114

January 24, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #114

Chuck Flink wrote the book on greenways -- literally. 1993's Greenways: A Guide To Planning Design And Development, co-authored with Robert Searns and addressed to the professional planning community, helped launch a global movement in landscape architecture. Now he's making the case for greenways t...

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Diversifying Trail Use for Diverse Communities

January 21, 2020
Diversifying Trail Use for Diverse Communities

PEC’s mission is to protect and restore environment to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. We believe that trail development is an effective way to achieve that mission because trails lead people from their own backyards into the heart of the natural world. Developing physical ...

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Land Trails

PEC at 50: “We Had to Do Something”

January 14, 2020
PEC at 50: “We Had to Do Something”

This post is the first in a series recounting the history of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on the occasion of PEC's 50th anniversary. Read other stories here. To many of a certain age, it may be difficult to imagine a time when the world seemed indifferent to the ravages of litte...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #113

January 10, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #113

The five finalists for 2020 River of the Year represent everything that’s right – and everything that’s wrong – with Pennsylvania’s 86,000 miles of rivers and streams. With online voting set to close in a matter of days, we hear campaign pitches from the sponsoring organizations that nomin...

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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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