Deep Decarbonization

For more than a decade PEC has been a statewide leader on energy and climate. From our 2007 Climate Change Roadmap to our most recent policy recommendations for cutting emissions from power generation, Pennsylvania's path to decarbonization has been shaped by the discussions we convene and the expertise we cultivate.

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Public Support for Spring Garden Street Updates

March 2, 2021
Public Support for Spring Garden Street Updates

When asked by the City of Philadelphia what they were looking for in the Spring Garden Street Greenway, the response from the city’s public was clear: they wanted a corridor that was safe, accessible, and attractive. These desires were little changed from PEC’s feasibility assessment conducted n...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #139

February 26, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #139

One year ago, COVID-19 was only just beginning to make its presence felt in the U.S. By the end of March, Pennsylvania and much of the rest of the country were in lockdown, and already, it was clear that our relationship to trails and open space was changing. News coverage and anecdotal reports indi...

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Become a Citizen Scientist

February 24, 2021
Become a Citizen Scientist

Want to do something to protect and improve the environment around your home, community, and waterways? Interested in observing natural spaces and providing valuable information to scientists monitoring water quality, protecting wildlife, or studying climate change? You can do all of that and...

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How to Finance a Forest

February 19, 2021
How to Finance a Forest

You may remember learning in our video, How to Regrow a Forest, how PEC restores native forests on formerly mined lands by implementing the Forest Reclamation Approach with partners in the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI). You may also remember from this video that there are cl...

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Speaking Volumes

February 16, 2021
Speaking Volumes

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, PEC commissioned OPR Group to create a commemorative book exploring the past, present, and future of our organization and of the places we have worked to protect and restore. While the print edition of this volume is no longer available, we invite everyone...

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PEC is Hiring: Events and Administration Coordinator

February 12, 2021
PEC is Hiring: Events and Administration Coordinator

Position Description Events and Administration Coordinator (Philadelphia Office) February 12, 2021 About PEC: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration,...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #138

February 12, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #138

Pittsburgh's rivers made the city an industrial titan at a time when environmental damage was accepted as the price of progress. Now they're being put back to work generating low cost, carbon-free electricity -- without creating new environmental or land use impacts. Allegheny County Executive Ri...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

The Shenango River, 2021 River of the Year

February 9, 2021
The Shenango River, 2021 River of the Year

Since 1983, Pennsylvanians have had the opportunity to rally around their favorite state waterway and vote for the River of the Year. This year’s winner is the Shenango River, which runs for 82 miles in Western Pennsylvania, eventually joining with the Mahoning to form the Beaver River northwest o...

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Get Your Tail on the Trail at the D&H Rail Trail, 2021 PA Trail of the Year!

February 4, 2021
Get Your Tail on the Trail at the D&H Rail Trail, 2021 PA Trail of the Year!

Join the Rail Trail Council of NEPA and the Northeast Chapter of Get Your Tail on the Trail and celebrate with a Tail on the Trail Kickoff Winter Challenge — 30 miles in 30 days. The event will begin with a celebration on Saturday, February 6th, from noon to 3 PM at the Union Dale Trailhead of...

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PEC Releases Update to Spring 2020 COVID-19 Impacts Report

February 3, 2021
PEC Releases Update to Spring 2020 COVID-19 Impacts Report

This is a great time to have access to trails and a challenging time to manage them. For the past year the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, in an effort to better understand how the increased number of people getting out on trails during the Pandemic was impacting those recreational resource...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #137

January 29, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #137

All over the country, consumers want locally grown food. But much of the demand is concentrated in densely populated areas, where farmers have to compete with developers over a finite amount of arable land. Montgomery County has a solution: fully a third of its farmland will remain in agricultura...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

The Clean Energy Transition Won’t Wait

January 27, 2021
The Clean Energy Transition Won’t Wait

Last week PEC joined the Environmental Defense Fund in submitting comments to the Environmental Quality Board in support of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposal to set a declining limit on carbon pollution emitted by in-state fossil fuel generating units by ...

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Energy & Climate

Check It Out: POWR Launches Redesigned Website

January 25, 2021
Check It Out: POWR Launches Redesigned Website

Motivated by the resilient commitment and dynamic energy of community watershed organizations across the state, The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) took on the task of redesigning its website to provide better access to the tools and resources that will support the eff...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #136

January 15, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #136

Which of five finalists will be Pennsylvania's River of the Year for 2021? With less than a week remaining to vote, nominating watershed groups make their final pitch for your vote. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Watershed Showdown Links VOTE HERE for 2020 PA River of the Year ...

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Watersheds

The Next 50: Pennsylvania’s Evolving Legacy

January 7, 2021
The Next 50: Pennsylvania’s Evolving Legacy

Over the last year, we’ve celebrated PEC’s 50th anniversary by looking back at our history and impact on Pennsylvania’s environment. As we enter a new year, that legacy will help guide us and serve as a reminder of the many tasks ahead.  This is the final piece in our 50th anniversary seri...

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Fostering New Connections in the Laurel Highlands

January 4, 2021
Fostering New Connections in the Laurel Highlands

“Where can I take a short hike with a great view?” “My kids are hot, is there a swimming hole nearby?” “We want to visit another state park, what do you recommend for biking?” “What’s The Fort?” “Have you been to the Flight 93 National Memorial?” These are just a...

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Communities & Landscapes

Public Comment Overwhelmingly Supports RGGI Proposal

December 23, 2020
Public Comment Overwhelmingly Supports RGGI Proposal

In September, the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) voted to advance to public comment a proposed rulemaking for Pennsylvania to link to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaboration between Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states committed to reducing greenhouse gas emiss...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #135

December 21, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #135

On its 100th anniversary, a new book explores the chain of unlikely historical events that gave us Presque Isle State Park. Authors David Frew and Jerry Skrypzak discuss the book, the Isle, and their hometown of Erie, PA. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Accidental Paradise Links: Ac...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

UPDATED: Hazelwood Riverfront Master Planning Moves Forward

September 14, 2020
UPDATED: Hazelwood Riverfront Master Planning Moves Forward

Updated December 18: The Hazelwood Green Riverfront team has released a report on their community collaboration events from this fall, including the October community workshops, online survey, stakeholder interviews, and meetings with community orgs. Read the report here. Visit ...

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Bicycle Film Festival Comes to State College, Virtually

December 14, 2020
Bicycle Film Festival Comes to State College, Virtually

The Bicycle Film Festival, an international celebration of all things cycling, began in NYC in 2001 and now spans the globe. For 2020, the Film Festival has partnered with local organizations to move the festival to a virtual format that still champions the impact that bikes have on communities arou...

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The Next 50: The Only Constant Is Change

December 9, 2020
The Next 50: The Only Constant Is Change

Over the last year, we’ve celebrated PEC’s 50th anniversary by looking back at our history and impact on Pennsylvania's environment. But as we look toward year 51 and beyond, there is plenty more work to be done. You can find other pieces commemorating our 50th anniversary here.  ...

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Energy & Climate

2020 Virtual Dinners

December 3, 2020
2020 Virtual Dinners

Every year, PEC hosts regional awards dinners to celebrate the exceptional work being done by groups and individuals across the Commonwealth to help the environment. This year, those events looked a little different. While we were not able to gather in person, the virtual events presented new opport...

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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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