Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Conservation through Cooperation


Decarbonizing Power Generation in Pennsylvania

No state exports more electricity than Pennsylvania, and no state has a greater opportunity to reduce power-sector carbon emissions while advancing economically. Since 2007, PEC has helped to move the Commonwealth toward a thriving, zero-carbon economy with a reliable and resilient power system.

Recent News

The latest on PEC’s policy advocacy and program work statewide.

River Rally Adventures

For the first time in two years, the annual River Rally Conference was held in person in Washington D.C. between June 4-7, 2022. This event

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An Unlikely Team

A local water utility with an acid mine drainage problem. A liberal arts college with an ambitious carbon-reduction goal. A collection of nonprofits and government

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Getting Our Priorities Straight

After nearly 10 months, countless discussions, tons of collaboration, many revisions, a couple sleepless nights, and a whole lot of teamwork, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s

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Backed by the latest science and more than fifty years of accumulated expertise, PEC advocates for environmental protection and restoration at local, state, and federal levels.

Vision Statement

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.


Greenhouse gases released by power generation and natural gas production account for the bulk of Pennsylvania’s carbon footprint. Through advocacy for effective emission controls and market-based decarbonization strategies, PEC is working to confront the climate emergency and set the policy agenda for a prosperous, clean-energy future.



Pennsylvania’s 4 million acres of state- and federally-owned land comprise the backbone of a $29 billion outdoor industry, one of the nation’s largest. To support its continued success, and to enrich the lives of the millions of Pennsylvanians who recreate outdoors, PEC fights for ongoing investment in public lands, promoting conservation-focused approaches to local economic development and working with partners to build inclusive and welcoming regional trail networks


Nothing is more vital than clean water. PEC works directly to advance watershed health through education and public outreach, providing support for community-level efforts to protect and improve local waterways, and helping municipalities to sustainably manage stormwater. Through our affiliate, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), we also support the Pennsylvania River of the Year and Pennsylvania River Sojourn Mini-Grant programs.


Twitter Feed

A team of partners is working together to restore native woodlands on a reclaimed mining site in Cambria County. Learn about the collaboration:
@BrynMawrCollege @PennsylvaniaDEP @DCNRnews @TenMillionTrees @SRBCnews

After nearly 10 months, PEC's Gap Analysis of the @circuittrails is here! This report will help steer the implementation of new Circuit Trails to areas that are currently under-served and to residents who would gain the most from new trail development.

Almost everything made of plastic starts out as “nurdles”: lentil-sized bits that sometimes get loose and end up in waterways. In Western PA, Mountain Watershed Association and partners are working to document the nurdle problem. @youghrvrkeeper

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