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 Lands Rides: Ups and Downs in Michaux State Forest

August 2, 2021
Public Lands Rides: Ups and Downs in Michaux State Forest

There are two ways to participate in the 2021 Public Lands Ride. We are excited to promote both an in-person event returning to Black Moshannon State Park on October 2, 2021, and the release of six new routes in different state forests to be ridden anytime. Learn more here. Route Overview: ...

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Land Trails

A Laurel Highlands Reunion

July 27, 2021
A Laurel Highlands Reunion

Last month in Rector, PA, staff from six state parks around the Laurel Highlands gathered at Powdermill Nature Reserve. The gathering was the first of its kind for the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape since the onset of the pandemic, and attendees were eager to meet and share ideas face-to-fa...

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Communities & Landscapes

Pennsylvania Legacies #148

July 28, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #148

It's one thing for an environmental organization to tout its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It's another to live out that commitment at the level of programming and daily activities. On this episode: how Philadelphia's Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is innovating upo...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

Public Lands Rides: Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon in Tioga State Forest

July 21, 2021
Public Lands Rides: Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon in Tioga State Forest

There are two ways to participate in the 2021 Public Lands Ride. We are excited to promote both an in-person event returning to Black Moshannon State Park on October 2, 2021, and the release of six new routes in different state forests to be ridden anytime. Learn more here.  Route Overvi...

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Land Trails

What Pennsylvania’s move toward a clean energy future means for the region

July 15, 2021
What Pennsylvania’s move toward a clean energy future means for the region

This post was originally published on Environmental Defense Fund's Climate 411 Blog. It was co-authored by Taylor Bacon, High Meadows Fellow with the U.S. Clean Air team at EDF. As Pennsylvania moves forward with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), questions are being raised ab...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Get Your Tail on the Trail: A NEPA Outdoor Challenge

July 12, 2021
Get Your Tail on the Trail: A NEPA Outdoor Challenge

This post is adapted from an article originally published in May 2021 on Discover NEPA's blog. It  was written by PEC's Janet Sweeney and Imogen Wirth-Granlund, Program Coordinator at the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.  It’s time to get your tail on the trail! No, I...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #147

July 12, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #147

Billions of dollars' worth of solar panels and other components are flowing into the U.S. from China, feeding a market increasingly hungry for renewable energy. Most are made with materials linked to alleged forced-labor practices in the Xinjiang region. As the market heats up and trans-Pacific trad...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Policy Update: Missed Opportunities

July 6, 2021
Policy Update: Missed Opportunities

At the end of June, the General Assembly hurriedly presented a budget package, passed it, and adjourned for the summer. Due to federal assistance provided through the American Recovery Act, this year’s state budget didn’t generate the usual drama. But the quick closure also meant several oth...

Policy

Public Lands Rides: Land of the Waterfalls in Loyalsock State Forest

July 1, 2021
Public Lands Rides: Land of the Waterfalls in Loyalsock State Forest

There are two ways to participate in the 2021 Public Lands Ride. We are excited to promote both an in-person event returning to Black Moshannon State Park on October 2, 2021, and the release of six new routes in different state forests to be ridden anytime. Learn more here.  Overview: Wor...

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Land Trails

Join the Environment Ride Community

June 28, 2021
Join the Environment Ride Community

The Ride community grows and changes, but it’s always been a rewarding community to be a part of. Although Early Bird Registration is now closed, it’s not to late to join the riders who have already committed for this year’s Environment Ride! Knowing who’s in early helps us with planni...

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Congress Restores Federal Methane Standards

June 28, 2021
Congress Restores Federal Methane Standards

On June 25th the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution (H.J.Res.34) pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (‘CRA’) to restore EPA rules limiting oil and gas methane pollution from new wells, processing plants, and other facilities across the country. A companion measure ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Bringing New Narratives to the Circuit Trails

June 25, 2021
Bringing New Narratives to the Circuit Trails

Trails are full of stories. There are histories about the men, women, and mules that fueled the birth American industry along canal paths. There are adventure stories about discovering natural wonders at a trail’s end. There are tales of self-discovery after learning what the trail has to teac...

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Periodical Wonders

June 23, 2021
Periodical Wonders

If you live in parts of southern, central, or northeastern Pennsylvania, you may have already seen Brood X cicadas emerging. After developing underground for seventeen years, Pennsylvania’s largest group of periodical cicadas is ready to spend a few short weeks shedding their exoskeletons, mat...

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From Seed to Site

June 22, 2021
From Seed to Site

PEC's legacy mine land reforestation initiative exploded in 2021, more than doubling the total number of acres planted since the program first launched. Follow a few of this year's 122 thousand seedlings on their journey from DCNR's forest nursery to planting sites all over Pennsylvania. ...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

Get Outside With PEC

June 15, 2021
Get Outside With PEC

After a year of virtual events, PEC is excited to host or support a lineup of outdoor recreation activities this summer and fall. We have running, walking, cycling, and paddling events – so whatever your preferred form of recreation, there’s probably an event for you. Scroll through the story...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #146

June 11, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #146

Trails can be a tremendous economic opportunity for small towns – but all the funding and political muscle in the world won’t matter if your trail project doesn’t address real community needs and center community voices. In her new book, trails advocate and community-builder Amy Camp explains ...

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Newly Funded Trail Projects Reflect Diversity of PA’s Trails

June 7, 2021
Newly Funded Trail Projects Reflect Diversity of PA’s Trails

Building trails isn’t as simple as some people think! That’s especially true when the design goal is to welcome users of limited abilities including children, seniors, and those who are otherly-abled. Building a multi-purpose, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible trail that is sa...

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Trail Management Structures in PA

June 3, 2021
Trail Management Structures in PA

Whenever a new trail project is considered, questions immediately arise about who will own the trail, who will maintain it, and who will be liable for it. When that trail passes through multiple municipalities, which is very common in the state of Pennsylvania, finding the answers to these basic...

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Communities & LandscapesLand Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #145

May 28, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #145

In the perennial swing state of Pennsylvania, elections are often decided by voters who don’t identify with either political party – and recent polling shows Independents have swung hard on the issue of climate. With 3 out of 4 Pennsylvanians now voicing serious concern about the impacts of clim...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Public Lands Rides: From Rivers to Ridges in Elk State Forest

May 20, 2021
Public Lands Rides: From Rivers to Ridges in Elk State Forest

There are two ways to participate in the 2021 Public Lands Ride. We are excited to promote both an in-person event returning to Black Moshannon State Park on October 2, 2021, and the release of six new routes in different state forests to be ridden anytime. Learn more here.  Overview This rou...

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What’s Next for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage in Pennsylvania?

May 18, 2021
What’s Next for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania is moving forward on investments in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) as part of its plan to comprehensively address climate change.  CCUS removes CO2 emissions at the source, before they have the chance to enter the atmosphere and cause warming effects. Once captured, C...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #144

May 14, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #144

Nobody knows exactly how many orphaned oil and gas wells dot the Pennsylvania landscape – even conservative estimates put the number well into the hundreds of thousands. Every day these defunct facilities remain unplugged, they’re emitting greenhouse gases, contaminating groundwater, and comprom...

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Policy

2021 Climate Impacts Assessment Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for PA

May 7, 2021
2021 Climate Impacts Assessment Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for PA

2020 was the hottest year ever recorded. 2019 was the third-hottest, after 2016. In fact, each of the top-ten hottest years in human history was recorded in this century – and we’re not even a quarter of the way through. Meanwhile, Pennsylvanians’ lives and livelihoods are increasingly being d...

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Energy & Climate

State, Federal Policy Activity Picking Up Steam

May 7, 2021
State, Federal Policy Activity Picking Up Steam

It didn’t take long for the new state and federal legislative sessions to become active, so let’s get right to it. First and foremost is the Governor’s proposal to link with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (aka “RGGI”) – a market-based, multistate platform to reduce carbon ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #143

April 30, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #143

In 1971, Pennsylvania became the first state to guarantee citizens' rights to clean air, pure water, and a healthy environment. Fifty years later, the state legislator who led the campaign for Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment is taking it to the next level. In his new book, Franklin Kur...

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Join a River Sojourn This Summer!

April 30, 2021
Join a River Sojourn This Summer!

Mouse over the photo and scroll down to view the StoryMap   The Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, administered by PEC’s affiliate POWR in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is one of a number of programs supported by PEC that help connect peo...

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Water Trails

Completed! The Tookany Creek Trail Feasibility Study

April 23, 2021
Completed! The Tookany Creek Trail Feasibility Study

Finally! After a year and a half, a robust public outreach campaign, multiple revisions and updates, and hundreds of hours spent analyzing and designing preferred alignments, the Tookany Creek Trail Feasibility Study has been completed and published. The Tookany Creek Trail, which will form a...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #142

April 19, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #142

For most of its history in academia, ecological studies has been centered on STEM disciplines. But an emerging interdisciplinary movement is opening the environmental field to new scholarly approaches and bringing new voices into the discussion. PEC’s Lily Jones speaks with John MacNeill Miller, a...

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2021 Public Lands Ride: Two Ways to Participate!

April 13, 2021
2021 Public Lands Ride: Two Ways to Participate!

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Public Lands Ride seeks to celebrate and showcase the wealth of public parks and forests across the Commonwealth, bringing awareness to public lands as an invaluable resource for us to protect and enjoy.  In 2019, PEC hosted the inaugural Public Lan...

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Improving Water Trail Access

April 12, 2021
Improving Water Trail Access

PEC’s mission to achieve conservation through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy is exemplified through our work with the statewide Water Trails Program. PEC has managed the Pennsylvania Water Trail Program since 2008 in partnership with PA DCNR, PA Fish and Boat Commission, and...

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Water Trails

Reassessing Our Climate Footprint

April 9, 2021
Reassessing Our Climate Footprint

In 2019, PEC worked with Bonneville Environmental Foundation to help us measure our carbon and water footprints. We purchased carbon offsets, renewable energy certificates, and water restoration credits to help counterbalance these footprints. That same year, we served as the sustainability part...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #141

April 7, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #141

As Pennsylvania weighs a new DEP rule that would expand leak detection and repair requirements for oil and gas producers, there's new research on the integrity of relatively low-producing "stripper" wells. Such facilities would remain exempt under Pennsylvania's current rulemaking, but a University ...

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Policy

U.S. Representatives Seek Official Designation for 9/11 Trail

April 2, 2021
U.S. Representatives Seek Official Designation for 9/11 Trail

The idea for the 9/11 National Memorial Trail was presented just days after the events of September 11, 2001, as a way to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks. In the years since, that idea has come to life as a 1,300-mile system of trails connecting the sites of the three pl...

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Land Trails
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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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