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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Pennsylvania Legacies #152

September 17, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #152

Philadelphia's trails took a beating from Hurricane Ida, and some will take months to recover. Two weeks after the floodwaters receded, we look at conditions along the Schuylkill River Trail with representatives from the City of Philadelphia and the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area....

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Watersheds

Getting Their Feet Wet

September 14, 2021
Getting Their Feet Wet

If someone tells you they host a program for underserved and under-represented youth in Pittsburgh and Johnstown, PA that includes three days of river surfing, conservation, and filmmaking… you might have questions. For starters: what’s river surfing? This concept is probably better expl...

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Water Trails

An Updated Plan for PA’s Forests

September 10, 2021
An Updated Plan for PA’s Forests

In August, Pennsylvania released its updated State Forest Action Plan. A requirement of the federal Farm Bill, these plans are completed by all U.S. states and territories every ten years to assess the condition of their forests and guide future management. This is Pennsylvania’s first comprehensi...

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Celebrating 2021’s River of the Year

September 9, 2021
Celebrating 2021’s River of the Year

On June 19th, paddlers gathered at Riverside Park in Greenville, PA to celebrate the Shenango River as 2021’s River of the Year. The sojourn was hosted by the nominating organization, the Shenango River Watchers. Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources works...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #151

September 3, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #151

We celebrate Pennsylvania Trails Month with a preview of this year's PEC Public Lands Ride and the 11th annual PEC Environment Ride. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · A Ride for Everyone   As summer comes to an end, we’re looking forward to cooler weather, changing leaves, and Pe...

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Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

September 1, 2021
Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

Today the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission concurred with the Environmental Quality Board, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Citizens Advisory Council, Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee, Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and Air Qu...

Policy
Energy & ClimatePolicy

Smarter Yards, Cleaner Streams

August 26, 2021
Smarter Yards, Cleaner Streams

As a result of planning decisions made decades ago, communities throughout suburban Philadelphia struggle with flooding and other negative impacts from heavy rainfall. These conditions don't just affect residential properties, which account for the bulk of land use in the Wissahickon and Tookany/Tac...

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Watersheds

A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

August 24, 2021
A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

PEC works with partners in the Circuit Trails Coalition to create outdoor spaces that are inclusive and welcoming to all, a commitment that has led us to forge new partnerships and seek out creative approaches to engaging trail users. One such innovative effort is TrailOff, described below in ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #150

August 20, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #150

An aerial map of tree canopy in any large U.S. city will give you a relatively accurate picture of income and racial demographics: with few exceptions, the more tree cover a neighborhood has, the more likely it is to be wealthy and predominantly white. Tree Equity Score, a new tool by American Fores...

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Now Is the Time for Sustainable Investment

August 16, 2021
Now Is the Time for Sustainable Investment

This summer has been packed with climate wake-up calls. Dangerously high temperatures, wildfires, and severe storms have devastated communities across the country. Just this week, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report which outlined in extensive detail how humans h...

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Energy & Climate

Where would you like the Liberty Bell Trail to take you?

August 10, 2021
Where would you like the Liberty Bell Trail to take you?

The Liberty Bell Trail (LBT) in North Penn and Indian Valley will link residents and visitors alike to downtown centers; residential neighborhoods; parks, libraries, and schools; natural areas and open spaces; transportation hubs; and much, much more. In addition to local connections...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #149

August 6, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #149

There are 349 rare, threatened, or endangered native plant species in Pennsylvania. The habitats they call home are as diverse as the plants themselves. As the climate changes, new challenges will arise for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the agency in charge of ma...

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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 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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