Riverfront North Partnership Recognizes Patrick Starr

June 6, 2019
Riverfront North Partnership Recognizes Patrick Starr

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2019   Contact: Josh Raulerson, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Phone: 412-481-9400 Email: jraulerson@pecpa.org   Riverfront North Partnership Recognizes Patrick Starr   Philadelphia — The Board of Directors of the Riverfront North Par...

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PEC Applauds Announcement of Carbon Limit Legislation

June 6, 2019
PEC Applauds Announcement of Carbon Limit Legislation

Today Senator Jay Costa circulated a cosponsor memo for legislation that will reduce carbon pollution from Pennsylvania’s power sector to help address climate change and ensure that Pennsylvania remains economically competitive in a zero-carbon energy future. The legislation requires at least a...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #99

May 31, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #99

Through research, activism, and thought leadership, colleges and universities have always been the vanguard of the sustainability movement. But, like any large enterprise, most are also voracious consumers of energy and resources. The University of Pittsburgh is one in a growing number of schools...

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Energy & Climate

National Bike Industry Leader Inspires MTB Summit Participants

May 31, 2019
National Bike Industry Leader Inspires MTB Summit Participants

This month PEC hosted the 2019 Pennsylvania Mountain Bike Summit at Raystown Lake, where mountain bike clubs were represented alongside land conservancies, outdoor businesses, Chambers of Business, and DCNR staff. Our guest of honor and featured speaker was Gary Sjoquist of Quality Bicycle Produ...

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Land Trails

Best of the West

May 28, 2019
Best of the West

Two hundred and fifty of PEC’s friends and partners gathered on Wednesday May 22 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh to honor the four winners of the 2019 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards and a Lifetime Achievement honoree. Co-Sponsored with Dominion Energy, the ann...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #98

May 17, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #98

As Ben Franklin wrote, “when the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” But how do you calculate the value of water resources in dollars and cents? Researcher Spencer Phillips, Ph.D., unpacks the far-reaching economic impacts of water quality in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands...

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Get Your Tail on the Trail, Northeast PA!

May 3, 2019
Get Your Tail on the Trail, Northeast PA!

This summer and fall, Get Your Tail on the Trail is challenging northeastern Pennsylvanians to walk, run, ride, or paddle 165 miles -- the length of the Delaware & Lehigh trail What better way to get yourself on a “path” to healthy habits and a healthier you? In order to earn your Tail on...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #97

May 3, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #97

Pennsylvania has one of the nation’s most extensive state park-and-forest systems, and for decades it’s been growing in size as well as popularity. But funding for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) hasn’t kept pace with that growth. As a result, a new Pennsylvania Par...

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Opening Day on the Sheepskin Trail

April 24, 2019

PEC celebrates Opening Day on the Trails 2019 on Fayette County's 34-mile Sheepskin Trail, part of the growing Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition network. Ride along as we discover local history on the recently re-opened section linking Dunbar, PA with the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), and learn...

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Celebrating Trail Collaboration in Southwest Philadelphia

April 23, 2019
Celebrating Trail Collaboration in Southwest Philadelphia

On April 13, I had the pleasure of participating in an “Opening Day for Trails” event in Southwest Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek Park. This event featured a one-mile walk along the Cobbs Creek Trail and attracted approximately 15 community residents. During the walk, educators from the Cob...

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Let’s Do This Right

April 19, 2019
Let’s Do This Right

As lawmakers wrestle with the future of nuclear energy in Pennsylvania, many issues remain unresolved. But within both parties there is increasingly widespread agreement on one principle: we can and should address greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania, and that allowing the Commonwealth's nuclear...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #96

April 19, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #96

The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is a small organization with a big name, and even bigger ambitions. Executive Director Julie Slavet explains how TTF works across urban/suburban boundaries to educate and engage residents, and how they leverage collaborations like the Delaware River...

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Watersheds

Watershed Moments

April 16, 2019
Watershed Moments

PEC and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) welcomed nearly 200 attendees to the 2nd Biennial Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations on February 24-25, 2019. Our conference was held at the new Wyndham Garden Hotel in Boalsburg PA, just outside of State Colleg...

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Watersheds

Celebrate PA Land Trails this September!

April 16, 2019
Celebrate PA Land Trails this September!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2019   Contact: Frank Maguire, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Phone: 814-234-7765 Email: fmaguire@pecpa.org   Celebrate PA Land Trails this September!   Pittsburgh — The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and Department of Conser...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #95

April 5, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #95

Here's a pretty good reason to root for the Philadelphia Eagles (even you, Steelers fans): under the team's award-winning Go Green initiative, every field goal they put on the board means another ten trees planted in Bucks County's Neshaminy State Park. We celebrate another tree-planting season with...

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Watersheds

Western PA Conservation Leaders and Environmental Projects to be Honored

March 25, 2019
Western PA Conservation Leaders and Environmental Projects to be Honored

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2019   Contact: Sally Tarhi, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Phone: 412-481-9400 Email: wpea@pecpa.org Western PA Conservation Leaders and Environmental Projects to be Honored   Pittsburgh – Two conservation leaders and two environmental pr...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #94

March 22, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #94

How do you talk about potentially divisive environmental topics with a hostile audience? Tora Johnson, a University of Maine geographer and keynote speaker at last month’s Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations, says the key is affirming the dignity of everyone involved. Conversation wit...

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Watersheds

PEC Welcomes Trails Program Manager Brett Hollern

March 20, 2019
PEC Welcomes Trails Program Manager Brett Hollern

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019   Contact: Josh Raulerson, Director of Communications Phone: 412-481-9400 Email: jraulerson@pecpa.org   PEC Welcomes Trails Program Manager Brett Hollern   Pittsburgh — The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has named veteran tr...

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Land Trails

Wolf Administration Names Environmental Excellence Award Winners

March 19, 2019
Wolf Administration Names Environmental Excellence Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/15/2019 COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA Dept. of Environmental Protection Commonwealth News Bureau Room 308, Main Capitol Building Harrisburg PA., 17120 CONTACT: Elizabeth Rementer, DEP 717-787-1323   Wolf Administration Names Environmental Excellence Award Win...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #93

March 8, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #93

Who are the creatures in your neighborhood? We go in search of urban wildlife with writer, podcaster, and naturalist Billy Brown. Don’t miss his upcoming Nature Talks lecture hosted by Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. Links: TTF Nature Talks with Billy Brown & the Cr...

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The State of Decarbonization in Pennsylvania

March 6, 2019
The State of Decarbonization in Pennsylvania

As climate issues garner more and more urgent attention, how Pennsylvania will address our need to deeply decarbonize our electric and transportation sectors continues to be defined. Currently in the state: • The Department of Environmental Protection is considering an economy-wide proposal t...

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Breakthrough

February 28, 2019
Breakthrough

As anyone who pays even casual attention to the news can attest, we’re living in politically polarized times. Sometimes it feels like the divide is too wide and deep to bridge, and consensus on things that matter will always be just out of reach. And then something happens that shows it’s sti...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #92

February 22, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #92

The Senate passes a massive public lands bill including permanent reauthorization for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Pennsylvania's native trout are flourishing thanks to the state- and national-level work of Trout Unlimited. We talk with TU President Chris Wood and Mid-Atlantic O...

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Watersheds

Keeping it 100

February 20, 2019
Keeping it 100

100 Communities Support the Circuit Trails!  And PEC Helped!   800 miles of multi-use trails that connect important destinations across nine counties in two states is a big, ambitious idea that is not easy to get one’s arms around. And yet, communities all over Greater Philadelphia a...

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Land Trails

LWCF One Step Closer to Reauthorization

February 13, 2019
LWCF One Step Closer to Reauthorization

Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed legislation [S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act] that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Passage by the Senate is a major step toward ending the uncertainty that has plagued this landmark conservation program for the pas...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #91

February 8, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #91

Pennsylvania is home to hundreds of small, people-powered organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring local watersheds. These groups are accomplishing great things in their communities, typically on a shoestring budget. But could they be even more effective by coordinating their efforts? ...

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Watersheds

Climate action has to be the major benchmark for environmental progress in Pa.

February 5, 2019
Climate action has to be the major benchmark for environmental progress in Pa.

By Dan Grossman and Davitt Woodwell The news on climate change went from bad to worse in the last quarter of 2018. During that time, and despite inaction on all fronts at the federal level, the biggest story may have been that science and defense agencies weighed in with their Fourth National...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #90

January 25, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #90

Patriots Cove, along Beaver Run in Wyoming County, is more than just a great fishing spot. It's a refuge for brook trout and human beings alike, where injured veterans are healing themselves and one another while helping to restore an impaired stream. Patriots Cove co-founder Jeff Swire is our guest...

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Watersheds

It’s Time to Act on Climate Change in Pennsylvania

January 23, 2019
It’s Time to Act on Climate Change in Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2018   Contact: Josh Raulerson, Director of Communications Phone: 412-481-9400 Email: jraulerson@pecpa.org   It’s Time to Act on Climate Change in Pennsylvania PEC Releases Proposed First Steps for State Action   Pittsburgh — Calling ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Bonus Podcast: Time to Act on Climate

January 23, 2019
Bonus Podcast: Time to Act on Climate

There's been plenty of talk about climate in Pennsylvania. Now it's time for action. Davitt Woodwell and John Walliser discuss PEC's just-released policy proposal for putting the Commonwealth on a path to zero carbon emissions. ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Clarion River Named PA 2019 River of the Year in Public Voting

January 16, 2019
Clarion River Named PA 2019 River of the Year in Public Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2018 CONTACTS: Terry Brady (DCNR) 717-772-9101 Janet Sweeney (POWR) 570-718-6507   Clarion River Named PA 2019 River of the Year in Public Voting   Harrisburg, PA - A Wild and Scenic River that draws legions of anglers, paddlers and other outdoo...

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Water TrailsWatersheds

Putting the Pieces Together on Climate

January 16, 2019

Pennsylvania will slash 80% of net greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050 under targets announced January 8 by Governor Tom Wolf. State agencies will lead the way, working strategically through the governor's new GreenGov Council to improve energy efficiency across government operations. Mea...

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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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