PEC at 50

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council was founded in 1970 to advocate for sound and responsible environmental policy. Over the years, our mission has evolved — but our commitment has never wavered.

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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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Embrace the Cold, Remain Outside

November 23, 2020
Embrace the Cold, Remain Outside

This past spring saw record numbers of people getting out and about to enjoy parks, forests, trails and rivers across Pennsylvania. While shutdowns and stay-at-home orders offered more free time but left fewer activity options, fresh air and sunshine offered a respite from current events and bei...

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Protect Our Investment

November 17, 2020
Protect Our Investment

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly rushes to complete a state budget for the remainder of the 2020-2021 fiscal year, lawmakers are once again considering ideas that are fundamentally counterproductive -- like diverting revenues from special funds like the Keystone Fund and the Environmental St...

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Policy

Pennsylvania Legacies #134

November 13, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #134

Winners of the 2020 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards and 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, in their own words. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Recognizing Excellence Links: 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards virtual program 2020 Northeast Envir...

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Watershed Notes

November 11, 2020
Watershed Notes

As we enter the 9th month of the COVID-19 restrictions, PEC’s water team staff continues to participate in programs across the Commonwealth, keeping our focus on initiatives which promote clean and healthy watersheds. During this time, many Pennsylvanians have discovered the recreation and sce...

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Watersheds

Reflections on the 10th Annual PEC Environment Ride

October 26, 2020
Reflections on the 10th Annual PEC Environment Ride

The 10th Annual PEC Environment ride took place over the weekend of October 2-4, 2020. The following photographs were captured over the course of the ride. The accompanying reflection was written by Kyle Conner, who has participated in the Environment Ride every year since 2011. Click here for more ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #133

October 23, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #133

After decades of struggle, Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood is poised for an economic comeback. The long-awaited redevelopment of Hazelwood's industrial riverfront has rekindled hopes for a brighter future -- but the neighborhood's resident historian says there's also much to celebrate about, and...

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Communities & Landscapes

Public Lands Rides: A Big Success!

October 22, 2020
Public Lands Rides: A Big Success!

This past September, under many days of sunny skies and mild temperatures, cyclists from throughout the Commonwealth took to gravel roads as part of this year’s edition of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Public Lands Ride. What began as a contingency plan in a year of cancelled ...

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Land Trails

Take a Walk Along the Tookany Creek Trail

October 16, 2020
Take a Walk Along the Tookany Creek Trail

We're entering the home stretch of the Tookany Creek Trail feasibility study! Over the past year or so, our team—consisting of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), and Campbell Thomas & Co. (CTC)—has collected roughly ...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #132

October 9, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #132

Celebrating ten years of the PEC Environment Ride in conversation with members of the 2020 team. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Reasons to Ride Links: PEC Environment Ride Donations Ambler Environmental Advisory Council GEI Consultants ...

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September Brings Progress on PA Trail Projects

October 2, 2020
September Brings Progress on PA Trail Projects

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania has seen a sustained increase in trail traffic across the state -- a trend that will likely continue into the fall, underscoring the importance of maintaining safe and accessible trails. The past few weeks have been especially eventful, both...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #131

September 25, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #131

For the better part of a century, the Hazelwood neighborhood was one of Pittsburgh's most important industrial centers. That all changed with the 1997 closure of the LTV steel plant on the site now known as Hazelwood Green. Now, as a decades-long redevelopment effort gathers momentum, the neighborho...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

PEC’s Pennsylvania

September 23, 2020
PEC’s Pennsylvania

In celebration of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council's 50th anniversary, we are pleased to share the following photo essay, prepared especially for the occasion, portraying the special places and landscapes at the heart of PEC's work. Find more stories, sounds, and images colle...

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TrailOff Promotes More Equitable Trail Usage Through Storytelling

September 16, 2020
TrailOff Promotes More Equitable Trail Usage Through Storytelling

PEC works across Pennsylvania to develop trail networks that connect communities to nature. It’s our mission that all Pennsylvanians have access to environmental and recreational resources. We are aware, however, that just building trails is not enough to make everyone in the State feel comfor...

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Land Trails

Pennsylvania and RGGI: Let’s Advance the Discussion – and Action

September 16, 2020
Pennsylvania and RGGI: Let’s Advance the Discussion – and Action

Yesterday the Environmental Quality Board voted to advance a proposed rulemaking for Pennsylvania to link with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to public comment. After initial review by the state Attorney General, the public will be afforded the opportunity – through public heari...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

PEC Testimony: Covid-19 and Outdoor Recreation

September 15, 2020
PEC Testimony: Covid-19 and Outdoor Recreation

PEC was pleased to participate in a Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing today on the growth of outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frank Maguire, Director of Trails and Recreation, highlighted both PEC's report on the surge in trail usage as well as the importance of the recreati...

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Policy

Pennsylvania Legacies #130

September 11, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #130

A reckoning over RGGI, outdoor recreation and COVID, bipartisan love for community solar, and clearing a path for E-bikes: Legal & Government Affairs VP John Walliser reviews the PEC policy agenda heading into what promises to be an eventful fall in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Environmental Council ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy
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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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