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 #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

A Riverfront Community

March 26, 2021
A Riverfront Community

For over a century the residents of Hazelwood have been cut off from the Monongahela River, even though the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood sits right on its banks. Now there's a community-driven plan to reconnect the community with the water, while recognizing and preserving remnants of the indust...

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Communities & Landscapes

Keeping Our Drinking Water Pure

March 25, 2021
Keeping Our Drinking Water Pure

This post was originally published March 19 in the Southwest CDC Globe Times, as part of PEC's ongoing watershed education and community outreach on behalf of the Philadelphia Water Department. Have you seen the colorful “Keep it Clean” markers outside of Philadelphia's storm drains? Ea...

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The 7th Annual DRWI Winter Gathering: Virtual and Inspiring

March 19, 2021
The 7th Annual DRWI Winter Gathering: Virtual and Inspiring

Eight members of PEC’s staff from across the state attended the 7th Annual Virtual Winter Gathering of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative a.k.a. DRWI, during the last week of February. The DRWI is a cross-cutting collaboration working to conserve and restore the streams that supply drinki...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #140

March 12, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #140

Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Trails On Film Filmmakers Jesse Sampley and Matt Deneen chat with POWR's Tali MacArthur about the upcoming Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour stop in Pennsylvania There’s a reason why PEC’s motto is “conservation through cooperation": in the end...

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Public Support for Spring Garden Street Updates

March 2, 2021
Public Support for Spring Garden Street Updates

When asked by the City of Philadelphia what they were looking for in the Spring Garden Street Greenway, the response from the city’s public was clear: they wanted a corridor that was safe, accessible, and attractive. These desires were little changed from PEC’s feasibility assessment conducted n...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #139

February 26, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #139

One year ago, COVID-19 was only just beginning to make its presence felt in the U.S. By the end of March, Pennsylvania and much of the rest of the country were in lockdown, and already, it was clear that our relationship to trails and open space was changing. News coverage and anecdotal reports indi...

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Become a Citizen Scientist

February 24, 2021
Become a Citizen Scientist

Want to do something to protect and improve the environment around your home, community, and waterways? Interested in observing natural spaces and providing valuable information to scientists monitoring water quality, protecting wildlife, or studying climate change? You can do all of that and...

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How to Finance a Forest

February 19, 2021
How to Finance a Forest

You may remember learning in our video, How to Regrow a Forest, how PEC restores native forests on formerly mined lands by implementing the Forest Reclamation Approach with partners in the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI). You may also remember from this video that there are cl...

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Speaking Volumes

February 16, 2021
Speaking Volumes

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, PEC commissioned OPR Group to create a commemorative book exploring the past, present, and future of our organization and of the places we have worked to protect and restore. While the print edition of this volume is no longer available, we invite everyone...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #138

February 12, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #138

Pittsburgh's rivers made the city an industrial titan at a time when environmental damage was accepted as the price of progress. Now they're being put back to work generating low cost, carbon-free electricity -- without creating new environmental or land use impacts. Allegheny County Executive Ri...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

The Shenango River, 2021 River of the Year

February 9, 2021
The Shenango River, 2021 River of the Year

Since 1983, Pennsylvanians have had the opportunity to rally around their favorite state waterway and vote for the River of the Year. This year’s winner is the Shenango River, which runs for 82 miles in Western Pennsylvania, eventually joining with the Mahoning to form the Beaver River northwest o...

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Get Your Tail on the Trail at the D&H Rail Trail, 2021 PA Trail of the Year!

February 4, 2021
Get Your Tail on the Trail at the D&H Rail Trail, 2021 PA Trail of the Year!

Join the Rail Trail Council of NEPA and the Northeast Chapter of Get Your Tail on the Trail and celebrate with a Tail on the Trail Kickoff Winter Challenge — 30 miles in 30 days. The event will begin with a celebration on Saturday, February 6th, from noon to 3 PM at the Union Dale Trailhead of...

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PEC Releases Update to Spring 2020 COVID-19 Impacts Report

February 3, 2021
PEC Releases Update to Spring 2020 COVID-19 Impacts Report

This is a great time to have access to trails and a challenging time to manage them. For the past year the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, in an effort to better understand how the increased number of people getting out on trails during the Pandemic was impacting those recreational resource...

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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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