Celebrating 50 Years of PEC

In 1969, a group of Pennsylvanians gathered in State College to discuss the establishment of a statewide organization to inform and influence decision making on environmental issues. The following year, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council was formally established.

All this year, we're celebrating our 50th anniversary with stories, images, and recollections from PEC's first half-century.

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ARRI Featured in Washington Post

February 17, 2020
ARRI Featured in Washington Post

For 25 years, he oversaw the process that may represent humans’ best attempt to date at total annihilation of land: strip-mining and mountaintop-removal mining of coal... Angel, born and raised in the same eastern Kentucky mountains that have been devastated by mining, has spent the rest of his ca...

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Watersheds

Within Reach

February 10, 2020
Within Reach

First, the bad news: oil and gas facilities are emitting huge volumes of methane – the primary component of natural gas – into the atmosphere. The climate impact of those emissions is many times greater than that of carbon dioxide, and Pennsylvania is among the biggest contributors. That’s ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #115

February 7, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #115

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) provides support for community watershed organizations to build capacity and coordinate more effectively with one another. This spring they’re taking their show on the road, with regional workshops planned for six locations all over th...

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Watersheds

Climate action is here and Pennsylvania is entering the race

February 7, 2020
Climate action is here and Pennsylvania is entering the race

This post by PEC president Davitt Woodwell and Dan Grossman of Environmental Defense Fund appeared as an op-ed in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star on February 3, 2020. Given a lack of federal leadership to reduce greenhouse emissions, Pennsylvania has moved to join our neighboring states in taki...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

PEC at 50: Taking the Lead

February 3, 2020
PEC at 50: Taking the Lead

This post is the second in a series recounting the history of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on the occasion of PEC's 50th anniversary. Read other stories here. In just his second term in the state house, Rep. Franklin Kury wrote and fought for an amendment to the state constitution r...

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2020 Regional Watershed Workshops

February 3, 2020
2020 Regional Watershed Workshops

Please join the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for a gathering of watershed group leaders to share resource information, learn techniques to help build capacity, and network with other groups in the Southeast Pennsylvania r...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #114

January 24, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #114

Chuck Flink wrote the book on greenways -- literally. 1993's Greenways: A Guide To Planning Design And Development, co-authored with Robert Searns and addressed to the professional planning community, helped launch a global movement in landscape architecture. Now he's making the case for greenways t...

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Diversifying Trail Use for Diverse Communities

January 21, 2020
Diversifying Trail Use for Diverse Communities

PEC’s mission is to protect and restore environment to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. We believe that trail development is an effective way to achieve that mission because trails lead people from their own backyards into the heart of the natural world. Developing physical ...

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Land Trails

PEC at 50: “We Had to Do Something”

January 14, 2020
PEC at 50: “We Had to Do Something”

This post is the first in a series recounting the history of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on the occasion of PEC's 50th anniversary. Read other stories here. To many of a certain age, it may be difficult to imagine a time when the world seemed indifferent to the ravages of litte...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #113

January 10, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #113

The five finalists for 2020 River of the Year represent everything that’s right – and everything that’s wrong – with Pennsylvania’s 86,000 miles of rivers and streams. With online voting set to close in a matter of days, we hear campaign pitches from the sponsoring organizations that nomin...

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Nominations Sought for 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards

December 17, 2019
Nominations Sought for 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2019   CONTACT: Sally Tarhi, Pennsylvania Environmental Council EMAIL: starhi@pecpa.org   Nominations Sought for Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards   Pittsburgh—If you have an exciting environmental project to improve your c...

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Taking Concrete Action on Methane Emissions

December 17, 2019
Taking Concrete Action on Methane Emissions

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today presented a draft rule to cut emissions of methane to the state’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB), kickstarting a rulemaking process that seeks to address climate impacts from the natural gas industry. The measure, which will yi...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Out of Step

December 16, 2019
Out of Step

As 2019 comes to an end, and more than a year since the release of the 4th National Climate Assessment, it remains clear that the federal government has abdicated responsibility for even trying to slow the accelerating march of climate change. The outlook here in Pennsylvania may not prove any b...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2020 River of the Year

December 9, 2019
Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2020 River of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2019 CONTACT: Janet Sweeney, Pennsylvania Environmental Council PHONE: 570-718-6507 EMAIL: jsweeney@pecpa.org   Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2020 River of the Year   Harrisburg, PA – The public is invited to again vote online for the 2...

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Water Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #112

December 6, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #112

Back in January, PEC published a list of legislative and regulatory recommendations for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Pennsylvania's electricity sector. Since then, the governor and legislative leaders have embraced one of the report's key ideas: putting a price on carbon and investing the p...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Applications Open

November 26, 2019
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Applications Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2019   Contact: Marla Meyer Papernick, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Phone: 412-389-0178 Email: mpapernick@pecpa.org   Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Program Applications Open   Pittsburgh— The Pennsylvania...

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Communities & Landscapes

The Big Picture

November 25, 2019
The Big Picture

As Upstream Suburban Philadelphia (USP) coordinator for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), one of PEC's responsibilities is to organize watershed tours. These outings are a chance for USP partners to showcase their stormwater management work to William Penn Foundation staff, learn f...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #111

November 22, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #111

Trails beautify neighborhoods and make communities more livable -- but that's only the beginning. A 2019 report from the East Coast Greenway Alliance shows how every dollar spent developing the ECG corridor through the Delaware River Watershed comes back almost twofold in benefits to public health, ...

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Land Trails

PEC Helps Plant 150 trees in the Poquessing Watershed

November 12, 2019
PEC Helps Plant 150 trees in the Poquessing Watershed

Saturday, October 26th was a glorious fall day for tree planting, as PEC -- with project partners -- brought to fruition the final phase of the Cornwells Elementary School Basin and Constructed Wetland project in Bensalem Township. This project helps resolve historic flooding, improves th...

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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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