Pennsylvania Legacies #104

August 16, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #104

The end goal of any trail project is to create a public asset that's accessible, welcoming, and beneficial to everyone in the community. But to succeed, inclusivity has to be baked into every project from its inception. Julia Raskin, trail planner and author of PEC's new Inclusionary Trail Planning ...

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NEPA Environmental Partners Awards Announced

August 14, 2019
NEPA Environmental Partners Awards Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2019 NEWS FROM: Northeast Environmental Partners CONTACT: Angela Vitkoski, Pennsylvania Environmental Council PHONE: 570-718-6507 EMAIL: avitkoski@pecpa.org   NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCE AWARDS DINNER & AWARD RECIPIENTS &n...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #103

August 2, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #103

The governors of five Great Lakes states, including Pennsylvania's Tom Wolf, are banding together in an effort to make the health of the lakes a campaign issue in the 2020 presidential election. We dive into the Great Lakes 2020 Platform in conversation with Gov. Wolf's Deputy Chief of Staff, Sam Ro...

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Watersheds

Transforming the Tidal Delaware

July 31, 2019
Transforming the Tidal Delaware

Pennsylvania has two coastlines, did you know that? The tidal portion of the Delaware River connects via Delaware Bay to the Atlantic. Though it’s freshwater, it experiences a daily tidal influence of six feet. The other coastline is Lake Erie, with the jewel of Presque Isle State Park. Sad...

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Water TrailsWatersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #102

July 12, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #102

Though Pennsylvania enjoys an abundance of world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, access is often limited by racial, socioeconomic, and other disparities. For Pennsylvanians with disabilities, adventure sports like kayaking can be especially difficult to break into. But proponents of "ada...

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Water Trails

Crown Jewels Of The Commonwealth

July 3, 2019
Crown Jewels Of The Commonwealth

A stand of old-​growth hemlocks with trunks nearly four feet in diameter towers over a trail cut along a creek shrouded in mountain laurel that ripples through Laurel Hill State Park, part of one of the largest state park systems in the nation. It rose from a Depression-​era work program that em...

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Communities & Landscapes

Leaving My Mark

July 1, 2019
Leaving My Mark

Before you can attempt to solve a problem, you have to understand it in depth. You have to identify whatever resources are available and learn how to apply them to a solution. You have to be willing to embrace your failures, and always ready to adapt. You have to think ahead, anticipating challe...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #101

June 28, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #101

Pennsylvania Legacies is on summer break through mid July. We leave you with an audio postcard from the recent unveiling of two exciting new improvements along Bucks County's Delaware & Lehigh Trail. Links: Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Wolf Administration Highl...

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Land Trails

PEC Responds to “Cowardly” Post-Gazette Editorial

June 21, 2019
PEC Responds to “Cowardly” Post-Gazette Editorial

On June 19, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an editorial in which it called out both PEC and PEC President Davitt Woodwell, a Pennsylvania Commissioner on the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), as “irresponsible and cowardly” and “disgracing ORSANCO’s rich legacy...

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Watersheds

PA Live! YCL Get Your Tail on The Trail

June 18, 2019
PA Live! YCL Get Your Tail on The Trail

PEC Vice President Janet Sweeney appeared on WBRE-TV's "PA Live!" to talk about the kickoff of the Get Your Tail on the Trail Northeast PA Chapter: ...

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Land Trails

Partners in Excellence

June 18, 2019
Partners in Excellence

The 49th Philadelphia Environmental Partnership Dinner was held on Thursday, June 13, at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City Philadelphia. Hundreds of the city's environmental movers and shakers turned out to celebrate innovation, service, and leadership exhibited by the winners of this year's Curti...

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Dirtying the Dibble Bars

June 17, 2019
Dirtying the Dibble Bars

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shiny dibble bar,” joked the Forest Technician as crew leaders unloaded planting bars from the back of a rented pickup truck at Weiser State Forest on the afternoon of April 19th. But those shiny new tools didn’t stay clean for long. The Weiser site was ...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #100

June 14, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #100

It's not just Pennsylvania -- trails and greenways are becoming must-have amenities for communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. But the trend isn't universal, and the scarcity of trails in many areas is reflected in lower public health, wellness, and quality-of-life ratings. We assess ...

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Communities & LandscapesLand TrailsPolicy

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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Energy & ClimatePolicy

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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Policy

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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WatershedsPolicy

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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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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