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.

Read More

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 even...

PEC Blog
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 ...

PEC Blog
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 ...

PEC Blog

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...

PEC Blog

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...

PEC Blog
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...

PEC Blog

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...

PEC Blog
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...

PEC Blog
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...

Policy
Policy

Hazelwood Green Master Planning Begins

September 14, 2020
Hazelwood Green Master Planning Begins

When LTV shuttered its Hazelwood Works plant in 1997, the site was one among dozens of brownfields targeted for redevelopment by the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and local foundations. 23 years later, the property now known as Hazelwood Green is one of the last such efforts that have not ye...

PEC Blog

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 ...

PEC Blog
Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #129

August 28, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #129

The 2020 PEC Public Lands Ride showcases some of the best trail-riding in the state, and this year's ride features an expanded lineup of routes in state parks and forests. Organizers Helena Kotala and Frank Maguire explain how they overhauled the original concept to create a safe and enjoyable exper...

PEC Blog
Land Trails

Public Lands Rides: Laurel Ridge Keeps You on Your Toes

August 31, 2020
Public Lands Rides: Laurel Ridge Keeps You on Your Toes

The 2020 Pennsylvania Environmental Council Public Lands Ride seeks to showcase state parks and forests across the greater central region of the state. Throughout the month of September, cyclists are encouraged to ride as many of the suggested routes as possible and share their experiences on social...

PEC Blog

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage in Pennsylvania: A Story Map

August 21, 2020
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage in Pennsylvania: A Story Map

Energy production is essential to Pennsylvania’s economy. However, Pennsylvania also emits a significant amount of greenhouse gases annually, and the vast majority of these emissions are related to energy production or consumption. In 2017, production and consumption of energy accounted for ne...

PEC Blog
Energy & ClimatePolicy

Public Lands Rides: Remote Trails & Rewarding Climbs in R.B. Winter State Park

August 19, 2020
Public Lands Rides: Remote Trails & Rewarding Climbs in R.B. Winter State Park

The 2020 Pennsylvania Environmental Council Public Lands Ride seeks to showcase state parks and forests across the greater central region of the state. Throughout the month of September, cyclists are encouraged to ride as many of the suggested routes as possible and share their experiences on social...

PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #128

August 14, 2020
Pennsylvania Legacies #128

Like humans, animals need space and the ability to move safely across it. But habitat fragmentation caused by development is disrupting wildlife migration, leading to more frequent and sometimes dangerous encounters with people -- and the effects will only intensify with climate change. We discuss w...

PEC Blog
Communities & Landscapes

Public Lands Rides: a Return to Moshannon State Forest

August 7, 2020
Public Lands Rides: a Return to Moshannon State Forest

The 2020 Pennsylvania Environmental Council Public Lands Ride seeks to showcase state parks and forests across the greater central region of the state. Throughout the month of September, cyclists are encouraged to ride as many of the suggested routes as possible and share their experiences on social...

PEC Blog

Our Work Continues

August 4, 2020
Our Work Continues

PEC’s 50th anniversary year continues to unfold in ways that not many imagined in January. While we anticipated doing a bit of self-congratulation at our various 2020 dinners, those events will now all be virtual this fall (but we will still talk a bit about our first fifty years). We at PE...

PEC Blog

PEC at 50: The Early Vision

August 3, 2020
PEC at 50: The Early Vision

Over the years PEC has worked with countless leaders, experts, and citizens to advance environmental goals across the state. In celebration of PEC’s fiftieth anniversary, we asked a few of them to share their reflections on our shared work, how far Pennsylvania has come, and where we go from here....

PEC Blog
'.tease_alt.'
'.tease_alt.'

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.

More