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

Celebrating 50 Years of PEC

December 5, 2019
Celebrating 50 Years of PEC

Notice anything different about the PEC website? No? Scroll to the top of this page and have a look at the header. Go ahead, we’ll wait. See it now? That’s the new logo we’ll be sporting through 2020 in celebration of PEC’s fiftieth anniversary. You may already have seen it in print on so...

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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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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #110

November 8, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #110

In a state that's nearly 60 percent tree-covered, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry has a lot of ground to cover. But thanks to Penn State's Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship training program, DCNR has boots on the ground in every county, connecting Pennsylvanians...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

Video: Connecting Corry

November 4, 2019
Video: Connecting Corry

The onetime railroad town of Corry, Pennsylvania celebrates the latest stage of its transformation into an Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition trail town. ...

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Land Trails

Two Communities, One Vision

November 1, 2019
Two Communities, One Vision

Like many Philadelphians, I'm used to thinking of Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County and Southwest Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood as two entirely different places. Cobbs Creek is in the city, while Cheltenham is suburban. Cobbs Creek’s population is largely low-income, while Che...

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Land Trails

Students Clean Up Illegal Dumping Site

October 29, 2019
Students Clean Up Illegal Dumping Site

NEW MILFORD, Pa. -- Normally, these dozens of National Honor Society students from Blue Ridge High School would be in the classroom on a school day, working toward helping to make the world a better place in the future. But on this day, they were outside trying to make a difference now. "We h...

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Watersheds

PEC Testimony on RGGI

October 28, 2019
PEC Testimony on RGGI

John Walliser, PEC Senior VP for Legal & Government Affairs, gave the following testimony at a state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing on October 28, 2019. To download the testimony as a PDF, click here. Introduction Good morning Chairman Metcalfe, Chairman Vi...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #109

October 25, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #109

This year's GAP Relay -- a 150-mile team footrace along the Great Allegheny Passage -- was the first carbon neutral trail relay in the nation. Troy Schooley of race organizer p3r talks about the movement toward sustainability in endurance sports, and Allegheny Trail Alliance director Bryan Perry exp...

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Land Trails

2020 “River of the Year” Nominations Open

October 22, 2019
2020 “River of the Year” Nominations Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2019 CONTACT: Janet Sweeney, Pennsylvania Environmental Council PHONE: 570-718-6507 EMAIL: jsweeney@pecpa.org   2020 “River of the Year” Nominations Open   The nomination period is open through November 15, 2019 and then selected nominations...

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Watersheds

Environment Riders Raise $35K for PEC Trails Program

October 21, 2019
Environment Riders Raise $35K for PEC Trails Program

Every year, a small group of passionate cyclists sets out on a two-day journey along the trails, streets, and backroads of Greater Philadelphia. Sponsorship pledges collected by riders support PEC's Trails and Outdoor Recreation program, which works with the Circuit Trails Coalition and other region...

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The Eastern PA Traverse

October 17, 2019
The Eastern PA Traverse

The speed of bicycle travel allows us to see the world through a different set of eyes. We are immersed in it, feeling the elements, smelling the smells, seeing snippets of places we would miss if we were flying by in a car on the interstate. To arrive at a destination covered in sweat and dust,...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #108

October 11, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #108

An executive order signed by Governor Tom Wolf last week initiates the rulemaking process whereby Pennsylvania will join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state effort to cut carbon emissions using market-based mechanisms. Policy expert Franz Litz, one of RGGI's original arch...

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Energy & Climate

2020 Governor’s Award Nominations Open October 15

October 3, 2019
2020 Governor’s Award Nominations Open October 15

Every spring, PEC is proud to co-host the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence dinner along with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Today, DEP announced it will begin accepting nominations for the 2020 awards later this month: “These awards bring much-deser...

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Taking Pennsylvania into the Climate Century

October 3, 2019
Taking Pennsylvania into the Climate Century

Governor Wolf’s proposal to bring Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Initiative (RGGI), announced today, is the first concrete and meaningful step that the Commonwealth has taken to directly address its role in exacerbating climate change. For that, the Governor is to be congratulated. A...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Summer of Outreach

September 30, 2019
Summer of Outreach

To help the Philadelphia Water Department meet their MS4 permit requirement, PEC provides public education and outreach to residents, businesses, and schools. Our boots-on-the-ground in this effort is Community Engagement Specialist Kadafi El-Kardah, who shared this account of his summer activities....

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #107

September 27, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #107

You've heard of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC) and its vision for 1,500 miles of interconnected trails across the Rust Belt. But did you know that more than half of those miles are already open, and packed with things to see and do? The recently updated and expanded Trail Trips col...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #106

September 13, 2019
Pennsylvania Legacies #106

Allegheny College's "Creek Connections" program gets students out of the classroom and into local waterways for a hands-on learning experience. Watershed educator Laura Branby explains how Creek Connections is sparking kids' interest in the sciences and building their relationship with the natural w...

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Watersheds

PEC Teams Up With P3R On First Carbon Neutral Trail Relay in U.S.

September 10, 2019
PEC Teams Up With P3R On First Carbon Neutral Trail Relay in U.S.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2019 CONTACT: Kelsey Emch, P3R 412-586-7785 or Kelsey.Emch@P3R.org Josh Raulerson, PEC 412-481-9400 or jraulerson@pecpa.org   2019 GAP Relay Presented by UPMC Health Plan Aims to be First Carbon Neutral Trail Relay in U.S. P3R and the Allegheny Trai...

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Land Trails

Celebrate PA Trails Month

September 9, 2019
Celebrate PA Trails Month

Did you know that September is Trails Month in PA? For 2019, PEC has partnered with DCNR to promote events that encourage people to get out and explore. Trails not only take us from point A to B, they open us to new experiences and help to reaffirm our sense of place in the world.  If you c...

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Land Trails
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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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