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Embrace the Cold, Remain Outside

Embrace the Cold, Remain Outside

November 23, 2020By: Helena Kotala

This past spring saw record numbers of people getting out and about to enjoy parks, forests, trails and rivers across Pennsylvania. While shutdowns and stay-at-home orders offered more free time but left fewer activity options, fresh air and sunshine offered...

Protect Our Investment

Protect Our Investment

November 17, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly rushes to complete a state budget for the remainder of the 2020-2021 fiscal year, lawmakers are once again considering ideas that are fundamentally counterproductive — like diverting revenues from special funds like the Keystone Fund...

Pennsylvania Legacies #134

Pennsylvania Legacies #134

November 13, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Winners of the 2020 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards and 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, in their own words. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Recognizing Excellence Links: 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards virtual program 2020 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards Dinner 50th Environmental...

Watershed Notes

Watershed Notes

November 11, 2020By: Susan Myerov

As we enter the 9th month of the COVID-19 restrictions, PEC’s water team staff continues to participate in programs across the Commonwealth, keeping our focus on initiatives which promote clean and healthy watersheds. During this time, many Pennsylvanians have discovered...

Reflections on the 10th Annual PEC Environment Ride

Reflections on the 10th Annual PEC Environment Ride

October 26, 2020By: Kyle Conner

The 10th Annual PEC Environment ride took place over the weekend of October 2-4, 2020. The following photographs were captured over the course of the ride. The accompanying reflection was written by Kyle Conner, who has participated in the Environment...

Pennsylvania Legacies #133

Pennsylvania Legacies #133

October 23, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

After decades of struggle, Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood is poised for an economic comeback. The long-awaited redevelopment of Hazelwood’s industrial riverfront has rekindled hopes for a brighter future — but the neighborhood’s resident historian says there’s also much to celebrate about,...

Public Lands Rides: A Big Success!

Public Lands Rides: A Big Success!

October 22, 2020By: Helena Kotala

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...

Take a Walk Along the Tookany Creek Trail

Take a Walk Along the Tookany Creek Trail

October 16, 2020By: Zhenya Nalywayko

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 500...

Pennsylvania Legacies #132

Pennsylvania Legacies #132

October 9, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

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

September Brings Progress on PA Trail Projects

September Brings Progress on PA Trail Projects

October 2, 2020By: Lily Jones

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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #131

Pennsylvania Legacies #131

September 25, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

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...

PEC’s Pennsylvania

PEC’s Pennsylvania

September 23, 2020By: Lily Jones

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...