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Pennsylvania Legacies #157

Pennsylvania Legacies #157

December 3, 2021By: Lily Jones

From the formation of fossil fuel deposits to the tectonic ballet that gave us the Appalachian Mountains, geologic events occurring hundreds of millions of years ago made the Keystone State what it is today. These events also created the distinctive...

Recognizing Environmental Leadership in NEPA

Recognizing Environmental Leadership in NEPA

November 30, 2021By: Lily Jones

After last year’s successful virtual dinner, the Northeast Environmental Partners — the Pennsylvania DCNR, Pennsylvania DEP, PEC, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University — decided to host the 2021 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards Dinner virtually as...

Growing Mussels for Healthier Waterways

Growing Mussels for Healthier Waterways

November 22, 2021By: Lily Jones

Bartram’s Garden, the 2021 Recipient of PEC’s “Special Places” Environmental Partnership Award, is already an important resource for Southwest Philadelphia and the greater Philly area. Its riverfront campus includes historic buildings and gardens, an arboretum, and a community farm focused...

Mapping Pennsylvania’s Orphan Wells

Mapping Pennsylvania’s Orphan Wells

November 18, 2021By: Lily Jones

The first commercial oil well in the U.S. was drilled in western Pennsylvania in 1859. Since then, thousands of oil and gas wells have been drilled across the state. About 96,000 wells were active and producing as of last year,...

Celebrating Partnership In-Person

Celebrating Partnership In-Person

November 16, 2021By: Jen Torman

On November 3rd, PEC hosted its 51st annual Environmental Partnership Awards Dinner – my first ever PEC dinner! I had big shoes to fill and was equal parts excited and nervous to pull off an event so integral to PEC....

Pennsylvania Legacies #156

Pennsylvania Legacies #156

November 15, 2021By: Lily Jones

With the energy market changing, power-generation companies must reassess their business models. Rather than cut their losses and move on, Talen Energy of Allentown, PA, is looking at ways to keep facilities open by exploring other options for their plants,...

‘Tis the Season for Watershed Conferences

‘Tis the Season for Watershed Conferences

November 9, 2021By: Susan Myerov

Over my career as a watershed planner, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a wonderful array of professional conferences, seminars, workshops, and forums designed to help improve my technical knowledge and skills, promote the sharing of ideas with other professionals,...

When Action Means Inaction

When Action Means Inaction

November 5, 2021By: John Walliser

If you follow PEC, you know that we have been focused on decarbonizing Pennsylvania’s energy production in general and laser focused on getting the state to join RGGI – the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative. Pennsylvania needs a multi-faceted, all-of-the-above approach...

Pennsylvania Legacies #155

Pennsylvania Legacies #155

October 29, 2021By: Lily Jones

The problem of plastic polluting the ocean has been a popular topic for a while. But until about 10 years ago, no one was studying the prevalence of plastics in fresh water. Dr. Sherri Mason, Director of Sustainability at Penn...

Photos from the 2021 Environment Ride

Photos from the 2021 Environment Ride

October 22, 2021By: Lily Jones

The second weekend in October, PEC hosted the 11th annual Environment Ride. The ride helps raise funds for for PEC’s conservation work, and attracts a small group of dedicated riders each year. This year’s route highlighted water quality issues in...