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Pennsylvania Legacies #102

Pennsylvania Legacies #102

July 12, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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 “adaptive...

Leaving My Mark

Leaving My Mark

July 1, 2019By: Kadafi El-Kardah

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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #101

Pennsylvania Legacies #101

June 28, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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...

PEC Responds to “Cowardly” Post-Gazette Editorial

PEC Responds to “Cowardly” Post-Gazette Editorial

June 21, 2019By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

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...

Partners in Excellence

Partners in Excellence

June 18, 2019By: Patrick Starr

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...

Dirtying the Dibble Bars

Dirtying the Dibble Bars

June 17, 2019By: Laura England

“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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #100

Pennsylvania Legacies #100

June 14, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #99

Pennsylvania Legacies #99

May 31, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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...

Best of the West

Best of the West

May 28, 2019By: Davitt Woodwell

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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #98

Pennsylvania Legacies #98

May 17, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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...

Get Your Tail on the Trail, Northeast PA!

Get Your Tail on the Trail, Northeast PA!

May 3, 2019By: Palmira Miller

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”...