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The Eastern PA Traverse

The Eastern PA Traverse

October 17, 2019By: Helena Kotala

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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #108

Pennsylvania Legacies #108

October 11, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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...

2020 Governor’s Award Nominations Open October 15

2020 Governor’s Award Nominations Open October 15

October 3, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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...

Summer of Outreach

Summer of Outreach

September 30, 2019By: Kadafi El-Kardah

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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #107

Pennsylvania Legacies #107

September 27, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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...

A Sense of Urgency

September 20, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Republican and Democratic lawmakers join environmentalists, faith leaders, and community organizations in pushing Governor Tom Wolf to advance meaningful regulations on methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. https://youtu.be/XiHCMzgbrIUVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: A Sense of...

Pennsylvania Legacies #106

Pennsylvania Legacies #106

September 13, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

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...

Celebrate PA Trails Month

Celebrate PA Trails Month

September 9, 2019By: Frank Maguire

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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #105

Pennsylvania Legacies #105

August 30, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

In honor of Ohiopyle, PA’s bid for Top Adventure Town honors in the “Tiny Towns” division, a tiny podcast episode to tide you through the holiday weekend. Anna Weltz of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau drops in to ask for...

Off the Beaten Track

Off the Beaten Track

August 28, 2019By: Helena Kotala

This September, cyclists will gather at Black Moshannon State Park for the first Public Lands Ride, presented by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. The ride is a non-competitive event, and two different distances offer options to a variety of abilities and...

Pennsylvania Legacies #104

Pennsylvania Legacies #104

August 16, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

The end goal of any trail project is to create a public asset that’s accessible, welcoming, and beneficial to everyone in the community. But to succeed, inclusivity has to be baked into every project from its inception. Julia Raskin, trail...

Pennsylvania Legacies #103

Pennsylvania Legacies #103

August 2, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

The governors of five Great Lakes states, including Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf, are banding together in an effort to make the health of the lakes a campaign issue in the 2020 presidential election. We dive into the Great Lakes 2020 Platform...