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Join a River Sojourn This Summer!

Join a River Sojourn This Summer!

April 30, 2021By: Lily Jones

Mouse over the photo and scroll down to view the StoryMap   The Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, administered by PEC’s affiliate POWR in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is one of a number of programs supported...

Pennsylvania Legacies #143

Pennsylvania Legacies #143

April 30, 2021By: Lily Jones

In 1971, Pennsylvania became the first state to guarantee citizens’ rights to clean air, pure water, and a healthy environment. Fifty years later, the state legislator who led the campaign for Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment is taking it to the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #142

Pennsylvania Legacies #142

April 19, 2021By: Lily Jones

For most of its history in academia, ecological studies has been centered on STEM disciplines. But an emerging interdisciplinary movement is opening the environmental field to new scholarly approaches and bringing new voices into the discussion. PEC’s Lily Jones speaks...

2021 Public Lands Ride: Two Ways to Participate!

2021 Public Lands Ride: Two Ways to Participate!

April 13, 2021By: Helena Kotala

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Public Lands Ride seeks to celebrate and showcase the wealth of public parks and forests across the Commonwealth, bringing awareness to public lands as an invaluable resource for us to protect and enjoy.  In 2019, PEC...

Improving Water Trail Access

Improving Water Trail Access

April 12, 2021By: Lizzie Hessek

PEC’s mission to achieve conservation through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy is exemplified through our work with the statewide Water Trails Program. PEC has managed the Pennsylvania Water Trail Program since 2008 in partnership with PA DCNR, PA Fish and...

Reassessing Our Climate Footprint

Reassessing Our Climate Footprint

April 9, 2021By: Holly Bedford

In 2019, PEC worked with Bonneville Environmental Foundation to help us measure our carbon and water footprints. We purchased carbon offsets, renewable energy certificates, and water restoration credits to help counterbalance these footprints. That same year, we served as the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #141

Pennsylvania Legacies #141

April 7, 2021By: Lily Jones

As Pennsylvania weighs a new DEP rule that would expand leak detection and repair requirements for oil and gas producers, there’s new research on the integrity of relatively low-producing “stripper” wells. Such facilities would remain exempt under Pennsylvania’s current rulemaking,...

A Riverfront Community

A Riverfront Community

March 26, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

For over a century the residents of Hazelwood have been cut off from the Monongahela River, even though the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood sits right on its banks. Now there’s a community-driven plan to reconnect the community with the water, while...

Keeping Our Drinking Water Pure

Keeping Our Drinking Water Pure

March 25, 2021By: Kadafi El-Kardah

This post was originally published March 19 in the Southwest CDC Globe Times, as part of PEC’s ongoing watershed education and community outreach on behalf of the Philadelphia Water Department. Have you seen the colorful “Keep it Clean” markers outside...