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Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces

May 13, 2020By: Hannah Clemenson

PEC’s motto, “conservation through cooperation,” aptly describes any number of our programs and activities. But it’s especially relevant to the collaborative work of legacy mine land restoration, which we’ve been proud to share with our government and nonprofit partners in...

Pennsylvania Legacies #122

Pennsylvania Legacies #122

May 8, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Any way you slice it, coal-fired power generation is on its way out. That leaves two likely scenarios for Pennsylvania’s electricity sector in the next decade: a modest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with little economic impact, or a dramatic...

Watersheds En Plein AIr

Watersheds En Plein AIr

May 7, 2020By: Tali MacArthur

Pennsylvania’s scenic rivers are perfect places for paddling, fishing, exploring, hiking, biking, painting, birdwatching and… wait, what? Painting? Well, yes — that too! In fact, landscape painting has more in common with watershed conservation than you might think. En plein...

PEC at 50: Securing Our Environmental Rights

PEC at 50: Securing Our Environmental Rights

April 24, 2020By: Frank Kury

Over the years PEC has worked with countless leaders, experts, and citizens to advance environmental goals across the state. In celebration of PEC’s fiftieth anniversary, we asked a few of them to share their reflections on our shared work, how...

Pennsylvania Legacies #121

Pennsylvania Legacies #121

April 24, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

At 96, Thomas Dolan is part of a very exclusive club: surviving founders of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. As we mark the 50th Earth Day this week, we continue our celebration of PEC’s own semi-centennial with reflections from someone who...

Pennsylvania Legacies #120

Pennsylvania Legacies #120

April 10, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania’s trout season opened as scheduled earlier this week, but anglers must abide by the same social distancing rules that apply in any public place. PA Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaefer discusses the agency’s response to COVID-19....

Pennsylvania Legacies #119

Pennsylvania Legacies #119

April 3, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

In this time of social distancing, one of the best and safest ways to stay connected with nature is by getting to know the creatures in your own backyard — especially the myriad bird species migrating to or through Pennsylvania...

Backyard Adventures

Backyard Adventures

April 1, 2020By: Frank Maguire

The outdoors is providing a much needed respite from the very necessary homebound nature of our current world. But in addition to social distancing, we all need to be cognizant of the potential risks we can put ourselves and others...

Pennsylvania Legacies #118

Pennsylvania Legacies #118

March 24, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

As investors grow wary of fossil fuels and big companies prioritize sustainability, where will Pennsylvania fit in the post-carbon economy? Analysis from Steven Clarke and Alli Gold-Roberts of Ceres, a nonprofit that advocates for clean energy in the business community....

PEC at 50: A New Millennium

PEC at 50: A New Millennium

March 19, 2020By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

This post is the third in a series recounting the history of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on the occasion of PEC’s 50th anniversary. Read other stories here. The turn of a new century brought with it growing concern within the...

PEC Events Rescheduled

PEC Events Rescheduled

March 18, 2020By: Davitt Woodwell

Friends of PEC, PEC will not be holding any in-person events until at least May 1 and likely somewhat beyond. At this time, all of our spring awards dinners are being rescheduled to the fall. The new line-up is: Northeast...