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Transforming the Tidal Delaware

Transforming the Tidal Delaware

July 31, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania has two coastlines, did you know that? The tidal portion of the Delaware River connects via Delaware Bay to the Atlantic. Though it’s freshwater, it experiences a daily tidal influence of six feet. The other coastline is Lake Erie,...

How to Regrow a Forest

How to Regrow a Forest

July 30, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Transforming abandoned strip mines into healthy native forest isn’t as easy as it sounds! Learn how PEC and our partners in the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) are restoring Penn’s woods, one legacy mining site at a time. https://youtu.be/1ZGVlhaOjZMVideo can’t...

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...