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ARRI Featured in Washington Post

ARRI Featured in Washington Post

February 17, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

For 25 years, he oversaw the process that may represent humans’ best attempt to date at total annihilation of land: strip-mining and mountaintop-removal mining of coal… Angel, born and raised in the same eastern Kentucky mountains that have been devastated...

Within Reach

Within Reach

February 10, 2020By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

First, the bad news: oil and gas facilities are emitting huge volumes of methane – the primary component of natural gas – into the atmosphere. The climate impact of those emissions is many times greater than that of carbon dioxide,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #115

Pennsylvania Legacies #115

February 7, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) provides support for community watershed organizations to build capacity and coordinate more effectively with one another. This spring they’re taking their show on the road, with regional workshops planned for six locations...

PEC at 50: Taking the Lead

PEC at 50: Taking the Lead

February 3, 2020By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

This post is the second in a series recounting the history of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on the occasion of PEC’s 50th anniversary. Read other stories here. In just his second term in the state house, Rep. Franklin Kury wrote...

Pennsylvania Legacies #114

Pennsylvania Legacies #114

January 24, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Chuck Flink wrote the book on greenways — literally. 1993’s Greenways: A Guide To Planning Design And Development, co-authored with Robert Searns and addressed to the professional planning community, helped launch a global movement in landscape architecture. Now he’s making...

Diversifying Trail Use for Diverse Communities

Diversifying Trail Use for Diverse Communities

January 21, 2020By: Lizzie Hessek

PEC’s mission is to protect and restore environment to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. We believe that trail development is an effective way to achieve that mission because trails lead people from their own backyards into the...

PEC at 50: “We Had to Do Something”

PEC at 50: “We Had to Do Something”

January 14, 2020By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

This post is the first in a series recounting the history of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on the occasion of PEC’s 50th anniversary. Read other stories here. To many of a certain age, it may be difficult to imagine a...

Pennsylvania Legacies #113

Pennsylvania Legacies #113

January 10, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

The five finalists for 2020 River of the Year represent everything that’s right – and everything that’s wrong – with Pennsylvania’s 86,000 miles of rivers and streams. With online voting set to close in a matter of days, we hear...

Out of Step

Out of Step

December 16, 2019By: Davitt Woodwell

As 2019 comes to an end, and more than a year since the release of the 4th National Climate Assessment, it remains clear that the federal government has abdicated responsibility for even trying to slow the accelerating march of climate...

Pennsylvania Legacies #112

Pennsylvania Legacies #112

December 6, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Back in January, PEC published a list of legislative and regulatory recommendations for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Pennsylvania’s electricity sector. Since then, the governor and legislative leaders have embraced one of the report’s key ideas: putting a price on...

Celebrating 50 Years of PEC

Celebrating 50 Years of PEC

December 5, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Notice anything different about the PEC website? No? Scroll to the top of this page and have a look at the header. Go ahead, we’ll wait. See it now? That’s the new logo we’ll be sporting through 2020 in celebration...