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In Memoriam: Senator Ted Erickson

In Memoriam: Senator Ted Erickson

January 9, 2019By: John Walliser

Former state Senator Edwin “Ted” Erickson passed away earlier this week, leaving behind a tremendous environmental legacy. His professional career reflected strong dedication to the residents of Delaware County and the Commonwealth. In addition to his tenure with the General...

Pennsylvania Legacies #88

Pennsylvania Legacies #88

December 14, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Vermont Law School is home to the nation’s top-ranked environmental law program. Its graduates are also among the best prepared for the real world, thanks to the Semester in Practice program. Davitt Woodwell chats with Vermont Law’s Johanna Thibault and...

Bonus Podcast: Climate Action Brewing at State Level

Bonus Podcast: Climate Action Brewing at State Level

December 3, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

With new urgency around the unfolding climate crisis, policy discussions at the state level are intensifying. PEC’s policy team has an update and analysis on recent and forthcoming proposals to tackle Pennsylvania’s carbon emissions. Links: IPCC Special Report on Global...

Pennsylvania Legacies #87

Pennsylvania Legacies #87

November 30, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

As voting begins for 2019 Pennsylvania River of the Year, a chat with Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper‘s Carol Parenzan about last year’s winner, Loyalsock Creek. Then: plenty of groups and government agencies are working independently to restore Pennsylvania’s forest lands. Could...

Reforestation Partnership Takes Root

Reforestation Partnership Takes Root

November 27, 2018By: Laura England

At PEC we believe in “conservation through cooperation”: an ethic of connection, engagement, and close collaboration with partners. By convening a diverse group of stakeholders to focus on a problem we achieve not only a better understanding of the challenges...

Pennsylvania Legacies #86

Pennsylvania Legacies #86

November 16, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

In working to clean up one of Pennsylvania’s most impaired urban watersheds, the members of the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership face a daunting challenge. But the coalition also has a major advantage: a shared recognition that working together is the...

Volunteers Move Mountains in Susquehanna County

Volunteers Move Mountains in Susquehanna County

November 15, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

The site of Barbara Bradford’s home near Canawacta Creek in Lanesboro, Susquehanna County, is as historic as it is picturesque. Built in the 1830s, the stone cottage stands amid the remnants of a small commercial district – complete with blacksmith...

Standing Up for the Delaware River Basin

Standing Up for the Delaware River Basin

November 7, 2018By: Susan Myerov

An important part of PEC’s mission is working with community and watershed groups to strengthen connections to their riverfronts, identify and implement strategies to enhance water quality, and protect and restore waterways. Often this means helping to forge regional trail...

Pennsylvania Legacies #85

Pennsylvania Legacies #85

November 2, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are both on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ list of 20 American cities being recognized for leading the way on climate action, each receiving up to $2.5 million to accelerate existing sustainability work. We talk with the director of Philly’s...

Pennsylvania Legacies #84

Pennsylvania Legacies #84

October 19, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Cambria County’s business, government, and nonprofit sectors are teaming up with citizens to reinvent the historically flood-ravaged city of Johnstown. We explore Johnstown’s evolution through the work of the Vision 2025 initiative and the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape.