PEC in the News

TrailOff Project Organizer Adrienne Mackey on WHYY Regional Roundup

September 8, 2020WHYY

On this week’s Regional Roundup…a new immersive writing project called TrailOff – it’s an app containing stories that are paired with Philly-area hiking trails. Each trail features a different narrated story that matches up with where listeners are along their hike....

Explore Philly like never before with two new walking experiences

September 8, 2020Metro

Fringe Festival 2020 is almost here, and although the festival, for the most part, will be taking place through the virtual sphere, there are two new aspects of the beloved art tradition that all Philadelphians can take part in without...

TrailOff Mobile App Premieres September 2020 During FringeArts Festival

August 11, 2020Broadway World

TrailOff is a new mobile app premiering in September of 2020 during the fall’s FringeArts Festival that brings its users a cutting edge artistic experience that is equal parts immersive theater, GPS-triggered technological “magic” and connection to nature. This mixed...

COVID-19’s impact on trail usage

July 14, 2020North Central PA

“Across Pennsylvania, in both rural and urban areas, people got outside in unprecedented numbers following the rise of the pandemic,” reveals a new study on local trail usage. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council, or PEC, works to improve and create more...

COVID lockdown unleashes swarms of visitors at parks, trails

July 8, 2020Bay Journal

Lynne Napoli of Boiling Springs, PA, lives near the Appalachian Trail, normally her refuge for quiet mental sustenance. But, this spring, things changed. “It has been so packed I don’t go,” she explained. “When I do, it is trashed. Other...

State Parks continue to see surge in visitors

June 28, 2020Fox 56 WOLF

Pennsylvania’s 121 State Parks are seeing a surge in visitors this year, including right here in Luzerne County. According to park officials at Frances Slocum State Park, in May it saw a visitor increase of more than 40 percent. “On...

Local leader Ken Rice receives environmental award

June 27, 2020New Castle News

One of the creators of the Lower East Side Community Garden will receive the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award. “I am surprised to have been nominated,” Ken Rice said. “Let alone chosen.” Rice has helped transform abandoned properties throughout New Castle into sustainable community...

Allegheny College wins environmental award

June 25, 2020The Meadville Tribune

Allegheny College is a winner of the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for a 13-year program to achieve carbon neutrality, becoming only the eighth college in the U.S. to realize this goal. The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards are presented annually...

Down in the dumps: Poconos seeing rash of illegal dumping

May 7, 2020Pocono Record

Despite the stay-at-home order that has kept Pennsylvanians cooped up for the past month, reports of littering and illegal dumping have increased drastically across the commonwealth, including Monroe County. … Janet Sweeney, director of Keep Northeastern Pennsylvania Beautiful and Vice...