PEC in the News

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...

Volunteers plant trees along riverbank in Nesbitt Park

May 6, 2020Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre)

April Davies pushed her shovel into the earth along the Susquehanna riverbank and remarked with delight how easy it was to turn over. “It’s luvisol soil, all really nice river silt,” Vinnie Cotrone said. “That’s why farmers have always liked...

County supports further development of Erie to Pittsburgh Trail

April 9, 2020Meadville Tribune

Crawford County commissioners have given their support to further development of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail in eastern Crawford County at no cost to the county. At their video conferenced meeting Wednesday, commissioners unanimously approved a $1.5 million grant application...

Meadville Market House celebrates local focus as it turns 150

March 9, 2020GoErie.com

MEADVILLE — In 1870, black men got the right to vote, the U.S. population was pegged at 38.6 million, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil Co. and the Meadville Market House opened for business. Now, 150 years later, the Market House,...

Oneness to honor founder of the community garden

March 7, 2020New Castle News

Like the single seed that produces a plant full of vegetables, Ken Rice is a grower of community. His efforts along those lines will be recognized at Oneness, an event celebrating unity amid diversity scheduled for March 29 at the...

Northeast proud of its hiking areas

March 1, 2020Altoona Mirror

DENNISON TWP. — From hikes with astronomers, doctors and foresters to yoga by the river and a winter kayaking trip called Shiverfest, regional outdoors enthusiasts have tried novel ways to promote trails and waterways. During a recent trails meeting, volunteers...

Lackawanna River voted 2020’s River of the Year

February 3, 2020Abington Journal

HARRISBURG — A vibrant, cold-water “Class A” fishery in its middle and upper reaches, and a waterway that attracts more paddlers every year, the Lackawanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania has been voted the state’s 2020 River of the Year. “Emerging...

Nominations sought for environmental awards

January 14, 2020Altoona Mirror

PITTSBURGH — If you have an exciting environmental project to improve your community, then the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion Energy want to hear from you. Nominations are now being sought for the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, given annually...