Our Story

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, we are sharing stories of Pennsylvania’s environmental history and the issues that have defined PEC’s work over the years.

"We Had to Do Something"

PEC’s founders recall the circumstances that led to its founding in 1970, and the early victories that made it a leading environmental voice in the commonwealth.

Taking the Lead

In its first quarter-century, PEC emerges as a statewide leader in environmental advocacy and conservation.

A New Millennium

In the 21st century, energy production booms in Pennsylvania — and PEC leads the way on climate policy.

Pennsylvania Legacies podcast


At 96, Thomas Dolan is part of a very exclusive club: surviving founders of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. As we mark the 50th Earth Day this week, we continue our celebration of PEC’s own semi-centennial with reflections from someone who was there when it all began.


Securing Our Environmental Rights

Best known as the author of Pennsylvania’s historic Environmental Rights Amendment, Franklin Kury served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1969 to 1972 and in the Senate from 1973 until 1980, when he joined the PEC Board of Directors. One of PEC’s longest-serving directors, Mr. Kury retired from the board in 2000.


The Early Vision

Eleanor Winsor, a core member of the group that founded PEC in 1970, recalls the fledgling organization’s early days and grand vision for a statewide network of environmental experts and advocates.

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