Vibrant and alive!  Philadelphia has become one of America’s most exciting cities, witnessing unprecedented growth and development that brings new environmental challenges to the city and its decentralized suburbs.  The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is the region’s recognized leader in advancing innovative solutions to this array of challenges.

Southeast Programs

  • When completed, the Spring Garden Street Greenway will be one of the most vibrant streets and commercial corridors in the City of Philadelphia, and a quieter and safer street along which to drive, bike, or walk.
  • People are all about trails these days, but if the thought of ticks and poison ivy makes you want to stay inside, then hiking the deep woods might not be the best path for you. Urban adventurers are creating The East Coast Greenway trail for walking, biking and other non-motorized uses. The Greenway will connect major cities, including Philadelphia, along 3,000 miles of waterfront esplanades, park paths, and highway corridors from Maine to Florida.
  • Communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania struggle to deal with water issues such as drinking water quality, recreation opportunities and flooding.  Since stormwater runoff is a leading the cause of water pollution in our region, the Council helps municipalities find innovative ways to manage their stormwater - in ways that balances community growth, economic vitality and natural resource protection.
  • Since its launch in March 2009, more than 100 companies have made the commitment to green their office practices. From simple tasks to changing habits, businesses are saving energy, reducing paper waste, conserving water, and making a greener difference.
  • It's a "shore" thing that people love waterfronts that boast trails, parks and outdoor activities. As efforts expand to bring people back to the Delaware River, PEC sees the restoration of riverfront plant and animal communities as critical in providing destinations for people and safe habitat for wldlife.
  • The Regional Trail Network is an emerging system of interconnected multi-use paths and on-street bikeways that connects all of Southeastern Pennsylvania into New Jersey and Delaware. Not only does it connect some of the best recreational areas in the state, but as the network expands, it will create more and more transportation choices. When completed, the network will link over 6 million people through more than 400 miles of trails and when combined with a growing network of bike lanes, it will become the backbone of a cutting-edge active transportation system.
  • Living in a green building, traveling by public transit and eating local food - that's the picture of a sustainable lifestyle in Philadelphia. As home to some of the world's most sustainable buildings, businesses, organizations and individuals, Philadelphia is rising through the ranks to become the most sustainable region in America. The Council's Sustainable Philadelphia initiative helps fuel that momentum.
  • Feel the rush – of water! The Tidal Delaware Water Trail spans 50+ miles from Trenton/Morrisville to Marcus Hook. Boaters, sailors and kayakers can “ride the tide” past ecological treasure, historic sites, and modern recreation opportunities. It's the best way to see a different side of the region – from the water!
  • Now that the Delaware River is clean, fishable and swimmable again, the Council helps bring people TO the riverfront and get IN the river. By creating recreational opportunities, restoring the natural shoreline and promoting sustainable redevelopment practices, the Council works to create a riverfront that is vibrant, exciting and accessible to everyone.
  • Regional developers use methods like low impact development, better site design, and stormwater management best management practices to minimize their impact on nearby natural resources like forests and streams. While these practices are often common sense approaches, older ordinances and codes sometimes make doing these things difficult. This project aims to revise those codes to reduce the barriers to environmentally-friendly development and re-development in the Wissahickon watershed.