Pittsburgh is defined by its riverfronts, while the surrounding countryside is defined by river-carved gorges and the Allegheny Mountains.  This rebirth of the community flowed from the rebirth of the rivers, once little more than backalleys of industry.  The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has been an active leader in this transformation.

Southwest Programs

  • The southern Yough races through Pennsylvania's deepest river gorge before plummeting over Ohiopyle Falls and on through a whitewater area know nation-wide. The northern Yough offers scenic flatwater through an area incredibly rich in history.
  • The Pennsylvania Environment Council has launched an asset-based community development initiative, the River Town Program, to assist distressed communities bordering a navigable river to develop an alternative economic engine—outdoor recreation-- to help revitalize these small communities.
  • PEC is the co-convener of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative, a collaborative of government, business, community, and higher education partners working together to implement the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan.
  • Presented by PEC and Dominion, the awards highlight the environmental innovators of western Pennsylvania.
  • As DCNR and partners work to renovate Pittsburgh's Point State Park, PEC is leading the efforts to design the entrance to the park, including the Portal Bridge and Reflecting Pond area.
  • PEC is a leader in promoting the use of Green Infrastructure as a way to manage the growing stormwater runoff problem across the state.
  • PEC works with regional land trusts to help conserve riparian land and support effective stewardship efforts.