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Delaware River Sojourn

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Kayak one day or more along the Delaware River from June 20-26th. PEC helps coordinate kayaking trips on June 25th and 26th, featuring the tidal portion of the Delaware River around Philadelphia and Camden.

Click the here to view the flyer. 



The Sojourn is a week-long paddling trip on the Delaware River.  Its purpose is to heighten awareness of, and appreciation for, the ecological, historical, recreational, and economic significance of the Delaware River.

Paddle Penn's Landing Program kicks off May 1st

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PEC has expanded its wildly popular kayak program at the Penn's Landing Marina. Paddle Penn's Landing will now feature additional hours of operation and pedal swan boats.

Swan boats start May 1st
Kayaks start May 15th

Where: Penn's Landing Marina (south of the Seaport Museum)
When: Thursdays and Fridays 3pm-7pm; Saturdays and Sundays 12-7pm
Cost: $5 per person
No reservations required.

Earth Day at 40: From culture change to climate change

Inquirer reporter Sandy Bauers looks at how Earth Day has become "part of our DNA." featuring comments by PEC VP Patrick Starr.
April 22, 2010
By Sandy Bauers
Inquirer Staff Writer

Forty years ago, throngs of flower children frolicked in Fairmount Park, playing kazoos and tossing streamers.

Ira Einhorn, the city's self-styled hippie guru who later gained notoriety for murdering his girlfriend, hogged the stage, and poet Allen Ginsberg chanted, "Merrily, merrily, we welcome, we welcome the end of the earth."

The first Earth Day was a party, a polemic, a protest.

This year, Earth Day has no regional signature event.

Earth Day Fair at Liberty Place: presented by PEC and CIGNA

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Join PEC and other organizations and businesses at the Liberty Place Shops Rotunda on Earth Day.

  Earth Day Expo - Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council & CIGNA

Thursday, April 22, 2010

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Shops at Liberty Place - 1600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19192

Giveaways, speakers, and info on going green!

KYW Newsradio 1060 highlights 1 year anniversary of Green Business Program

KYW Reporter Pat Loeb spoke with attendees at the Green Business Program 1 year anniversary celebration.
April 8, 2010

Phila. Green Business Program Celebrates 1st Anniversary
by KYW's Pat Loeb

The Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program celebrated its one year
anniversary on Wednesday night. The program is an effort to get local businesses
to act in a more environmentally friendly way.

Membership more than tripled in this first year. 99 members of the Green Business
Program celebrated in an appropriately environmental way -- an outdoor party, no
air conditioning or electric lighting needed.

Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program Celebrates One Year Anniversary

PEC and the members of the Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program celebrated the program's 1-year anniversary and the addition of several new members.
April 7, 2010

Grant OK'd for Bensalem trail

PEC helped Bensalem secure transportation funding to design trail segments of the East Coast Greenway.
March 8, 2010


Bensalem has received a $60,000 grant to design a bike and pedestrian trail, which could someday connect with paths up and down the East Coast.

Funding from the Delaware Valley Planning Commission will help engineer a trail running along State Road, said Spencer Finch of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program

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.


Companies across the Philadelphia metropolitan area are making a public promise to change their daily business practices to reduce impacts on the environment. The Green Business Program's commitment focuses on a checklist of green operational practices designed for office users. Once a key company leader has signed the commitment, the company will be ranked as Basic, Silver, and Gold based on the number of green practices it has adopted.

The Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program was made for businesses, created by business leaders and overseen by an organizing committee. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the PenJerDel Council endorse it. The Green Business Program and website are maintained by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Click here to see the Carbon Calculator presentation by O'Brien & Gere.

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Designing a Municipal Sediment Credit System for Wissahickon Creek

The Legal Intelligencer featured an article on PEC's innovative system for using market-based incentives and innovative BMPs to achieve regulatory stormwater requirements as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
March 18, 2010

Click here to view the project page related to this article. 

By Kenneth J. Warren and Mindy Lemoine
The Wissahickon Creek is one of our region's treasured streams. Meandering from its headwaters in upper Montgomery County through Valley Green to its confluence with the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, the creek provides recreational, aesthetic and ecological benefits. Despite its charm, however, the creek faces several challenges.

Urban Sustainability Forum: Cracking the Code

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Join us for a look at how 21st century building and zoning codes will make or break our communities.

Cracking the Code:
How 21st Century Building and Zoning Codes Will Make or Break Our Communities

Academy of Natural Sciences
19th St and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Reception: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Program: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

What if every new building in Philadelphia were a green building? What if everyone had access to the waterfronts, could enjoy safe bike lanes, and could conveniently utilize public transportation?