Deep Decarbonization

For more than a decade PEC has been a statewide leader on energy and climate. From our 2007 Climate Change Roadmap to our most recent policy recommendations for cutting emissions from power generation, Pennsylvania's path to decarbonization has been shaped by the discussions we convene and the expertise we cultivate.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #157

December 3, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #157

From the formation of fossil fuel deposits to the tectonic ballet that gave us the Appalachian Mountains, geologic events occurring hundreds of millions of years ago made the Keystone State what it is today. These events also created the distinctive regional topographies by which DCNR's Conservation...

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Communities & Landscapes

Recognizing Environmental Leadership in NEPA

November 30, 2021
Recognizing Environmental Leadership in NEPA

After last year's successful virtual dinner, the Northeast Environmental Partners -- the Pennsylvania DCNR, Pennsylvania DEP, PEC, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University -- decided to host the 2021 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards Dinner virtua...

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Growing Mussels for Healthier Waterways

November 22, 2021
Growing Mussels for Healthier Waterways

Bartram’s Garden, the 2021 Recipient of PEC’s “Special Places” Environmental Partnership Award, is already an important resource for Southwest Philadelphia and the greater Philly area. Its riverfront campus includes historic buildings and gardens, an arboretum, and a community farm foc...

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Watersheds

Mapping Pennsylvania’s Orphan Wells

November 18, 2021
Mapping Pennsylvania’s Orphan Wells

The first commercial oil well in the U.S. was drilled in western Pennsylvania in 1859. Since then, thousands of oil and gas wells have been drilled across the state. About 96,000 wells were active and producing as of last year, while, according to estimates from the Department of Environmental Prote...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Celebrating Partnership In-Person

November 16, 2021
Celebrating Partnership In-Person

On November 3rd, PEC hosted its 51st annual Environmental Partnership Awards Dinner – my first ever PEC dinner! I had big shoes to fill and was equal parts excited and nervous to pull off an event so integral to PEC. We knew that this year would have to look a little different from our ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #156

November 15, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #156

With the energy market changing, power-generation companies must reassess their business models. Rather than cut their losses and move on, Talen Energy of Allentown, PA, is looking at ways to keep facilities open by exploring other options for their plants, like battery storage and digital currency ...

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Energy & Climate

‘Tis the Season for Watershed Conferences

November 9, 2021
‘Tis the Season for Watershed Conferences

Over my career as a watershed planner, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a wonderful array of professional conferences, seminars, workshops, and forums designed to help improve my technical knowledge and skills, promote the sharing of ideas with other professionals, visit new places and proje...

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Watersheds

When Action Means Inaction

November 5, 2021
When Action Means Inaction

If you follow PEC, you know that we have been focused on decarbonizing Pennsylvania’s energy production in general and laser focused on getting the state to join RGGI – the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative. Pennsylvania needs a multi-faceted, all-of-the-above approach to decarbonization. And ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

President Biden Designates September 11th National Memorial Trail

November 1, 2021
President Biden Designates September 11th National Memorial Trail

Above: President Joe Biden signs H.R. 2278, designating The September 11th National Memorial Trail Route, Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)   On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, President Biden signed H.R. 2278...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #155

October 29, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #155

The problem of plastic polluting the ocean has been a popular topic for a while. But until about 10 years ago, no one was studying the prevalence of plastics in fresh water. Dr. Sherri Mason, Director of Sustainability at Penn State Erie, was one of the first to look into plastic pollution in the Gr...

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Watersheds

Photos from the 2021 Environment Ride

October 22, 2021
Photos from the 2021 Environment Ride

The second weekend in October, PEC hosted the 11th annual Environment Ride. The ride helps raise funds for for PEC’s conservation work, and attracts a small group of dedicated riders each year. This year’s route highlighted water quality issues in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, and Pennsylvan...

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Critical Connection for Circuit Trails Nearing Completion

October 19, 2021
Critical Connection for Circuit Trails Nearing Completion

70 miles of seamlessly connected Circuit Trails is huge! A critical connection for the Circuit Trails is now under construction in Montgomery County that will connect the Chester Valley Trail (CVT) and the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) in Norristown. From there, access to the Perkiomen Trail and ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #154

October 15, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #154

The mission of Penn State Extension is to bring the scientific and practical expertise of PSU researchers and faculty throughout the Commonwealth. But even with offices in every county, extension staff can’t be everywhere at once. That’s where master volunteers come in. PSU Extension's Master G...

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Now is the Time to Protect PA Against Climate Threats

October 13, 2021
Now is the Time to Protect PA Against Climate Threats

In Pennsylvania, flooding presents one of the greatest climate threats. According to the Climate Impacts Assessment released by the Pennsylvania DEP this past spring, flooding is currently the highest-risk hazard facing the state. This risk will only increase as temperatures continue to rise. In...

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Energy & Climate

Back Together at Black Moshannon

October 11, 2021
Back Together at Black Moshannon

Last Saturday, about 90 riders gathered at Black Moshannon State Park for the second in-person Public Lands Ride. The morning was brisk but it quickly warmed up into a gorgeous fall day, with leaves beginning to turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red up on the Allegheny Front. Riders could ...

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Outdoor Industry Urges Climate Action

October 6, 2021
Outdoor Industry Urges Climate Action

Climate change is one of the major targets of the Biden Administration’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, which would also fund social programs and additional infrastructure items not included in the smaller bipartisan infrastructure bill. While the bill has met several roadblocks, the at...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #153

October 4, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #153

Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Policy Check-In One month ago, the state Regulatory Review Commission signed off on a rulemaking that would make Pennsylvania the newest member of RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – the state's best opportunity to substantially reduce its ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

A Key Opportunity for Beaver County

September 30, 2021
A Key Opportunity for Beaver County

Riverwise, along with the Ohio River Trail Council, are currently midway through a campaign aimed at the preservation of a potential key piece of trail infrastructure in Beaver County known as the Blacks Run Bridge. While so many of the long-distance trails corridors PEC focuses on are linear in...

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Exploring the WB&E Route

September 22, 2021
Exploring the WB&E Route

The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern (WB&E) Railroad was originally constructed in 1893 to carry coal, ice and passengers from the city of Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County to Stroudsburg in Monroe County. It was one of the last railroads to be developed in the region, claiming to be the shortest route...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #152

September 17, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #152

Philadelphia's trails took a beating from Hurricane Ida, and some will take months to recover. Two weeks after the floodwaters receded, we look at conditions along the Schuylkill River Trail with representatives from the City of Philadelphia and the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area....

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Watersheds

Getting Their Feet Wet

September 14, 2021
Getting Their Feet Wet

If someone tells you they host a program for underserved and under-represented youth in Pittsburgh and Johnstown, PA that includes three days of river surfing, conservation, and filmmaking… you might have questions. For starters: what’s river surfing? This concept is probably better expl...

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Water Trails

An Updated Plan for PA’s Forests

September 10, 2021
An Updated Plan for PA’s Forests

In August, Pennsylvania released its updated State Forest Action Plan. A requirement of the federal Farm Bill, these plans are completed by all U.S. states and territories every ten years to assess the condition of their forests and guide future management. This is Pennsylvania’s first comprehensi...

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Celebrating 2021’s River of the Year

September 9, 2021
Celebrating 2021’s River of the Year

On June 19th, paddlers gathered at Riverside Park in Greenville, PA to celebrate the Shenango River as 2021’s River of the Year. The sojourn was hosted by the nominating organization, the Shenango River Watchers. Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources works...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #151

September 3, 2021
Pennsylvania Legacies #151

We celebrate Pennsylvania Trails Month with a preview of this year's PEC Public Lands Ride and the 11th annual PEC Environment Ride. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · A Ride for Everyone   As summer comes to an end, we’re looking forward to cooler weather, changing leaves, and Pe...

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Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

September 1, 2021
Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

Today the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission concurred with the Environmental Quality Board, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Citizens Advisory Council, Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee, Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and Air Qu...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy
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Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Conservation Through Cooperation

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

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