Pennsylvania Environmental Council Inc.

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 130 Locust Street Suite 200 Harrisburg PA 17101 USA

Mission: 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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The PA Environmental Council has been instrumental in helping municipalities, citizens, and interest groups in addressing many of the wet weather problems in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

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City vs. County inconsistancies in solving wet weather problems. PEC, through Janie, was instrumental in helping formulate appropriate change to streamline appropriate improvements and omit unnecessary regulation.

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No opinion here currently.

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm currently participating in PEC's Delaware River Ambassador Program where I'm being trained on how to encourage others to access, enjoy and appreciate the Delaware River. As a college student, I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to be involved in a meaningful way for an instrumental nonprofit and towards my wider interest in responsible use and protection at this point in my life. I'm also exposed to a lot of partnering nonprofits and organizations with a stake in our watershed, which helps give me an idea of future volunteer and career opportunities.

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my capacity as a Delaware River Ambassador Trainee in 2011.

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make my college campus more aware of their initiatives

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a planner in a conservation organization, I have collaborated on numerous watershed planning projects with members of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council watershed program staff. Their experience in meeting facilitation, organizaing collaborative partnerships and their expertise in water resource, trail and greenway issues has helped our organization develop and implement resource protection projects in the region. We also serve together on the board of a local watershed partnership.

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The formation of the Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership as a non-profit watershed organization.

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Increase greenway and trail partnership opportunities.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

PEC has been instrumental in improving water trail development and I throughly enjoy reading all of the articles in the newsletter. PEC enabling hundreds of people, who have never had the opportunity, to experience the wonders of being on the water is quite an accomplishment. Hats off to a wonderful organization and their kayak program.

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Kayak program.

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Keep up th great work you are doing

Rating: 5 stars  

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council recently called for volunteers to serve as Tidal Delaware River Ambassadors. The purpose of this program is to develop individuals who will be able to discuss the tidal Delaware with current and potential new users of the river and in doing so, develop in those who get to know and enjoy the river, a strong interest in protecting it. The ambassador training program consists of multiple seminars in which we learn Delaware River history, ecology, geology, and the human impact on the river. The training program is very well run and extremely informative. It is a fine example of an organization using its resources to multiply its reach and impact on the environment.

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I have seen how PEC is able to bring in a variety of outside speakers who are personally invested in protecting the future of the river. As an avid kayaker, I have used the Tidal Delaware River Trail Maps and Guides developed by PEC. These brochures indicate boat launches, historic properties, fishing opportunities and the myriad points of interest along the tidal river.

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Funnel more resources to them.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

PEC is critical and assertive in moving forward with the Tidewaters Delaware National Recreation Corridor. This is key to finish protecting the Delaware River under federal designation to enable special water protection. 17 million people drink this water.

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The on going project to produce federal designation of the Delaware River to the ocean.

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Give them a million dollars to continue their programs.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have work with PEC for over 20 years. We have worked on open space issues, park preservation projects, river front development projects, greening intiatives and brown field projects. The staff at PEC have always worked in a professional manner and provided expertise and knowledge lead resulted in successful projects. PEC works very hard on many fronts to protect our environment.

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My professional life

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No changes necessary

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past several years Friends of the Riverfront has had the pleasure of working closely with the Pennsylvania Environmental council on several key environmental projects. Together with Allegheny County we are working hard to complete major regional trail plans and construction projects. Having access to the Pennsylvania Environmental Councils knowledgeable staff has allowed our small organization to focus more on our core mission, reduce overhead and duplication. Without their involvement many of the now built miles of riverfront tails and greenways we currently enjoy would not be a reality.

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Friends of the Riverfront has benefitted greatly by working with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. They have provided our organization with guidance on key environmental issues beyond the scope of our organization. They also continue to take the lead on organizing forums and symposiums where like-minded organizations can share information and make decisions based on past experience and best practices.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is a trusted partner in riverfront trail development and the development of community based initiatives in the rivertowns of Allegheny County. Work to date includes technical assistance on a 26 mile trail study; the creation of a Rivertowns project that examines opportunities with organizations and small governments of communities that border our rivers and assistance with the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage within Allegheny County. (A 350 mile trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland Maryland and then to Washington, DC). Additionaly, PEC has provided technical support and partnerships in the development of an education green roof project, rain gardens and educational programming that focuses on stormwater mitagation through downspout diconnect training to professions and Green Roof Breakfast educational sessions for building owners, municipalities and engineers.

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the word I do with PEC! I work for Allegheny County as the special projects coordinator in the County Executive's Office

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Hire more staff to do the great work of the organization!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

As a writer, who focuses upon the natural and cultural heritage of southwestern and south-central Pennsylvania, I am constantly encountering the tracks of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. PEC is involved with:
* A multi-disciplinary landscape initiative in the Laurel Highlands.
* A river-corridor development project in the Stonycreek River Basin.
* A multi-faceted community development project in Johnstown based largely upon effective use of natural resources.
* Criticial fact-finding and information dissemination on the major environment and economic development of our time, Marcellus Shale drilling.
And these are just a few of PEC's projects within the limited perspective of my area.

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... the projects mentioned above. I've worked as a contractor for the Stonycreek Quemahoning Initiative, which seeks to develop the Stonycreek River valley through prudent use of natural and recreational resources. PEC also has been involved. * I will be attending PEC's Laurel Highlands Landscape Initiative Summit on April 4. * I'm also a participant in community development initiatives under the umbrella of "Lift Johnstown," which PEC is helping to coordinate.

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...put more PEC personnel within this region. There's so much going on here with which PEC is playing an important part, that current staff members are scrambling to keep up!

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