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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

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.

Results: WATER QUALITY: PEC's work on watershed restoration in suburban Philadelphia is putting in place cutting edge approaches to managing stormwater and implementing green infrastructure. ENERGY AND CLIMATE: PEC's work on shale gas development in the Commonwealth is second to none, and the same can be said for PEC's efforts to promote small and micro hydro projects in Pennsylvania. NETWORKS OF RECREATIONAL TRAILS: The Circuit in Philadelphia and the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition out of Pittsburgh (both with strong PEC leadership and partnerships) are the two most exciting trail networks in the country right now. And PEC, along with others, is bringing Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Allentown into the fold with a burgeoning partnership network. COMMUNITY ILLEGAL DUMPSITE CLEANUP PROGRAM: PEC engages hundreds of students, private businesses, local municipal officials and community residents to cleanup illegal dumpsites, and take pride in their local communities and its environmental health. As a result, over 155 illegal dumpsites have been cleaned up in 14 counties, including the removal of 972 tons of trash, 110 tons of scrap metal and 311 tons of tires.

Geographic areas served: PEC has a statewide presence with three regional offices strategically located in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Wilkes-Barre. PEC provides services and benefits to all of the Commonwealth's 67 counties through a multitude of programs and initiatives.

Programs: Since 1970 the Pennsylvania Environmental Council has participated as a central figure in the environmental and conservation discussion in Pennsylvania. Every day, PEC manages challenges facing Pennsylvania's water, land, and air resources whether from past activities, current practices, or potential future impacts. PEC is not the only environmental voice in the Commonwealth, but we uniquely inform our statewide policy advocacy with on-the-ground local and regional projects. We're better at both because we do both. At PEC, we focus our programs and policy work on water resources, energy and climate, communities and landscapes, and trails and outdoor recreation. For more information, please visit our website at www.pecpa.org

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PEC's focus on conservation through cooperation for over 40 years has made it the leading environmental / conservation organization in the state. It operates on the basis of sound science and rational decision-making involving all stakeholders in its decisions.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Thomas B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.