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Pennsylvania Environmental Council Inc.

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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

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Rating: 5

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is truly an organization dedicated to the improvent of Pennsylvania's natural spaces. I worked with the Philadelphia office on researching the needs of boaters on the Tidal Delaware River, in order to determine the best ways to encourage increased used of the River for recreation. Increased grassroots support translates to a greater snese of stewardship of our natural resources, as well as greater politcal leverage. This research, which was grant-funded, will help increase awareness and use of an important resource in close proximity to a major urban center (Philadelphia).