Project Updates

Donate to the PEC Environment Ride
Thu, 2015-05-14

1 Day Rider Registration (no fee)
Thu, 2014-10-16
2 Day Rider Registration (no fee)
Thu, 2014-10-16
1 Day Rider Advocacy Center
Thu, 2014-10-16
2 Day Rider Advocacy Center
Thu, 2014-10-16
WPEA Silent Auction 2014
Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards
Fri, 2014-02-14


Regional trail network, The Circuit, continues it expansion with the opening of 58th Street Greenway
Greater Philadelphia Regional Trail Network
Sat, 2013-06-08

On June 8, 2013, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler was joined by State Senator Anthony Williams, State Representative Ronald Waters and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, as they celebrated the new, 1.5-mile, 58th Street Greenway, which connects Cobbs Creek Park with the historic Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia.

Paddle Penn's Landing jobs open
Tidal Delaware Water Trail
Fri, 2013-05-31

Applications are no longer being accepted.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) will offer a kayak and foot-pedaled swan boat program at the Penn’s Landing Marina from May 28, 2011 to September 11, 2011. The goal is to introduce Philadelphia residents and visitors to recreation on the Delaware River and educate them about the river as an important natural resource. The program is operated by Hidden River Outfitters, Philadelphia’s premier kayak outfitting company.

Thirty Paddlers participate in first trip of River of the Year Paddling Series!
River Town Program
Sat, 2013-05-25

Nearly thirty participants, ranging from experienced paddlers to first-timers, took to the Mon in canoes and kayaks on May 25th for the first trip of the “River of the Year Paddling Series.” Paddlers received a warm welcome at the Point Marion Community Park Boat Launch from Borough Councilwoman Victoria Evans and safety instructions from the river guide from Wilderness Voyageurs, before getting out on the Mon.

Pittsburgh Climate Initiative reports making strides in the city in cutting greenhouse gases
Pittsburgh Climate Initiative
Thu, 2013-05-09

The City of Pittsburgh is well on its way toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions by twenty percent in the next decade, according to the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI).

PCI reports that over half of the recommendations in the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, v. 2.0 have already been completed or are in-progress, just one year after the plan was adopted.

PEC Announces 2013 River of the Year Paddling Series
River Town Program
Mon, 2013-04-29

To celebrate the Monongahela River’s designation as 2013’s Pennsylvania River of the Year, the River Town Program, has planned a series of paddling trips to explore the river and the communities along its edges. Beginners and experienced paddlers alike are welcome!

Pre-registration for all trips is required and equipment rental will be provided by Wilderness Voyageurs.


May 25th- Point Marion to Greensboro

Registration Now Open for Western PA Environmental Awards
Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards
Thu, 2013-04-04

Please join us as we celebrate the success of the 2013 Environmental Award Winners and the Great Allegheny Passage on May 23, 2013 at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Pittsburgh.

Please register now or view our sponsors and benefactors.

Western PA Environmental Awards Benefactors & Donors
Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards
Tue, 2013-04-02

The Pennsylvania Enviromnetal Council is happy to thank our sponsor, benefactors, and donors who support the 2013 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards.

Registration Open ~ Forks of Ohio Regional Trails Symposium
Tue, 2013-01-29

Please join us for the 2013 Forks of the Ohio Regional Trails Symposium in Cranberry Township, PA. This interactive, working session will provide information to people who are making important connections in Western PA, Eastern OH, Northern WV and Northern MD and bring stakeholders together to continue the dialogue of completing important trail connections. 

Registration and agenda information are now available on the events page.



Conservation Coalition focus on land impacts
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2012-10-31

The good, the bad and the ugly of Marcellus shale drilling in the heart of Pennsylvania's Marcellus gas fields was laid out by Mike Lovegreen, manager of the Bradford County Conservation District, at the October 2012 Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition conference.  The number of well permits approved in Bradford County is approaching 2,000, and only one other county in the state have more than 1,000 permits.

Loyalhanna Water Trail draft available
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2012-10-31

Loyalhanna Creek offers a surprising variety of paddling experiences: whitewater and moving flatwater through scenic ravines, including Chestnut Ridge, and still water on Loyalhanna Lake with open views of birds and wildlife. 

Oct. 10 Conservation program focus is land impacts
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2012-09-19

Conservationists in the Laurel Highlands can learn about a new study on the impacts of Marcellus gas drilling during the upcoming Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition Conference from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Brady’s Restaurant, 3242 Route 31 West, in Donegal.

Governor Corbett hears about CLI
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2012-07-25

Governor Tom Corbett spent most of the day Tuesday in the Laurel Highlands, paddling through Conemaugh Gap and then learning about the work being done in the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape initiative.

Gov. Corbett speaks at park along StonycreekConemaugh Gap, by some calculations, is the state's third deepest gorge, forming a bookend for Laurel Ridge with the Youghiogheny Gorge, which without dispute is the state's deepest gorge.

Stonycreek River of the Year event June 16
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Thu, 2012-05-10

The Stonycreek River of the Year Celebration on June 16 at Johnstown’s Greenhouse Park will feature whitewater rafting, relaxing tubing, whitewater rodeo competition that's hoots to watch, music, kayak races and more.

Conservation Coalition highlights water issues
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Mon, 2012-04-30

Nearly 40 people made it to the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition conference on April 23 despite a blizzard that dumped up to a foot of snow on the ridgetops and closed two of the main roads into Ligonier.

Discover Rocks, Ridges & Ravines driving tour
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Fri, 2012-04-27

The Discover Rocks, Ridges and Ravines Scenic Driving Tour is the third in a series of fun, enlightening driving tours through the Laurel Highlands.

This tour provides a two-day driving route through to highlight state parks and forests, local attractions, scenic byways and quaint communities.

Experience Pennsylvania’s geologic extremes as you visit the deepest gorge, longest cave and highest point. Click on Discover Rocks, Ridges and Ravines to download the tour guide.

Conservation Conference to Focus on Water
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Thu, 2012-03-01

Water will be the focus of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition's April 23 conference with an emphasis on the declining water supplies from the perspective of an international scientist and local conservationists.

The conference begins with sign-in from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and continues to 3:30 p.m. at the Ligonier Town Hall, located along the Diamond in the middle of town.

Discover Birds and Blossoms driving tour
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2012-02-29

April, May and June provide the perfect time to explore the Laurel Highlands as migratory birds return and wildflowers begin to bloom.

Montgomery School and PEC plant native grass meadow
Protecting SEPA's Water Resources
Thu, 2012-01-19

The Montgomery School in Chester Springs will install a new native grass meadow on their campus this winter in partnership with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.