About Us

About Us

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) was founded in 1972 to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont's rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. Headquartered in Warrenton, VA, we have offices throughout a nine county Piedmont region that includes Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties.

This video provides a look at our work, from the perspective of the citizens that we work with -- farmers, teachers, parents, and conservationists. We hope you'll get involved!

  • Our Mission

    The region, which includes several of the fastest growing jurisdictions in the nation, has faced serious challenges over the decades. Yet, the people of the Piedmont care deeply about it and have strived to protect its special places and natural values. In 1972, their energy, commitment and collaboration gave shape to The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). Now one of the most effective community-based environmental groups in the country, PEC works with the citizens of our nine-county region to conserve land, create high-quality communities, strengthen rural economies, celebrate historic resources, protect air and water quality, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat, and improve people’s access to nature.

  • Our Strategic Plan

    In 2010, the PEC Board adopted an update of our Strategic Plan, setting goals and establishing a plan of action for the next 5 years.

  • Ways to Get Involved

    There are many ways to make a difference and many skill sets that are important for our work. Please address any general inquiries to pecnews[at]pecva.org. 

  • Jobs & Internships

    Be part of the PEC team. PEC has exciting employment opportunities and offers a fun and challenging work environment, generous benefits, and competitive salary commensurate with experience. 

  • Staff and Board Listing

    For general inquiries email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our headquarters office at 540-347-2334. Special note: starting in November 2014, our headquarters office at 45 Horner Street is undergoing some construction. Our temporary office location is at 550 Broadview Ave, Floor 2, Warrenton VA, 20186. To reach us by mail, please use PO Box 460, Warrenton VA 20188!

  • Fellowship Program

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    Are you an undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate interested in learning more about PEC’s work in the Virginia Piedmont? If so, you should consider applying for the 8th Annual PEC Fellowship Program, based in Warrenton, Virginia! Twelve students will be selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a summer in the Virginia Piedmont, while studying with seasoned professionals in land conservation, planning, agriculture, and more.

    The highly acclaimed PEC Fellowship is much more than an internship. For the first four weeks, the program combines classroom discussions, field trips, and hands-on activities to give participants a comprehensive understanding of the work that PEC does. For the final three weeks, the fellows work on an individual practicum, focused on their interests as well as a particular aspect of PEC’s work in the Piedmont.

    Through this personalized experience, participants gain the practical knowledge and skills necessary to successfully transition into careers in conservation, urban planning, agriculture, historic preservation, public policy, and other related fields. In addition to providing fellows with local housing, PEC covers all program-related expenses and provides a stipend to cover living expenses.

    More on Eligibility and the Application >>

    2014 Program Dates: June 15th - August 1st

    Subjects Covered

    • Land Conservation
    • Water & Air Quality
    • Wildlife Management
    • Energy Conservation & Policy
    • Historic Preservation
    • Agriculture & Best Management Practices
    • Land Use Planning
    • Working with State & Local Government
    • Transportation
    • Communications and Development


  • Donate to PEC

    Support PEC's important work throughout the Piedmont. Donate online using the links below or send a check made payable to "PEC" to Piedmont Environmental Council, PO Box 460, Warrenton VA, 20188. 

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