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From the Piedmont View

The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

New Legislators, New Building & New Conservation Opportunities

Dec 17, 2017
With the elections behind us and the holidays consuming our thoughts, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly may not be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. However, the New Year is going to bring many…

Growing Connections: The Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows

Dec 17, 2017
Food brings people together. But healthy food is sometimes hard to come by. Despite Loudoun County’s reputation as a wealthy community, a surprising number of children in the county — one in 10 —…

On the Ground -- December 2017 Update

Dec 17, 2017
Updates from the around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Courthouse, greenways & cell tower update. Clarke: Pollinator facilities, nature education & sporting clays. Culpeper: Solar…

Remington Walks

Jun 15, 2017
Walkable locales with recreation options are, simply put, nicer places to live and visit, and they increase quality of life. That is why we have partnered with the Town of Remington and various…

Trail Blazing

Dec 19, 2016
Pedestrian and bicycle trail systems can improve our health, increase property value, provide sustainable transportation choices and even strengthen a community’s economy — especially in an urban…

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    May 20, 2017

    Presentations from our 2017 Annual Meeting

    On May 20, 2017, The Piedmont Environmental Council hosted our annual meeting "Engage. Educate. Empower" at the Middleburg Agricultural Research Extension (MARE) Center. The event started with workshops in the morning led by PEC staff and partners, followed by remarks by Bridgett McIntosh, equine extension specialist with Virginia Tech, then Chris Miller, President of The Piedmont Environmental Council, and Robert Bonnie, our keynote, and former Under Secretary of Natural Resources and the Environment at the United States Department of Agriculture. Read More
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    Oct 04, 2013

    20 Years Since Disney

    It’s been twenty years since Disney proposed a historic theme park at the foothills of the Bull Run Mountains near Thoroughfare Gap. The Piedmont Environmental Council, led by Amb. Charlie Whitehouse, was a small organization at the time, but stepped up and helped spearhead a David vs. Goliath campaign that drew intense national attention. On October 12th, join us at Historic Galemont Farm in The Plains, as we reflect on what’s happened in the years since Disney, present workshops that fit today, hear from Keynote Speaker Hedrick Smith and discuss what the next twenty years will hold. This text was taken from an email alert sent out on October 2nd, 2013. Read More
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    Apr 04, 2013

    Nature's Extravaganza!

    It might be hard to believe with daffodils and pansies struggling to stand tall in the snow just last week, but we have it on good authority that spring really will be with us soon. Plan now to enjoy two great natural spectacles -- brilliant bluebells and amazing azaleas. Shake off the winter doldrums and celebrate the return of spring in the Piedmont. This text is from an email alert that was sent out on March 2nd, 2013. Read More
  • Aug 03, 2012

    Painters of the Piedmont: PEC's 40th Anniversary Art Show

    A traveling exhibition featuring the work of 11 leading artists living and working in the Virginia Piedmont region.The Piedmont Environmental Council is proud to bring together eleven of the leading artists working in the Virginia Piedmont region. The thirty works of art chosen for exhibition will highlight a cross section of artists who by their creativity and ability make us all aware of the abundant resources of the region. These artists work in various mediums and approach their art in different ways, but all share a sense of place that is the Virginia Piedmont. All of the artwork is for sale and proceeds will benefit the 40th Anniversary Fund of PEC—making possible new outreach initiatives. Read More
  • Dec 14, 2011

    Controlling the Costs of Growth

    Uncontrolled growth can cause taxes to skyrocket, but with good planning and the use of proffers and other tools, communities can accommodate growth without a budget crisis. Read More
  • Dec 14, 2011

    Better Comprehensive Planning

    Every locality in Virginia must express its goals in a Comprehensive Plan, a twenty-year vision which must be reviewed and/or revised every five years. These documents are of foundational importance for communities that wish to shape their own future. Read More

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