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From the Piedmont View

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

A Vote Against Sprawl

Jun 10, 2015
Developers pushed Loudoun Board of Supervisors for more houses in the Transition Area and the Loudoun community pushed back!.

Finding a Place to Grow

Jun 10, 2015
Access to affordable tillable farmland and pasture is one of the primary barriers for next-generation farmers and a healthy evolution of the agricultural economy in the Virginia Piedmont. Many…

President's Letter - Fall 2015

Oct 20, 2015
Family at Hollin Farms in Delaplane. Photo by Debby Taylor.
We all love the Piedmont region. For many of us, that emotional connection stems from specific places. Our home. Our land. Our yard. Our familiar routes along byways and trails. A particular view, or…

The New Addition

Dec 12, 2014
An illustration of how the office on 45 Horner Street will appear
We are delighted to share some wonderful news with you. In September, the PEC board passed a resolution to improve our headquarters—and now construction is under way! Work kicked off on November 10,…

A Tale of Two Alums

Dec 12, 2014
Pablo Teodoro stands outside of his store, Great Harvest Bread Co., in Old Town Warrenton.
Since 2009, PEC has offered the Exploring the Small Farm Dream course to aspiring farmers—helping them take a long hard look at their dreams and to answer the question, “Is starting a farm business a…

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant

Dec 12, 2014
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded PEC a $200,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund this past October. With this grant, PEC will collaborate with Loudoun County, the Town…

Planting the Seeds of Habitat Restoration

Dec 12, 2014
Students plant trees with their teachers as part of the Mill Run Elementary habitat restoration project
PEC teamed up with Mill Run Elementary School to create a naturally landscaped outdoor area for educating students, parents and the community. This past November, the school’s fourth and fifth grades…

Down the River and Through the Woods

Dec 12, 2014
Boys and Girls Club
A partnership between PEC and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia has cre­ated new opportunities for Orange County youth to experience the natural environment and history of the surrounding…

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  • Dec 05, 2014

    The Outpost to donate proceeds of December 2014 sales to PEC

    From December 6 -- through December 23, 2014, The Outpost will have a backroom of unique finds that are marked half off, and 100% of the proceeds from this room will be donated to The Piedmont Environmental Council! 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
  • Jan 23, 2012

    PEC Welcomes Best-Selling Author Richard Louv

    As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, The Piedmont Environmental Council is excited to bring Richard Louv, best-selling author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, to the Piedmont —sparking ideas to help people and nature reconnect. See Richard Louv in Leesburg on Mar 14 See Richard Louv in Charlottesville on Mar 15 Tickets are $12 per adult and $8 per student and can be purchased online. 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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