About Us

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) was founded in 1972 and has a mission to protect and restore the lands and waters of the Virginia Piedmont, while building stronger, more sustainable communities. Headquartered in Warrenton, VA, we have offices throughout a nine-county region that includes Albemarle and Charlottesville, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties.

We also team with local organizations to promote thriving communities and healthy natural resources in a much larger region, including the Shenandoah Valley, the central Piedmont, and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Corridor. In addition, we are proud to serve as fiscal sponsor of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, an organization that focuses on land use and policy in the greater Washington D.C. area.

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 residents of our nine-county region to conserve land, create thriving 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.

Ways To Get Involved

There are many ways to make a difference and many skill sets that are important for our work. You can sign up for email alerts, take action, make a donation, connect with PEC on social media, become a volunteer, share your photos and more! Please address general inquiries to pec@pecva.org

Fellowship Program

The highly acclaimed PEC Fellowship is much more than an internship. Each year, twelve students are selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend eight weeks with The Piedmont Environmental Council, while studying with seasoned professionals in land conservation, planning, agriculture, and more.

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

View a listing of PEC’s staff and board. For general inquiries email pec@pecva.org or call our headquarters office at 540-347-2334.

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.