Orange County

PEC’s Orange County office supports our land use and land conservation activities in the County. PEC is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and the preservation of Orange’s rural character, environment and historic resources. 

Solar for Rural Businesses Workshop Resources – May 7, 2024

Solar for Rural Businesses Workshop Resources – May 7, 2024

On May 7, 2024, PEC hosted a workshop called “Solar for Rural Businesses: Accessing Funding for Small-Scale Solar” in Albemarle County.

Imperiled by Development, Wilderness Battlefield Named One of Nation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Imperiled by Development, Wilderness Battlefield Named One of Nation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Wilderness Battlefield, site of a pivotal clash that marked a turning point in the Civil War, was named one of the nation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places due to the threat of a massive data center development that would irrevocably destroy the historic landscapes fundamental to maintaining the area as a vital educational resource and treasured hallowed ground.

Tell Congress: Support the Artificial Intelligence Environmental Impacts Act

Tell Congress: Support the Artificial Intelligence Environmental Impacts Act

The human and environmental costs of the data center industry are only predicted to worsen with the rise of cryptocurrency and artificial intelligence applications. That’s why we’re supporting a new congressional bill, the Artificial Intelligence Environmental Impacts Act of 2024.

On the Ground Updates – March 2024

A series of short updates from around the PEC region.

6,315 acres conserved in nine-county region last year

6,315 acres conserved in nine-county region last year

The Piedmont Environmental Council reports that in 2023, 6,315 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties were permanently protected with 52 new conservation easements.

Take Action: Protect Local Government Accountability

Take Action: Protect Local Government Accountability

We need your help opposing House Bill 1459 (Owen), which will be voted on by the full Counties, Cities and Towns Committee this Friday morning at 9 a.m.