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From the Piedmont View

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

Working Toward a More Connected Community

Mar 08, 2019
Greenways are safe and durable routes where people can walk, bike and run in nature-rich settings. For more than a year now, PEC has been working with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District…

On the Ground -- Spring 2019

Mar 08, 2019
Updates from around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Housing and Connectivity. Clarke: Water Quality and Conservation Luncheon. Culpeper: White Farm Conserved and PDR Program.…

President's Letter - Spring 2019

Mar 08, 2019
As I sit in my office, I can see the maple trees budding and about to burst open with the excitement that comes with every springtime in the Piedmont region. And that is how I feel about all of the…

Common Space for the Greater Good

Dec 14, 2018
Over 60 percent of Loudoun residents, live in a Homeowners Association-controlled community. How these communities manage their landscapes can have a profound effect on the health of our local…

On the Ground -- Winter 2018

Dec 14, 2018
Updates from the around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Strengthening growth management in Albemarle. Clarke: Promoting and celebrating Conservation. Culpeper: A Finger on the Scale…

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  • May 31, 2019

    Managing Fill Dirt and Debris Disposal in Rural Areas

    As construction picks up in the region, many of our localities are struggling with fill dirt and inert debris dump sites popping up in rural areas. On May 29, 2019, The Piedmont Environmental Council partnered with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission to host a workshop on this complex issue. The agenda included speakers from PEC, NVRC, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Read More
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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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