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Regional, State and National

PEC joins with partner organizations to promote thriving communities and healthy natural resources in the Shenandoah Valley, the central Piedmont, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground corridor and Northern Virginia counties.

  • Our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps people find local food and drink options!The campaign also builds relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets, retailers, restaurants, and institutions.
  • Over 12,000 acres of land in Virginia's Northern Piedmont were protected by conservation easements in 2019. This brings the total of protected land in PEC's 9-county region to 421,370 acres.

From the Piedmont View

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

Pushing for Transparency

Jun 18, 2020
Obviously, a lot has changed since March, when you last received a copy of the Piedmont View. Soon after, shut-down orders went into place and, like me, you might have felt like you were trapped in a…

Planning for Access

Jun 18, 2020
As the onset of Covid-19 social-distancing coincided with beautiful spring weather, many Piedmont residents turned to natural areas, parks, trails and even rural roads, enjoying what we all know to…

President's Letter - Summer 2020

Jun 18, 2020
With so much going on around us that we cannot control, doing what we can to make our part of the world better becomes all the more important. This past spring, our staff made a quick and orderly…

A Dirty Secret: How Construction Waste is Making its Way Onto Rural Lands

Sep 15, 2019
Steve and Jennifer Rainwater's world was turned upside down in 2017 when an access road was built along their property line and hundreds of dump trucks started arriving to dump dirt, non-stop, on a…

From the Blue Ridge to the Bay

Sep 15, 2019
In June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, working with the Montpelier Foundation, donated three conservation easements to PEC that permanently protected 1,024 acres at James Madison’s…

More Local Issues

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    Aug 05, 2020

    Solarize Piedmont Back for a 2020 Campaign

    Interested in going solar? We’re excited to announce that Solarize Piedmont, our joint campaign with the Local Energy Alliance Program, is back through the end of the summer. If you’ve been curious about getting a solar system for your home, farm or business, but haven’t priced it out, now is a good time to sign up for a free quote! Read More
  • Jun 05, 2020

    Racism has no place

    Like so many others, we are profoundly disgusted and deeply saddened by what is happening in our country: the horrific and inexcusable death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, along with the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others; the threat of arrest of Christain Cooper in Central Park; the shooting of peaceful protestors in Louisville; and the incarceration and use of excessive force to stifle democratic acts of protest. These actions are painful reminders that we have a long way to go to ensure that justice and equity are applied to all Americans. Read More
  • Apr 22, 2020

    Video Messages from Earth Day

    PEC staff were busy all over the Piedmont for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Read More
  • Apr 03, 2020

    Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance

    The Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance (BRCA) is a regional conservation partnership, a network of partners working to protect the natural, scenic, and historic values of the Blue Ridge from Front Royal, Va., to the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The Piedmont Environmental Council is a proud BRCA steering committee member. Together, with other members, we collaborate on strategies to conserve land, restore and protect habitat, and to preserve the historic character along the Appalachian Trail corridor, the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and the surrounding landscape. Read More
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    Mar 17, 2020

    PEC and COVID-19

    Like all of you, we are monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 response and guidance at the local, state and federal level. I am sure it is impacting your daily lives and future plans. As well, it is impacting PEC operations and our upcoming events. Read More
  • virginia state capitol building
    Jan 15, 2020

    About the General Assembly

    The Virginia General Assembly is the legislative body of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its bicameral body consists of the Virginia House of Delegates, with 100 members, and the Senate of Virginia, with 40 members. Read More
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    Jan 15, 2020

    Virginia Conservation Network (VCN)

    PEC coordinates with our partners at the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) on important statewide environmental issues. PEC's president, Chris Miller, sits on the board of VCN, along with Stewart Schwartz, the executive director of PEC's Coalition for Smarter Growth. Our director of state policy, Dan Holmes, sits on the VCN legislative committee, which coordinates collective action among the network's partner groups during the annual General Assembly session. Read More
  • Nov 11, 2016

    Post-election thoughts

    Coming out of the election there is a lot of concern, particularly within the environmental community, about the direction that federal policy will go over the next four years. What parts of campaign rhetoric will become reality? On that subject, only time will tell. Here at The Piedmont Environmental Council we have historically tried not to rely on federal policies, but rather the direct actions of residents, landowners, and businesses in the Piedmont region. It's a bi-partisan approach, and something we have found people of all political stripes can rally around. In that vein, here are some post-election thoughts from The Piedmont Environmental Council’s President, Chris Miller: Read More
  • Jan 22, 2015

    Action Alert: Week 1 of the 2015 General Assembly

    Week 1 of the 2015 General Assembly has come and gone and, in this short 45-day session, things are moving quickly. Here’s an update on what we’ve seen happen in Richmond so far - the good and the bad - and some information on how you can assist in the process.. Read more from our 1/22/15 email alert! Read More

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