Press Center

Please address general press inquiries to Cindy Sabato at csabato@pecva.org or 540-347-2334 x7021 — or to the point of contact listed in a specific press release. You can also get in touch with PEC on Twitter (@piedmontenviron).

PEC lawsuit confirms abuse of FOIA by Orange County for the benefit of Amazon

PEC lawsuit confirms abuse of FOIA by Orange County for the benefit of Amazon

The Virginia FOIA lawsuit that PEC filed against Orange County in October concluded last month with officials turning over the requested documents, thus avoiding a hearing in court …
Early rays of sunshine painting the forest floor covered in Bluebells along the Shenandoah River, Cool Springs Battlefield, Clarke County, VA.

PEC Announces Annual Photo Contest Winners for 2023

Photographers submitted more than 600 images of the beautiful Virginia Piedmont …
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Representatives from several groups joined together at PEC’s o  ce on July 27 to kick o  a statewide data center reform coalition. Photo by Hugh Kenny

Virginia Data Center Reform Coalition to kick off with Dec. 1 press conference

Nonprofit organizations, homeowners’ groups, and residents from all over Virginia have joined forces to form a coalition that is calling for industry-wide data center reform …
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Piedmont Environmental Council sues Orange County for VFOIA violations

In the interest of good governance and transparency, The Piedmont Environmental Council filed a lawsuit yesterday against Orange County for improperly denying public access to documents pertaining to a local rezoning application, in violation of …
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Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative offers financial incentives for delayed haying and summer pasture stockpiling

Now through Nov. 15, the Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative is accepting applications from producers who are interested in financial incentives for protecting nesting grassland birds during the 2024 haying season …
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PEC Accepting Annual Photo Contest Submissions Through Sept. 30

Now through September 30, photographers are invited to submit their best images of the Virginia Piedmont to PEC’s 12th Annual Photo Contest …
Solarize Piedmont 2023 makes going solar easy, now through Aug. 31

Solarize Piedmont 2023 makes going solar easy, now through Aug. 31

Solarize Piedmont 2023, a Piedmont Environmental Council campaign in partnership with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and participating municipalities, is running now through August 31 …
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Albemarle County recognized for resilience planning effort

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is pleased to congratulate Albemarle County for receiving the Resilient Virginia Community of the Year Honorable Mention in the American Planning Association Virginia Awards Program. The Resilient Virginia Community of …
Aerial shot of Gordonsville. Main Street on the left and Verling Park with its swimming pool in the middle in the middle interspersed with trees, houses and buildings. Mountains can be seen in the distance.

With parcel transfer complete, Town of Gordonsville expands community park

PEC has transferred two properties it owned in Gordonsville to the Town of Gordonsville for the expansion of Verling Park, moving forward a community-wide effort to improve the 70-year-old park into the redevelopment phase …
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PEC supports legal challenge to Orange County Wilderness Crossing rezoning

On May 24, 2023, the American Battlefield Trust, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, Inc., Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, Inc., and a number of Orange County and Spotsylvania County residents filed a legal challenge to the recent …