Piedmont Environmental Council

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Founded in 1972, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) works throughout Virginia's central and northern Piedmont region[1] to safeguard the landscapes, communities and heritage of the Piedmont by involving citizens in related public policy and land conservation.

PEC's headquarters is located in Warrenton, VA. However, there is a satellite office in Charlottesville. The staff of four in PEC's Charlottesville office work with citizens to solve the many land use and conservation challenges facing the Charlottesville and Albemarle area.

Towards Cooperative Planning

In 1986, PEC supported cooperating planning in the area, including the adoption of the Three Party Agreement between Albemarle County, Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. The group's Kat Imhoff spoke at a public hearing on May 14, 1986. [2]

Scenic Byways

In the 1980's, the group advocated for Route 20 and Route 22/231 to become scenic by-ways. [3] In 2019, the group is championing the same designations for Route 810 in Albemarle and Greene County. [citation needed]

Buy Fresh Buy Local

In 2006, PEC launched Virginia's first Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter in Charlottesville, which has since expanded to include six other chapters. In addition to the annual printed guides sent to area homes, PEC is also hosts and maintains the Buy Fresh Buy Local website.


In 2017, the PEC and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission were awarded a "Strengthening Systems" grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to promote construction of greenways and trails in the region. [4] [5]


The Charlottesville office is located near the Downtown Mall in Suite 700 of the King Building (410 East Water St) and welcomes visitors. Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°01′45″N 78°28′45″W / 38.02909°N 78.479256°W / 38.02909; -78.479256




  1. The Places PEC Works Piedmont Environmental Council
  2. Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, May 14, 1986, retrieved May 26, 2019.
  3. Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, September 9, 1986, retrieved May 26, 2019.
  4. Web. Greenway experts emphasize importance of grassroots engagement, Brian Wheeler, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 11, 2017, retrieved November 13, 2017.
  5. Web. [https://www.cacfonline.org/grants/strengthening_systems Strengthening Systems - Improving systems that impact how services are delivered and accessed], Webpage, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, retrieved January 5, 2023.

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