Piedmont Environmental Council
Founded in 1972, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) works throughout Virginia's central and northern Piedmont region 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. 
In the 1980's, the group advocated for Route 20 and Route 22/231 to become scenic by-ways.  In 2019, the group is championing the same designations for Route 810 in Albemarle and Greene County. 
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.  
- "Residential Development in Charlottesville and Albemarle", November 10, 2006: Reported that the Charlottesville and Albemarle County 17,832 approved approximately 17,832 housing units between 2000 and 2006. The report claimed that this would satisfy the region's housing needs through 2039. An appendix included in the report lists the specific approvals.
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- Phone 434.977.2033
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- The Places PEC Works Piedmont Environmental Council
- Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, May 14, 1986, retrieved May 26, 2019.
- Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, September 9, 1986, retrieved May 26, 2019.
- Web. Greenway experts emphasize importance of grassroots engagement, Brian Wheeler, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 11, 2017, retrieved November 13, 2017.
- 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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