PVPC's Environment section works to protect the environment of the Pioneer Valley region, promote economically and environmentally healthy communities, and encourage sustainable land use. Working with municipalities, state and federal agencies, community organizations, non-profit groups, and private sector partners, the Environment section promotes local action, regional cooperation, and state initiatives leading to wise use of our resources.
Environment and Land Use staff provide technical expertise and clear guidance that blends community goals with a regional vision to maintain community character, protect the environment, promote smart growth, address the needs of the underrepresented, and improve quality of life throughout the Pioneer Valley region.
Current environmental projects for the region:
Join the Friends of the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is actively looking for community leaders who are passionate about increasing use on the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway.
Currently, PVPC Land Use staff are selecting volunteers for the soon-to-be-formed Friends of the Connecticut River Walk And Bikeway. This all-volunteer committee will be responsible for organizing clean-up activities, programming festivals and events, working with City officials, and fundraising‹all for the purpose of making the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway a more vibrant component of Springfield¹s community character.
If you are interested in joining this group, or know someone who is, contact Chris Curtis or Andrew Smith at (413) 781-6045.
Westfield River Five-Year Watershed Action Plan
A project Steering Committee has been formed to guide development of the Watershed Action Plan (WAP). Results from a survey will help develop full project descriptions and recommendations to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs for funding.
For more information, or to appoint a representative to the Steering Committee, contact Senior Planner Anne Capra at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (413) 781-6045.
PVPC and FRCOG have been funded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to develop a Strategic Plan for Renewable Energy for the Pioneer Valley. As part of this plan we have developed an inventory of renewable energy activities in the Pioneer Valley. The plan will be completed in Summer 2007. The Pioneer Valley Renewable Energy Advisory Committe (PVREC) meets quarterly.
Meetings were held on: Tuesday, July 11, 2006; Tuesday, October 10, 2006; Tuesday, January 9, 2007; Tuesday, April 10, 2007.
Renewable Energy Source Factsheets
PVPC's Environment and Land Use Section works closely with numerous committees, teams, groups, and other partners. Among these are:
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