Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 32-
year-old nonprofit membership organization
dedicated to promoting and protecting the
Virginia Piedmont's rural economy, natural
resources, history and beauty. PEC works in a
nine-county service area that includes
Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene,
Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock
counties to promote voluntary land conservation
in the form of conservation easements and
agricultural and forestal districts. Currently,
there are close to 190,000 acres of land under
easement throughout the nine-county region. For
more information, visit www.pecva.org.
Coalition for Smarter Growth is a joint effort
by civic, environmental, and neighborhood groups
in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of
Columbia to promote and realize a vision of a
vibrant and sustainable National Capital Region.
The Coalition advocates solutions that include
greenbelts, expanded transit networks,
human-scale walkable communities, and changes to
the financial incentives driving sprawl. Visit
the Coalition online at http://www.smartergrowth.net
or call (202) 588-5570.
Bureau of Census report can be found here.
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Brookings Institute, Investing
in a Better Future: A Review of the Fiscal and
Competitive Advantages of Smarter Growth
at the Urban Fringe and Beyond: Impacts on
Agriculture and Rural Land
Virginia Impaired Waters