The Senior Environment Corps (SEC) was first formed in 1991 with groups forming in Delaware and Montana. In 1997, our flagship SEC program began in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps (PaSEC) members serve the Commonwealth and their local communities in various ways: aiding with environmental and community events; mentoring the next generation of stewards for the environment; informing the public on topics such as watershed health, radon and recycling; restoring trails and cleaning up parks, waterways, and other natural areas; mapping abandoned oil and gas wells; eradicating invasive weeds; monitoring Pennsylvania’s waterways, creating baseline data, assessing stream habitat and surveying macroinvertebrates (insects), and helping implement watershed restoration projects; assessing riparian buffer areas, assessing EPA 319 sites and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) areas; monitoring for abandoned mine drainage and for other contaminants in waterways; and stenciling storm drains.
To date, these trained volunteers have dedicated over 2,000,000 hours to protecting and restoring the environment. The estimated value of the PaSEC program is estimated at $3,051,428.57 per year. Among its accolades, the PaSEC program was recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme on its Global 500 Honour Roll for the program's contribution to protecting the environment, joining the work of individuals like Jacques Cousteau and Jane Goodall. The PaSEC also received awards from the President's Council on Sustainable Development and Renew America as an outstanding example of community participation.
Currently, we also have SEC groups in Maryland, New Jersey, Alabama, and Montana. We're working on piloting the SEC program in Florida as well. Find out today how to volunteer, become a local sponsor, or to support the SEC program.