A decade ago, as Consol Energy’s 150th anniversary drew near, top executives began to take stock in where the company stood as a leading producer of coal and where that path would take it. Coal was in what CEO Nicholas DeIuliis called a “supercycle.” It was the workhorse of the national power grid…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Energy’s Big Shift
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At the Clairton Public Library in the industrial Monongahela River valley, patrons can check out “Moby Dick,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the adventures of Curious George and any number of Nancy Drew mysteries. They can read issues of Vogue and Popular Science. They can take home the music of Elton John and Rihanna,…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading The last coke works
Southwestern Pennsylvania and air quality have long had a complicated relationship. For the better part of a century, the region had been a place so polluted from the soot of industry and homes heated by coal that street lamps were lit in the afternoon and walking a single block could ruin the collar…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Taming air pollution: The region’s century-​old challenge
Not that long ago, the state Department of Education was a robust repository of expertise for 500 Pennsylvania school districts, offering curricular guidance ranging from math to art to best practices for improving school effectiveness and education outcomes. Those days, however, are largely gone as a new environment has taken hold, one in…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Leaner times for Pennsylvania’s Department of Education
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