Welcome to MAREA

At the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association, our goal is to help individuals and families get good answers to big questions about what each of us can do, really do, to improve prospects of a sustainable future. MAREA is an educational nonprofit and our sole motive is to help people do good things.  Welcome!

In keeping with the CDC guidance to avoid events of 50 people or more, MAREA has cancelled its in-person Monthly meetings for the foreseeable future.  However, we will be resuming activities in May online, from the comfort of your computer screen!  Please see descriptions below for two events scheduled for May.

Many venues have been exploring the parallels of Climate Change with the the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have added a section to our website to share our own responses, including videos looking at the crises of Covid-19 and Climate Change. 

Steady-State Economics for Environmental Protection, Jobs, and National Security

May 26 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Presented online in Zoom meeting

2020 has been a roller coaster from the economic highs early in the year to the lows of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Neoclassical economists would argue those early highs were a spectacular success and that we need to get right back on that horse as soon as possible.  Brian Czech would argue differently.  Dr. Czech is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), and MAREA’s featured speaker on May 26. Details…

Recovering our Ecosystems one Municipal Park at a Time

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Presented Online in Zoom Meeting
Free & Open to the Public (registration required)

Municipal problems can make great opportunities.  Local natural water quality advocate, Matt MacConnell and the Sierra Club Lehigh Valley Group recovered and transformed part of the sterile suburban park across the street from his house with a water drainage problem to create an attractive wetland.  The wetland has already attracted native insects, snails, frogs and birds to a park better known for its herbicides than its biodiversity.  At our June MAREA Zoom Meeting, learn how Matt and the Sierra Club convinced the municipality, organized local community support and got funding to add important biodiversity and an educational opportunity to what some had once considered an unrecoverable recreational park…(details)

To learn about our most recent presentation:

TEK Park Meeting: Low-Impact, Small-Hydro Coming to Lock 47, Hugh Moore Park, Easton, PA

Archimedes Screw Turbine

Tuesday, February 25
TEK Park Innovation Center
New, low-impact, fish friendly Archimedes Screw Turbine (AST) technology is creating opportunity to repurpose legacy waterway infrastructure and use it for small scale hydropower. Lock 47 of the Delaware Canal system in Hugh Park in Easton is proving to be an excellent local example of using legacy infrastructure with new AST technology for clean electricity generation. This talk will give us a chance to hear all about it first hand from the project developer New England Hydropower. Details…