Plants Rule! Harnessing the Sun for a Negative-Carbon Bio-economy

Zoom Event PA

Photosynthesis has powered life on Earth for over 3.5 billion years.  This natural biotechnology gave our planet an oxygen rich atmosphere, and kept global CO2 concentrations low.  Today our atmosphere has too much CO2, and the excess is increasing every year.  Zero-carbon energy like solar and wind is necessary but not enough; we also need ... Read more

Viral Carbon Footprint Reductions / Lessons in Sustainability


The Covid 19 virus presented us with many challenges and some opportunities to make changes in our lives. During this time of life changes, some ecopreneurs have taken actions to reduce their carbon footprint, energy, water, or harmful chemical use, and/or waste output. Others have found ways to become more sustainable and better support their local ecosystems.

Junkyard Planet – Recycling Behind the Scenes


Register Now Join us to discuss the book, Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter, an in-depth and behind the scenes look at what happens to your recycling after it leaves your driveway.  From what we learn, you will never look at your discards the same again.

Live Presentation: Plastics and the Circularity Challenge

Overwhelmed by the rising tide of forever plastics?  We are pleased to bring you some emerging solutions to help stem the flow.   Karen Hagerman, Program Manager at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, will share examples of her research into the systems, social and technology issues to resolve the circularity plastic life-cycle challenge.  Ross A. Lee, Villanova ... Read more


Live Presentation: How to Build a Better Fire

Wood has been a burning controversy in environmental circles since the 1990s when it was credited as a renewable fuel.  What we do know is that you can reduce the environmental impact of burning wood with better techniques.  We will explore wood burning technology on the commercial/industrial level and how to build a better fire ... Read more


Book Discussion: A Life on Our Planet

A Life on Our Planet:  My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future by David Attenborough We do not record book discussions. We strongly recommend both the book and the documentary and suggest you experience both! Documentarian extraordinaire, Sir David Attenborough, who fascinated us with the wonders of nature through Life of Earth, The ... Read more


Live Presentation: Lightening in a Bottle – Greening Hydrogen

To view Alison's presentation slides: Hydrogen has shown significant promise as a green fuel to replace fossil fuels, but it has also been controversial in the less environmentally-friendly ways it has been manufactured. Alison Hawkins, Air Products H2fM Americas Commercial Development Manager, shares new production methods in development and the potential end markets for “zero ... Read more


Adding Storage to Solar—another step closer to a sustainable culture

This presentation was recorded and can be viewed on the MAREA YouTube Channel or by clicking the play button above. To view the slides, use the link below. Solar electric doesn’t work when the sun isn’t shining.  We’ll look at what it took to change a 10-year-old, rural, grid-tied Photovoltaic (PV) system into a flexible ... Read more


Transformational Solar, Making Solar Work for Everybody

Philadelphia entrepreneur, environmentalist and social justice activist, Micah Gold-Markel, took the buzz about Solar Green Jobs seriously with the real deal: Solar-for-all through training and employing those with disadvantaged backgrounds to make it all work. In 2008, when Micah Gold-Markel heard Van Jones toss the bait about Green Collar Jobs for disadvantaged city dwellers, he ... Read more


Re-naturalizing a Residence in Southeastern PA with Native Plants, Transforming it into a Pollinator Haven

Learn how nature photographer and "citizen scientist" Karen Campbell and her engineer-turned landscape designer husband used native plants to transform their 4-acre backyard in Southeastern Pennsylvania into a haven for pollinators. Karen will share what she learned in her transformation and show wonderful photos of amazing wildlife that has appeared in her yard. Come take ... Read more