October is our traditional Do It Yourself (DIY) monthly meeting at MAREA. It is a meeting where our members and audience share their experiences and lessons learned from installing solar panels on their homes, composting, experimenting with hemp building blocks, electrifying their cars or other adventures in sustainable living. We learn from each other. Behind … Continue reading "Solar Inspiration"
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) is proud to responsibly manage waste from Atlantic County, NJ by incorporating renewable energy and alternative fuels into daily operation. Learn how ACUA operates a state-of-the-art landfill located at the Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township. This site also has a recycling center, vegetative compost facility, community garden, greenhouse, … Continue reading "Municipal Waste Processing Powered by Wind, Solar and Composting: Putting It All Together for a Sustainable Future"
Talk of Electric Vehicles or EVs are everywhere, but what is it really like to own and operate an electric car or truck? EV owners share their experiences and lessons learned in selecting, driving, charging, and adjusting to the differences to their fossil fuel ancestors. Learn how some electric car owners are making their new … Continue reading "Charged Up Electric Vehicle Owners Share Their Experiences"
Live on-line Zoom presentation The common refrain has been how renewables will break our electric grid with their intermittent, distributed supply, but it is happening all across the country every day, everywhere. But that doesn't make it easy. Learn the real work of integrating renewables onto the grid from NREL scientist Ben Kroposki who shares … Continue reading "Integrating Renewables into the Grid: a Front Lines Perspective"
Learn the benefits and the simple steps to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into valuable compost for your ornamental and vegetable gardens. Maybe you have been thinking about it; maybe you’ve tried it and struggled; or maybe you are a regular composter with a few questions or concerns. Join Master Gardener, Doug Reigle as … Continue reading "Backyard Composting: Nature’s Recycler"
Joe Berry from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) takes us into the future of solar photovoltaics to find out what’s new under the sun. To view his presentation, click on the link below.
Learn how Adragone Aeroponics family farm in Chester County is reshaping regenerative agriculture to conserve land and water with aeroponics while integrating it with regenerative waste recovery for a more sustainable future. Home grown solutions that can work around the world. You can learn more about home scale biodigesters from Jody Spangler and Janice Kelsey … Continue reading "Regenerative Vertical Farming Practices"
We thought it had to be Solar versus Plants, but put them in a field together in the right conditions and you just might get Jack's Solar Garden. Byron Kominek showed how these two can play together in the growing field of Agrivoltaics. Byron Kominek, Director of the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center, talked about the growing … Continue reading "Jack’s Solar Garden"
As we endanger the planet with our pressing civilization, we are also learning by leaps and bounds how that planet works. Biochar has been part of indigenous practices for millennia and now we are learning in detail how important it is to the health of trees. Kelby Fite is an expert in biochar and its … Continue reading "Using Biochar in Landscape and Shade Tree Management"
Some of the most polluting industries in the world are aviation and maritime. In our global society with our desire to travel to and acquire from everywhere, we are dependent upon powerful and fuel-hungry ships and airplanes. Taming their fossil fuel demand is a daunting task. Thankfully, The Port of Seattle is becoming a beacon … Continue reading "Clean Fuel for Airports and Seaports, the Next Frontier in Sustainability"