Past Events

  • Fuel Cells: Renewable Energy’s Silent Partner

    Fuel cells are one of Renewable Energy’s silent partners in providing power on demand to our needs in industry, at home and on the road. Fuel cells produce electricity from … Continue reading "Fuel Cells: Renewable Energy’s Silent Partner"

    March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Protecting our Environment with Native Trees

    Learn the benefits, methods and opportunities for each of us to help our environment by planting native trees. Tami Jo Shimp, VP for Development and Community Relations for Berks Nature, … Continue reading "Protecting our Environment with Native Trees"

    February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Rain Gardens – for your Watershed and your Birds

    Rain Gardens are a way to work with nature to reduce flooding and water runoff.  They also filter pollutants.  In addition to doing all that work, they create an excellent … Continue reading "Rain Gardens – for your Watershed and your Birds"

    January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Recycling and the Circular Economy

    Impact Recycling Partners Chief Revenue Officer, Mary Linn Leonards, introduces us to a circular economy alive, well and in action at businesses locally and around the country. She shares remarkable … Continue reading "Recycling and the Circular Economy"

    October 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Walk in Penn’s Woods

    Walk in Penn’s Woods is for people across Pennsylvania to visit and learn about the forests that enhance our well-being. Forests are always working for us, providing recreation, wildlife habitat, … Continue reading "Walk in Penn’s Woods"

    October 1, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Touring the SEF Net-zero Green Headquarters

    Tour of the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) new net-zero green headquarters where solar electric, solar thermal, sustainable building design and materials all integrate into a net-zero energy-use building. Following our … Continue reading "Touring the SEF Net-zero Green Headquarters"

    September 26, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • How We Can Save Billions of Birds

    Billions of birds are killed or seriously injured by windows, some leaving no trace of the impact for us to even become aware of our folly. Learn how we can … Continue reading "How We Can Save Billions of Birds"

    August 29, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Examining the Visionary Climate Provisions of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act

    Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022 was a huge step forward for the U.S. on the path to a net-zero economy. The IRA affects all sectors and … Continue reading "Examining the Visionary Climate Provisions of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act"

    July 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Bringing Permaculture to Your Home and Garden

    Permaculture has many benefits for your home and garden.  It has also evoked a variety of responses and applications.  Dan Jones, in discussion with Diana Ortiz Burns, brings his long … Continue reading "Bringing Permaculture to Your Home and Garden"

    June 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Microgrids

    Learn why wind and solar haven’t displaced fossil fuels faster, how Microrgrids fit into the power structure, and what forces and stakeholders are needed to make Microgrids successful. Smart Microgrids … Continue reading "Microgrids"

    May 30, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • If You Plant Them They Will Come

    Learn how the plants you plant will attract the pollinators you need to support a healthy and vibrant backyard ecosystem. Master Gardener, Jane Shull, takes us on her journey into … Continue reading "If You Plant Them They Will Come"

    April 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants

    Invasive plants grow rapidly, spread aggressively, and displace our native plants. They can cause a decline in species diversity, inhibit regeneration success, slow natural succession, and degrade wildlife habitats, directly … Continue reading "Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants"

    March 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Personal Climate Change Actions that Matter

    Each of us is taking individual steps to help mitigate climate change, but we wonder, which steps do we pursue to make the most difference? Are we doing the right … Continue reading "Personal Climate Change Actions that Matter"

    February 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Charging Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for Pennsylvania

    With so many new electric cars becoming available, charging availability emerges as the spoiler. Does someone have a plan? Fortunately, in many parts of the country, and in particular, in … Continue reading "Charging Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for Pennsylvania"

    January 31, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Solar Inspiration

    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 … Continue reading "Solar Inspiration"

    October 25, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Municipal Waste Processing Powered by Wind, Solar and Composting: Putting It All Together for a Sustainable Future

    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 … Continue reading "Municipal Waste Processing Powered by Wind, Solar and Composti...

    September 27, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Charged Up Electric Vehicle Owners Share Their Experiences

    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 … Continue reading "Charged Up Electric Vehicle Owners Share Their Experiences"

    August 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Integrating Renewables into the Grid: a Front Lines Perspective

    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 … Continue reading "Integrating Renewables into the Grid: a Front Lines Perspective"

    July 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Backyard Composting: Nature’s Recycler

    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; … Continue reading "Backyard Composting: Nature’s Recycler"

    June 28, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • What’s New Under the Sun: Advancing Solar Technology

    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 … Continue reading "What’s New Under the Sun: Advancing Solar Technology"

    May 31, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Regenerative Vertical Farming Practices

    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 … Continue reading "Regenerative Vertical Farming Practices"

    April 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Jack’s Solar Garden

    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 … Continue reading "Jack’s Solar Garden"

    March 29, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Using Biochar in Landscape and Shade Tree Management

    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 … Continue reading "Using Biochar in Landscape and Shade Tree Management"

    February 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Clean Fuel for Airports and Seaports, the Next Frontier in Sustainability

    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 … Continue reading "Clean Fuel for Airports and Seaports, the Next Frontier in Sustainability"

    January 25, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Open Mic Night – Colleges Share Their Accomplishments in Sustainability

    Our local colleges have been hard at work coming up with ways to reduce their carbon footprints and the results have been significant.  They share their accomplishments in the presentation … Continue reading "Open Mic Night – Colleges Share Their Accomplishments in Sustainability"

    October 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Digging Deeply into Geothermal for a More Renewable Future

    Heating has been one of our biggest consumers of energy and one of the most dependent upon fossil fuels. What if we could use the vast heat reserves of our … Continue reading "Digging Deeply into Geothermal for a More Renewable Future"

    September 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Bringing that Charging Station to a Corner Near You

    This event was recorded: Below is a copy of the presentation slides for download. EVs are coming! Are we ready? While we search for that cool, affordable electric vehicle, how … Continue reading "Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Bringing that Charging Station to a Corner Near You"

    August 31, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Offshore Wind Blowing Our Way

    Offshore wind is critical to our Renewable Energy future. Finally that future is blowing our way. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has just has just awarded Atlantic Shores … Continue reading "Offshore Wind Blowing Our Way"

    July 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MAREA » Re-naturalizing a Residence in Southeastern PA with Native Plants, Transforming it into a Pollinator Haven

    Pollinator Re-naturalizing

    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 … Continue reading "MAREA » Re-naturalizing a Residence...

    June 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MAREA » Transformational Solar, Making Solar Work for Everybody

    Solar Green jobs

    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 … Continue reading "MAREA » Transformational S...

    May 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MAREA » 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 … Continue reading "MAREA » Adding Storage to Solar—another step closer to a sustainable culture"

    April 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MAREA » 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 … Continue reading "MAREA » Live Presentation: Lightening in a Bottle – Green...

    March 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MAREA » 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 … Continue reading "MAREA » Book Discussion: A Life on Our Planet"

    March 11, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • MAREA » 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 … Continue reading "MAREA » Live Presentation: How to Build a Better Fire"

    February 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MAREA » 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 … Continue reading "MAREA » Live Presentation: Plastics and the Circularity Chall...

    January 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Book Discussion, MAREA » 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 … Continue reading "Book Discussion, MAREA » Junkyard Planet – Recycling Behind the Scenes"

    November 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Live Presentation, MAREA » 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 bec...

    October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Live Presentation » Plants Rule! Harnessing the Sun for a Negative-Carbon Bio-economy

    farm photo

    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 … Continue reading "Live Presentation » Plants Rule! Harnessing the Sun for a Negat...

    September 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Live Presentation » Douglas Tallamy Talks live about Nature’s Best Hope and the Opportunity to Save Our Own Backyards

    Natures Best Hope book cover

    Please start the video at 6:48 Douglas Tallamy, New York Times best-selling author of Nature’s Best Hope and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University … Continue reading "Live Presentation » Douglas Tallamy Talks live about Nature’s Best Ho...

    August 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Book Discussion » MAREA Book Discussion – Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy

    In his New York Times best-seller, Douglas Tallamy takes on the suburban lawn and so much more in showing us the extent we are starving our ecosystems with our manicured … Continue reading "Book Discussion » MAREA Book Discussion – Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy"

    August 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm