Past Events

  • 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 below.  Our featured panelists and presenters include the following: Delicia Nahman, Director of Sust...

    October 26 @ 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 earth to help us heat our homes directly? What if we could scale that heating up to heat an entire campus or a business district? … Conti...

    September 28 @ 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 are we going to keep it charged at home, at work, shopping and also for those road trips? Join us to learn what charging inf...

    August 31 @ 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 the contract to build 1.5GW of clean energy off the coast of New Jersey. Learn first hand about developing the first la...

    July 27 @ 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 pollinators. Karen will share what she learned in her transformation...

    June 29 @ 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 to make it all work. In 2008, when Micah Gold-Markel heard ...

    May 25 @ 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 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 Photovo...

    April 27 @ 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 has been manufactured. Alison Hawkins, Air Products H2fM Americas Commercial Development Manager...

    March 30 @ 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 the documentary and suggest you experience both! Documentarian extraordinaire, Sir David Attenborough, who fascinated us with the ...

    March 11 @ 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 environmental impact of burning wood with better techniques.  We will explore wood burning technology on the commercial/industr...

    February 23 @ 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 Coalition, will share examples of her research into the systems, social and technology issues ...

    January 26 @ 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 driveway.  From what we learn, you will never look at your discards the same again.

    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 has too much CO2, and the excess is increasing every year.  Zero-carbon energy like solar and w...

    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 of Delaware as he shares how our suburban backyards are destroying our ecosystems. Instead they can become N...

    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 landscaping.  Once we are aware of our devastating impact, he shows us how we can become the solution for enriching our local eco...

    August 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Live Presentation » Integrating Solar and Storage, the key to bringing Solar into the Mainstream

    Presented by Bill Dougherty Watch the presentation here Solar electric generation has been growing by leaps and bounds, powered by reducing costs and technology advances that increase its versatility and efficiency in capturing the energy of the sun.  However, it has also been handicapped by it...

    July 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Live Presentation » Recovering our Ecosystems one Municipal Park at a Time

    Wetlands at Ricky Park

    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. Pr...

    June 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Live Presentation » Steady-State Economics for Environmental Protection, Jobs, and National Security

    Speaker: Dr. Brian Czech, Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) For the complete presentation, visit the MAREA YouTube channel, or for a direct link to his presentation, click here Summary 2020 has been a roller coaster from the highs early in the year to...

    May 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Book Discussion » MAREA Book Discussion – Supply Shock

    Share in a discussion of Brian Czech's foundational book where he argues that our assumption of limitless economic growth is as absurd as it is in the natural world, making the case for a steady state economy governed by natural laws as the real key to our future.

    May 14, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Live Presentation » Low-Impact, Small-Hydro Coming to Lock 47, Hugh Moore Park, Easton, PA

    Speakers: Chris Conover, Chief Marketing Officer, and Jeff Mobed, Director of USA Engineering and Program Management, New England Hydropower Company The Industrial Revolution left us a legacy of mills, canals, and dams where the power of water once gave muscle to manufacturing and the movement of ma...

    February 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Book Discussion » Book Discussion: Tipping Point for Planet Earth

    by Anthony D. Barnosky& Elizabeth A. Hadly Published by Thomas Dunne Books (2016) Experienced scientists, this husband and wife team share highly relatable personal experiences and perspectives to help us understand our population, environmental and climate predicament, how each and the combinat...

    February 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Live Presentation » Plastic and Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

    Presented by Steven Feit, attorney with the Center for International Environmental Law, live from Washington DC The severity of the plastic pollution crisis that overwhelms our oceans is now clear and obvious. It has been at the heart of investigative journalism, international agreements, and legisl...

    January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • MAREA Book Discussion – The Tipping Point

    Author of five New York Times bestsellers, Malcolm Gladwell takes us inside that magic moment when an idea or behavior catches fire and takes hold in society, showing us what makes trends successful. In this fascinating narrative, he helps us appreciate key ingredients to that magic potion. Perhaps ...

    November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • MAREA Brings Solar Tour to TEK Park!

    Thinking of going solar? Something about solar you’ve been wanting to ask? This is a great chance to see and learn about many local solar installations directly from the system owners…while you remain comfortably seated viewing pictures and information on the big screen at TEK Park! Each sys...

    October 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Other Organizations' Events » Chester County Clean Energy Open House Tour

    The Chester County Clean Energy Tour is a series of FREE, public open houses all across the county to demonstrate how Chester County homes, schools and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to be energy independent. Chester County ranks #2 in sola...

    October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • MAREA Tree Planting

    Looking for ways to personally address climate change?  Why not help us plant trees!  Every tree sequesters carbon dioxide, helps moderate our local temperatures, supports ecosystems and brings us together.  In this case, we are also helping to build a riparian buffer along Angelica Creek.  For ...

    October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Other MAREA Event » Climate on Tap with Senator Judy Schwank

    Senator Schwank is an environmental and climate champion in the state legislature and was an early co-sponsor of state-wide legislation to transition PA to 100% Renewable Energy. Join us to discuss your concerns about PA’s environment & climate, take action and enjoy FREE appetizers and ca...

    October 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Live Presentation » DR. MICHAEL MANN – A Return To The Madhouse: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: Dr. Michael Mann will be at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in NYC when he speaks to MAREA on Sept 24. His presentation will be live on the big screen at TEK Park. In addition to his planned remarks, Dr. Mann will give an update on the Summit and take questions from the ...

    September 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Live Presentation » The Rapidly Shifting Future of US Wind Energy

    Speaker: Abby L Watson, Head of Government Affairs, North America, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy The electricity industry worldwide is in the midst of transformational change. Between policy commitments to clean energy, corporate sustainability leadership, and a growing urgency surrounding climate...

    August 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Other Organizations' Events » Greater Lehigh Valley Renewable Energy Expo

    Let’s All Flip the Switch to Cleaner, Safer Energy! Join local energy advocates, consultants, and installers on Thurs, Aug 22nd at DeSales University to learn about the clean energy options available for your home, school, municipal facility, or business. We invite you to tour exhibitors anytime b...

    August 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Book Discussion » Book Discussion: The Wizard and the Prophet

    The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World by Charles C. Mann (Knopf; 1st edition (January 23, 2018) Charles Mann explores two central, but not widely known, protagonists in our climate change dilemma and, in that process, provokes...

    August 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Live Presentation » Electric Vehicles – Ask the Owner/Operators

    (Please note EARLIER THAN USUAL START TIME. Cars available in parking lot for your look-and-see!) Thinking of going Electric? Excited by the incredible acceleration? Wowed by the low operating cost? Amazed by the low maintenance? Wanting to stick it to the Fossil Fuel Man? Or just thinking about our...

    July 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Other Organizations' Events » Energypath 2019: Energy Camps and Conference

    Energypath 2019 – Financing the Energy Future Energypath brings together cutting-edge industry professionals and rising college graduates to learn and network. Over 300 professionals and students attended Energypath 2018 and heard from the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental ...

    July 22, 2019 - July 25, 2019
  • Live Presentation » The Green Amendment, with Maya van Rossum (Delaware Riverkeeper)

    TEK Park Innovation Center (9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville, Pennsylvania 18031) Speaker: Maya K. van Rossum Leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and author, “The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment” For decades, communities have relied on Federal a...

    June 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
  • Climate on Tap happy hour

    Together, we’re going to fight climate change by putting solar on every roof, windmills offshore, and building a clean, renewable energy future in Pennsylvania. But, this fight is a marathon not a sprint and we all need a breather every once in awhile. We hope you’ll join us for a cool beer ...

    May 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Other Organizations' Events » Green New Deal Town Hall (Perkasie, PA)

    With more than 100 Members of Congress backing the Green New Deal and nearly all major Democratic Presidential hopefuls on board, the Green New Deal is one of the top issues on the political agenda. The purpose of this town hall is to provide our community with the chance to learn about the ambition...

    May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • MAREA Book Discussion: The Third Industrial Revolution

    We need to understand more than the technology of renewable energy to leverage its potential to create a more sustainable society. From his vantage as President of the Foundation of Economic Trends, author of 18 best-selling books, and influential international advisor, particularly to European gove...

    May 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Other Organizations' Events » Green New Deal Town Hall (Reading, PA)

    Who stands to benefit from the Green New Deal? What’s at stake? Join us at this Town Hall to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us. We also want to … C...

    May 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Live Presentation » Hemp in Pennsylvania–Past, Present and a Sustainable Future

    Hemp has a long and fascinating history here in Pennsylvania. In 1683, one of the first laws passed by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly was to encourage farmers to grow hemp, and our local Lancaster was the hemp capitol of early America. To say today that hemp can be used in more than 25,000 pr...

    April 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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