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November 2020

Book Discussion, MAREA » Junkyard Planet – Recycling Behind the Scenes

November 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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.

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January 2021

MAREA » Live Presentation: Plastics and the Circularity Challenge

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 Sustainable Engineering Professor, will follow-up by demonstrating a little biochemistry magic:  a chocolate candy tray that completely disperses in water in 1 min at room…

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February 2021

MAREA » Live Presentation: How to Build a Better Fire

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 at home.  Come ask your burning questions! To get us started, Jay Clark of AFS Energy Systems, a leading supplier of industrial renewable biomass systems,…

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March 2021

MAREA » Book Discussion: A Life on Our Planet

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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 Living Planet, The Blue Planet and many others, shares some of his life’s experience and the perspective he has gained through his extraordinary opportunities that…

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MAREA » Live Presentation: Lightening in a Bottle – Greening Hydrogen

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 carbon“ transportation (auto/ bus/ truck/ rail/ air/ sea) that can help make Hydrogen a more truly clean fuel. Join us for an enlightening presentation! From…

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April 2021

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

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 setup that can well-serve both its owners and the community. Energy storage is the keystone for the changeover to 100 percent renewables and we’ll look…

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May 2021

MAREA » Transformational Solar, Making Solar Work for Everybody

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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 Van Jones toss the bait about Green Collar Jobs for disadvantaged city dwellers, he bit hard, creating a new path for solar and the people who install it in Philadelphia. He learned everything he could about the business and…

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June 2021

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

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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 and show wonderful photos of amazing wildlife that has appeared in her yard. Come take a closer look with Karen! Following her presentation, she addressed audience questions about how you can transform your own garden into a pollinator-friendly and infinitely…

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July 2021

Offshore Wind Blowing Our Way

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 large scale offshore wind project in the United States. Doug Copeland, Atlantic Shores Development Manager will present the benefits of offshore wind, the 35 studies completed for their Federal…

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August 2021

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Bringing that Charging Station to a Corner Near You

August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 infrastructure is needed and what is being done to enable and install that infrastructure so that you can refuel your electrons where and when you need…

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