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May 2020

Live Presentation » Steady-State Economics for Environmental Protection, Jobs, and National Security

May 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the lows of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Neoclassical economists would argue those early highs were a spectacular success and that we need to get right back on that horse as soon…

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June 2020

Live Presentation » Recovering our Ecosystems one Municipal Park at a Time

June 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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. Presented by Matt MacConnell The wetland has already attracted native insects, snails, frogs and birds to a park better known for its herbicides than its biodiversity.  At our June MAREA Zoom Meeting, learn how Matt…

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July 2020

Live Presentation » Integrating Solar and Storage, the key to bringing Solar into the Mainstream

July 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 its dependency on access to the sun at night and in adverse weather conditions.  Integrated, energy storage makes solar a more consistent producer, allowing it to become a mainstream source.  Throughout the world, companies have…

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August 2020

Book Discussion » MAREA Book Discussion – Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy

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

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 ecosystems and our planet’s future. Filled with relatable examples, important history and the psychology that got us here, it’s a book you will enjoy and discover the nature…

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Live Presentation » Douglas Tallamy Talks live about Nature’s Best Hope and the Opportunity to Save Our Own Backyards

August 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Natures Best Hope book cover

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSHpdOB4XKM 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 Nature's Best Hope for environmental repair. Learn about the wonderful hidden-in-plain-sight- world going on in your backyard!

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September 2020

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

September 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom Event PA
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 wind is necessary but not enough; we also need negative-carbon technology at the gigaton scale. Among the Carbon-negative (and climate positive) solutions, those based on photosynthesis are by far the cheapest and most scalable…

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October 2020

Live Presentation, MAREA » Viral Carbon Footprint Reductions / Lessons in Sustainability

October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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.

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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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