Stay warm this winter.  Michael Chojnicki, Architect, and Stephen Stuart, lifelong advocate of energy efficiency, will discuss the importance of enhancing and maintaining a healthy home in this online workshop via Zoom.

They will explore the various principles guiding energy efficiency, as well as review approaches to winterizing homes using “no and low” cost ways to lower your home’s energy use and save money. Discussions will include home energy audits, the principles of energy efficiency along with a simple awareness and understanding of how the occupant’s activities can affect their home energy usage.

This workshop is FREE and donations are greatly appreciated.  Registration is required.  You will receive the Zoom link upon registration.
Register here: https://myrivertickets.com/events/farm-days-winterizing-your-home-10-10-2020

This workshop is organized by the Farm Arts Collective and sponsored by SEEDS.

 

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With businesses and schools closed, the community is relying on each other now more than ever. We’ve seen organizations put together snack/activity bags for school children, businesses step up and do what they can with what they have, and volunteers using their free time to help those in need.

We at SEEDS want to do our part as an organization. We decided to create a Community Resources Guide—a spreadsheet listing discounts and resources offered by people, businesses and organizations, primarily for Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties, which will be consistently updated.  

This Guide should help people looking for assistance to find it all in one place: http://seedsgroup.net/community-resources/

A lot of community members are putting in their time, resources and money to helping those in need. If you have information about a resource or a discount that is not on this list, please forward it to olga@seedsgroup.net.

Stay healthy and safe!

Nov
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SEEDS Reads!

SEEDS volunteer, Heidi Rothstein Finkelberg reads to children during the Romping Radishes program at the Cooperage as part of the new SEEDS Reads initiative.

SEEDS launched its new community reading program in November 2019 and is eager to develop the next steps for this exciting project. SEEDS Reads will feature volunteers reading to audiences of all ages in various community settings about topics related to the SEEDS mission, ranging from sustainability to renewable energy.

The new program will also include a book club and the establishment of Little Free Libraries in local communities.

Join us for a meeting to determine next steps for this exciting project on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 1 p.m. on the second floor at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA or contact Sandy@SeedsGroup.net or call 570-245-1256.

Arrive early to shop the terrific Farmers Market on the first floor, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

SEEDS Annual DIY Solar Workshop

At the heart of every thriving community are the connections we make—among those who share our lives, our love of the beautiful region we call home, and who share our commitment to working together in support of a sustainable future here. 

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) has spent its first decade focused on providing people the tools to empower personal change. By continuing to expand such opportunities, the potential for positive choices and actions will multiply.

Our small but effective non-profit organization has done valuable work over the past decade in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our communities. But we haven’t done it alone.

We deeply appreciate having shared these good efforts with many individuals and community businesses, working side by side to empower others with the knowledge and tools to create the potential for truly transformative outcomes. In this once-a-year outreach, we are asking for your financial support to help us to continue this important work.

SEEDS has come a long way since its founding in 2008—and it could not have happened without people like you. For the past decade, our organization has sown and nurtured numerous projects in support of a more sustainable future for all who live here—the people, the plants and animals with whom we share our lives, as well as the natural resources that support us.

SEEDS Plans for Its Second Decade

As SEEDS entered its second decade in 2019, we launched a strategic planning process (http://seedsgroup.net/seeds-strategic-plan/) to sharpen the organization’s focus while exploring fresh projects to expand its outreach and to connect with new friends in the communities we serve. During this time, SEEDS maintained its established events while forging ahead with new initiatives to lay the groundwork for fresh growth.

Some 2019 SEEDS Highlights:

• The 8th Annual Free Book Swap received well-deserved recognition with a 2019 Environmental Partnership Award from the NEPA Environmental Partners in celebration of working together to get big jobs done for the benefit of the environment and our communities.

• SEEDS partnered with the Wayne Conservation District to host a highly successful Bus Tour of 5 Wayne County Farms, educating the public about the importance of local agriculture to our region’s sustainability. SEEDS also established a new Sustainable Food Circle to promote local foods and farming.

Calkins Creamery was one of the stops on the Wayne County Farm Tour

• SEEDS actively promoted an initiative that came to fruition when the Wayne County Commissioners adopted the C-PACE program (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) in support of our regional business community and its clean energy options. We also educated key officials about the benefits of Community Solar Legislation in collaboration with the Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership.

• SEEDS supported our local waterways by assisting with the Lackawaxen River Cleanup hosted by Here and Now Brewing. Four dumpsters of trash were removed from our beautiful river.

• SEEDS awarded the fourth $1,000 annual scholarship in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt to Phoebe Cykosky, a graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School.

• In collaboration with the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, SEEDS selected The Car Wash on Rt 6, in Hawley, PA as the recipient of the 2019 Green Business Award honoring its green initiatives.

• SEEDS held its annual DIY solar workshop, a battery storage forum, promoted electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy at two public events, helped launch local EV charging stations, partnered in the second NEPA Green Fair, gave guided trail walks, organized local authors talks and more.

• SEEDS launched “SEEDS Reads,” a community outreach program promoting the joy of reading while educating people of all ages about the importance of care and stewardship of our natural resources. The program includes a book club focused on titles related to our mission as well as establishing Little Free Libraries in our local communities.

SEEDS Reads!

We hope all this inspires you to provide the financial support needed for continued growth.

Your gift is crucial to SEEDS. Our lean but mighty organization achieves its mission on a very conservative budget. With your donation, we can do even more to make a difference—here in OUR communities.

SEEDS raises more than half of its general operating budget with this one annual fundraising initiative. We don’t like to waste resources and burden you with lots of mail. Please help SEEDS to continue its history of efficient and effective action by making your donation today. Be assured that we’ll put your gift to good use toward creating the kind of future in which we can all thrive.

It’s not too late to lend your support! Please take a moment now to make an online donation by clicking on the DONATE TODAY button at top right on the SEEDS homepage at www.SeedsGroup.net . Or mail your check (made payable to “SEEDS”) to SEEDS, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Make a one-time donation or select a monthly sustaining amount. Thank you from all of us at SEEDS!!


It takes a large group of hard-working volunteers and generous support from the community to pull off the highly successful annual Free Book Swap–a collaborative effort providing a sustainable outlet for repurposing mass quantities of books. Now in its 8th year, the event was recognized with a 2019 Environmental Partnership Award from the Northeast PA Environmental Partners.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) recently celebrated the most successful Free Book Swap in the event’s 8-year-history. Conducted at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale, PA, the cherished community event achieved its highest numbers ever.

More than 22,000 books were donated, sorted into multiple categories and made available—at no charge—to hundreds of readers who thronged the tables for treasures.

Over 12,000 books were rehomed and will be enjoyed by people of all ages from Wayne and Pike counties in Pennsylvania, and Sullivan County in New York. Books that were not taken home were shipped to Better World Books to be donated across the globe.

Many of those in attendance commented that it is one of their favorite events of the year and they look forward to it every fall.

The number of titles and genre of books was truly impressive and patrons left with overflowing bags. The event, coordinated by Jenna Wayne Mauder of NaturEd and SEEDS, promotes sustainability, recycling, literacy and a sense of community.

The popular event has grown every year and would not be possible without the outstanding support of many dedicated volunteers and community sponsors, including the Wayne County Bar Association, PPL Foundation, Brookfield Energy, Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Honesdale National Bank, Farm Arts Collective, Cooperage Project, Platform Industries, Karen and Charles Lutz, Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger and Melissa Bell.

Dec
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Executive Director Search

SEEDS Seeks Part-time Executive Director for Environmental Non-Profit in Wayne County, PA

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) announces its search for an Executive Director to fill the position currently held by Sandy Long. Due to family medical needs that have escalated unexpectedly, Long has found it necessary to step down.

“SEEDS is a highly effective organization with a decade of inspiring results that have forged the path for a more sustainable future in the Upper Delaware region,” said Long. “While I truly regret having to make this decision, my family’s situation requires my increased attention.”

The Executive Director (ED) will support SEEDS and its mission of promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living. “While we are deeply sorry about the family circumstances that are drawing Sandy away from this position” said SEEDS Chair Kathy Dodge, “we look forward to continued progress on the recently adopted strategic plan under a new ED. The new ED will benefit significantly from the excellent work that Sandy has done for SEEDS.”

The part-time ED is responsible for overseeing the administration of the non-profit organization and its fundraising, and reports directly to SEEDS’ volunteer Board of Directors. The ED engages in community programming and implementing the strategic direction of the organization.

Qualifications:

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Understanding and passion for sustainability, sustainable energy and energy efficiency
  • Experience managing and successfully completing projects
  • Experience working with a volunteer-driven organization
  • Experience budgeting, grant-writing, fundraising, and fiscal planning
  • Excellent written and verbal skills; strong public speaking skills
  • Experience with print, radio, online, and social media
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills; able to work independently
  • Experience collaborating with other organizations and inspiring and mobilizing volunteers
  • Degree in social sciences, environmental sciences, journalism, humanities or other related field is strongly preferred, as this position is the public face of a reputable community benefit organization.

The part-time position (20 hours per week) offers a salary range of $16,000 – $20,000, based on experience, flexible work hours, and some telecommuting hours. The SEEDS office is in Honesdale, PA, in The Cooperage.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and concise writing sample by January 17, 2020, to Board Chair, Kathy Dodge, at kathy@seedsgroup.net. SEEDS is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information call 570-245-1256.

Green Business of the Year Award Winner
Dave Edwards and Barbara Winsko, at center, received the Green Business of the Year Award for their sustainable practices at The Car Wash on Rt 6 in Hawley, PA. Joining them, from left, are SEEDS Board Member, Jocelyn Cramer; SEEDS Executive Director, Sandy Long; and family members, Pat Ware and Lucille Winsko.

SEEDS and The Chamber of the Northern Poconos share a goal to increase the region’s green business practices and thereby work together to honor a member business for its sustainable initiatives that make our region a better place to live and work.

This year, the Green Business of the Year Award recognized the outstanding efforts of a business that serves a broad range of community members and helps to preserve the excellent water quality that sustains everyone here. While many strong contenders were nominated, The CAR WASH on Rt 6 (CWRT6) in Hawley, PA was chosen.

Managing partners, Dave Edwards and Barbara Winsko, who are also married for 21 years, purchased their first car wash in Hamlin, PA in 2015. After revitalizing that facility from its state of “rust and ruins,” and transforming it into a popular community resource, the couple didn’t hesitate when the former Lakeside Car Wash in Hawley went on the market.

The renovation of that facility included all new car washing equipment, new energy efficient lighting to provide consumers a better experience in a well-lit facility, a very complex water recycling system and more.

Dave drills into the details:

The CWRT6 recycles 80% of the water delivered onto vehicles, which makes it into the drains and the retainage tank system. Our reliance on public utility-supplied water is less than 20% per vehicle. In our touch-free automatic car wash, nearly 72 gallons of water is utilized to wash a vehicle. 60+ gallons of this is recycled from within to provide the undercarriage rinse, and the two High Pressure Rinse Cycles.

While the water recycle system is not supplying water during a car wash, it is recirculating water constantly through filters and systems that remove particles, bacteria and soap dyes to provide a water quality of 90% to that which comes out of a normal city or well supplied water faucet.

As a point of reference–if someone is washing their vehicle at home in the driveway, the average water delivery through a garden hose is 16 gallons per minute (GPM). Depending on the way in which this person washes, at 15 minutes, 240 gallons has gone down the driveway into the street, or straight into the ground.

All of the car wash equipment pumps and delivery equipment operates on either 220v power, or 208v 3phase power. The consumption of electricity on 220 volts is half-of-that of 110/120volts. And 208/3phase is 2/3rd that of 110/120 volt.

We also installed LED Lighting. In total there are 18 new LED lighting fixture at this site, which were previously Metal Halide. LED lighting consumes 78% less electricity than average lighting lamps, such as incandescent, fluorescent, and especially metal halide.  Additionally, LED lighting is much brighter and clearer, providing our consumers a well lit business day or night, and safety during the overnight hours.

All of our soaps, waxes and sealers delivered and applied to vehicles are 100% environmentally friendly, meaning that each will break down and dissipate once outside of liquid form or in a treating situation.

We have over 15,000 gallons of water storage beneath the ground to handle the excess 20% of water. Once a month, Koberlien Environmental Services removes 3 to 6 thousand gallons. This water is approximately 70 to 80% free of contaminates, and is trucked to a PA DEP-approved farm field where it is sprayed across the fields and any contaminates remaining are baked away by the heat of the sun.

The benefits of using a car wash outweigh doing it at home. And with the recycle system here along with our energy savings features, it’s even better for the environment. In addition, all previous car wash equipment was salvaged for refurbishment by a specialty company where it was then re-erected at a military base.

Customers also notice the advertising graphics applied to the interior glass partitions of the building. This idea came out of necessity, as the glass is foggy due to the years in a moist and soapy environment. Instead of replacing all of the glass, we chose to utilize the existing glazing as a solid surface for applied graphics, which now provides interest to the consumer. As a result, we spared many cubic yards of what would have been renovation construction debris from entering a landfill.

“We are pleased to be an environmentally friendly business without compromising the quality standards to deliver a great wash,” concludes Dave. During the Awards Banquet at the Inn at Woodloch, Dave and Barbara encouraged other businesses to look into the benefits of going green. “The truth is, it’s also good for the bottom line.”

Keep tabs on the Green Business Award winner at https://www.facebook.com/carwashrt6/ .

Oct
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Free Book Swap Nov. 9th!

Why all those smiles? The Free Book Swap will soon be here!

You’ll be smiling, too, when the 8th annual FREE Book Swap swings into town on Saturday, November 9th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wayne County Park Street Complex. The popular community event is a collaborative effort among local governments, area businesses, nonprofits, and individuals to provide a sustainably responsible outlet for rehoming and repurposing mass quantities of books.

Books are donated and rehomed for free to the public without limitations or requirements. Any books left over from the event are boxed and shipped to Better World Books to promote global literacy efforts, or recycled at our county center. The Free Book Swap supports community building, fosters literacy, and demonstrates sustainable living.

Since 2012, the Free Book Swap has handled more than 70,000 books and has grown every year. The event highlights America Recycles Day in Wayne County and supports local and global literacy efforts. Just over 20,000 books were donated in 2018 — more than double the previous year’s donations.  More than 11,000 books were re-homed and a 3,200-pound donation was shipped to Better World Books.

Spearheaded by SEEDS Board Member, Jenna Wayne Mauder, the FREE Book Swap will be the recipient of a 2019 Environmental Award presented by the Northeast PA Environmental Partners—comprised of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Protection, PA Environmental Council, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University.

The award recognizes the Book Swap for exemplifying how partnerships work together to get big jobs completed for the benefit of the environment and our community.

Book donations can be dropped off at the Park Street Complex on November 7, from 4-6 p.m., November 8, from 9-4 p.m. and November 9, from 8-9 a.m. Please label the quantity on each box. Volunteers and sponsorships are still needed! Contact Jenna@SeedsGroup.net for more information.

Once again, the event’s lead sponsor is the Wayne County Bar Association. Additional supporters of the Book Swap include: Brookfield, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, Farm Arts Collective, Honesdale National Bank, Cooperage Project, Platform Industries, Charles and Karen Lutz, Melissa Bell and Jeanne Genzlinger. SEEDS expresses its gratitude to all who help to make this event free for the public.

Let the sun shine! And learn how to store its energy!!

When you think of renewable energy, solar energy probably comes to mind. But once renewable energy is produced, we have to either use it immediately or save it for later. Batteries have become a great form of energy storage which can be installed at your home and work.

Come to hear industry professionals discuss and answer questions about how you can harness the sun at the SEEDS workshop, “How to Store the Sun for your Home or Business” on Tuesday, October 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Park Street Complex, in Honesdale, PA.

During “How to Store the Sun for your Home or Business” three expert presenters will cover current and emerging technologies, and practical applications.

Daniel Friberg, Sr Vice President of Engineering at Eos Energy Storage, a Zinc-Hybrid battery manufacturer, will discuss different applications for energy storage, including battery energy storage, and advantages and disadvantages of the available technologies.

Friberg is Sr. Vice President of Engineering at Eos Energy Storage, a Zinc-Hybrid battery manufacturer headquartered in Edison, NJ. In this role he is responsible for system design, engineering and integration of Eos Aurora Battery System. He has a strong technical background in battery integration, inverter technology, control systems and electrical engineering, with more than 25 years of experience working for leading electrical engineering companies such as ABB and Parker-Hannifin prior to joining Eos in 2017. Friberg has been working in the power electronics and grid integration business for more than fifteen years with focus on Energy Storage, and power quality applications. His engineering teams have designed, integrated and successfully deployed more than 300 megawatts of battery storage systems worldwide.

Andrew Drewchin, Founder of Gincgo, a Wilkes-Barre, PA firm building software for the renewable energy industry, will discuss the role of microgrids in our current energy economy and how they will become more common in the near future. Microgrids are independent energy systems that can disconnect from their electric utility without losing power. They are used by hospitals, college campuses, and US military bases. Although microgrids still rely on fossil fuels to produce power, as the technology continues to develop, fully renewable microgrids are beginning to shake up the market.

Since 2014, Drewchin has been working deeply within the renewable energy industry. Starting in sales, he quickly found himself working in an administrative role for Level Solar, New York’s largest residential installer at the time. He advanced to Director of Business Development for Inhabit Solar, which specialized in electric vehicle charging solar carports. It is there that he gained a deep appreciation for how renewable energy can be used to create hyper- resilient energy systems, such as microgrids, for homes, businesses, and transportation. Andrew now runs his own company, Gincgo.

Jim Sanders, a retired manufacturing manager who has a passion for renewable energy, will talk about the Tesla Powerwalls installed in his family’s 100% solar powered home. Sanders will present photos of the installation and a description of how the system works, as well as the reasons for choosing a battery backup instead of a generator.

Sanders and his wife, Pat, have installed geothermal heating in their home, and have grid tied solar panels powering all of their household needs, including their electric car. They have recently also installed two Tesla Powerwalls in lieu of a generator to serve as backup in case of power failure. Jim serves as a volunteer for SEEDS doing solar assessments and home energy consultations.

For more information, call (570) 245–1256 or email SEEDS Executive Director Sandy Long at Sandy@SeedsGroup.net. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

An Electric Vehicle display was part of the program at the SEEDS Annual Meeting.

Electric vehicles and an array of solar devices weren’t the only items of interest shared at the SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) Annual Meeting held recently at the Cooperage Project in Honesdale, PA. Attendees of the event, “Sowing SEEDS for Future Growth” learned what the region’s leading sustainability non-profit organization has been focusing on since entering its second decade in 2019.

The event began with a brief membership meeting during which elections were conducted, resulting in the confirmation of Denise Bussiere as Corresponding Secretary, Nancy DeYoung as Treasurer, and Jocelyn Cramer as Board Member at Large.

SEEDS chairperson, Kathy Dodge lauded retiring board members, Denise Bussiere (Treasurer), Nancy DeYoung (Corresponding Secretary), Colleen Campion (Board Member at Large) as well as retiring Circle Leaders, Ella Hoerning (Communications) and Jack Barnett (Solar).

For the past eight months, SEEDS has focused on its own sustainability with diligent effort on the Strategic Planning Process launched in January 2019.

Board member, David Ford reported on the progress of the Plan, which includes the establishment of a new Governance Circle led by new board member, Shannon Brown; a new Sustainable Food Circle led by Jack Barnett; the evolvement of the former Solar Circle to the new Energy Circle led by new board member, Andrew Drewchin; and the former Communications Circle to the new Outreach Circle led by new board member, Krista Gromalski.

The draft Strategic Plan has been posted to the SEEDS website at http://seedsgroup.net/seeds-strategic-plan/ for member comment received by October 6, 2019.

SEEDS Executive Director, Sandy Long and SEEDS Circle Leaders highlighted the organization’s achievements, activities and new initiatives.

Following are a few examples:

  • The annual Free Book Swap was selected to receive a 2019 Environmental Award by the Northeast PA Environmental Partners.
  • The Car Wash on Route 6 was named the winner of the 2019 Green Business Award co-sponsored by the Chamber of the Northern Poconos.
  • CPACE legislation is being adopted by the Wayne County Commissioners, supporting sustainable energy options for local businesses.
  • A promising new Habitat For Humanity project is underway in Honesdale.
  • The new Sustainable Food Circle kicked off with the highly successful Wayne County Farm Tour to develop more programs and activities focused on local foods and farming.
  • A new project, SEEDS Reads, is set to launch, featuring a book club, Little Free Libraries and a community reading program, all focused on books that support the SEEDS mission.

Please get in touch to learn more about any of these new projects and activities which contribute to the health and resilience of our regional communities. SEEDS welcomes new volunteers! For more information, email Sandy@SeedsGroup.net or call 570-245-1256.