Nominations / Minutes

Call for Nominations and 2018 Meeting Minutes Approval

SEEDS will conduct Cycle Two elections at our annual meeting on Tuesday, September 17. Open board positions include: Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and a Board member-at-large position. Each position is for a two-year term, with 2 term limits in each position.

Please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to be considered, and submit a short bio by September 10th. Contact Executive Director Sandy Long at Sandy@SeedsGroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256.

Duties, as defined in our bylaws:

The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization. The Treasurer shall render, at stated periods as determined by the Board, a written account of the finances of the organization which will be included with the minutes of the Board at such meeting. Checks or drafts of the organization must be co-signed by two of three board members so designated by the Board.

The Corresponding Secretary shall maintain a list of members of the organization, send out meeting notices to members, and send any correspondence as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Board Members at large shall lend their knowledge, energies, and wisdom to the effective management of the organization.

For additional information or questions, please contact Executive Director Sandy Long at Sandy@SeedsGroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256.

If you haven’t already, please click HERE to RSVP for our SEEDS Annual Membership Meeting so that The Mustard Seed Cafe can prepare ample food.

We will ask for approval of the 2018 General Membership Minutes. The following are the 2018 minutes for your review.

SEEDS ANNUAL MEETING

September 18, 2018; convened 6:20 pm

Jocelyn: Welcome to all

Minutes: David presenting: approved by consensus

Bylaws change approved by consensus: change two of three designated board members to co-sign checks

Bylaw – Article: V1; 9; paragraph C: The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization. The Treasurer shall render, at stated periods as determined by the Board, a written account of the finances of the organization which will be included with the minutes of the Board at such meeting. Checks or drafts of the organization must be co-signed by two of three board members so designated by the Board.

Chair Report:

Finding PA’s Solar Future draft released and SEEDS commented on: final draft due in December and then implementation plan

Partnered with Growing Older Together: free LED light bulbs to sr. citizens and installation

Treasurer’s Report: Total annual budget $41,990; bank balance $31,892

Shout out to PPL for their $5,000 sustaining grant

Election of officers:

Nominations: Chair Kathy, Assistant chair Sue Currier, Recording secretary Jane, Board member at large: David; all approved. Membership quorum was present.

Update on activities/accomplishments

Nov. 17 book swap

April 27, 2019 NEPA Green Fair

Wayne Tomorrow: Brian Smith and Wendell Kay

People pulling together to put a comprehensive plan into practice for the county’s future

Common themes: agriculture, quality of life, education, business, economic development

Major issues: Countywide broadband, access to transportation,

Accomplishments: agriculture economic development plan, The Stourbridge Project (with co-working space)

Commendation by commissioners to SEEDS: copy of for minutes

Greeting by Michele Sands:

Grassroots works! Two important words: thrive and resilience.

Panel presentation:

Christine Ahern (Lackawaxen Food Hub), Richard Pedranti (architect), Jack Barnett (Clean Energy Co-op)

Brian from PPL: Energy efficiency

US ranked 10th among states for energy consumption; opportunities for insulation of doors/windows, agriculture equipment, projects. 513,000,000 kW (46,000 homes off the grid) a year, the equivalent of 82,000 vehicles off the road. PPLelectricsavings.com

Christine: LFH

Trends: healthy/nutritious; sustainable (including water); Grown by people you know, affordable, accessible (growth in farm market & farm), eat locally

Richard Pedranti: architecture & energy

Buildings use 40-50% of our energy, and most energy comes from non-renewable resources.

Building codes are insufficient.

PassivHaus is a building standard that reduces consumption of energy for heating and cooling 80-90%

“Superinsulation” led to PassivHaus: reduce energy consumption by solar generation, highly efficient insulation, high-performance windows, air-tight enclosures, balanced ventilation with heat recovery, renewables

Jack: SEEDS solar history

Lacawac project: DIY and volunteers; cut annual electricity bill 90%

2013-2014: spin-off entity Clean Energy Co-op (community solar committee)—Clean Energy Co-op

Keystone Cooperative Development Center assisted, helping with legal and start-up services.  

The Solar System on The Cooperage received the National Best Community Energy Project as per the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Currently Clean Energy Co-op has 73 members (built up over 5 years)

130+ kW created under Clean Energy Co-op

2010 to now: residential system costs from over $7 to under $3; industrial-scale systems dropped $5 to $1

State initiatives went away.

Panel discussion and Q&A:

Food trends: diversity, more science & biology, people moving away from “supermarket mentality,” alternative uses, distribution issues, mixed/complimentary system, affordability, food pharmacies (“farmacy”), land pressures vs. affordable land. NEED MORE INTEGRATED SYSTEMS. Suggested reading: The Third Plate, Daniel Barber/Stone Barns

Energy trends: predictions: PassivHaus becomes the building code by 2030… Positive-energy communities; Architecture 2030 (voluntary agreement to reduce energy consumption): future buildings to produce 30-40% of their won energy

Jack summary of trends: California, all new homes have solar when built new starting 2020. Next month, PA gets new (2015) building code standard.

PA DEP goal 10% solar in state generation by 2030. (Currently .5% by 2021)

Explanation of community solar (Jack): a shared system where benefits/credits shared to everyone

Increase renewable solar energy target; need incentives for large-scale solar buildouts

Jack predicts: by 2028: the price of electricity will be less than today

Everything will be electric…

Panel opened dup for Q&A.

Meeting adjourned 8:15 pm.